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The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery by [Springer, Nancy]
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Starred Review. Grade 4-8–In what is hopefully the start of an exciting new series, Missing Marquess features the intriguing, much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. Enola was a late-life baby, causing something of a scandal in society. Her rather vague mother is a 64-year-old widow who disappears on Enolas 14th birthday. It takes the girl a short time to realize that her mother left her some ciphers that indicate why she went away and how she is faring. The teen reluctantly enlists the services of her adult brothers, who quickly determine that Lady Holmes has been padding the household accounts for years. When they decide that their sister belongs at a boarding school, Enola escapes and heads for London dressed as a widow. There she is able to solve a mystery involving the disappearance of young Viscount Tewksbury. She decides to stay in the city, adopting a number of disguises, and become a Perditorian, or finder of lost things or people. Springer focuses a great deal on the restrictions placed on Victorian females by showing how unusual Enolas bravery and common sense are, even as she often struggles with conventional reactions. She wants her brothers affection, or indeed anyones, but knows that a socially accepted life will strictly limit her freedom and learning. Enolas loneliness, intelligence, sense of humor, and sheer pluck make her an extremely appealing heroine who hopefully will one day find the affection for which she so desperately longs.–B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY
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*Starred Review* Gr. 5-8. Springer, author of the popular Tales of Rowen Hood series featuring Robin Hood's daughter, mines the classics once more, and finds Sherlock Holmes' 14-year-old sister, Enola Holmes, who also has keen powers of observation. Enola lives alone with her mother on the family estate. Mrs. Holmes has always been a free spirit, but Enola is shocked when, on her birthday, her mother goes missing. Sherlock and Mycroft, Enola's long-absent, much-older brothers, arrive and assure her that they will look into the disappearance; she will be sent away to boarding school. Determined to avoid that fate, and anxious to find her mother on her own, Enola leaves for London, where she thinks her mother may be--a plan as shaky as the bicycle she sets off on. Along the way, she becomes enmeshed in another disappearance, the case of a young marquess, who seems to have been kidnapped, and in true Holmes fashion, Enola uses her powers of deduction to figure out his fate. This is a terrific package. Springer not only provides two fine mysteries (complete with clues and ciphers to solve), breathtaking adventure, and key-eyed description but she also offers a worthy heroine, who will be the center of a new series (the cover proclaims this "An Enola Holmes Mystery.") Enola is a high-spirited girl, just the right mix of nascent nineteenth-century feminist and awkward teen, with a first-person voice that's fun to hear. Readers can move from this to Phillip Pullman's Victorian thrillers, the Sally Lockhart trilogy, which begins with The Ruby in the Smoke (1987). Ilene Cooper
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  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (November 8, 2007)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QIGZ9K
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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There's a real sense of relief that comes with reading a book that knows what it wants to do and then goes out and accomplishes it. Take Ms. Nancy Springer. Having given us some insight into Robin Hood's daughter ("Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest"), as well as that notorious King Arthur villainess ("I Am Morgan le Fay"), Springer turns her attention to a friend of her youth. According to this book, the author grew up with the "Complete Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle". It was as a kid that she would be, "reading and rereading them over a period of years until she could find no more Sherlock Holmes stories to memorize". But rather than do as so many have done and continue Holmes' adventures (or, in some cases, that of his lady love Irene Adler) Springer had a better idea. Anyone who has read Doyle at any length knows that Holmes had a brother Mycroft (on whom Rex Stout's character of Nero Wolfe was partly based). But what about a sister? Holmes undoubtedly wouldn't have mentioned her to Watson and if she had any of the great detective's smarts her story would be a truly interesting tale to tell. With that thought in mind we come to "The Case of the Missing Marquess". A good old-fashioned mystery alongside an understanding of the role women were meant to play back in the 1800s, the book is fast-paced, truly enjoyable, and a great read for one and all.

When Enola Holmes's mother disappears without a trace on the day of her birthday, her daughter doesn't fret too much. Her mother often wanders off on her own. She's a singularly single-minded woman, after all, and has raised Enola to be the same. But when it becomes clear, however, that Lady Eudoria Vernet Holmes is not coming back, Enola has no choice but to contact her two elder brothers: Mycroft and Sherlock.
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I picked up The Case of the Missing Marquess in the library to read aloud to my daughter, who's seven now but has been enjoying mysteries since she was four, when we started reading Nancy Drew to her. On page 3, we read about a (live) prostitute with haggard eyes and another who "was recently found dead a few streets away, slit wide open." OK, so we stopped right there. I don't want that image even for myself -- not to mention to have to explain it to a kid and embed it in her very literal imagination. So while the book may be acclaimed by many of its readers and be advertised for kids 9-13, I would *definitely* put the lower limit on this book higher than age 9.
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Nancy Springer is a noted fantasy author, but here lately she's been re-writing some of her - and my - favorite childhood characters. I've always been partial to that Outlaw of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, but who knew he had a daughter? Nancy did. In fact, she's written five novels about Rowan Hood and her merry band.

Morgan Le Fay has always been one of those strong woman, and evil, from Arthurian legend. But who knew her childhood stories? Nancy did. She wrote two of the young Morgan Le Fay.

When I think of private detectives, I always think of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Mycroft Holmes. But who knew that Sherlock and Mycroft had a younger sister? Nancy did. And she's just now penning the curious adventures of Enola Holmes, the fourteen-year-old younger sister of the Great Detective.

I first met Miss Enola Holmes in the novel, ENOLA HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS. I found her to be utterly brilliant, like her older brothers, and quite given to solving mysteries. Her deductive reasoning is a delight, as is her particular views on society.

Regrettably, young Enola is not a proper young lady. She loves traipsing through forests, wearing men's clothing, and having hideouts that require journeying through streams and across muddy earth. She's also quite fearless and knowledgeable about a great many things.

The first-person narrative of the novels revealed a lot of Miss Holmes's character to me within a few short pages. I found her to be, not so much a carbon copy of Sherlock Holmes, but rather a young lady with all of Sherlock's best qualities who was also equipped with the vision of youth and feminine perspective.

There are a great many puzzles in Miss Holmes's life.
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This is the first in a six-book series of Gothic Mystery/Adventures introducing Enola Holmes -- much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. I read this as an adult Sherlock Holmes fan who was also shopping for something to give a ten year old girl. It was not so good for me, and completely wrong for her. This review contains some SPOILERS for the entire series.

As our story opens, Enola lives with her widowed mother Eudoria on her late father's estate. Her mother, "Lady Eudoria," is emotionally distant, and takes no interest in her daughter, dismissing the girl's loneliness and desire for love with the mantra "You will do very well on your own, Enola". They have no visitors or society, the carriages gather dust for lack of horses or grooms. Even her brothers have not seen her in ten years. Enola has been allowed to believe this is all her own fault, because her birth somehow brought disgrace to the family. This all changes on Enola's fourteenth birthday, when her mother vanishes. Sherlock and Mycroft arrive to take charge of matters, and are shocked to find the estate run down and their sister neglected.

You see, when Mycroft first inherited the estate on his father's death, Eudoria insisted that the rents should be paid directly to her. When Mycroft refused, Eudoria banned him and Sherlock from the estate. In the ten years that Mycroft was forbidden to set foot on his own property, he never refused a single of his mother's requests for funds, or disputed any of her decisions regarding either Enola or the estate. In addition to the upkeep of the estate, extensive renovations, and a full staff of servants, he believed he was paying for Enola's governess, music and dance masters, ponies, and a seamstress.
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