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Castle Rouge: A Novel of Suspense featuring Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler, and Jack the Ripper (Irene Adler #6)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  341 ratings  ·  21 reviews

Operatic diva. Femme fatale. Adventuress.

And one of the world's most intriguing detectives.

Before Caleb Carr, Anne Perry, and Laurie R. King, Carole Nelson Douglas gave readers a delightful look into Victoriana with one of the most impressive detective characters: Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have outwitted Sherlock Holmes, in "A Scandal in Bohemia." A ch
ebook, 544 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Forge Books (first published September 21st 2002)
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You're probably wondering why I gave it 3 stars despite the DNF tag. In all honesty, I do think this book is well-written & creative -- but it's not my style. I'm not into long-running mystery series or Sherlock Holmes fanfic; if I was, I'd probably have found this more interesting. Ah well. Not going to force myself to finish. Instead I'm gifting my copies of this & Chapel Noir to a Sherlockian friend -- hopefully they'll find a better home on her shelves.
Todd Stockslager
Review title: Guilty pleasure with too much the first, not enough the second
The cover quotes and author bio, as well as the "Reader's Guide" at the end as if this were Classic literature, give too much weight to this mystery-romance claptrap. I picked this up at a used-book sale based on the plot recap involving Sherlock Holmes, along with his erstwhile female protagonist Irene Adler, in the search for Jack the Ripper.

It was my first exposure to Douglas, but I thought: can't go wrong pitting th
International Cat Lady
I was disappointed with this book. It's the second part of the story that began in book #5 in this series, Chapel Noir. While I thoroughly enjoyed Chapel Noir, I felt that Castle Rouge stretched things way too far - and far too into the realms of disbelief. While I can easily imagine Irene, Godfrey, and Nell traipsing across Europe, solving crimes, and foiling Sherlock Holmes, Castle Rouge's descent into Satanist sex cults led by a young Rasputin (who is actually also Jack the Ripper!) was just ...more
Gary Lange
Very little plot. Nothing happens for ever and then, bang, it's over. I loved the first book of the series, but I am done with them.
This book began at a fast and enjoyable pace, although it did slow down during the second half into what felt ... somehow, detached, perhaps because the novel doesn't really follow any one character with whom the readers can readily identify. One of the things I found particularly well done in this novel, however, was the way Douglas flawlessly put Nell through a metamorphosis. Nell's character was never inconsistent, and yet for all that, by page 427, Nell has become a very round character and ...more
A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to an exciting, well-written and creatively conceived story!

This conclusion to the story begun in the previous Chapel Noir was just as detailed and circuitously thrilling as part one with a great many twists and turns. The plot for this book alternated between the investigations of Irene Adler and the mysterious "Pink" to try to locate Irene's missing husband, Godfrey, and her ever-present companion, Nell - both of whom vanished without a trace in the previous
Well now, that was certainly a novel solution for Jack the Ripper. *eyebrow highly askance* But what with Irene and her contingent, Sherlock Holmes and the, alas, far too briefly present Dr. Watson, Bram Stoker and, why not, Nelly Bly, a marvelously and gloriously gruesome time is had by all.
It takes a while to get to the point. Perhaps I missed a bunch of the story because I started with this, the last book of the series, but sadly, I don't feel that I need to go back and start at the beginning. I do like how the author jumped from narrator to narrator through-out, but I was often lost in disinterest in some of the long narratives.

Perhaps if I had started with the first book, I might feel differently, but overall I felt this book was more filler than anything.
As a Holmes-related work,it didn't do a lot for me. But I made the mistake of starting with a recent volume in the series which is the second volume of a pair of works. Now I have to go back and get a better feel for her earlier contributions to the type. The novel strains with hard work -- switching first person narrators - historical details--Victorian adventure -- over-the-top silliness --but I had to finish just see what she would do with it. My mood may not have been tuned to her humor, par ...more
Rena Sherwood
This book has put me off the series permanently. Could see the ending 500 pages away. I recommend the first four books in the series only.
Castle Rouge is the follow-up to Castle Noir, where Irene Adler and her trusty sidekick Nell are determined to catch Jack the Ripper. The book weaves a very fanciful but believable story of the Ripper's identity and why it has remained a secret all these years.
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.
While I agree with most reviews that this was a slow starter, I have to say I was still in love with the tale. Bouncing around between sets of characters was a bit difficult, yet no different from the usual inlets from Dr Watson in Douglas's other stories.
Cheryl Scott
The second half of a novel begun in 'Chapel Noir.' A letdown after the stronger first half. Not nearly as satisfying. And since it is the 2nd half of the same novel, the whole suffers from it, unfortunately.
Gina Boyd
"Over civilized Englishmen made my head ache, but uncivilized Englishmen reminded me of wolves." -- pink
I want to like these later Adler books more than I do, but they are just not as good as the first four.
Good Sherlockian story though Irene is so perfect it can be annoying.
Another great story in the Irene Adler series.
A Jack the Ripper tale...'nough said.
Dull. May not finish.
Auntie J
6th in the series.
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Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of sixty award-winning novels in contemporary and historical mystery/suspense and romance, high and urban fantasy and science fiction genres. She is best known for two popular mystery series, the Irene Adler historical suspense novels and the 25-book Midnight Louie contemporary mystery series. Delilah Street, PI (Paranormal Investigator), headlines Carole's noir ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Irene Adler (8 books)
  • Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler, #1)
  • Good Morning, Irene (Irene Adler, #2)
  • Irene At Large (Irene Adler, #3)
  • Another Scandal in Bohemia (Irene Adler, #4)
  • Chapel Noir (Irene Adler, #5)
  • Femme Fatale (Irene Adler, #7)
  • Spider Dance (Irene Adler, #8)
Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler, #1) Catnap (Midnight Louie, #1) Dancing With Werewolves (Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, #1) Six of Swords Pussyfoot (Midnight Louie, #2)

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