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- File Size: 359 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wishlist Publishing (9 Jan. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006W03WZW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #588,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes (Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes novella Book 0) Kindle Edition
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That said, what story there is, was very enjoyable. Irene and Holmes investigate a high-class brothel that uses a new-fangled invention, the gramophone, to blackmail clients. There are a couple of little twists that keep the story interesting all the way through to the end. A fun but very short read.
This short story, which is currently only available on Kindle, is an enjoyable continuation of Douglas's intriguing series of Adler and Holmes. Douglas's "The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes" reveals the pair's most recent encounter in good old London as they investigate a high society brothel that uses a new invention, the gramophone, as a blackmail tool! There are many Sherlockian deductions, by both Holmes and Adler; however, the story belongs to Irene and her wit, charm, and reason.
The story is really too short; I prefer the novel over the short story. I still enjoyed the story; however, I would have liked it fleshed out even more. Still, I really enjoy Douglas's characterization of Irene as an intellectual, talented heroine who succeeds both as a singer and as a detective. She is a unique and unconventional woman for any time period, but certainly during the Victorian era, she raises a few eyebrows. Irene is witty, competent, competitive, adventurous, and a master of observation and even a la Holmes, a master of disguises (her theatre background). After the story comes an up to date "Afterword" by Douglas herself, which even mentions Downey Jr.'s movies and the wonderful Laurie King's Mary Russell with Holmes series. The "Afterword" contains some interesting information about herself, her writing, and finally, a very long sample of the first book in the Irene Adler series, "Good Night, Mr. Holmes," which I do encourage you to read. If you love Sherlock Holmes, you will most assuredly enjoy Carole Nelson Douglas's series about Irene Adler.
Every now and again, an author strikes gold.
Carole Nelson Douglas has hit the mother lode with her Sherlockian series. The conceit here is brilliant. Her main character is not Holmes himself, but Irene Adler, The Woman. Douglas' vision of Irene is a welcome change from oft times misogynistic interpretations of Doyle's characters. Adler is strong, intelligent, independent and (mostly) not in need of rescuing. She is an excellent addition to the genre of Holmesian mysteries. I strongly recommend all of this series.
This short story may be my favorite. It is a quick read, but hearty. There are many marvelous Victorian details, amusing repartee between Adler and Holmes and a fun plot that entails some good observation and deduction. Here you have an easy introduction to the broader feast of a series or, if you are already a fan, a delicious, satisfying between meals snack. Dish up this treat and remember; the game is...well, you know!
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