I just stumbled across this review (rather lukewarm) of a novel that purports to be authored by "Irene Adler," entitled Sherlock, Lupin & Me: The Dark Lady. At least, I think that's what the title is: Amazon.com has it listed as The Dark Lady (Sherlock, Lupin & Me). Apparently the book, written for young readers, teams up Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler and Arsene Lupin as a teenage trio who work together to solve a mystery, a la the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, or perhaps Scooby-Doo. Sherlockians will likely take issue with the reviewer, who claims that the book's use of "William" as Sherlock's first name is "canonical." Maybe someone can correct me, but I was fairly certain that the idea of Sherlock's birth name being "William Sherlock Scott Holmes" was from W.S. Baring-Gould, and certainly not Doyle.
Anyway, the book sounds like it may be enjoyable enough for young readers, even though I would assume those same young readers would not appreciate the blending of LeBlanc and Doyle's characters. So I'm not really clear on whether the book is oriented towards readers who have previous familiarity with the characters, or merely young readers who may enjoy a period piece from the late 19th century. Furthermore, the way the reviewer describes the plot of the book, it seems like my reference to the Hardy Boys and Scooby-Doo may have been apt, as one of the critic's disappointments is that "the mystery is ultimately explained by the perpetrators." (That was often exactly what happened in Scooby-Doo episodes!)
Still, it does sound like something a Sherlockian like myself, who has a young daughter of reading age, might be interested in. And it is certainly encouraging that these classic characters by Doyle and LeBlanc are still providing material for the next generation of authors and readers.
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.