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  • Smart and spunky, it's a clever mystery

    Thanks to Criminal Element and St. Martin's Publishing Group/Wednesday Books for an advance reader copy. All comments and opinions are my own. Smart and spunky, clever and confident - Enola Holmes is the fifteen-year-old much younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Living on her own in London, Enola uses disguises and her wits to find missing people - similar to the techniques of her older brother, but that's where the similarity ends. This is the seventh in the series, but you can begin with this middle grade novel since the Prologue, written by Sherlock Holmes, summarizes all the earlier escapades and quickly brings the reader up-to-date. Of course you'll want to go back and read the earlier books as they are all fun, exciting, and satisfying to read about an independent young feminist in a typically restrictive era. Told in first person by Enola ("Alone" spelled backwards) we not only join her as she solves the mystery of the missing twin sister, but author Nancy Springer includes various interesting details about the clothing, etiquette, and protocols of London in 1889. Who knew a woman seen without a hat was considered scandalous? Humor, excitement, and a clever solution to the mystery - this is all you need to enjoy an entertaining novel for middle grade readers and everyone beyond.

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  • Enola Holmes Is Back!

    This was a fun and suspenseful young adult mystery. I love Enola, and how she is so independent of her brother. I also love that they worked together to clear up this mystery. I do wish we had more insight into the villain's character, and why he did what he did. I think anyone who is interested in historical mysteries would love this story.

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  • Another Great Holmes!!

    Having always had a love for Sherlock Holmes, I of course had to read about his little sister. I was not disappointed. Even though this is a YA I still enjoyed it very much and will be looking for more stories.

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  • LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

    I'm 11 and even though its YA i absolutely love it! i love basically any YA mystery. I dont know why. Is that wrong? it totally hooks you and drags you into its depths. You cant stop reading [i cant]! Welp! I just gotta say... SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sherlock's Much Younger Sister

    In a doldrum, the famous Sherlock Holmes will not see a woman--so desperately in need of assistance that Mrs. Hudson fears for her health if she's turned away--and his much younger sister, Enola determines to take the case. He has not seen much of his lanky sister in over 10 years, and he is only starting to realize that along with some family resemblance, Enola inherited a similar strength of will, almost manic amount of energy once hired, and an astonishing level of cleverness. She can also appear and disappear in the most maddening way. His intent was to send her to a finishing school and "marry her off." But for an orphan at 14 years of age, she refused to be rescued and sent away from a life she handles with ease; having a safe, reputable place to live, money to support herself, work to occupy her skills and time, and a Holmes mind of her own. In fact, she was only in Sherlock's office at the time, at the request of Dr. Watson. Because the male detective was in another depressive mood. No sooner had Enola begun to get the facts of the case, when, as she had intended, Sherlock imperiously tried to take over the poor woman's troubles as his own. As it happens, Miss Glover is very fortunate to have both of them, because her sister has been declared dead by her husband, the Earl. What can be done, with no clues besides a small box of ashes, and the feelings of a twin insisting her sister must still be alive? This book, part of a series, is listed for teens and YA (young adults). It is also a delightful and well written story for adults to enjoy! Although this Sherlock Holmes may not be the cool and collected character we are more familiar with; having a sister so full of youthful enthusiasm pop into his life after nearly having forgotten her, and to discover so many unsettling abilities he never guessed at, it makes sense that he is a little off balance. Even stumbling a little, until he understands her better. Fortunately, the siblings share some underlying warm regard for each other, and in typical Holmes fashion, they work together for a common cause. Sherlock's sister seems to have received a previously unknown gene...for cheerful enthusiasm, and making friends. Her spirit fills the pages with surprises, exclamations, and laughs, we are quite unused to with the elder gentleman. And she may--on occasion--even get him to smile a little. Which makes the book all the more fun to experience. I highly recommend this book, and intend to download the entire series. If you have a Holmes fan in mind (like yourself), or would like to encourage a new one, it's a stand-alone story, so you can begin right here! 5/5 Stars Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the preview of this book! #NetGalley

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