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Femme Fatale: An Irene Adler Novel (Irene Adler Mysteries) Hardcover – November 24, 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
Book 7 of 8 in the Irene Adler Series

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Although Irene Adler appeared in only one of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories ("A Scandal in Bohemia"), this beautiful, intelligent and mysterious character, a Victorian woman well ahead of her time, has taken on a vivid new life in seven novels by the prolific Douglas (Good Night, Mr. Holmes, etc.). In this latest frolic, an alarming letter from Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (aka Nellie Bly), an American journalist who helped Irene pursue Jack the Ripper in her two previous adventures (Chapel Noir and Castle Rouge), is enough to lure Irene and her na‹ve companion, Nell Huxleigh, to New York City. The New York of 1889 provides new and fertile ground for the author's imagination, as Irene searches for clues to her dimly remembered childhood and hunts a serial killer who is rapidly eliminating everyone with knowledge of Irene's past. And where Irene goes, one can also expect to find her sometime ally, sometime adversary, Sherlock Holmes. Fans will relish the ornate, elliptical language Douglas employs for her Adler novels, as well as the discovery of fresh bits of her heroine's biography. Book groups will welcome the reader's guide at the end.
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Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have outsmarted Sherlock Holmes, returns in another carefully constructed caper featuring a delightful array of well-known historical and fictional characters. Former opera diva-turned-detective Adler has always kept her own past carefully shrouded in mystery. When she receives a message from journalist Nellie Bly that someone is trying to murder her mother--a mother she denies any knowledge of--Irene must decide if she is willing to open up the door to her personal history that she deliberately shut years ago. Unable to resist a challenge, she travels back to the U.S. to solve a mystery, uncovering her own roots and crossing paths with rival Sherlock Holmes in the process. Douglas has penned another extraordinary adventure sure to entertain her legion of loyal fans. Margaret Flanagan
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Product Details

  • Series: Irene Adler Mysteries (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 554 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (November 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765306824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765306821
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,113,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ignacio Blade VINE VOICE on December 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book so much that I read it all in one sitting. The adventures of Irene Adler Norton and Nell Huxleigh take them to America where Nellie Bly, whom we met in Chapel Noir, lures Irene with a telegram telling her that someone is attempting to murder Irene's mother. But wherever Irene goes, Sherlock Holmes is not far behind as he is also invited by the devious Bly to investigate.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot because I think you ought to read this book for yourself and not let someone else spoil it for you!
This is the latest in Carole Nelson Douglas's Irene Adler series and I think it ranks right up there with Chapel Noir. This is the sixth book, and it features much more collaboration/competition/cooperation between Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler than any other book.
What a great series Ms. Douglas has, and for me, who has been reading it since Good Night, Mr. Holmes was published, I am thrilled at the direction the series is taking as well as the growing quality and length of each entry in the series. I can't not wait until the next book!
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Another Fine Irene Adler Mystery

I have read Carole Nelson Douglas's six previous Victorian-era Irene Adler novels and I think this is a fine addition to the series. The American Opera singer Irene Adler was first introduced to the world as a character in the Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes story 'A Scandal in Bohemia' as the only woman to outwit Sherlock Holmes. Carole Nelson Douglas however, makes the character truly her own in the Irene Adler series opener, 'Goodnight, Mr. Holmes'. The author artfully retells the story of how the wily Irene, accompanied her friend and confidant Nell Huxleigh, befuddles Holmes and enamors a King, but this time from the perspective of Irene.

In subsequent novels Irene and Nell, joined by Irene's husband Godfrey, crisscross Europe from London to Transylvania, and Paris to Monaco, solving mysteries involving queens and courtesans, Jack the Ripper and the Golem of Prague. Along the way they match wits and at times join forces with Irene's rival, Mr. Sherlock Holmes and encounter numerous historical characters including Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, and Nellie Bly.

The current installment, 'Femme Fatale' is an involving and multi-layered mystery in which Irene and Nell travel to 1889 New York City to explore Irene's hidden past and chase a murderer. They reunite with colorful characters from Irene's childhood and tangle again with Holmes. The solution to the mystery is a satisfying and natural one, which keeps the reader guessing (at least I was kept guessing) up to the end.

But this story is more than just a puzzle. In this novel, as well as in the previous Irene Adler novels, the characters are vividly and completely drawn.
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I have read Carole Nelson Douglas's six previous Irene Adler novels and I think this is a fine addition to the series. The American opera singer Irene was first introduced to the world as a character in the Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia" as the only woman to outwit Sherlock Holmes. Carole Nelson Douglas, however, makes the character truly her own in the Irene Adler series opener, "Good Night, Mr. Holmes". The author artfully retells the story of how the wily Irene, accompanied by her friend and confidant Nell Huxleigh, befuddles Holmes and enamors a King, but this time from the perspective of Irene.
In subsequent novels, Irene and Nell, joined by Irene's husband Godfrey, crisscross Europe from London to Transylvania, and Paris to Monaco solving mysteries involving queens and courtesans, Jack the Ripper and the Golem of Prague. Along the way, they match wits and at times join forces with Irene's rival, Mr. Sherlock Holmes and encounter numerous historical characters including Bram Stoker, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, and Nellie Bly.
The current installment, "Femme Fatal", is an involving and multi-layered mystery in which Irene and Nell travel to 1889 New York City to explore Irene's hidden past and chase a murderer. They reunite with colorful characters from Irene's childhood and tangle again with Holmes. The solution to the mystery is a satisfying and natural one, which was *not* guessable midway through the book. The reader is kept guessing (at least I was) up to the end. But this story is more than just a puzzle.
In this novel as well as in the previous Irene Adler stories, the characters are vividly and completely drawn.
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By A Customer on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In 1889 New York based journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochrane better known as Nellie Bly sends a wire to England to American expatriate and pal Irene Adler Norton. Nellie insists that someone wants to kill Irene's mother. Though having some doubts, Irene worked the Ripper case with Nellie who has some credibility with her. So she and her companion, Nell Huxleigh, head back to her hometown in the states.
In New York City, Irene quickly realizes that someone is killing people who know anything about her childhood. She herself contains only vague memories, but wonders what she has forgotten that has led to a series of murders. Soon her rival Sherlock Holmes, who she has out-sleuthed, enters the game in an effort to end a string of homicides tied back to Irene.
The latest Irene Adler tale, the woman who outwitted Holmes in Doyle's A Scandal in Bohemia, is a tremendous late Victorian mystery. The story line has an old world feel to it yet flows fast with plenty of insights into the late nineteenth century New York era and as a bonus, has loads of action. For fans of the series, Carole Nelson Douglas provides some tidbits about the former diva so that the audience has increased knowledge of her past. Historical mystery readers will appreciate FEMME FATALE and want to obtain the previous six Adler novels as this is a strong series.
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