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The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets (Enola Holmes #3)

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Sherlock Holmes is missing his right hand man, Dr Watson. His much younger sister Enola is hiding from her older Holmes brothers, but knows the bizarre bouquet that arrives at the Watson residence spells death - convolvulus, hawthorn, and white poppies. She dons her most discerning disguise, and seeks the sender.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published 2008 by Penguin Philomel
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Springer definitely hit her stride with this one. Curious to see if this improving trend will carry on through the rest of the series. This case was curious and exciting, introducing even more Holmesian canon, with the significant cameos of Dr. Watson and his wife Mary. I found myself laughing, gasping a few times, as well as cringing in shock and disgust when the story reached its peak. Good fun, just as the others. As of right now, my favorite.
May 09, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya, british
(More like 3.5 STARS; though I did enjoy it, I think the stellar audiobook narration enhanced it and I might have been a bit bored at times were I simply reading this.)

Who knew fronds of an asparagus plant could be so sinister!?!?!

Enola Holmes is back to solve her third mystery, this one close to her heart as dear Dr. Watson has gone missing! Her brother Sherlock is on the case, but things look grim when Watson's medical bag turns up and the shrewd Mr. Holmes is at a loss for where to look next.
Ticklish Owl
Feb 07, 2015 BookSweetie rated it really liked it
How I love this series featuring Enola Holmes, the spunky, resourceful, brave, rebellious, kind-at-heart, and oh-so-clever younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes!

In the opening of THE CASE OF THE BIZARRE BOUQUETS (#3) the beloved Dr. John Watson has gone missing.

Watson is beloved by his lovely wife and Sherlock, of course, but unknown even to Watson, beloved from afar by Enola Holmes who first met Watson in an earlier book when she was disguised as Ivy Meschle, secretary to a non-exi
Dec 23, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Still a very charming series, all the more so because of it's dark edge. It always works that Enola is successful despite the large age difference between her and Sherlock because Sherlock overlooks the female arts. Would the "real" Sherlock have done that? Who knows? But this Sherlock is clearly characterized and consistent and it works that he wouldn't notice or take seriously things like the flowers in a bouquet, or the corset and bustle in the first book, etc. It gives Enola an ad ...more
Sarah Sammis
Oct 15, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer opens with John Watson going missing. Enola, meanwhile, feels she must close up shop because her brothers have gotten to close to finding her. She has no desire to let them run her life. But there's a new threat she needs to think about, the mad house, where women are being sent who don't play by Victorian rules.

Despite her own fears and joblessness, Enola decides to investigate Watson's disappearance. With the help of the disguise shop she know
Jan 20, 2008 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Sweet god, how I love these books! Sorry. That’s not something a professional reviewer should start off by saying is it? I should probably be coy about my opinions. I should couch my language with faint praise saying sniffy little things like, “It seems that Ms. Springer has truly found an oeuvre that will suit some out there”. My review would nod its head at her other books and series and then end with constructive criticism along the lines of, “Certainly children in search of mysteries will ha ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the third book in the Enola Holmes Mystery series by Nancy Springer. Once our oldest got hooked on these stories, she read them at a pace that I could not match. I am woefully behind her, but making strides to keep up.

Once again, Enola shows her pluck and spirit as she not only solves the mystery, but also evades her brothers, even in plain sight. Danger and despair seem to lurk around every corner in this dark, dank London of the late 1800s. But we love the brave young heroine and her
Mar 20, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes, has set herself up as a consulting detective. When she hears that Dr.Watson is missing, she dives into the investigation. Her only clue is that Mrs.Watson has been receiving strange bouquets.

Enola is a wonderful heroine, smart, resourceful, and gutsy. I love watching her skills develop and her relationship with Sherlock shift.
Apr 18, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it
Third installment of the adventures of Enola Holmes. This series just gets stronger and stronger and I enjoyed this one very much. The sense of time and place is extremely well done and the pivotal feature of the the Victorian language of flowers was fascinating. Enola is a terrific feisty character and each of these books develops her character more.
Feb 01, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2013
Terrific story with an interesting mystery and more of the family dynamics in this Enola outing. It is fun to read how she comes up with all these costumes and disguises to fool those around her, much like her brother Sherlock!

Am looking forward to the next story in this fun series.
Terri Lynn
Jan 22, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
I can't believe I read the whole thing in just one evening! This is my third book in Nancy Springer's series featuring 14 year old Enola Holmes, younger (much younger) sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. After their mother ran away from home with the gypsies, leaving Enola to tend to herself (and with a giant wad of cash she had to find hidden about the house by following clues in a special illustrated cipher book written by mom) alone in London while dodging Mycroft and Sherlock who want to ...more
Aug 10, 2009 Jeanette rated it really liked it
While this book was shorter than the others, it was much more packed with adventure and mystery. And I think had the most interesting plot thus far.
Dr. Watson has gone missing and even though she knows it will bring her into closer contact with her brother Sherlock than she would like, Enola feels compelled to take on the case and help find the missing Watson. When visiting Watson's wife Enola notices a strange bouquet that she is sure was sent as deadly message from Watson's kidnapper. When She
Mar 22, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another interesting and enjoyable installment in the Enola Holmes series!

I still love the fact that this series revolves around mysteries that are geared towards YA and can - in most cases - be solved along with the protagonist.

I really like Springer's style here, and her protagonist, Enola, is a plucky and determined young lady!

This installment deals on a slightly more personal level for Enola, as the mystery involves dear Dr. Watson, who has mysteriously gone missing! This pu
Mar 15, 2010 Zoe rated it it was amazing
This was even better than the first two books in this series. While they are supposedly children's books, a word of caution: the atmosphere of Victorian London is quite dark, as Ms. Holmes likes to spend her nights when she's not solving a mystery and evading her well-meaning brothers, (Sherlock and Mycroft) by handing out food, money, and blankets to the poor. And they are very poor - disturbingly so. It would be mild in a regular novel, but I'd wait until your children are at least 11 and you' ...more
Although this one was as easy to read as usual I did think some aspects of the background to the so called villains of the piece were far too horrific for younger readers, being disturbing enough even for those of us with hair with the fetching grey streaks.
Mar 02, 2015 Liam rated it it was amazing
These books are just fun. I keep reading them in a day, but they're built for speed and for entertainment. They're brilliant in their mysteries, foreshadowing, and characters. This one was no different. I look forward to the next.
Nov 21, 2015 Marianne rated it liked it
Our spunky Enola once again solves the case using her knowledge of the female way of thinking, much to the consternation of her decidedly unfeminist big brother, Sherlock Holmes.
Sep 21, 2015 Rania❤️ rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Sherlock Holmes is the richest man in town and everyone is jalousie of him, but others fans because of his inspected talent. Sherlock talent is business, getting $10,000 easily in 30 minutes. Imagine how much money he has then. In honer of his fans and his right-hand man fired, Sherlock had the wonderful idea to engage the best fan he ever had. There was a row of 1,500 people in front of his office. In total, the most talented person will be hired. Sherlock insulted 1,023 people in that row for ...more
Michelle McBeth
This is book three in the Enola Holmes mystery series. In this installment, Dr. Watson has been kidnapped and sent to an insane asylum under a false name. No one can find him, but Enola is determined to be the best people finder in London and sets out to do what not even her brother Sherlock has succeeded at.

In book two, I was terribly disappointed because Enola spent a lot of time whining about her self inflicted situation and was not using her vast intelligence to solve her problems. In this b
Nov 01, 2015 Patty rated it really liked it
I don't think these Enola Holmes mysteries are really for young adults exclusively. They are short and quick reads but full of adventure, history, and witty intrigue. The treatment of women, the poor and deranged is startling to read about but a reminder of what life was like in the late 1800s. I love that Nancy Springer has written about a wise young girl in Victorian England who is forced to act on her own to outsmart not only sinister villains but also her famous older brothers.

In this third
Jan 03, 2016 Excedente rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enfin ! Le meilleur des 3 livres de Nancy Springer de la série Enola Holmes que j'ai lu pour le moment !

L'histoire s'ouvre sur la disparition du Dr Watson, célèbre ami de Sherlock Holmes. Tendrement attachée à lui, et surtout très curieuse, la jeune Enola Holmes décide de se pencher sur l'affaire sous les traits de la séduisante Lady Viola Everseau. Le langage des fleurs va lui permettre d'accéder à des informations que ses frères, peu enclin aux choses qu'ils considèrent comme "trop féminine"
Mar 08, 2016 Lindy added it
Age Group: Adolescent- I must have looked incorrectly at the library because I thought this book was the first in the Enola Holmes series. As I started reading it, there were details I felt like I was missing, and I looked it up to find it is the third book in this series. You do not "have" to read the other books to still enjoy this mystery, but it would have answered some questions I had. Enola is the younger sister of Sherlock. She is living in hiding from her brothers because she does not wa ...more
Kim Tyo-Dickerson
For Sherlock Holmes and strong girl story lovers, this mystery series starring younger sister Enola Eudoria Hedasa Holmes is a Victorian treat. Enola combines sass, brains and ingenuity to solve complex missing persons cases while simultaneously thwarting her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft who insist on tracking her down to force her to become a lady. With two personas, one for the poor and one for the wealthy, to help her solve crimes Enola combines the best bits of the Sherlockian canon, with b ...more
Richard Ward
Mar 16, 2015 Richard Ward rated it it was amazing
Nancy Springer's extremely good series of kid mysteries is still extremely good three books in. Sherlock Holmes' friend, Dr. John Watson, is missing and even the great detective is stumped. Thankfully, Sherlock's much younger sister, 13-year old Enola Holmes, has found some clues of her own. Enola is fond of Watson and wants to find him, as long as she can do so without her two brothers finding her, runaway that she is. Like her brother, she's a master of disguise, is brave, and is willing to do ...more
Nathalie S
Jul 15, 2015 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing
Stories involving insane people and insane asylums always hype up the scary-creepy factor in my book. It opens with a bam with Dr. Watson tied up in some weird coffin-like contraption in an insane asylum watched over by one of those extra calm (in a sinister way) nurse who repeats to you that you ARE insane--you just don't know it yet. Brrrr...Plus I really didn't want to embed the story line of the woman whose face was nibbled by rats as an infant into my memory bank..but it was a great mystery ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Mindy rated it really liked it
Definitely enjoying this series and found this one better than the last. They still feel really rushed and abrupt, but at the same time it's nice to blitz through. Her character is edging the line of femi-nazi, along with some atheist undertones... So far it hasn't been over the top though.
Jul 14, 2008 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed the third offering as much as the first two. Enola finds Dr. Watson's whereabouts while neither Sherlock nor Mycroft are able to. A wonderful strong female character that defies society's place for women and makes her own way outwitting both her brothers to find freedom.
I remember this as being of my least favorites in this series, but I really enjoyed it this time round. I'm fascinated by the language of flowers, and it stars in this book. (view spoiler)
Jan 11, 2016 Georgia rated it liked it
I didn't like this one as much as I liked the was rather chilling at times.There was some murder,but not like you read it happening.It was quite chilling when you found out what happend to Agustus.:(
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Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery -- although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE
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