To Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler was simply “the woman". A lovely and capable amateur detective who first appeared in Conan Doyle’s Scandal in Bohemia, Irene is the heroine of Carole Nelson Douglas’ fabulous history-mystery series.
After a stunning debut in Good Night, Mr. Holmes, Irene returns to life and action in France. When she spies a suspicious corpse being hauled out of the Seine, Irene is quickly cured of moping about the inconveniences of being purportedly dead. The body’s missing finger and unusual tatoo set Irene’s keen detective’s mind in motion. As the pace quickens, a most intriguing case emerges - one that draws Sherlock Holmes from across the English Channel.
With Virginia Leishman and Patrick Tull’s dramatic narrations, you will find yourself rubbing shoulders with the Crown Prince of Monaco, getting to know the divine Sarah Berndhart, and eventually coming face to face with Holmes himself. The narrators’ superb performances bring out all the glamor and excitement of Irene’s amazing adventures.
©1990 Carole Nelson Douglas (P)1999 Recorded Books
Narrative makes the world go round.
This is a decently put together period mystery, but I prefer the Mary Russell type sleuth more than Peabody - Here Irene Adler is the flamboyant Victorian sleuth and her companion is her proper Victorian chronicler. The take on Holmes is good. Note that Patrick Tull narrates only scattered short sections as Holmes and Watson. Virginia Leishman narrates most of the work -- she's good, but Tull, who was an acquired taste for me, just makes me want to hear more of him as Holmes and less of Adler.
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