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A Soul of Steel (Irene Adler Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Jan 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; Reissue edition (26 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765347903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765347909
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,532,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning ex-journalist and novelist Carole Nelson Douglas has written sixty novels ranging from historical and contemporary mystery and romance to science fiction thrillers to high and urban fantasy.

She's a four-time Rita Award finalist and has RT Reviews Magazine lifetime achievement awards in Suspense, Mystery, Versatility, and as a Pioneer of Publishing. Currently, she writes two popular Las Vegas-set series: the Midnight Louie, feline PI, mysteries partially narrated by a "Sam Spade with hairballs" and the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasies of werewolf mobsters and Silver Screen zombies in a paranormal Sin City.

Douglas was the first author of a Sherlockian series with a female protagonist, diva-detective Irene Alder, the only woman to outwit Holmes, debuting with the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes. Douglas says if she has a literary muse, it's definitely feline: mysterious, wise, playful, and packing sharp nails in velvet gloves.

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Praise for "Irene at Large" "An absolutely ripping adventure!"--Anne Perry, author of "Dark Assasin""" "Douglas's plot ingenuity remains fresh and amusing, and for all its fanciful turns, the action never loses its jaunty, high-heeled pace."-- "The New York Times""" "Holmes and Irene do their most charming (if in Holmes's case, unwitting) work together."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Douglas has made Adler a superb detective and invented a perfectly delightful--and perfectly puzzling--series of cases for her."--"The Fort Worth Press"

About the Author

Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of the historical suspense series featuring Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have "outwitted" Sherlock Holmes. She is also the author of the bestselling Midnight Louie series, which includes "Cat in a Quicksilver Caper," " Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit," " Cat in a Neon Nightmare," and many more. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another fine entry in the Irene Adler series 5 April 2010
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is my second work on Irene Adler, solver of mysteries and antagonist of Sherlock Holmes. Here, we have a tale of treachery in the English war in Afghanistan in the 1880s. A spy, "Cobra" (born Quentin Stanhope), discovers a double cross by his superior, "Tiger." A battle is lost as a result. And the plot thickens when, after he is injured, a "Dr. Watson" treats him before being shot in the shoulder.

Move to Paris some years later. Irene Adler, now married to Godfrey Norton (and now Mrs. Norton), lives with her confederate Penelope "Nell" Huxleigh. She and Godfrey have been declared dead because their names were on the list of passengers of a train that was destroyed in an accident.

"Cobra" enters their life and, just as mysteriously, leaves, wishing to find someone to help save Dr. Watson's life. Irene, clever as always, deduces that this Watson might be Sherlock Holmes' associate. And we are off to another adventure in this series of books.

Irene does her usual job in deception. We see historical figures enter the narrative (e.g., Sarah Bernhardt). Irene, Godfrey, and Nell head to England to try to protect Watson and solve a mystery. Their efforts intertwine with those of Holmes himself. The end result features cobras, mongooses, deception, and treachery.

A nice addition to the series, but the allure of this series has begun to wear off for me. However, this volume will be enjoyable for those who like historical mysteries.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Reissue of Irene At Large 13 July 2007
By Cecilia Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book, but just wanted to warn you that this is a reissue of the book "Irene At Large" with a different title. I bought it under both titles before I realized it was the same book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fun mysteries 20 Jan. 2007
By pinky2anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really liked this series of books. Sherlock Holmes has always annoyed me a bit, and I like the idea of a woman outwitting him. Irene Alder is a strong heroine and is easy to like. Penelope Huxleigh, the narrator, is not as easy to sympathize with, but she can be funny. The mysteries are interesting, exciting, and, for the most part, believable.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for sherlock and Irene fans 24 April 2010
By Diana S. Chavez Rangel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This story sets a fabulous background for Conan Doyle's short story "the empty house" and also keeps crossing paths between Sherlock Holmes and "The woman" Irene Adler, although this last one far more advanced in investigation matters. A delicious reading for those in love with this two great characters, where mistery, romance and one or two laughs are not missing. Super recomendated. Me as Sherlock Holmes fan loved this story!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So much fun 7 July 2014
By Jenn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
One of my favorite installments of the Irene Adler series! I love how Douglas addresses some of the things that have puzzled Doyle's die hard fans--like just exactly how Watson got his war wound... and where is it, really? Lots and lots of fun!
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