Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler #1)
Winner of the American Mystery Award for Best Novel of Romantic Suspense, and the Romantic Times BookClub Award for Best Historical MysteryMiss Irene Adler, the beautiful American opera singer who once outwitted Sherlock Holmes, is here given an unexpected talent: she is a superb detective, as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker can attest. Even Holmes himself must admit--albeit g...more
This is a really fun pastiche. It's not serious, it never tries to be, and it revels in being just a shade over the line of 'absurd'. Notably, it's also very Holmes-lite; the focus is strongly on Irene and her female Watson stand-in Penelope, and later, her canonical husband Godfrey Norton. Which leads me to one of my favourite things about this pastiche: it's basically a s...more
Set in the same London 1890s with similar tone and vocabulary, Watson gives prelude and other chapters. Mostly country parson's orphan Penelope Huxleigh takes the role differently of narrat...more
You know, I understand the fascination with Irene Adler. Holes never showed canonical interest in her but was miffed he was outsmarted by a woman--and she's smart. But Irene is only half the story in this book.
Like Holmes has Watson, Irene has Nell, an unrelated acqu...more
Good Morning Irene (The Adventuress)
"Parris Greene" (short story)
Irene at Large (A Soul of Steel)
This a story interwoven with the Holmsian story about the one woman, Irene Adler, who could match Holmes, hence, she intrigued him as no other could. Adler also has her faithful chronicler, Nell Huxleigh, who is a capable companion but not quite able to match Adler's nimble mind.
The intrigue and period stereotypes are appropriate. Adler is a competent woman faced w...more
To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.
in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’
This is probably a book I wouldn’t have picked up on my own. I do love Mr. Holmes just as much as the next person, and a re-telling of ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ based on Irene Adler’s – the woman – side of the story is a quite compelling outline. That being said, I often postpone my readings of the original Sherlock adventures and, since most my primary school readings were mystery books, I have for many years naturalized a sort o...more
Like many tales...more
The story is overwritten in its style as is Doyle’s work on Holmes. In the book the Bohemian scandal is only a small part of a much larger story. “Good Night, Mr. Holmes” is a work from the point of view of Penelope (“Nell”) Huxleigh. The story is told from he...more
The whole tale unravels spectacularly across the globe, even through that illusiv...more
Goodnight, Mr. Holmes, the firs...more
Although I enjoyed the book - I was somewhat disappointed too. The characters of Irene Adler and Penelope Huxleigh are certainly well written characters, and their exploits entertaining. There is a marvelous parrot called Casanova, and some great adventures, for these two women...more
This is an entertaining read placed in 1890s London, based on Arthur Conan Doyle's 'A Scandal in Bohemia'. Irene's passion is opera and her career seems to be taking off. She combines her singing with investigatio...more
The story is told by Penelope Huxleigh, Irene Adler's Dr. Watson. Irene rescues Penelope from the clutches of a street urchin who is attempting to rob her, and the two become roommates. Penelope learns to use a typewriter, eventually becoming a secretary for...more
Sherlock Holmes is really just a background character in this novel detailing the Irene's musical and detective career. Irene's adventure's are recorded by her faithful Boswell Nell Huxliegh.
The episodic nature of the memoire is tied together by Irene's continuing search for "The Zone of Dimonds" a dimo...more