Castle Rouge: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler, and Jack the Ripper

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Macmillan, 21.09.2002 - 540 Seiten
IRENE ADLER

Operatic diva. Femme fatale. Adventuress.

And one of the world's most intriguing detectives.

Before Caleb Carr, Anne Perry, and Laurie R. King, Carole Nelson Douglas gave readers a delightful look into Victoriana with one of the most impressive detective characters: Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have outwitted Sherlock Holmes, in "A Scandal in Bohemia." A charismatic performer and the intellectual equal (some would say superior) the men she encounters, Irene Adler is as much at home with a spyglass and revolver as with haute couture and gala balls.

And her adventures are the stuff of legend. She has faced down sinister spies, thwarted plots against nations, spurned a monarch and lived to reap a sweet revenge...and now is on the hunt for one of the true monsters of all time-Jack the Ripper. It was she who led a most unlikely group of allies through the cellars and catacombs of 1889 Paris in the search and capture of the suspect at a horrific secret-cult ceremony held beneath the city. But disaster has scattered those allies and the Ripper has again escaped, this time from the custody of the Paris police. Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, and Watson, to reinvestigate the Whitechapel murders of the previous fall from an entirely new angle.

Irene fears the Ripper will soon carve a bloody trail elsewhere and is eager to hunt this terror down. But terror has struck a little too close to home, for her own nearest and dearest are mysteriously missing--her companion/biographer, Nell Huxleigh, abducted in Paris and her barrister husband, Godfrey Norton, vanished in the wilds of Bohemia.

What should Irene do first? Search for Nell, Godfrey, or the Ripper? Though Irene has many highly placed friends, the Baron de Rothschild, Sarah Bernhardt, and the Prince of Wales can only offer money and good will.

For the actual pursuit, Irene must rely on an unreliable cohort, the American prostitute named Pink, who has proven to be someone with her own agenda, and Bram Stoker, the theatrical manager who was later to pen Dracula. The trail will lead back to Bohemia and on to new and bloodier atrocities before pursuers and prey reunite at a remote castle in Transylvania, where lthe Ripper is cornered and fully unveiled at last . . . a truly astounding yet chillingly logical answer to what the world has never known before:

Who was Jack the Ripper?

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CASTLE ROUGE

Nutzerbericht  - Kirkus

Plying the Sherlockian canon once again (Chapel Noir, 2001, etc.), Douglas sets The Woman, Irene Adler, to solve the case that is most baffling to Holmes: Who is Jack the Ripper? Moreover, is this ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Darla - LibraryThing

This is the second half of the story begun in Chapel Noir, and I liked it both more and less than part one. Of necessity, this contains some details that are mild spoilers for Chapel Noir, so if you ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Editors Note
19
Cast of Continuing Characters
23
Prelude
27
Evening in Paris
30
Plainsmen in France
44
Somewhere in London
60
Pitiless Whitechapel
74
Inhospitable
89
Auld Acquaintance Not Forgot
276
X Marks the Spots
286
Game for Dinner
292
Digging Deeper
304
In the Soup
321
Caught Mapping
329
Cryptic Doings
335
Dance for Your Supper
346

Ripper Redux
97
Taking the Air
112
Uneasy Allies
124
The Devil His Own Way
130
A Stray Chicken
134
Cold Comfort
139
Cork and Candle
142
Twixt Heaven and Hell
149
Unknown in Whitechapel
153
The Wild East Show
161
Nell Ungirds Her Loins
166
Sterner Stuff
171
A Lukewarm Baptism
179
Sentimental Journey
189
Of Corsetry and Atrocity
206
The Queen and I
225
Lone Wolf
229
Rapunzel in Ashblond
232
Irene and the Gypsy Queen
239
Alone
253
Foreign Activity
263
Bloody Words
356
Alone at Last
360
Sovereign Security
371
Shades of Whitechapel
383
Killing the Cobra
392
Fleeing Prague
395
A Guest
398
A Mystery Man Indeed
406
Before the Dawn
418
Dangerous Explorations
427
Trapped Like Rats
446
A Midsummer Nightmare
453
Nameless Practices
463
Unholy Spirit
475
Journeys End
479
Found and Lost
485
The Disposition
496
The Inquisition
503
Afterword
516
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Über den Autor (2002)

Castle Rouge is the companion volume to Chapel Noir, chronicling Irene Adler's first Ripper case. The first book in Carole Nelson Douglas's Irene Adler series, Good Night, Mr. Holmes was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the year, as well as winning an American Mystery Award for Best Novel of Romantic Suspense and a Romantic Times Best Historical Romantic Mystery Award. In addition to the Irene Adler series, Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of the bestselling contemporary Midnight Louie mystery series. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

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