Mystery

An ‘Eary’ Van Gogh Mystery at Arles on PBS’ Secrets of the Dead

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In Secrets of the Dead: Van Gogh’s Ear, Researcher Bernadette Murphy travels back in time to learn the truth about Vincent Van Gogh. Premiering December 14, 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), the program explores if the infamous story of Van Gogh cutting off his own ear on December 23, 1888.

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Reviewer Joseph Padalino watching PBS’ Secrets of the Dead: Van Gogh’s Ear.  Photo by Anthony Buscarello for Life-Wire News Service.

Van Gogh’s Ear will give you insight into the life of the artist. The documentary is a really intriguing mystery of his days in Arles, answering the questions – was the story of his ear a fake, and who was the mystery girl ‘Rachel’ who they say received his gory gift?

  • By Joseph Padalino, edited by Edward Gregory.

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Watch a Preview at Secrets of the Dead Online

 

Sherlock Holmes Makes a Cameo at the Vatican

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With his new Sherlock Holmes adventure, The Vatican Cameos, Richard T. Ryan gives us not just a great mystery but sheds light on an intriguing aspect of Italian history. The action alternates between the Victorian era of Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson who travel to Vatican City and the time of Michelangelo who is working on commissions from the Pope.

“A reference to the Vatican cameos is contained at the beginning of The Hound of the vatican-cameosBaskervilles and that segued into another tale of the Borgias in the story of the Black Pearl [in The Adventure of the Six Napoleans]. Since we had a Borgia pope and Vatican cameos I joined the two,”  Ryan told Anthony DiFato, aka Mr. Mystery, in a recent interview.

A Westerleigh resident, Ryan, who is also a Staten Island Advance editor, visited Mr. Mystery in the Lifestyle for the Disabled Concord facility in St. Sylvester’s.

“A good read, it is a well thought out, intricately plotted and thoroughly researched. I would recommend it. It gets the Mr. Mystery seal of approval,” says DiFato.

Listen to the complete interview at the Sound Cloud link below and hear Ryan’s explanation of how he became part of the Conan Doyle legacy and why he admires Holmes.

The book is available as an e-book at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and itunes. The novel has also been released as an audio book at audible.com.  The hard copy will be published Nov. 7.

Ryan will be signing books at the following venues:

Oct. 27 — Book signing and reading at the Mysterious Book Shop, 58 Warren St., Manhattan, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 11 — Book signing and reading at Barnes & Noble, 2245 Richmond Ave., New Springvile, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 18 — Book signing and reading at the Flagship Brewery, 40 Minthorne St., Tompkinsville, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 — Discussion and signing at Every Thing Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St. Tompkinsville, 7:30  p.m.

  • By Anthony DiFato with Kathryn Carse. Anthony DiFato is Mr. Mystery on Lifestyles Radio, and the Mystery Correspondent for Life-Wire News Service.
  • Photo of Rich T. Ryan and Anthony DeFato by Joseph Jones for Life-Wire News Service.

Find out more at MX Publishing’s The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure page.