"She's back and better than ever!"
In 1889 American Irene Adler Norton resides in Paris
with her beloved British husband Godfrey. At first the
social swirl provides Irene with much distraction, but that
quickly turns boring for the only known female to outwit
and out-deduce the great Sherlock Holmes.
Thus, when the police, acting at the direction of a
higher up, ask her to assist with the inquiries into the
murders of prostitutes, Irene jumps at the opportunity.
Upon seeing the brutalized corpse of the latest victim, a
horrified Irene immediately thinks of London and Ripper.
Unable to resist full involvement, Irene begins to
investigate the grisly homicides only to find that once
again she competes with the internationally renowned Holmes.
Anyone who enjoys the full Holmes pantheon (not just
Doyle's prime piece of heaven) will want to read the first
Irene Adler novel released in several years. The story
line is exciting as Victorian Paris comes to life through
the eyes of Irene and her shocked companion Nell. Holmes
also plays a secondary but important role. The who-done-it
is cleverly designed so that it is elementary to Dr. Watson
that this novel is quite appealing. Fans of Holmes will
want to read CHAPEL NOIR, Carole Nelson Douglas previous
Adler novels and demand a shorter gap for her next
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 18, 2001