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Spider Dance (Irene Adler Series #8)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    A great story continues

    This story continues Irene Adler¿s adventures in gilded-age New York. As Irene seeks closure in the search for her mother, an unknown victim is found crucified on millionaire William K. Vanderbilt¿s billiard table. The action commences as Irene becomes convinced that the murder and her search are connected. As with the previous stories in the series, I loved this book. All the usual suspects are present: her devoted friend and companion Nell Huxleigh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, stunt reporter Nellie Bly, and dashing British spy Quentin Stanhope. Irene and the others become enmeshed in mystery and international intrigue stretching back decades to gold-rush California and revolution-torn Bavaria. Within the story the author ponders religious and political obsession, relationships between mothers and daughters, and the price of independence and individuality in a world that demands conventionality and conformity. This tale is the eighth in the Irene Adler series. To get the full Irene Adler experience, you could begin with ¿Goodnight, Mr. Holmes¿, the first book in the series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fantastic historical mystery

    In August 18899 at the Green-wood cemetery in Brooklyn, Irene Adler Norton and her companion Nell Huxleigh look at the gravesite that might be the last resting place of the former¿s mother. Out of nowhere, Sherlock Holmes appears and directs them to the grave of Eliza Gilbert. Both females assume that Gilbert is most likely Irene¿s biological mother who gave her up at birth. Further research reveals that Gilbert was Lola Montez, an adventuress who was a mistress of King Ludwig of Bavaria.--- With a dead man found on his table, Willie Vanderbilt hires Holmes to investigate who killed the man, who is sending him threatening letters involving gold and jewels, and what is the link between the two. Irene recognizes the corpse as the priest who was giving Lola comfort when she was dying. As their cases interconnect, Holmes finds himself with a new partner, whom he admires for her intelligence, until Irene abruptly vanishes with Vanderbilt¿s child Consuelo.--- Carole Nelson Douglas has written a fantastic historical mystery showcasing the only person to ever outwit the great Holmes, who plays a key supportive role. Told in rotating first person narratives, readers know what thoughts are going through the minds of the protagonists which in turn enable the audience to fully follow the two separate inquiries and know what the intersection means before the two great sleuths do. SPIDER DANCE is an excellent work that emphasizes great detective work with a back drop of the wealthy in the Gilded Age of Manhattan.--- Harriet Klausner

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