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Femme Fatale

An Irene Adler Novel

Irene Adler

Carole Nelson Douglas

Forge Books

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.

But she has had some help along the way to do this, from such unlikely sources 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 in the hunt for a serial killer, the last man on earth Irene Adler wants to discover anything about her shocking past... Sherlock Holmes.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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.

But she has had some help along the way to do this, from such unlikely sources 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 in the hunt for a serial killer, the last man on earth Irene Adler wants to discover anything about her shocking past... Sherlock Holmes.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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Duet
 
He was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only
a very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit.
 
—DR. JOHN H. WATSON, “THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE,” 1891,
 
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
  
at Neuilly, near Paris
August, 1889
 
“I cannot believe,” I told Irene, “that you would agree to such a shocking thing without telling your husband!”
“Which can you not believe, Nell, that I would agree to a ‘shocking thing’ or that I would not tell
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“Her fine Sherlockian novels have turned Carole Nelson Douglas into a genuine mystery star. Pick one up and you'll see why.” - Mystery Scene
“Her fine Sherlockian novels have turned Carole Nelson Douglas into a genuine mystery star. Pick one up and you'll see why.” - Mystery Scene

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  • Carole Nelson Douglas

  • The first book in Carole Nelson Douglas’s Irene Adler series, Good Night, Mr. Holmes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won an American Mystery Award for Best Novel of Romantic Suspense, and a Romantic Times Best Historical Romantic Mystery Award. In addition to the Irene Adler series, Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of the bestselling contemporary Midnight Louie mystery series. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
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    An Irene Adler Novel

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    Carole Nelson Douglas

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