Good Night, Mr. Holmes
(from the bookjacket)
This delicious new novel considers one of the most mysterious characters in fiction from a woman's fresh point of view. Miss Irene Adler; the beautiful American opera singer who once outwitted Sherlock Holmes ("to Holmes, she was always the woman"), is here given an unexpected talent: she is a superb detective. Whether intervening on behalf of Oscar Wilde in a delicate mission of the heart, or maneuvering at Bram Stoker's tea party, Irene's brilliant reasoning powers rarely fail. Only her search for Marie Antoinette's long-lost Zone of Diamonds seems stymied: her investigation of a royal murder in the Kingdom of Bohemia ends with the apprehension of the villain.
But Miss Irene Adler is an opera singer as well as a detective. From her early career struggles to her magnificent debut on the Italian stage wearing jewels lent to her by dear Mr. Tiffany, and her meeting with the smitten composer Antonin Dvorak, she climbs from anonymity to well-deserved fame.
And what of love? The Crown Prince of Bohemia, tall, blond, handsome, Wilhelm, and royal, seems everything Irene could hope for -until he reveals his true attitude toward Irene, and toward women in general. Her heart aching-though her head is unbowed-Irene is in no mood for romance when she again encounters handsome English barrister Godfrey Norton, with whom she had clashed years before. But Godfrey's past holds a surprising secret, and Irene soon discovers that
( continued from front flap) she is not immune to love, even as she is forced into a duel of wits with the great Sherlock Holmes's himself.
Narrated by Miss Penelope Huxleigh, a highly properparson's daughter who is often shocked by Irene's advanced opinions and flamboyant approach to life, Good Night, Mr. Holmes casLs an amused fern',de eve on Victorian attitudes and delivers gusto, wit, romance, detection, and high adventure.
- 1990 Tom Doherty Associate
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