Series Review: The Enola Holmes mysteries

The Enola Holmes mysteries:
The Case of the Missing Marquess
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline
The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye
By Nancy Springer

My Editions:
Paperbacks, 188 pages average
2006-2010, Puffin Books

The Enola Holmes series revolves around the life of the younger sister of well-known brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. Estranged from her brothers and living with her suffragette mother in their country estate, Enola has grown up left mostly to her own devices, which is fitting, as she often reminds herself, Enola is “alone” spelled backward. Her mother’s disappearance sparks the start of a new life for Enola, during which her brothers try to force their renegade sister into boarding school so she can be molded into a “proper woman.” Enola is having none of this, so she follows the cryptic clues left by her mother and makes her way to London, where she’ll solve more than just the mystery of her disappearing mother.

There are six books in this series, which could be read as stand-alone novels well enough, but I would recommend reading them all in order.

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Book Review: The Case of the Missing Marquess

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery
By Nancy Springer

My Edition:
Paperback, 216 pages
2006, Puffin
ISBN: 9780142409336

Enola is the little sister of the infamous Holmes brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. She lives on the family estate with her eccentric mother, mostly forgotten by her brothers until her mother’s mysterious disappearance. Eager to avoid boarding school and desperate to find her mother, Enola sets out on her own. She must evade her brothers while deciphering cryptic clues left by her mother, and on the way finds another mystery to solve – that of a young marquess who appears to have been kidnapped. Enola finds herself caught up in a villainous plot while trying to make her own way in life and solve her own mysteries without the help of Sherlock.

I love middle grade and I love Sherlock Holmes (the books, the BBC TV series and the Robert Downey Jr. films), so I wasn’t surprised to find I also loved this book.

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