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Chapel Noir

A Novel of Suspense featuring Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler, and Jack the Ripper

Irene Adler (Volume 5)

Carole Nelson Douglas

Forge Books

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 to ever outwit Sherlock Holmes. An operatic diva and the intellectual equal of 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 is the fifth book in Carole Nelson Douglas's critically acclaimed Irene Adler series, which reinvents "the woman" that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced in "A Scandal in Bohemia" as the heroine of her own extravagant adventures.

This time readers are thrust 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. 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.

But 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 archrival, 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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Somewhere in Paris
 
I often have this strange and moving dream of an unknown woman.…
--PAUL VERLAINE, MON RÊVE FAMILIER, 1866
 
from a journal
Saturday, May 18, 1889.
I must be strong and record my impressions before they fade.
Yet…no wonder my penmanship resembles the thin, palsied scrawl of a very old lady, though I am not yet twenty-five. My hand shakes despite myself, as my body shivers despite the snapping flames I sit so near.
I had hoped that my unconventional life thus far had prepared me to face disagreeable things, things that
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REVIEWS

Praise for Chapel Noir

"A saucy style and a delicious sense of humor . . . an irresistible appeal for women of more modern sensibilities." --The New York Times

"An absolutely ripping adventure, [with] a color and texture which will give you a vivid sense of being there, and time spent with unique and immensely enjoyable people." -Anne Perry on Irene at Large

"Her fine Sherlockian novels and her Midnight Louie books have turned Carole Nelson Douglas into a genuine mystery star. Pick one up and you'll see why."-Mystery Scene

"Readers will doff their deerstalkers."-Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Carole Nelson Douglas

  • Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of the bestselling Midnight Louie series as well as the historical suspense series featuring Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have "outwitted" Sherlock Holmes. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
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    Chapel Noir

    A Novel of Suspense featuring Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler, and Jack the Ripper

    Irene Adler

    Carole Nelson Douglas

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