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The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes (Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes novella Book 0) by [Douglas, Carole Nelson]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By C C-B on 29 Oct. 2013
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Not that thrilled with this, would like a full length story. I would like to know what had happened to everyone since the last full length book.
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All of Carole Nelson Douglas' Irene Adler stories are a delight, and this is no exception. A great read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91b542f4) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
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HASH(0x93ef02ac) out of 5 stars Fun, but too short 25 July 2012
By AcerAcer - Published on Amazon.com
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The story in this form is for the kindle only, so everyone who reads this review while deciding whether or not to buy the novella will understand when I say that the story proper ends at 68%. After that comes some interesting information about the author, and finally, a very long sample of the first book in the Irene Adler series, "Good Night, Mr. Holmes."

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.
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HASH(0x91af6e10) out of 5 stars A Good Night for Irene 18 Jun. 2012
By C. Cowan - Published on Amazon.com
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How welcome! Another snippet of Irene and Holmes! Without giving away any spoilers, I must say that this has them working together, keeps the suspense up, is entirely plausible for the characters (ALL of them), and kept me up way past my bedtime. I loved it, and especially enjoyed the ending. Both of them, as it were (You'll see what i mean when you read it.)
HASH(0x93915840) out of 5 stars "Irene Adler: Witty, Competitive, A Master of Disguise & Singer and Detective" 31 Aug. 2012
By Carl E. Ahlm - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife found a copy of Carole Nelson Douglas's Irene Adler book, "Goodnight Mr. Holmes" in a used book store and gave it to me. After reading the book, I was hooked on Douglas's Victorian age woman's libber who "blithely flouts conventions" and still seems to succeed in all she does. The depiction of Adler's character is so reminiscent of Holmes himself, which make sense when we remember that Irene was ". . . the only woman Sherlock Holmes admired" and indeed she lives up to the statement. Judy Alter said "Douglas has made Adler a superb detective and invented a perfectly delightful -and perfectly puzzling - series of cases for her."

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.
HASH(0x917fb1b0) out of 5 stars Changing the Game 28 Jun. 2013
By Jeffrey Michaels - Published on Amazon.com
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First I need to be clear about one thing. I enjoy the characters created by A.C. Doyle and will read almost anything with a cover that says Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, has a meerschaum pipe or any vague reference to the great detective. Most of what I find is okay, middle of the road stuff, but enjoyable for what it is. Some of it is drivel; the less said about it the better.

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!
HASH(0x918ebbd0) out of 5 stars Clever plot reunites Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler 3 Dec. 2013
By liztiptoft - Published on Amazon.com
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Sherlock Holmes fans know that Irene Norton (nee Adler) is the only woman to have bested the famous detective during his illustrious career. In this story, Irene, presumed to be dead, shows up in Holmes' front room, seeking his help with a sordid problem a friend of hers has encountered. The friend's husband is being blackmailed. If he doesn't do as the blackmailer wants, his reputation will be ruined. But if he does, his wife's virtue is at stake. Even though this is a novella, the author manages to convey many rich details from the Victorian era in a perfect Holmesian voice. I love it when a book sends me to the dictionary or Wikipedia to follow up on some interesting little tidbit, such as Bertie's siege d'amour. I've read other books in the Irene Adler series and enjoyed them. But the novella offers a nice, quick read when you're not in the mood to delve into a longer book. I suggest reading it with a big mug of your favorite tea--you'll be able to consume the tea and the book in the same amount of time.
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