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Spider Dance

Spider Dance

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes

Irene Adler (Volume 11)

Carole Nelson Douglas

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Opera singer. Adventuress. American abroad. Irene Adler is all of this...and is also the only woman to ever have outwitted the great man, Sherlock Holmes.

In Carole Nelson Douglas's novel Spider Dance, Irene has finally come home after numerous adventures, not out of loyalty to her native shores but because of a baffling puzzle, and the one thing that haunts her. Irene has no real memory of her childhood and has spent most of her life creating a persona to fit her passions. When Daredevil reporter Nelly Bly lures Irene to America by hinting that she knows of Irene's parentage, Irene takes the bait and in doing so, embarks upon a pursuit of the most notorious woman of the nineteenth century.

Before the intrigue-ridden quest is over, Irene will uncover murderous international political conspiracies, lost treasure, and finally . . . the full, shocking secret of her birth.

I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, but she was
a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for.—SHERLOCK HOLMES ON IRENE ADLER, "A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA"
New York City, August 1889
Perhaps I have...

Praise for Spider Dance

“To do justice to this remarkable heroine and her keen perspective on the male society in which she must make her independent way, the author adopts a saucy style and a delicious sense of humor.” —The New York Times on Good Night, Mr. Holmes

“As a Sherlockian and a Ripperologist, I found Chapel Noir as stimulating and satisfying as whiskey-and-soda and three pipes of shag on a foggy night. Brava!” —Loren D. Estleman

“Carole Nelson Douglas gives us a chilling crime perfectly suited to the unique talents of her inspired heroine.” —Jayne Ann Krentz on Chapel Noir

“A story of spine-tingling suspense and dark intrigue... Just take my advice, and read it with all the lights on.” —Kay Hooper on Chapel Noir

“With Chapel Noir, Carole Nelson Douglas proves she's a master of the historical detective novel.” —Gayle Lynds

“This is a sumptuous read.” —Romantic Times (4 ½ stars, Top Pick) on Castle Rouge

“Ms. Douglas's plot ingenuity remains fresh and amusing, and for all its fanciful turns, the action never loses its jaunty, high-heeled pace.” —The New York Times on Irene at Large

Reviews from Goodreads

Carole Nelson Douglas

Spider Dance continues Carole Nelson Douglas's acclaimed adventures of Irene Adler. The first book in the 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. Carole Nelson Douglas is also the author of the bestselling contemporary Midnight Louie mystery series. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

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