The Irene Adler Series, featuring the only 09GNMHtpWebwoman to outwit Sherlock Holmes

The Adler series gets a bow in Elle‘s January 2010 issue rave review of the new Sherlock Holmes film!http://www.elle.com/Pop-Culture/Movies-TV-Music-Books/Sherlock-Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. debuted as the master detective in Sherlock Holmes, a 2009 movie that start  a film franchise, with Rachel McAdams playing the American opera singer Irene Adler. Prolong the fun by reading Carole Nelson  Douglas’ eight acclaimed Irene Adler suspense novels, the first to reinvent a woman from the Holmes “Canon” as a protagonist. Good Night, Mr. Holmes is a  new trade paperback edition of the  series’ groundbreaking start and New York Times Notable Book of the year. In Douglas’ genre-crossing tradition, the novel also won American Mystery and Romantic Times magazine awards.

“And fun it is…when Carole Nelson Douglas purports to tell…how Irene Adler outfoxed Sherlock Holmes…this enchanting paragon comports herself beautifully on her adventures…To do justice to this remarkable heroine and her keen perspective…, the author adopts a saucy style and a delicious sense of humor…irresistible appeal.”—The New York Times

Rachel McAdams

From Good Night, Mr. Holmes:

“Winning is nothing unless the opponent is worthy.” – Irene Adler

“Truth is like a diamond, Mr. Tiffany.  It must have the proper clarity, color, and weight to be worth anything – and must be searched for everywhere.” – Sherlock Holmes

“Your present state of mortality will suffer, Monsieur, if you continue to libel ladies in public in this fashion, especially since one of them is my wife.” – Godfrey Norton

“How unfair it is that enterprise is called a harlot when it wears a female face.”–Sherlock Holmes

Books

(Note: books 2-4 were renamed when they were reissued in the early 2000s)

Good Night Mr Sherlock HolmesGoodnight, Mr. Holmes–Book 1

“Setting herself the task of creating a heroine worthy of Sherlock Holmes, Douglas…succeeds smashingly. In providing an inventive, believable past for Irene Adler, the one woman (and an American at that) who ever duped Holmes, Douglas writes in a voice that resonates of Dr. Watson’s  (or Conan Doyle’s) when appropriate, and links Adler’s adventures with information offered about her in Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia.” Narrated with credible Victorian style and sensibility by Penelope “Nell” Huxleigh, a parson’s daughter, this lively caper establishes Adler’s sleuthing skills  as she solves cases that involve Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker . . . The novel has more going for it than the usual Holmesian pastiche, presenting a truly original perspective of the one whom the great detective himself dubbed “the woman.”  She’s a superior woman at that; readers will doff their deerstalkers.”—Publishers Weekly

Miss Irene Adler, the beautiful American opera singer who once outwitted Sherlock Homes (“to Holmes, she was always the woman”), is here given an unexpected talent: she is a superb detective.  Whether intervening on behalf of Oscar Wilde in a delicate mission of the heart, or maneuvering at Bram Stoker’s tea party, Irene’s brilliant reasoning powers rarely fail.  Only her search for Marie Antoinette’s long-lost Zone of Diamonds seems stymied; her investigation of a royal murder in the Kingdom of Bohemia ends with the apprehension of the villain.

From her early career struggles to her magnificent debut on the Italian stage wearing jewels lent to her by Mr. Tiffany, and her meeting with the smitten composer Anton Dvorak, the diva-detective climbs from anonymity to well-deserved fame.

The Crown Prince of Bohemia, tall, blond, handsome, wealthy, and royal, seems everything Irene could hope for–until a callow betrayal. Her heart aching–though her head is unbowed–Irene is in no mood for romance when she again encounters dashing English barrister Godfrey Norton, with whom she had clashed years before.  But Godfrey’s past holds a surprising secret, and Irene soon discovers that she is not immune to love, even as she is forced into a duel of wits with the great Sherlock Holmes himself.

Note: The blue cover shown on online bookselling sites is obsolete. The cover above is correct.

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adventuressThe Adventuress–Book 2  (formerly Good Morning, Irene)

The deaths of beautiful Irene Adler and her bridegroom, handsome barrister Godfrey Norton, have been widely reported in the English and European press.  But the American opera singer who once outwitted Holmes, disappearing with her photograph of the King of Bohemia, is alive and well in Paris, and lapping up her obituaries with unconcealed glee.  Nevertheless, although her “death” has ended the royal Bohemian’s unwelcome attentions, it is a serious inconvenience; she cannot perform on the operatic stage.

Irene Adler is not a woman for whom idleness holds the slightest appeal.  Thus the appearance of Sarah Bernhardt as a new friend is extremely welcome; but the unexpected emergence of a drowned sailor’s body from teh Seine is even more so.

On the sailor’s chest is a tattoo–a tattoo reminiscent of one Irene saw years ago in London, on another sailor’s chest, while the corpse lay upon Bram Stoker’s dining room table . . .

She had been unable to decipher the mysterious circumstances of the London death.  Now, with a second corpse to consider, she seems to see a pattern. Then a young woman is abducted, and–against her will–tattooed!

The inimitable detecting skills of Irene Adler will be sorely tested by the Machiavellian complexities at hand.  Godfrey Norton’s unexpected gifts of disguise will be needed, as will the dogged intelligence of Miss Penelope Huxleigh, Irene’s faithful chronicler.  A large and varied cast-among them the divine Sarah, a green serpent, the first beautiful, blond American Princess of Monaco, a young American journalist, an all-too-attentive Viscount, and Sherlock Holmes himself–will play their roles before Irene unravels the dreadful mystery that confronts her.

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soul-of-steelA Soul of Steel–Book 3  (formerly Irene at Large)

Alive and well despite the widely published accounts of her death, the irresistible Irene Adler and her husband, dashing barrister Godfrey Norton, are taking coffee with their friend Nell Huxleigh in a Parisian sidewalk cafe when a stranger dressed in Oriental garb falls at their feet.  Surprisingly, it is not Irene’s beauty that has felled him, but a does of poison–and even more surprisingly, the friends learn as he recovers that he is an Englishman!

After nine years in Afghanistan, following the disastrous battle of Maiwand, Quentin is on his way to London to find a Dr. Watson who tended his battle wounds, a Dr. Watson whose life may well be in danger.  Nell’s heart is quickly lost to Quentin, but after a shot through a window, Quentin vanishes. Irene vows to find him, for Nell should not be loved and left.  Their search takes them first to a Parisian garret, inhabited only by a dead Lascar and . . . an indecently large cobra!  Although Irene dispatches the scaly miscreant handily with her revolver, the game is indeed aslither.  The sinuous chase leads through a command performance for the Empress of All the Russias and two visits to Sarah Bernhardt, into a channel steamer and under the desk of Dr. John H. Watson, loops into 221 B Baker Street, and uncoils deadly secrets both past and present.

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another-scandal-in-bohemiaAnother Scandal in Bohemia–Book 4 (formerly Irene’s Last Waltz)

The ever irresistible Irene Adler, her dashing barrister husband Godfrey Norton and the indomitable Miss Nell Huxleigh have arrived at last at their French cottage–having survived (but just barely) the dastardly plots, Russian spies, pistol-wielding criminals . . . and the occasional cobra.  Our happy trio seek nothing but rest and peace.

But Irene has always chafed under idle conditions, and Paris, she says, “is pretty and urbane, but hardly a center of excitement.” So when Charles Frederick Worth, the Parisian King of Couture invites Irene to become his “mannequin de ville,” to wear the fabulous Worth creations to stimulate his trade, Irene leaps at the chance.

But what was a joyous lark soon turns into a journey that can lead to disgrace, dishonor. . . and death.

For Irene, Nell and Godfrey are drawn into a series of events that will compel Irene to the one place that she daren’t go–and to the one man she must not confront.

To Prague and the King of Bohemia.

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chapel-noirChapel Noir–Book 5

Before Caleb Carr and Laurie R. King, Carole Nelson Douglas gave readers a compelling look into Victoriana with a bold new detective character: Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have “outwitted” Sherlock Holmes.  An operatic diva and intellectual equal (and some would say superior) to most of the men she encounters, Irene is as much at home with disguises and a revolver as with high society and haute couture.

Chapel Noir thrusts readers into one of the darkest periods of criminal fact and fiction when two courtesans are found brutally slaughtered in the lavish boudoir of a Paris house that dare not speak its name.  No woman should ever see such horrors, authorities declare, but a powerful sponsor has insisted that Irene investigate the case, along with her faithful companion, sheltered parson’s daughter Penelope Huxleigh.  Yet does anyone really seek the truth, or do they wish only to bury it with the dead women?

For there is a worse horror that will draw Irene and her arch rival, Sherlock Holmes, into a duel of wits with a fiendish opponent: These Paris killings mimic a series of gruesome murders that terrorized London only months before.  In a dangerous and disreputable part of town known as Whitechapel . . .

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castle-rougeCastle Rouge–Book 6

Carole Nelson Douglas gives readers a delightful look into Victoriana with Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have outwitted Sherlock Holmes, in “A Scandal in Bohemia.”  A charismatic performer and the intellectual equal to the men she encounters, Irene Adler is as much at home with a spyglass and revolver as with haute couture and gala balls.

She has thwarted plots against nations, spurned a monarch, and lived to reap a sweet revenge.  Now Irene is on the hunt for one of the true monsters of all time–Jack the Ripper.  It was she who led the search, with a most unlikely group of allies, through the catacombs of 1889 Paris, to capture the suspect at a horrific secret-cult ceremony held beneath the city.  But disaster has scattered those allies and the Ripper has again escaped.  Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, and Watson, to reinvestigate the Whitechapel murders of the previous fall from an entirely new angle.

Irene fears the Ripper will strike again and is eager to hunt this monster down.  But terror has struck a little too close to home, for her own nearest and dearest are mysteriously missing–her companion/biographer, Nell Huxleigh, abducted in Paris, and her barrister husband, Godfrey Norton, vanished in the wilds of Bohemia.  Where should Irene search first?

Though Irene has many highly placed friends, the Baron de Rothschild, Sarah Bernhardt, and the Prince of Wales can offer only money and goodwill.

Irene must rely on an unreliable cohort: the American prostitute named Pink, who has proven to be someone with her own agenda, and Bram Stoker, the theatrical manager who will later pen Dracula. The trail will lead back to Bohemia, and on to new and bloodier atrocities, before pursuers and prey reunite at a remote castle in Transylvania, where the Ripper is cornered and fully unveiled, at last to answer the question the world is asking: Who is Jack the Ripper?

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femme-fataleFemme Fatale–Book 7

Irene Adler is the only woman ever to have outwitted Sherlock Holmes. . . and the one who has come closest to stealing his heart.  She has competed (and sometimes cooperated) with the famous fictional detective over six popular and acclaimed novels, featuring her daring investigations across the Continent.  All along, the beautiful and brilliant American diva-turned-detective has managed to conceal her background and history, even from her dashing barrister husband, Godfrey Norton, and her devoted companion and biographer, English spinster Nell Huxleigh.

The allies that Irene has made during her investigations include such luminaries as the Baron de Rothschild, Sarah Bernhardt, and Bram Stoker, as well as the soon-to-be-infamous Nellie Bly, a daring American journalist who helped Irene hunt Jack the Ripper.  Now Nellie has wired Irene some astounding news, news that will shake her world: Irene’s mother is the target of an assassin.

Irene’s past is shrouded in secrecy, and at first she is unwilling to divulge anything that would link her to America.  But a series of bizarre killings in New York City draws her reluctantly back to her native country, where she must race with a murderer to find her mother, a woman of mystery who may turn out to be the most notorious woman of the nineteenth century.

As Irene forges a trail into her own hidden past, Nellie Bly draws another ace investigator across the Atlantic to join the hunt for a serial killer, the last man on earth Irene Adler wants to discover anything about her shocking past . . .  Sherlock Holmes.

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spider-danceSpider Dance–Book 8

Irene Adler is the beautiful opera singer who bested the best detective in the world, the only woman to ever outwit Sherlock Holmes.  She has spent years in self-imposed exile in Europe, in an attempt to reinvent herself and create a new life, because she cannot remember the old one.  But now circumstances have forced this diva-turned-detective to investigate a past she doesn’t remember–on her home ground.

Daredevil reporter Nellie Bly has lured Irene, her faithful chronicler and British Parson’s daughter Nell Huxleigh, and Holmes himself to America, offering information regarding Irene’s parentage.  New York City in 1889 proves to be both fascinating and perilous for Irene, and Nellie Bly’s information turns out to be more harmful than helpful.  Because now Irene and her allies–and enemies–must race to follow a deadly trail of hidden personal and political history back in time to the days of the California gold rush, forty years earlier.

They are pursuing the complex and contradictory life story of one of the most notorious women of the nineteenth century, and before the intrigue-ridden quest is over, Irene and Nell will uncover murderous international political conspiracies, lost treasure, and finally . . . the full, shocking secret of Irene’s birth.

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31 Responses to “Irene Adler”

  • All the Adler books are on sale in Ebook for January-February of 2014, at $2.99. Since they are more than a million words altogether, that’s quite a bargain. I’m so heartened to hear that a younger reader is happy to find a strong and independent Irene Adler! Thanks for writing me.

  • Naming a favorite is impossible! I’ve just reread them all for conversion into eBook format. I had different goals in each book. In Good Night, Mr. Holmes, to reinvent Irene Adler as Conan Doyle had envisioned her, a woman of wit, wisdom and integrity. Only men wrote about these characters afterward, for almost a century. I was the first woman to write a long, Holmesian novel, with the first woman protagonist from the Canon. The Adventuress (formerly Good Morning, Irene) included the FIRST beautiful blonde American princess of Monaco. It was about American heiresses being “sold” on the European marriage market to financially struggling aristocracy. Actress Grace Kelly was the last in that line and a new movie is coming out about her, Grace of Monaco. A Soul of Steel (formerly Irene at Large) investigates the obscure battle Watson was wounded in, in Afghanistan, and show the roots of the fruitless involvement for culture after culture. Another Scandal in Bohemia (formerly Irene’s Last Waltz) revolves around the persecution of the Jews through the apparent appearance of the Golem in Prague. The Jack the Ripper duology, Chapel Noir and Castle Rouge, humanize the victims of the Ripper instead of make the Ripper an anti-hero. I also get to play with a novel of the time, Dracula. Femme Fatale does not feature a gorgeous, fickle or dangerous woman, but a society abortionist and the beginning of the Comstock censorship ere. Spider Dance reinvents one of the most notorious woman in the 19th century, who proves to be a victim of her time. So, I’m happy to have tackled such a wide range of issues in an adventuresome, amusing way.

  • Good Night, Mr. Holmes is a novel and a long form works well with various points of view. Watson is the narrator of the Holmes scenes in that book, as I recall, but I did use Holmes as the narrator in later books. “The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes” is a novella, much shorter than a novel, and a single narrator works best there. This is only the second Irene Adler story I’ve written in Irene’s viewpoint. As Watson reported Holmes’ adventures, Nell Huxleigh conveys those of Irene Adler in the novels and most shorter stories.
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    > Also, why did you choose Irene Adler specifically to write about? What inspired the series? What was the overall aim / message of the books?
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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story indicated Irene was a clever woman with integrity, and that she had been “wronged” by the King of Bohemia. All men who picked up the character in
    pastiches, made her a courtesan and/or criminal. Yet the demanding profession of singing grand opera is something she wouldn’t have forsaken lightly. New film versions of Adler by males have outraged women bloggers, who complain that new versions of Irene Adler always “sexualize and criminalize” her, taking away her bold and brilliant moves against Holmes, and her personal integrity. There are few women in literary history who could be called “heroines” and who outdo iconic male characters. I wanted to create a fuller version of an admirable Irene Adler on a par with Holmes, not as some “Victorian vamp.” My dedication to Good Night, Mr. Holmes is: “To S.H., a woman worthy of him.” And Publishers Weekly concluded
    the novel is a “truly original perspective” on “the woman.” “She’s a superior woman at that; readers will doff their deerstalkers.”

    The series itself explores the rise of the trade and artistic classes as opposed to the old aristocracy of Europe and even the new “robber baron” aristocracy of America. And the equality of women is always a driving force.

    Good luck with your dissertation!

  • Elecia:

    Hi Carole,

    I have been really enjoyong your Irene Adler Series, so much so that I have chosen it as a focus for my dissertation project.

    I am intrigued as to why you chose to alternate between Holmes and Adler as narraters in ‘Good night Mr Holmes’, but Adler remains the narrator throughout in ‘The Private Wife of Holmes’?

    Also, why did you choose Irene Adler specifically to write about? What inspired the series? What was the overall aim / message of the books?

    If you could email me with a response, I would be incredibly grateful.

    Thanks,

    Elecia

  • Tina W:

    Ms. Douglas,
    I have only just finished your first book on the adventures of Irene Adler and I am now both thrilled and a little dismayed to find out I must now purchase seven other books on an unemployed seventeen year old’s salary! I am determined to make it work because your writing was wonderful and I’m glad to finally have a series in which Irene is shown as the wonderful character she is. Nell, Godfrey and of course Cassanova have also completely won me over. I thank you for writing about “The Woman” and I am excited to read further!

  • Rose:

    Which book is your favorite in this series?

  • I know Nancy Springer and her wonderful Enola Holmes books. She’s a terrific writer, but I know she ended her series because she felt that was where it
    had to bow out. And most writers don’t have that collaboration gene. :) I might still write more Adler novels. Your instincts about Nell and Nellie are
    right on! I wanted the entire series to reflect changes in the Olde and New World, particularly in the lives of women at the time. Thanks for bringing up that issue.

    Happy Holidays,

    Carole

  • Sean Hagins:

    Just one more thing. I do not know how easy it is to collaborate on ideas and characters, but have you ever read Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes stories? I don’t know why i didn’t think of it before-another strong and independent female character in the Victorian Sherlockian universe! Well, it is a young adult (but very mature and well written) series that came out in the latter half of the last decade. Perhaps she can team up with your Irene Adler and Nell! If so, i would say the adventure would have to be light-like the first half of your series instead of the duology of books 5 & 6.

    Anyway, i hope i don’t bore you-my mind has been racing with ideas over the weekend (probably comes from having no weddings or sports events to shoot for awhile)

    I also must say i’m still reading book 6-Castle Rogue. So, Irene has marshaled her troops, and is using Nellie. Odd how Nell and Nellie are so dissimilar, and yet to me are two halves to a whole. Nellie is prim and proper with her prejudices (“Rule Britanna all the way”), and Nellie is anti-proper, with her prejudices (“enough of these stuffy Europeans-only the fresh USA is right”) I don’t know if you intentionally decided to make Nellie’s character the polar of Nell’s, but i find that quite interesting!

    Again, i want to thank you for these books-i must say, not only the mystery, but the character development is truly fascinating me!

    (Ok, i’ve probably taken up enough of your valuable time. Take care!)

  • Hi, Sean,

    Getting my books out in audio is one of my goals, but I have a LOT of books.

    I’m glad you love Chapel Noir. After I suggested the publisher resume the series after seven years, and they agreed, I saw that mystery historicals had grown darker. I don’t like to go too dark, but I was very irritated by how books and films made Jack the Ripper into almost a hero and gave no sense of the victims’ bleak lives, and sometimes turned these hard-used Victorian women into long-haired, decolletage-showing beauties. I also had a historical candidate for the Ripper who truly came from a depraved background and COULD have been on scene. So, yes, the later books darker and more complex, while not losing the wit and humor. As Irene tells Nell early in Chapel Noir, the ancient Greek theatrical masks of Comedy and Tragedy are always depicting next to each other, touching. When I resume the series after all these years, I’m thinking they’ll be different again. And when that will be won’t be for a couple years at least.

  • Hi, Kimberly,

    We writers often find ourselves interrupting series because something happens in publishing we can’t control. I appreciate your plea for more Irene Adler! I’m getting out shorter Adler stories in eBook and print in the next year or two. A novel would come after that. If I had clones, it would be here now. “The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes” is the first story out.

  • Greetings, Julia. My agents just sold three more Irene Adler novels to a Russian publisher!! It’s wonderful to know that the translations are being enjoyed and my love of playing with language is evident in translation. I am Czech on my mother’s side and heard that language as a child. They said it was similar to Russian. Sadly, the elders used Czech to say things they didn’t want me to know, instead of encouraging me in a second language!

  • Good to hear from you on that Diana. I do have “The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes” story out in eBook. I’ll work on getting more Adler stories, at least, out in eBook next year. There will eventually be a print short story collection, but I am one busy author! And a new novel? I hope so, in time!

    Thanks for your support!

  • Sean Hagins:

    Hello! I am so busy i usually don’t have time to read-just to listen to audiobooks. I LOVED the first 4 Irene books-the two readers (Watson’s voice and Nell’s voice) are PERFECT! I am just sorry your last 4 books are not on audio

    Anyway, because the last 4 aren’t in audio, i haven’t read them-then one day i decided to buy all 8 printed books on ebay-am i ever glad i did! I am near the end of book 5 (Chapel Noir) and love it. I can tell that you took some three quarters of a decade hiatus between books 4 & 5-they truly have a vastly different feel.

    Anyway, i just wanted to say good job and ask if you if and when you will write a book 9. Also, someone mentioned that there are some short stories available on Irene that you penned. Where can i find them?

  • Kimberly:

    When will another book come out?? I’ve been stuck waiting since… a long time! your the reason I want to see prauge! please do another Irene adler book! Many MANY more!!

  • Julia:

    Thank you for the pleasure of your books. Most recently, they came out in my native Russia. You have a wonderful sense of color and language.

  • Diana BR:

    Hi Carole: I certainly hope you will continue with more adventures of Irene Adler. I have just been re-reading them after several years and am enjoying them once again.

  • I figured this out before I looked at your next message.

  • Hi, Chris,

    Sorry to hear you’re having difficulties finding my books. It looks like you’re searching for the Irene Adlers ones. They are mostly out of print, but I have made the first four available in eBook format. The last four are in eBook format from the publisher. I don’t have the rights to put any of these books into print, although I easily could. The publisher won’t revert the titles. I’m sorry. Any of the big bookseller online sites would have used versions of the hardcovers, Barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, booksamillion.com, etc.

  • chris:

    sorry i don’t specify which books. they are irene adler series.

  • chris:

    dear mrs douglas,
    i find difficulties on finding your books.
    most online stores i know are out of stock.
    the only available option for me right now is buying 2nd-hand which fortunately in good shape.
    do you have any recommendation for online bookstores which provide your brand-new-books and support international delivery?

  • Thanks for asking, Collette! There’s an Irene short story out in eBook, “The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes,” and I plan to get other novellas out. A new novel could be in the offing after that. As for Nell getting married . . . we are all waiting with bated breath!! I put you on my e-scribe newsletter list so you know what’s coming.

    Cheers,

    Carole and Louie and Irene.

  • Colette Girard:

    Dear Ms. Douglas
    Are there anymore Irene Adler novels in the works? I have enjoyed all of them but do not notice any recent additions. I am especially looking for any plans on Nell getting married. Hopefully, this is in the future.
    I am a big fan of this series as well as Midnight Louie. Colette

  • As an ex-journalist myself, I was tickled to see this blog mention of my Irene Adler novels that include Nellie Bly: Chapel Noir, Castle Rouge, Femme Fatale and Spider Dance.

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  • Your blog post on Holmes-related books and the new Downey film interpretation is very interesting and I’m glad you mentioned my Irene Adler series. But the characterization you make of Irene as a “grifter and con-artist” (and also an attractive, duplicitous “minx”) comes from the recent Ritchie-Downey film, not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and not me.

    Doyle made Irene an opera singer, not a career one follows without years of hard study. And, in those days, opera performers wore many pounds of elaborate costuming and projected their voices in huge opera houses without benefit of microphones. They were artistic endurance athletes also. :) In my series, I showed the young Adler taking on private inquiry agent jobs to support her singing career, but she was never criminal. That did not fit the intense admiration Sherlock Holmes (and Doyle) showed for her in the first Holmes short story, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” which featured her. I enjoyed the Downey film, but, as friends point out, “that’s not YOUR Irene Adler,” a formidable woman of culture and integrity as well as cleverness and wit. It’ll be interesting to see what the BBC series “Sherlock,” does with the character; yet another interpretation, I’m sure.

    Cheers,

    Carole

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