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

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  298 ratings  ·  17 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...more
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.
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...more
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.
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
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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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