IRENE ADLER . . . She’s one of the most mysterious women in literature, an American and the only woman to have outwitted the world's greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes.
ON FILM . . . You've seen Irene Adler as the fetchingly treacherous minx mixed up with Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes as an action hero and human calculating machine.
You can see her as an apparently naked dominatrix in the BBC's modern take on a young, totally wired Sherlock Holmes.
Or you can read about her further adventures after she bested Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia" as written by New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Carole Nelson Douglas, author of Good Night,
Mr. Holmes and seven other novels following the adventures of Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes after “Scandal.”
This novella, “The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes,” reports the pair’s most recent and intriguing encounter in post-Jack the Ripper London, from Baker Street to a high society brothel. Shocking, my dear Holmes!
According to the critics from the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and daily newspapers, Irene Adler as “the dashing heroine in Carole Nelson Douglas’s enchanting Victorian series” is "a Victorian age Ms. who blithely flouts conventions and triumphs in not one, but two careers—opera diva and detective” . . . “unconventional, irreverent, at least a century before her time—witty, competent, competitive, adventurous and like Holmes himself, fascinated with the curious and the criminal” . . . “the only woman Sherlock Holmes admired and indeed she lives up to the honor.”
Carole Nelson Douglas is the award-winning and bestselling author of almost sixty novels in genres ranging from mystery-thriller to high and urban fantasy to romance and mainstream. She has two very different series set in contemporary and slightly future Las Vegas. The Midnight Louie feline PI mysteries and the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator noir urban fantasies.
She's also the first author to make a woman from the Sherlock Holmes stories the protagonist of her own series, Irene Adler. Her debut book in that series, Good Night, Mr. Holmes, was a New York Times Notable Book of the year and won mystery and romance awards Carole has Lifetime Achievement Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine in Mystery, versatility and Innovation and many Muse Medallions from the Cat Writers' Association.