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The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes Mysteries #4)

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When Enola Holmes encounters her friend Lady Cecily hiding behind a pink fan, she finds it peculiar. Cecily is being held hostage in an abysmal orphanage, forced into a miserable marriage. Enola joins forces with the much older famous brother Sherlock who she has fought desperately to elude, and risks her own freedom to rescue her friend.
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published 2008 by Philomel Penguin Young Readers
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Another good story in the Enola Holmes series. This one has Enola to rescue, after Lady Cecily is again in grave peril! Enola is resting in the Ladie's Public Lavatory after a day of shopping when she encounters Lady Cecily (from The Case of the Left-Handed Lady). Cecily is dressed in a very curious and cumbersome gown and seems to be in the process of shopping for her trousseau. Lady Cecily manages to ask Enola for help using the language of fans before her guardians whisk he away and Enola is ...more
Enola Holmes Mystery The Fourth. And considering how much time the book devotes to our dear hoyden's desires to find a friend, soul-mate or mother, there is plenty of time for a right load of swashbuckling and derring-do. She doesn't quite swing from the chandeliers but only because there wasn't one to her convenience. She really should be sliding down those bannisters on the cover - no really. Beyond the bannister surfing and the rope swinging this one really benefits from a proper generous sli ...more
An Odd1
"Ye gods!" .. "Ye reeking gods!" .. "Ye gods with corns and bunions!" .. "He limped away" p 110. And that is how narrator Enola 15 deals with suddenly meeting older brother Sherlock. Her style "I will spare the gentle reader" p 111 keeps us back in the Victorian times, when the upper class conveyed messages with fans and flowers.

Lady Cecily's father has two sisters, "Lady Otelia Thoroughfinch, Viscountess of Inglethorpe" and "Baroness Merganser, Lady Aquilla", who all want her son Bramwell to m
Terri Lynn
What a rollicking good time I am having reading these books about 14 year old Enola Holmes, the very resourceful younger sister of Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes whose mom ran away to join the gypsies leaving Enola with a lot of money to support herself on. Sherlock and Mycroft want to put her in a boarding school to learn to be a lady and trophy wife one day but Enola is having none of it. She is living on her own in London and helping people solve mysteries while dodging Sherlock and Mycro ...more
Not as good as the previous Enola Holmes mysteries, but the relationship between Sherlock and Enola became the main focus in this one rather than the actual mystery plot. Whether that was intentional or not, I cannot tell. For me that shows a distinct lack of polish. However, I still like it, and think these books on average smarter than the average YA novel for older elementary to middle school students.

Quite liking how Sherlock makes comparisons and contrasts between his little sister and he.
I think this may be my favorite of the series, for two reasons:

1) Enola has a female friend and a female network of contacts that she probably would consider friends if she weren't so bad at friendship. She is allowed to have female friends. She is allowed to have fellow feeling for women. She is allowed to be female and to accept and enjoy that femininty, even while she refuses to follow the standard Victorian course for women.

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Yet another entertaining installment in the Enola Holmes mystery series.

In this, the fourth installment, Enola finds herself once again having to rescue the Left-Handed Lady, from a terrible, constricting fate.

Since it had been over a year since I'd listened to the "Left-Handed Lady" I'm afraid some of the impact of her return was lost on me, and I had to rely on what was included in this book to refresh my memory. That said, I was thrilled that much of this book finally focused on Enola's relat
Jenn Estepp
I don't know. I guess maybe I'm over this series already. While I liked this one better than the third book, I'm still really irked by the fact that so much of Enola's success relies on chance and coincidence. She'd be a much stronger heroine if that weren't the case.

Additionally, parts of this felt a little too didactic, the way the historical fiction can sometimes slip into - "and now I will educate you bluntly about life in this time period." Bleh.

But, the central story is compelling enough
It took me a good 70 pages before I really got into this one and wanted to keep reading it. After that though, it actually turned into one of my favorites of the series and makes me want to go read some more Sherlock Holmes books to find out more of his personality and see how well it matches with these books. Which is kind of weird really that reading a historical fiction based around a historically fictitious character makes you want to go learn more about this fictitious guy.
It was very interesting and I liked it. I enjoy how the social commentary is.
Mary Ronan Drew
Sherlock Holmes stories and novels by Conan Doyle are among those "classics" that one never wearies of re-reading. But once a year is enough. What are we Sherlockians to do with the other 50 weeks of the year?

We read pastiches, and among the most charming of those is a series of children's books by Nancy Springer starring Sherlock and Mycroft's much younger sister, Enola. Particularly clever is the donee, as Henry James would put it (if he were a Holmes fan - I wonder if he read Conan Doyle.) Th

Sherlock Holmes' younger sister, Enola Holmes, must use all her cunning to evade her brothers who wish to take her home and make her conform to Victorian ideals of femininity. However, this self-reliant daughter of a suffragette is able to maintain her independence while solving mysteries and aiding another young woman to avoid a forced marriage.


The author set out to marry her love of Sherlock Holmes with a feminist character. And while that's not intrinsically a bad thing, the age
Nov 26, 2009 Alicia rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan is the fourth book in the Enola Holmes Mystery series. 14-year old Enola Holmes is the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes who, like her brothers, has a talent for solving mysteries. With both of her parents out of the picture, Enola is left in the care of her two brothers, who think that their sister should act like a proper Victorian lady. But Enola, a smart, spunky, and self sufficient young lady, has run away from her brothers to start her own busi ...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan is another winner for Nancy Springer. If you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan then you’ll enjoy the Enola Holmes Mysteries.

Enola Holmes is the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes who was born during her mother’s change of life, menopause. Her mother raised her not to be a lady but to be an independent woman. During Enola’s fourteen year her mother leaves her to fend for herself. Enola, spelled backwards is Alone, has the genius of her brother Sherlock
Marta E.s.
This book is called The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer, an Edgar Award winning author. This is the fourth book of the Enola Holmes Mystery series. This story is set in London in the 19th century. The main characters are Enola Holmes, the protagonist, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, the two brothers of Enola who are trying to capture her and put her in a boarding school. In the first book Enola's mother had escaped the day of Enola's fourteenth birthday. Enola contacted her two olde ...more
Michelle McBeth
Out of all the books in this series, I liked this the best. The plot and characters were less complicated (in other words, the author did not try too hard) and the topics and maturity were much more appropriate for a junior novel.

In this story, an old character from The Left-Handed Lady is revisited. Lady Cecily is in trouble and runs into Enola in public. She leaves Enola a clue in the form of a pink fan. From this clue, Enola figures out what is endangering Cecily. During a rescue attempt, sh
Sue Moro
Enola Holmes

The Enola Holmes series are such delightful books! In this installment, Enola is once again called upon to rescue Cecily Adams, the Left-Handed young lady from book two. Enola encounters the girl at a lady's lavatory where she is obviously being held under the watchful eyes of two dowagers who do not have her best interest at heart. Cecily leaves Enola a pink fan with clues hidden upon it regarding her present, and intolerable situation, in the hopes that Enola will be able to rescue
I always make a point to ready any books that my daughter picks out at the library. I actually enjoyed this book! It was very well written, had a good story, and great character development. Such a breath of fresh air for children/juevenile books. It might be a bit advanced reading level wise for my daughter, (she is 8)but definitely a good book. I recommend it for any aspiring young reader.
While I enjoyed this book, this is where I felt like the feminism got super heavy-handed. Like, ok, yes, I agree, and it's a good thread and interesting, but there's a point at which it's like, "SEE THE FEMINISM?
SEE IT?" and I'm like, yes, please put your pink flag down, it's getting distracting. Y'know? I'm not saying it's not interesting, consistent and worthwhile but . . . don't undermine the plot or throw me out of the story with it.

Anyway, liked the fashion comments, funny moments, cool re
This series just keeps getting better and better. Enola Holmes's voice is strong and true, and her story continues to intrigue and move me. The narration of this audio series by Katherine Kellgren continues to delight and surprise. Kellgren's voicing is fantastic; it's nuanced and wildly entertaining. Overall in this installment, the mystery and adventure are fun and suspenseful, as usual, and the sense of history and attention to detail by Springer are strong. Springer echoes Doyle but tailors ...more
Book number four in this series is another fun mystery to be solved with the formidable 14 year old Enola Holmes
This was a quick read and a fun read. I'm getting a bit hooked on Enola Holmes!
When Enola Holmes encounters her friend Lady Cecily hiding behind a pink fan, she finds it peculiar. In fact, she realizes Cecily is in danger! But what, exactly, is the matter? And how can Enola help? After examining the clues, Enola discovers Lady Cecily is being held hostage, and if she isn't rescued, she'll be forced into a miserable marriage! This complicated case has Sherlock and Enola (literally) running into each other all over London. If Enola joins forces with the brother she has fough ...more
(3.5 stars) The fourth book in the series has Enola running in to her old friend and former case, Lady Cecily (The Case of the Left-Handed Lady) who signals her through the language of the fan that she is in trouble and is being hobbled by constricting clothes and is the prisoner of the two women with her. Cecily leave the cheap, pink fan, which Enola is sure contains a clue. After narrowly dodging her brother, Mycroft, Enola is on the case. She finds that Lady Cecily is no longer living at home ...more
The brilliantly narrated audio version of the adventures of Enola Holmes takes off at a brisk pace from the first minute, taking the listener on an adventure through London of the 1800s. The main character is 14-year-old Enola Holmes, a detective and master of disguise who also happens to be the sister of Sherlock Holmes. In this particular adventure, Enola is endeavoring to find Cecily Alistair, an unfortunate young lady facing an unwanted marriage. As the exciting story unfolds, Enola uncovers ...more
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"Je continue avec plaisir ma découverte de cette petite série sympathique de Nancy Springer."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Enola va croiser, tout à fait par hasard, Lady Cecily Alistair qu'elle avait déjà sauvée lors d'un précédent tome et qui une fois encore semble en bien fâcheuse posture."

Mais que s'est-il exactement passé entre vous?

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Enola was raised a idiosyncratically in an isolated manor house by her mother. When her mother decamped to live her own life, Enola discovered that she too could lead an independent life--but she nevertheless misses her mother terribly. Their only communication since her mother's disappearance is through cyphered messages left in newspapers, but this is enough to buck up Enola's spirits and confidence. Under a variety of disguises she sets herself up as a finder of lost persons. Her latest case: ...more
Oct 3, 2012 I loved this one for it's increased interaction with Sherlock Holmes. I love Enola, I admire her spirit and bravery and vulnerability. These books only take a couple of hours to read, more is the shame, I approve of them so much, it's a world I grudgingly leave.

June 5, 2014 As I read Peculiar Pink Fan, I noticed this time how Enola is not only Alone as her name suggests, but as part of her time and station in life, she has very little hope for ever being more. This is why is idolize
Nancy Springer provides her readers with a well-plotted, interesting, and humorous look into the life of Sherlock Holmes' younger sister, Enola. Once again called upon to save the left-handed lady (from book 2) from a kidnapping and forced-wedding plot, Enola must don a plethora of disguises to hunt down the kidnappers as well as to avoid her two older brothers, intent on sending Enola to boarding school. Following the themes of the previous books, the Pink Fan provides a realistic look at the w ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Enola Holmes Mysteries (6 books)
  • The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #1)
  • The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #2)
  • The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #3)
  • The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #5)
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