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The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes, Carole Nelson Douglas 22 August 2017

2012 historical mystery novelette, part of Douglas's series about Irene Adler. Irene visits London and enlists the help of Sherlock Holmes to save an old friend from a complex blackmail plot.

It's a very slight piece, told by Irene in first person and without any of the hangers-on who populate the other books: most of the action deals only with Irene and Sherlock.

As for the plot: in 1894, the new gramophone can be used as a tool of blackmail… if the recorder is suitably placed in a brothel.

This piece was written for an anthology (Sex, Lies and Private Eyes), and while I'm glad Douglas returned to this version of Irene Adler there's no real space for development of character; it relies on narrative capital generated in earlier books, and this definitely isn't the place to start with the series.

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