The Dark Lady PDF ✓ The Dark eBook ï

The Dark Lady PDF ✓ The Dark  eBook ï
  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • The Dark Lady
  • Pierdomenico Baccalario
  • English
  • 23 August 2017
  • 162370040X

The Dark Lady❮Reading❯ ➸ The Dark Lady Author Pierdomenico Baccalario – Essayreview.co.uk 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 Sh 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 The Dark eBook ï their heads together to solve this mystery.


About the Author: Pierdomenico Baccalario

PD BACCALARIO was born in Acqui Terme, a beautiful little town in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy He grew up in the middle of the woods with his three dogs and his black bicycle He loves seeing new places and discovering new lifestyles, although, in the end, he always returns to the comfort of familiar ones.


10 thoughts on “The Dark Lady

  1. says:

    I really wanted to like this book The concept is awesome Irene Adler, worldly opera singer of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s A Scandal in Bohemia, becomes friends with Sherlock Holmes and Ars ne Lupin One of the great detectives, his most formidable rival, and one of literature s greatest thieves, solving mysteries as kids Of course I m all over that Especially because I think Irene is great, and that she gets a bum deal in some Holmes adaptations the execrable Sherlock comes to mind.Unfortun I really wanted to like this book The concept is awesome Irene Adler, worldly opera singer of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s A Scandal in Bohemia, becomes friends with Sherlock Holmes and Ars ne Lupin One of the great detectives, his most formidable rival, and one of literature s greatest thieves, solving mysteries as kids Of course I m all over that Especially because I think Irene is great, and that she gets a bum deal in some Holmes adaptations the execrable Sherlock comes to mind.Unfortunately, the book itself is pretty terrible, bad enough that I was dreading having to pick it up again before I finally gave up Never a good sign Worst thing first Despite the fact that we re reading a book from Irene s point of view, about her summer, her mystery, she s still consistently defined in context of Holmes The opening line of the book tells the reader that she s Sherlock Holmes first girlfriend We aren t introduced to Irene we re introduced to Irene who dated Holmes Here s the thing Irene is ostensibly our main character The fact that Sherlock Holmes is the main character of Doyle s stories doesn t mean he has to be the most important person here Irene isn t Watson, and I dislike the way her narrative reads like she s standing in for a chronicler Holmes hasn t yet met especially because she can t just be his chronicler and friend She has to be his girlfriend, and that has to be a characteristic so utterly defining to her life that we hear about it before anything else Ugh.Maybe my opinion on how they ve written Irene would be salvageable if there was any real life to the characters, but in general, they re flat and boring How one goes about making Ars ne Lupin boring, rather than so interesting that he inspired a classic manga series, I don t know, but nobody in this book has any real life to them This might well be a flaw of translation, since the book was originally published in Italian, and some of the sentences flow oddly.I think there s great potential in the idea of giving Irene Adler narrative control There s also great potential in running with Maurice Leblanc s Holmes Lupin crossovers, and in introducing all three characters to young readers This isn t the book to do it, though or, at least, not well.NB I received a free galley copy of The Dark Lady from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  2. says:

    Once upon a time Sherlock Holmes, Ars ne Lupin and Irene Adler were children you heard me right Once upon a time they were little hooligans turned accidental detectives.While vacationing in a sleepy little French town Irene Adler makes the acquaintance of Sherlock and Lupin and the three immediately strike up a friendship One day they happen across a corpse of a stranger that is supposedly the product of a suicide But it doesn t quite fit and very soon the trio have embarked on an investig Once upon a time Sherlock Holmes, Ars ne Lupin and Irene Adler were children you heard me right Once upon a time they were little hooligans turned accidental detectives.While vacationing in a sleepy little French town Irene Adler makes the acquaintance of Sherlock and Lupin and the three immediately strike up a friendship One day they happen across a corpse of a stranger that is supposedly the product of a suicide But it doesn t quite fit and very soon the trio have embarked on an investigation that will lead them through a gang of hoodlums and criminal underworld In the course of their adventure they must discover the identity of the corpse and the reasons for his death as well as the identity of the shadowy figure, the dark lady , who witnessed the three children discover the body.Ten or so years ago action packed The Dark Lady would have left me drooling over the storyline and eagerly awaiting the second installment Since then my reading habits have matured, but as this book is marketed towards younger readers I shall try to review with this in mind When I seen this book I knew I had to read it As a long time Sherlock Holmes fan with plans to read the Ars ne Lupin stories some day I thought this looked like a fun read And with a few exceptions it is just that.The Dark Lady was brimming with adventure that will leave children craving forThe mystery isn t too heavy so for children who want to get into Sherlock Holmes but might find the mystery aspect of Arthur Conan Doyle s stories too advanced this is just the thing to give them.Now for the aforementioned exceptions What was rather annoying was the farcical dialogue compounded with an event or two that really didn t impact the story Perhaps the events created a few thrillers but it wasn t really relevant to the story I was not emotionally engaged with the characters which is something I always hope for in a story Irene Adler is a selfish ninny intent on proving herself whether she is in the wrong or the right Deception is complimented, encouraged even Disrespect of parents i.e mother is something Irene is very good at When such elements are taken into account this isn t a very wholesome book to be handing over to children not if honesty and respect are to be instilled Entertainment wise it would be a good book for children Similar to The Boxcar Children but with characters people have loved forthan a century.On another note I found the formatting of the ebook to be first rate One of the best I ve seen in my experience with various ebooks that I have borrowed and own.DISCLAIMER In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of The Dark Lady from NetGalley.com provided by the publishers, Capstone Young Readers, in exchange for our honest review.reetchampionbookreviews.wordpress.com

  3. says:

    Sherlock fan here I like the films I like the TV shows I like the literature The eccentric Sherlock with his brilliant deductive skills are my cup of green tea This book references the classic but puts a twist on the narrative using Irene Adler s voice to frame the story rather than Dr Watson s Irene was Sherlock s only love interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s A Scandal in Bohemia hence, when Irene claims to be Sherlock s only girlfriend she is referring to when they were adults in th Sherlock fan here I like the films I like the TV shows I like the literature The eccentric Sherlock with his brilliant deductive skills are my cup of green tea This book references the classic but puts a twist on the narrative using Irene Adler s voice to frame the story rather than Dr Watson s Irene was Sherlock s only love interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s A Scandal in Bohemia hence, when Irene claims to be Sherlock s only girlfriend she is referring to when they were adults in the original classic This story isn t a romance, although the boys are intrigued by the unconventional Irene The focus is on the developing friendship of Irene, Sherlock, and Lupin three teenagers solving a murder mystery The first person point of view makes it easy to understand and the Victorian illustrations and backdrop add flavor to the setting Suspense abounds in this fast read.American Irene Adler is on vacation in Saint Malo, France when she meets Sherlock Holmes She is stifled by the Victorian rules regarding female behavior and it makes her rebellious This might get lost on the reader as the author doesn t go into depth but only mentions it in the first chapter that frames the story Irene just thinks about how the butler is telling her to be like a lady and later we see that she does not get along with her mother Irene consistently bucks conventions saddled on women as the boys don t expect her to do anything dangerous or throw any punches She surprises them in many different situations and exposes her untraditional ways.Sherlock and Irene immediately have a battle of wits before she convinces him to help her escape from the Butler that is looking for her A juggernaut of adventures ensue that made me read the whole book in two hours Their escape takes them to a boat owned by Sherlock s friend, Arsene Lupin, and the three flee to an empty mansion All three use the place for a break from the pressures at home and to be independent On the way back they find a dead man on the beach with a note in his pocket and follow the clue The two boys try to protect Irene but soon find out that she is perfectly capable of protecting herself Or her butler is They invite her over for boxing lessons showing how they view her as an equal This is quite progressive for Victorian times and the spunky Irene enjoys the freedom The twists and turns of the mystery had me baffled and the resolution was satisfying.Irene s parents do not get along particularly well and we discover that Irene adores her father and resents the substitute butler at times even though he genuinely cares for her After he gets her out of some scrapes and she calls him by his first name, she shows a slow maturation as her respect for him grows and she realizes that he does care for her She does not understand her mother s lack of intellectual curiosity and later we learn that she is an orphan She s punished for her impulsive behavior, but it has no effect on her because she doesn t value her mother s opinion and her curiosity for the world overrides her fear of authority She s not going to be a Victorian woman that is happy in the domestic sphere She s a feisty intellectual that is rebellious and has power struggles with her mother and butler While the butler makes some inroads with connecting with her, the mother does not The father making faces in boring social arrangements setup by the wife shows a certain disrespect to his wife and encourages Irene in her rebellious actions He models some of the behavior seen in Irene This dynamic makes for an authentic family and great discussions.If you like middle grade murder mysteries try, Three Times Lucky and The Dead Man in Indian Creek If you want twists on the Sherlock Holmes classics try The Case of the Missing Marquess Enola Holmes Mysteries 1 by Nancy Springer or The 100 Year Old Secret The Sherlock Files 1 by Tracy Barrett

  4. says:

    A young girl, Irene Adler, is on summer vacation in Saint Malo in 1870 With not much to do and a lot of adventure in her spirit, she comes across William Sherlock Holmes, who introduces her to his friend Arsene Lupin The three quickly get caught up in a murder case when they find a dead body on the shore The police aren t having much luck in figuring out who the dead man is, let alone what happened to him Thankfully the three young friends are also quite great detectives Will they be able t A young girl, Irene Adler, is on summer vacation in Saint Malo in 1870 With not much to do and a lot of adventure in her spirit, she comes across William Sherlock Holmes, who introduces her to his friend Arsene Lupin The three quickly get caught up in a murder case when they find a dead body on the shore The police aren t having much luck in figuring out who the dead man is, let alone what happened to him Thankfully the three young friends are also quite great detectives Will they be able to solve the case This is a fun new series for middle readers The publisher recommends ages 9 13, and I agree It will appeal to the older kids who know who Sherlock is, but the story itself stands alone as a good mystery Even if the reader figures out part of what is going on, I am sure the ending will still be a surprise I love mysteries I am not the best at solving them, so the fact that I didn t figure it out doesn t mean that no one will, but I still think it was a good surprise ending.The author, Irene Adler, is actually Sherlock s love interest I do not know the whole back story behind this, but it has definitely made me want to look into it The history, the mystery, and the characters will draw the young readers in I am definitely looking forward tofrom this series

  5. says:

    I m new to the world of YA reading as an adult, that is , so I may not be the best person to review this book Based on the library where I found it, I m guessing the target age is around grade 4.The book begins with the narrator introducing herself as Shelock s girlfriend Really REALLY I m all for a fun, young female take on Sherlock, but does she have to be his girlfriend How about just a friend, his long lost cousin, another sister, a local girl, etc The girlfriend thing really sat poo I m new to the world of YA reading as an adult, that is , so I may not be the best person to review this book Based on the library where I found it, I m guessing the target age is around grade 4.The book begins with the narrator introducing herself as Shelock s girlfriend Really REALLY I m all for a fun, young female take on Sherlock, but does she have to be his girlfriend How about just a friend, his long lost cousin, another sister, a local girl, etc The girlfriend thing really sat poorly with me We learn that at the time the story takes place, the narrator is twelve and Sherlock is a few years older I m guessing about 14, based on the age difference between Sherlock and Mycroft Now, to be fair, there s only a slight whiff of romantic action in the story itself blushing, hands brushing, long looks, etc it s all very tame and appropriate I guess we are to surmise that the girlfriend bit comes later Rather, I dislike the framing device as it sets up the text with this idea that access to the story happens because of romance Meh.The story itself is decent a good mystery, not too scary, but just suspenseful enough for young readers The pacing seemed a bit off I always feel this way with mysteries there s so much story development and then such a quick unspooling of events.The characters were likeable and sympathetic on the whole I do think the narrator is a compelling character, chafing against her family s rules, at loose end over the summer, discovering her own backstory Sherlock is well written as a younger version of the acerbic Sherlock we know from other sources Lupin is the least well developed character While he brings local knowledge, disguises, and acrobatics to the story, his real role seems to serve both as chaperone and foil for the intimated nascent relationship between Sherlock and the narrator.Would I let my kid read this Probably I dislike the farming device, but in terms of how women are portrayed in the larger world, it s hardly the worst It s a decent take on bigger read, perhaps building interest for those books later

  6. says:

    This was a lot of fun In the last few years I really grew to like historical mysteries written for middle grade readers, so I was excited to pick up this one, not to mention I already know that Pierdomenico Baccalario writes fun books I liked the idea of Irene Adler, Sherlock and Arsene Lupin meeting as kids and it was interesting to see their interactions The mystery plotline wasn t very complex, but it was engaging enough for a middle grade story and made me want to pick up next book in th This was a lot of fun In the last few years I really grew to like historical mysteries written for middle grade readers, so I was excited to pick up this one, not to mention I already know that Pierdomenico Baccalario writes fun books I liked the idea of Irene Adler, Sherlock and Arsene Lupin meeting as kids and it was interesting to see their interactions The mystery plotline wasn t very complex, but it was engaging enough for a middle grade story and made me want to pick up next book in the series.Forbookish content, check out my Tumblr and Instagram

  7. says:

    This was so cool It s so interesting to see Sherlock as just a regular guy I love the relationship between the trio and how protective Sherlock and Lupin are over Irene I also love the relationship between Irene and her father The ending was a perfect surprise and it was interesting how everything came together I can t wait to read the other books

  8. says:

    Reviewed from a digital ARC provided by Netgalley.I wish that I could give this 3.5 stars I liked it quite a bit It was definitely better than 3 stars.When Irene Adler, a young Parisian girl, travels with her family to the little seaside vacation spot of Saint Malo, she has no idea what adventures await her Upon arriving in town and meeting a young Sherlock Holmes and his friend Lupin, Irene and the boys become fast friends, spending their days together at Ashcroft Manor While walking along Reviewed from a digital ARC provided by Netgalley.I wish that I could give this 3.5 stars I liked it quite a bit It was definitely better than 3 stars.When Irene Adler, a young Parisian girl, travels with her family to the little seaside vacation spot of Saint Malo, she has no idea what adventures await her Upon arriving in town and meeting a young Sherlock Holmes and his friend Lupin, Irene and the boys become fast friends, spending their days together at Ashcroft Manor While walking along the beach one day, they stumble upon a dead body, and their friendship takes a turn toward the adventurous, as together they become detectives, determined to solve the mystery of this dead man Told in easy to understand language that is full of fun and light dialogue, the reader is drawn into the story As each successive bit of the mystery is uncovered, young readers will be able to begin to piece it all together, which will provide for a satisfying read The relationship between the characters is revealed little by little in the book, and hints are provided as toimportant character development that may be to come in subsequent books Recommended for tween readers that like period adventure and mystery pieces

  9. says:

    Borrowed from NetGalley for an honest review.This wasn t as good as I hoped it would be The story focused on a young Irene Adler who was taking a vacation during the summer and met both Sherlock Holmes and Arsene Lupin The three quickly became friends and stumbled upon a mystery that they attempted to solve.The story suffered from a lot of info dump instead of the three characters trying to find clues to solve the mystery They just lucked upon tons of information.The Irene Adler in this story Borrowed from NetGalley for an honest review.This wasn t as good as I hoped it would be The story focused on a young Irene Adler who was taking a vacation during the summer and met both Sherlock Holmes and Arsene Lupin The three quickly became friends and stumbled upon a mystery that they attempted to solve.The story suffered from a lot of info dump instead of the three characters trying to find clues to solve the mystery They just lucked upon tons of information.The Irene Adler in this story was also extremely annoying Instead of being smart, witty and interesting she was nothingthan a whiny little brat who offered nothing to the story There were times when the story was exciting but it couldn t help a poorly plotted story There was also too much attention focused on what will happen in the future to these characters instead of the reader getting to know the characters as the story progressed I just wish this was better than it was

  10. says:

    This had plenty of action, and was refreshingly narrated by a young Irene Adler in the past tense, but the mystery never really gave us a great deal of A mystery and B character development, which, if you are reading anything Sherlock related, is probably what you are looking for Cute, but if you have to pick one children s series in the Holmes world, go for Nancy Springer.

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