Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler Series #1)

Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler Series #1)

by Carole Nelson Douglas

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THE NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR (Also winner of the American Mystery Award for Best Novel of Romantic suspense and RT Book Reviews Award for Best Historical Mystery)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s included short story, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” introduced both Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler: “She has a soul of steel...the face of the most beautiful of women and the mind of the most resolute of men.”

When American aspiring opera singer Irene Adler rescues orphaned parson’s daughter Penelope Huxleigh from a London cutpurse, it starts a crime-solving alliance as strong as that of Holmes and Watson. Irene moonlights as a private inquiry agent while awaiting her career break, which brings her into the orbits of such luminaries as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker and puts her on the trail on Marie Antoinette’s fabulous lost diamond belt. A prestigious assignment as prima donna at the Prague opera house almost makes Irene the Queen of Bohemia, but a royal murder and caddish Prince force her to flee back to London ... where she will become the only woman to outwit Sherlock Holmes.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015775075
Publisher: Wishlist Publishing
Publication date: 11/22/2012
Series: Irene Adler Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 81,325
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS is the USA TODAY bestselling author of eight Irene Adler adventures, twenty-five Feline Noir Midnight Louie mysteries, five Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasies, and many other witty, adventurous novels and shorter pieces that combine mystery/thriller, high and urban fantasy and romance/women’s fiction. She was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame in 2012 and is at work on her next novel.

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Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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benjclark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finished it. There were parts I liked. I did lose interest about half way and put it down for a week. Maybe the later books get better-- I'd be willing to try.
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was very good and is continued in Good Morning Irene. I had to reread A Scandal in Bohemia to remember the Holmes¿ version of the story. In this one, the King has led Irene to believe that he will make her queen, when his only intention is to make her a kept mistress. She runs away in secret as the King¿s henchmen chase her down. While in Bohemia, Nell stays behind in the employ of Godfrey Norton the barrister whom Irene eventually marries. They are first brought together when she investigates the missing zone of diamonds, last seen in the possession of Godfrey¿s disreputable and mad father. She finds obscure clues and at last finds the zone and because Godfrey has risen in her esteem, gives it to him. Because he is some kind of saint, he splits the take 3 ways between himself, Irene and Nell. Irene marries him because he is a stout believer and advocate of women¿s independence. His mother had to leave his father when he was very young because he was a bully and a jerk to her. She writes several successful novels and the husband sues her for the proceeds and of course he wins. Godfrey thinks this is outrageous and has become a barrister partly to change the way women are viewed by the law. Irene is the woman alright.
gmathis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The legendary Irene Adler is said to be the only female to get the best of Sherlock Holmes (a point which may be debatable if you've read the Mary Russell novels by Laurie King.) That said, "Good Night Mr. Holmes" is the introduction to a series of novels featuring Irene and her European escapades told by Nell Huxleigh, a well-bred but penniless parson's daughter who was literally whisked off the street and befriended by Irene. Nell is alternately captivated and scandalized by Irene's antics and a great narrator for the story.A great companion read for any Holmes fan. I'm looking forward to tackling the whole series.
Anntstobbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Irene Adler was the one woman who ever duped Holmes. Douglas links Adler's adventures with information about her in Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia." This lively story establishes Adler's sleuthing skills as she solves cases that involve Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, among others. The novel presents an original perspective of the one whom Holmes himself dubbed "the woman." She's a superior woman and this book is thoroughly enjoyable.
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have been disappointed by the lack of coverage given to 'the woman',Irene Adler, in 'A Scandal in Bohemia'. Here, the story is expanded into a very interesting novel. The addition of Penelope Huxleigh results in a fascinating character who is quite a sleuth in her own right. My only regret was that the novel did not focus more on the interplay between Holmes and Adler; by necessity the story centered on Irene's relationships with the King of Bohemia and Godfrey Norton, but to Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler would always be 'the woman.'
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me start by admitting that I enjoy Sherlock Holmes, but I am not a Holmesian. I think the actual canon is pretty good, occasionally great, and that Doyle showed rather too plainly his growing dissatisfaction with the series. What Doyle DID do right was create an unforgettable character, an icon, one that writers today would KILL for. Holmes is a character that has survived numerous movie and TV shows, including a cartoon, and inspired literally hundreds of writers to try their hand at a new spin on the old stories. (One of my favorites from last year was Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space for the amazing creativity it contained.)I loved the IDEA for this book. Take The Woman, Irene Adler from "A Scandal in Bohemia," the one female Holmes seemed to consider a worthy adversary, and tell her story. The trouble is that the story the writer tells is just not up to the idea. Irene is unconventional, brave, intelligent, and resourceful. So why is she wasted in this romantic meandering that only occasionally involves any real mystery and treats Holmes as a bit player? The idea seemed to be to present Irene as a female counterpart to Holmes. To that end, she has a mysterious past, like his, that same ability to 'deduce' from the clues at hand, an urge to solve mysteries, and a stuffy, conventional sidekick. (I may be doing Watson a disservice here. Penelope Huxleigh is amazingly insipid and uninteresting. At least Watson had something of a life.)I kept at it, waiting for the fatal meeting between the two, but wound up embroiled in Bohemia, where Irene is protecting her virtue by declining an offer to be the new king's mistress. Come on. Not buying it. So I gave up and never got to see what happened when Adler and Holmes finally met.What really bugs me is that this series means that someone else can't use the same great idea - the story of Irene Adler - and turn it into something really WORTH reading. Don't bother.