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Irene at Large by Carole Nelson Douglas

Irene at Large (edition 1992)

by Carole Nelson Douglas

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Title:Irene at Large
Authors:Carole Nelson Douglas
Info:Tor Books (1992), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 381 pages
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Another installment in the adventures of Irene Adler, diva/detective and Holmes rival. Am not enjoying quite as much as the original in the series, [Good Night Mr. Holmes], I think largely because Nell is removed from Irene for a good chunk of the plot and their interaction was what made the first one so much fun. All the same, a good read. ( )
  gmathis | Jun 21, 2009 |
Anyway, this one centered more on Nell than on Irene and Nell comes face to face with how much she’s changed when she comes face to face with someone from her governess days. Quentin Stanup was the uncle of some of her charges. He remembers her and collapses at her feet. He was a spy in the war in Afghanistan and was betrayed and his betrayal (bad information) was the cause of a huge defeat of the English Army. Many men died and the traitor spy has been after Stanup ever since. Quentin remembers being treated by a Doctor Watson over there and of course it is THE Dr. Watson.

As usual, both Holmes and Irene are working different angles of essentially the same case. And as usual, Holmes is working what he believes to be the noble side, but it isn’t and Irene has to figure out a way to deal with him as well as her own problems.

I really thought that at the end, Nell and Quentin would end up together, but Quentin disappears again after fighting with the traitor spy and falling into the Thames. No bodies are recovered and months go by when Nell receives a package in France. It is Quentin’s medal from the war. A tantalizing hint that he is still alive and still wants Nell.
  Bookmarque | Jun 13, 2009 |
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Oh, Gods! From the venom of the Cobra, the teeth of the Tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan - deliver us.
- Hindu saying
For Richard Adcock,
a good friend
who knew everything
about computers and writers
and made them both work
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My previous works collated the nineteenth-century diaries of Penelope Huxleigh, a parson's daughter, and recently discovered fragments from the supposedly fictional accounts of John H. Watson, M.D., regarding the activities of Sherlock Holmes, the world's first consulting detective. (foreword)
Near Sangbur, Afghanistan: July 25, 1880

In the very lap of Asia lies a land so fierce and desolate - if not undefended - that were the demons of every faith to collaborate in creating a Hell that would prostrate Christian, Hebrew and Moslem alike in united terror, its name would remain...Afghanistan.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812517024, Mass Market Paperback)

A delightful Victorian adventure novel about the only woman Sherlock Holmes has ever admired: Irene Adler. In this delightful encore to Good Night, Mr. Holmes, diva-turned-detective Irene Adler engages in a battle of wits with Sherlock Holmes -- and a vicious killer who seeks to hide a traitorous past...

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When a stranger in Asian garb is poisoned at the feet of Nell Huxliegh, Irene Adler does a little investigating, discovering that the Asian was actually an Englishman and that Dr. Watson's life is in danger

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