L'affaire Lady Alistair (Les enquêtes d'Enola Holmes, #2)
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L'affaire Lady Alistair (Enola Holmes Mysteries #2)

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Londres, 1889. Enola Holmes, sœur du célèbre Sherlock, ayant échappé à la vigilance de ses frères, a ouvert sous une fausse identité un cabinet de « Spécialiste en recherches, toutes disparitions ». Son premier client : le Dr. Watson en personne ! Il cherche précisément à retrouver la piste d'Enola, qu'il ne reconnaît pas. Si Enola ne peut aider Watson, elle s'intéresse à...more
Broché, 264 pages
Published September 13th 2007 by Nathan (first published 2007)
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Stephanie
In this, the second of the series, Enola Holmes is living in London masquerading as a young miss named Ivy Meshle and working for the famous Perditorian, Dr. Ragostin. What is a "perditorian" you say? Good question, I had to look it up myself. A perditorian is a finder of lost things. And Dr. Ragostin is reputed to be very good at what he does although most people have never heard of him.

In truth, Dr. Ragostin doesn't actually exist. He and his reputation are entirely made up as a means for Enol...more
Michael
Enola Holmes returns, hunted by day by the Great Detective and haunting London's befogged cobbles by night in her alter ego as the Sister of the Streets, doling out charity disguised as a nun. She maintains daytime alter egos as Miss Ivy Meshle, and Mrs Ragostin the young wife of the imaginary Doctor Ragostin - seeker of things lost. One of the first consultee's turns out to Doctor John Watson in connection with a missing girl. The story incorporates plenty of Victorian talking points regarding...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
8/21/10

When I first started the story, I was a little wary. The narration was a bit older than I remembered, and I sometimes had a hard time believing it was the voice of a 14 year old girl. Also, it seemed a bit slow-going - though it was nice to see Sherlock Holmes in an not-entirely-rational state.

But as the story progressed, and our intrepid heroine not only searches for the missing Lady Cecily, but also must evade her oh-so-clever brother, who was a more active character in this story than...more
Ann
Another wonderful book from Springer in the Enola Holmes Mysteries!!

I listened to the audio version and was completely impressed with the production! I had been picky about Katherine Kellgren's narration in the first installment of this series, criticizing that her voices were good, but that many sounded similar. I had no such concerns with this book and felt Kellgren captured each character almost perfectly! :)

I also had criticized the lack of "finality" and "conclusion" of the first installmen...more
Terence
Jun 01, 2013 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA mystery fans
This is the second book in Nancy Springer's series about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister Enola. She's in London and trying to stay below the radar of her brothers while still doing good, and the stresses of maintaining several identities is beginning to grind Enola down.

She stumbles upon an apparent elopement of an upper caste daughter and only just manages to keep out of her brother Sherlock's hands while solving the mystery.

As with the first book in the series (The Case of the Missing Marquess...more
Kathryn
My second Enola Holmes mystery on audibook narrated by the great Katherine Kellgren. I think, in many ways, I liked this better than the first book. It is more focused on an actual mystery/case, whereas the first one seemed more character building and setting the scene with a mystery tacked on. They mystery is interesting in terms of character and plot and also in terms of historical aspects. Women's rights and metaphysical stuff and Marxism. Very cool! My only negative is that the beginning see...more
Cathy
Another very smart story, it's just fun to watch her puzzle it all out. It's kind of a mix between cozy mysteries and traditional detective stories in that it's a regular girl who becomes a "perditorian" or finder of lost things. The steps she follows and the process she takes is actually very believable. She gets scared, she flips out occasionally, she's clever but not insanely so, brave but not a superhero. Yes, it's a stretch to believe she's so independent at fourteen, but she is a Holmes af...more
Jessica
09/21/2012 I love these books. I love Sherlock Holmes but have always been annoyed at his dislike and distrust of women (as well as his dogged disbelief in their intellect and abilities)... these books are just a tablespoonful of enjoyment in answer to that.

Reread 06/02/14 Enola, you will do quite well on your own. Yes, you will dear girl. I love how very often in these books, it would be easy and also very satisfying for Enola to turn to her older brother for help in an over whelming situation...more
Sarah Sammis
In this second volume, The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer, Enola has established herself as a perditorian (finder of lost things). She is compelled to take on a missing persons case, that of young Lady Cecily.

Enola knows she will have the advantage, being a young woman. Although her mother reared her in a bit of a Bohemian fashion, she was taught some of the standards of her time, like the language of flowers. Her knowledge of the hidden clues a girl might leave, gives her the co...more
Josephine
Nov 27, 2011 Josephine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wendy
Recommended to Josephine by: Ellen
Shelves: ya
This is the second book in a series about a 14 year old girl named Enola Holmes. She is the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock wants to send her off to boarding school to become a lady and Enola doesn't want to go so she goes undercover to escape her older brothers. It's fun to watch Sherlock be outsmarted by his younger sister!
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I'm excited to read the first in the series to see how it all begins. The writing was excellent and engaging. Some of the...more
Wealhtheow
On her fourteenth birthday, Enola's mother disappeared. Enola followed her footsteps shortly thereafter, trying to stay one step ahead of her brothers (Mycroft and Sherlock) at all times. Now she solves cases in London by day, by pretending to be a great detective's secretary, and helps the indigent of London by night, in disguise as a veiled nun. In this adventure, Enola tries to solve the mystery of a missing young lady, who appears to have climbed down a ladder and walked off into the night.

I...more
Zoe
This was even better than the first in this series and completely blew me away. I am somewhat baffled as to why Springer is writing children's stuff, but perhaps she, like Rowling, believes that kids deserve good stuff to read. Her attention to historical detail is amazing, her books are atmospheric and broody, but not so much so as too scare her intended readers, and her plots themselves are far better than some of the adult mysteries I've read recently. I will ernestly try to interest my daugh...more
Kiki
As an avid reader of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories I was instantly inclined to read this series for the sake of some fun light reading since I could finish these novels in a few hours.
They're fun reads I must confess but goodness suspending my disbelief could be very hard because Enola's situation is a fantasy, she has a freakin knife settled into her corset and she faces so much violence she'd either be dead or down right scared to her senses and go home no matter how modern her thinki...more
Roberta
The rule of thumb I was given was that books for children and teenagers were aimed at readers a year or two younger than the main character in the book. Under those circumstances, this book is bizarre because the main character is supposed to be 14 years-old and acts more like 30.

Anyway, our heroine, Enola Holmes, has set herself up in London as a finder of lost persons. After being approached by Dr. Watson to find herself, she sets out to find a young lady, Cecily, who has either run away or b...more
An Odd1
May be especially harsh because potential unrealized in style, concept, lead. A hero(ine) of any age must change, be willing to improve self and world for me to admire. Observation is an admirable skill, not dependent on intelligence (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... series may help reader more than myself).

Studies of codes, ciphers, invisible writing, are requisite for any aspiring spy. But translation must be exact, predictable, not "hoped she would then understand" p 29 arbitrary gro...more
June
Jul 12, 2008 June rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery readers
Shelves: mystery
This is my new favorite children's mystery series. It features Sherlock Holmes younger sister: Enola - which is alone spelled backward. I was a little leery of reading the first in the series: Case of the Missing Marquess. However, it was one of the quickest reads I have ever read. I will start the next in the series tomorrow.
Susan
I didn't like this book as much as the first in the series. While the mystery was interesting enough, I found myself liking the family dynamics much better and those references were few and far between in this tale.

It was enjoyable, but not as enjoyable - to me - as the first.
Deb
Second book in the series. An easy, enjoyable read. However, it says it is for ages 8 and up. There is some language used that parents may feel is not suitable for the young children. I also feel this way. I would not want to explain to a young child what is meant by (and I quote) "...arrested in Holywell Street for giving out "pornographic" materials about "preventive checks" to childbirth" (end quote). You know kids will ask about that. Shame. The story was good, but you can't lose sight of wh...more
Jessica
slightly more Mary sueish characterisation for Enola, but at the same time, it's entertaining and makes me laugh. again, Sherlock and mycroft are closer to how I picture them through the works of Mofftiss, but with a bit more sexist Victorian sentiments thrown in. Seriously, I can totally picture Mark Gatiss as this version of mycroft, because it's basically a Victorian version of his characterisation. It's silly and fun, and doesn't try to take itself too seriously like the Mary Russell novels...more
Cathy
I wasn't disappointed. I think this mystery was better than the first one - although the first one is necessary to get a good back story that will be referred to throughout the series, I am sure. I was truly engaged in the story and did not want to put it down. I love the heroine and her good heart and inquisitive mind. I question the rationale of her being 14 and capable of all the thought processes she goes through; but after all, she is Sherlock's little sister and they do resemble each other...more
Kayna Olsen
Enola Holmes, whose first name backward spells Alone, is the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. At the age of 16 she is out on her own posing as Dr. Ragostin, Mrs. Ragostin, Miss Ivy Meshle, and the Sister of the Streets. These personalities allow Enola to elude her brother's eye, whom she's hiding from, to investigate missing person cases, and perform anonymous service for beggars. As Mrs. Ragostin, Enola visits Mrs. Alistare whose daughter has disappeared. Enola decides there are three possibi...more
Dawn
Dec 15, 2008 Dawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 6 and up
Shelves: gscba
Enola Holmes, younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, has escaped her brothers’ attempts at domesticating her by fleeing boarding school. Her mother is blamed for her wild ways and like her daughter, is a free spirit. Enola, flush with cash from dear old mom, disguises herself as a homely secretary Ivy Meshle and opens a private detective agency in London, committed to finding missing persons (Scientific Perditorian) under the guise of a Dr. Ragostin. Enola gives the reader quite...more
Susan
Anyone who likes mysteries will like this book, especially if they are a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ fan. Enola is Sherlock’s spunky 14 year old sister. She refuses to just be a society lady who is married off to the first eligible gentlemen and is expected to sew and draw and play the piano and not EVER think! She runs away from home and sets up a detective office with herself as the “secretary” of an imaginary boss. But in various disguises she travels around London solving mysteries. Guess who her firs...more
Michelle
(3.5 stars) This is the second book in the Enola Holmes series. Enola has managed to establish herself in London, using the offices vacated by a fraud in her last case. She is presenting herself as the secretary to a Perditorian, who of course, does not really exist. Enola is surprised to find Dr. Watson on her doorstep, asking for help, in of all things, finding Enola Holmes, as he is worried about how her missing state is affecting Sherlock Holmes. While Enola finagles this awkward situation,...more
Terri Lynn
This is the second story in a series of books about Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes' much younger (14 years old) sister Enola who was abandoned by their free-spirit mom who ran off with the gypsies leaving the clever child with plenty of cash. Sherlock and Mycroft want to send her to a girls' school to learn the boring arts of becoming a "lady" ready to be married off but the feisty Enola is having none of it.

In this second story, Enola is still living in London, pretending to be the secretary of a...more
Momm
Another "Enola Holmes" mystery. I do love this quirky younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. To ensure her independence in a mid-1800s time where women are always subject to men and where women's intelligence is questioned, Enola and her mother have set out separately to set up an independent life for themselves.
SPOILERS!
Enola is posing during the day as Ivy Meshle ("Holmes" re-interpreted!), a secretary to the scientific perditorian Dr. Ragostin (who doesn't exist)and as a mute Sister of Char...more
Jeanette
The Second installment of Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes mystery series finds Enola firmly established in her life of hiding in London. Enola has opened up shop as Dr. Leslie T. Ragostin, Scientific Perditorian (finder of lost things.) Because "Dr. Ragostin" does not actually exist Enola spends her days posing as his secretary Miss Ivy Meshle, meeting with and interviewing any potential clients of Dr. Ragostin. Enola also spends her nights in disguise as a sister who roams the streets of East Lon...more
Alice
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec l'Affaire Lady Alistair?

"Après avoir eu un petit coup de coeur pour le premier volet, la Double Disparition, je continue gaiement ces petits livres qui sont parfait à lire au bord de la piscine."

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


"Enola se cache toujours à Londres et essaie d'échapper à ses frères. Mais elle tente également de lancer sa carrière dans la "Recherche en tous genres" en résolvant des affaires que Sherlock a refus...more
Karen Ball
Enola Holmes, 14-year-old sister of famous detective Sherlock Holmes, has been abandoned by her mother and has run away from oldest brother Mycroft Holmes, who wanted to send her away to boarding school. With the money her mother has given her, Enola figures out how to live alone in London: renting office space and living quarters, and creating believable disguises to help her fool people around her. Like Sherlock, Enola is smart and talented. While she is busy hiding from her older brothers, sh...more
Historyprincess
Enola Holmes is back! And this one is even better than the first!

Five months after the first in the series, Enola has taken the home of an arrested criminal for herself and decided to become a professional perditorian (finder of lost people and things). Here, she takes on four different disguises: Dr. Ragostin (who never makes an appearance), his wife, his secretary, and a mute nun who only comes out at night to aid the poor and the needy. She's still searching for her missing mother, and trying...more
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BIO -- NANCY SPRINGER


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...more
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