Chapel Noir


The beautiful, adventurous Irene Adler, an American opera singer and private investigator, is the only person to have outwitted Sherlock Holmes. While her husband is away on a secret mission to Prague, Irene and her companion, Nell Huxleigh, investigate a series of murders at a Paris brothel. Because of the mutilated condition of the bodies, Irene sees a resemblance to murders committed the previous year in London and asks herself the frightening question: could Jack the Ripper be on the loose in Paris?

I have been a fan of this series for a long time and love the contrast between the worldly, “liberated” Irene and the prim and proper Nell. This story is darker in tone than earlier volumes, however, and the graphic descriptions of the corpses may disturb some readers. As previously, Douglas introduces historical figures into the story: this time, the Prince of Wales, Bram Stoker, and Buffalo Bill.  Also, we see more of Holmes here than in the previous volumes; there is a wonderful scene in which Nell confronts him. Without giving too much away, I have to say that the ending makes me want to read the next volume as soon as possible!  Fans of the series will not want to miss this book, and those who have not read the previous entries can easily start with this one.

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