Good Night, Mr. Holmes

Good Night Mr Holmes Miss Irene Adler the beautiful American opera singer who once outwitted Sherlock Holmes is here given an unexpected talent she is a superb detective as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker can attest But in

  • Title: Good Night, Mr. Holmes
  • Author: Carole Nelson Douglas
  • ISBN: 9780812514308
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • Miss Irene Adler, the beautiful American opera singer who once outwitted Sherlock Holmes, is here given an unexpected talent she is a superb detective, as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker can attest But in matters of the heart she encounters difficulty.

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    1. I couldn't finish. I hate, HATE not finishing a book I've started and rarely review them, but I start this at the beginning of December and it's now the end of April, and it deserves something for all my effort. Have a gold red star.You know, I understand the fascination with Irene Adler. Holes never showed canonical interest in her but was miffed he was outsmarted by a woman--and she's smart. But Irene is only half the story in this book.Like Holmes has Watson, Irene has Nell, an unrelated acqu [...]

    2. So to preface this with a disclaimer: I am the kind of person who is planning to get an Irene Adler tattoo. So there's that.This is a really fun pastiche. It's not serious, it never tries to be, and it revels in being just a shade over the line of 'absurd'. Notably, it's also very Holmes-lite; the focus is strongly on Irene and her female Watson stand-in Penelope, and later, her canonical husband Godfrey Norton. Which leads me to one of my favourite things about this pastiche: it's basically a s [...]

    3. Not exactly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Instead of Doctor Watson we have Miss Penelope Huxleigh, a parson's daughter left in poor circumstances by the death of her father. She is rescued by a Miss Irene Adler who prevents a street urchin from making off with Miss Huxleigh's belongings. Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes have both been hired by a Mr. Tiffany of the jewelry fame, to find Marie Antoinette's Zone of Diamonds last known to possibly be in the hands of 'Black Jack" Norton.Penelope and Irene e [...]

    4. I loved it! Great characters, great plot. Terrific humor! If you always cared for Irene Adler, this is a must read, even if you never read another book in the series.

    5. Let me start by admitting that I enjoy Sherlock Holmes, but I am not a Holmesian. I think the actual canon is pretty good, occasionally great, and that Doyle showed rather too plainly his growing dissatisfaction with the series. What Doyle DID do right was create an unforgettable character, an icon, one that writers today would KILL for. Holmes is a character that has survived numerous movie and TV shows, including a cartoon, and inspired literally hundreds of writers to try their hand at a new [...]

    6. While the Holmes/Watson pieces are quite well written, most of Irene Adler's detection work is driven by fortunate coincidence. There is far too much babbling about clothes, Adler's assistant must be one of the most irritating sidekicks I have ever come across and the pair of them are unbearably smug whenever they perceive they get one over on Holmes.

    7. The first in the series followed by Good Morning Irene (The Adventuress)"Parris Greene" (short story)Irene at Large (A Soul of Steel)This a story interwoven with the Holmsian story about the one woman, Irene Adler, who could match Holmes, hence, she intrigued him as no other could. Adler also has her faithful chronicler, Nell Huxleigh, who is a capable companion but not quite able to match Adler's nimble mind.The intrigue and period stereotypes are appropriate. Adler is a competent woman faced w [...]

    8. "Goodnight, Mr Holmes" (Irene Adler 1) by Carole Nelson Douglas, is the parting line of Irene, disguised, mocking Holmes' pursuit during "Scandal in Bohemia". Coda has imitation research. Extras are okay reader's guide and interview. Douglas sticks to the bones of Doyle, yet gives another side and back story. Set in the same London 1890s with similar tone and vocabulary, Watson gives prelude and other chapters. Mostly country parson's orphan Penelope Huxleigh takes the role differently of narrat [...]

    9. My all time favorite detective series. Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the character of Irene Adler in "A Scandal in Bohemia". Irene shows up in a number of modern rewrites of Sherlock Holmes but almost everyone gets the character wrong. The TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch casts Irene as a modern day dominatrix who's a little too eager to beat people with her riding crop. In the Robert Downey Jr. movies, Irene is a hired hand for criminals and a sexual minx.Both of those portrayals are wrong. [...]

    10. Read over 50 pages of this pastiche, didn't find the story interesting at all so back to the old used book shop she goes. I love Sherlock Holmes but this book did absolutely nothing for me.

    11. Made it to 45%, and decided to move on to books I might enjoy. No hope for this one. There is very little mystery in a book you expect to be a mystery. It's not even really about Irene Adler. It's about her boring sidekick. Good night, boring sidekick.

    12. This parallels a Scandal in Bohemia, starting a few years earlier with the association of the narrator Nell with Irene Adler, going on to describe Adler's adventures from the perspective of the protagonist rather than the object of someone else's story. The book starts off a bit slow and some of the themes were kind of clumsily handled* in the first 25-30% of the book, but it builds into a pretty satisfying ending that both ties up the canonical adventure and an additional original mystery rathe [...]

    13. 2.5While I did really enjoy the characterization of all the women in this book, it just didn't hook me. My overall feeling was "Meh". It was a bit too long. Everything just dragged and there were pieces that I didn't see why I cared about, therefore I honestly didn't keep track of, aka the Zone of Diamonds. I could have cared less about that, although it did hook in different important characters. This hashed out details, characters, and brought us to the point where the ACD-canon left off with [...]

    14. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, you will love this account of his first encounter with Irene Adler written from the perspective of Irene and her companion, Penelope Huxleigh.

    15. parts of it were fun, others were inconsistent like why would norton's dad leave a puzzle to show where his treasure was buried since he didn't really care to pass it on he could just remember where he buried it 2.5 stars

    16. FINALLY an adaptation that understands that Sherlock Holmes did not have romantic feelings for Irene Adler!

    17. 4.5 stars Lovedddd the strong character portrayal of irene adler. A woman ahead of her time in and era when second and sometimes third class citizens.

    18. Desde que descobri a existência de uma série literária tendo como protagonista ‘A Mulher’ que estou me coçando para ler esse título. Irene Adler aparece em um único conto das dezenas de histórias que Conan Doyle escreveu para o mais famoso detetive da ficção, e é um testemunho ao engenho do autor que com uma aparição tão rápida e passageira, ela seja uma personagem tão interessante.Talvez o fascínio se deva exatamente a isso. Adler é elusiva, cheia de mistérios não decifra [...]

    19. I love mysteries set in the Victorian Era, and I am a fan of “all things Sherlock”. So I was doubly delighted to discover Carole Nelson Douglas’s witty mystery series featuring Irene Adler, the opera singer in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia.” In Doyle’s adventure, the King of Bohemia hires Sherlock Holmes to retrieve a photograph from Adler that would compromise his coming marriage. Adler turns the tables on them both and gets away with the photograph. Goodnight, Mr. Ho [...]

    20. Although some felt this title read more like a romance novel than a murder mystery, it was interesting to see Sherlock Holmes from the perspective of Irene Adler.Find this book at the Fox Lake Library: tlcweb.fllib:8080/?config=

    21. Good Night, Mr. Holmes takes the familiar Sherlock Holmes short story, "A Scandal in Bohemia", and turns it on it's head, telling the story from Irene Adler's point of view. It also expands the story into a full-length novel. The author gives Irene her own Watson, Penelope Huxleigh, whom Irene calls "Nell". Nell narrates the story, and she is interesting in her own right. The daughter of a parson, when her father dies, she's left on her own. Nell does OK, getting a job as a governess. However, w [...]

    22. If you love Sherlock Holmes, you will most assuredly enjoy Carole Nelson Douglas' "Good Night, Mr. Holmes." If you are indeed a Holmes affectionato, you will recognize this title and immortal line: "Good Night, Mr. Holmes." The mysterious Irene Adler - "the woman" to Holmes - spoke this parting line while she was disguised as a man, ironically both mocking and bidding farewell to Holmes near the end of "Scandal in Bohemia". How interesting and enjoyable it is to see Adler developed into an even [...]

    23. In a nutshell, if you like mysteries set in Victorian England, with lots of spot-on period details and engaging/endearing characters, then this book is for you. And by the way, Victorian England in this instance does not equal boring and stuffy.Before I get on with the review, no, this is not a horror, science fiction or fantasy novel, nor was it penned by an author just starting out, so yes, I freely broke out of my own set of reviewing parameters.Carole Nelson Douglas is an accomplished author [...]

    24. Irene Adler shows up in the corpus of Sherlock Holmes’ works, in “A Scandal in Bohemia.” This book represents that story in a larger context—from the point of view of a close acquaintance of Adler’s. And the effect is altogether delightful!The story is overwritten in its style as is Doyle’s work on Holmes. In the book the Bohemian scandal is only a small part of a much larger story. “Good Night, Mr. Holmes” is a work from the point of view of Penelope (“Nell”) Huxleigh. The s [...]

    25. To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’This is probably a book I wouldn’t have picked up on my own. I do love Mr. Holmes just as much as the next person, and a re-telling of ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ based on Irene Adler’s – the woman – side of the story is a quite compelling outline. That being said, I often postpone my readings of the original Sherlock adventures and, since most my primary school readings were mystery books, I have for many years na [...]

    26. As other reviewers have written, I really wanted to like this book. I loved the concept and was looking forward to the Holmes-like clues to readers linking Irene's narrative with the Sherlock stories we know so well. However, overall, this fell flat. The mystery of the work, or at least one of them, the diamond chain wasn't developed enough to be really interesting. The romance with the King of Bohemia was set up well, but there was so much time spent on the sidekick's tale that I lost interest [...]

    27. This was a lot of fun and a real treat to read. You do have to know the first Sherlock Holmes short story "A Scandal In Bohemia" pretty well before reading this or you will be completely lost. This is basically a retelling of "A Scandal in Bohemia" written from the point of view of Irene Adler's Watson-like companion, who really hates Sherlock Holmes. Douglas never makes it clear how Irene Adler feels about Sherlock Holmes, which leaves it up to the reader to interpret.Here our cross-dressing su [...]

    28. This was a quick, fun read. It was lighter than the mysteries I usually read, and bordered on part mystery, part historical fiction, but was quite enjoyable. This is the back story to the Sherlock Holmes case entitled "A Scandal in Bohemia".The story is told by Penelope Huxleigh, Irene Adler's Dr. Watson. Irene rescues Penelope from the clutches of a street urchin who is attempting to rob her, and the two become roommates. Penelope learns to use a typewriter, eventually becoming a secretary for [...]

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