Review: The Dark Lady, Irene Adler

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
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While on summer vacation, little Irene Adler meets a young William Sherlock Holmes. The two share stories of pirates and have battles of wit while running wild on the sunny streets and rooftops. When Sherlock’s friend, Lupin, joins in on the fun, they all become fast friends. But the good times end abruptly when a dead body floats ashore on the nearby beach. The young detective trio will have to put all three of their heads together to solve this mystery.

Irene Adler is the pen name used by Alessandro Gatti for his new children's series. He has worked at Maltese Narrazioni for which he published various short stories. He has written various novels for children. He currently lives in Turin, where he studied to obtaining a doctorate in philosophy.

I picked up this book because I enjoyed the cover art. Combined with kids going on an adventure this book caught my interest quickly. The story pulls you in quick. The atmosphere and situations are set in a simple way leaving out to many details but giving you an idea how the little town looks and what the positions of the three children are. I was surprised with Irene's behavior taken it is 1870. She is very unladylike and bold, a bit to much for my liking to make her believable. The story is entertaining enough. There are adventures but not enough information to puzzle along with the mystery. I was surprised with the multiple mentions of gambling dens and hints of people having affairs especially because the building of the sentences and use of language indicates a middle grade audience. Sherlock and Lupin are both likable characters but fail to impress.

The Dark Lady
Author: Irene Adler (Alessandro Gatti)
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Pages: 240
Format: eGalley
ISBN-10: 162370040X
ISBN-13: 9781623700409
Original title: Il trio della Dama Nera
Series: Sherlock, Lupin & Io #1
Capstone Young Readers: Hardcover
The Dark Lady
2 stars

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Amy Yingling
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24 January, 2014 delete

Hi Ciska, I have this on my list of books to review also, sorry to see that you didn't like it to much now I'm not anticipating it as much as was. But I cannot resist anything with Sherlock in it!

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24 January, 2014 delete

It is a quick read. Curious what you will think of it.

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Melinda
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31 January, 2014 delete

I can't remember where I've heard this author's name before!

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31 January, 2014 delete

Note sure which name you mean but Irene Adler was a Sherlock character.

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