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The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes #2)

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London January 1889. Enola 14 hides from worried brother Sherlock, until Dr Watson consults her imaginary identity, Perditorian Dr Ragostin. As Mrs Ragostin, Enola seeks Lady Cecily 16, vanished in nightgown, leaving ladder at window, bold charcoal sketches and mirror-writing diaries about East End poor. Was store clerk suspect, Alexander Finch, just a friend?
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin Philomel
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Packed with much more action and suspense than the first book, definitely had me curious. I really enjoyed the sizeable cameo of big brother Sherlock, appearances by Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson, as well as all the references to canon. I do feel that Enola is a bit more stubborn than I would like, perhaps out of fear of a dull life or perhaps out of pride. Hoping she may grow a bit as the books go along.
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
Apr 27, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Jun 22, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
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
I enjoyed re-reading this very much as an adult. The "not her blood" scene is one of my favorites of the series. I like Lady Cecily but the case surrounding her is not the best of the series. Also what's up with the present tense third person prologues and epilogues? I remember not really liking them and now that I'm older I realize it's because they are in present tense. Third person should never never be in present tense.
Aug 24, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the second 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. 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 adventurous, compass
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

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
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
Jun 01, 2013 Terence rated it liked it
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
Nov 27, 2011 Josephine rated it really liked it
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
Léa Becomeadinosaur
J'ai beaucoup aimé cette lecture. Rapide à lire, les pages se tournent toutes seules. L'intrigue est bien menée. En grande fan de Sherlock Holmes j'ai trouvé que l'univers était bien utilisé :). J'ai hâte d'en savoir plus sur les relations de la famille Holmes :)
Feb 07, 2015 BookSweetie rated it really liked it
Second in the inventive detective series featuring the solitary and self-directed 14 year old Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of the famed Detective Sherlock Holmes himself.

The atmospheric writing befitting Victorian London only adds to the appeal that stars a unique and plucky heroine.

In this episode, Enola, who is still hiding from her brothers, disguises herself as Ivy Meschle, secretary to a fictional Perditorian (finder of lost things) and so meets Dr. John Watson.

From Watson, En
Michelle McBeth
I would give this 3.5 stars if it were available.

I read the first book in this series and was not completely convinced so I went on to this, the second book. Once again, Enola Holmes is an intelligent character, but suddenly things have become dark. Enola is running scared from her brothers. She wants her mom (who ran away in the first book). She becomes unsure of herself. My goal in reading the second book was to see Enola Holmes grow and succeed as a lady sleuth. I did not see that happen here
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
Sarah Sammis
Apr 03, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
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.

Rating 3.5

It was a good read, but at most parts I did not know what I was reading. This is going to be another book project, whre I am going to fail for sure.
Dec 24, 2009 Zoe rated it it was amazing
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
Ian Wood
Jun 16, 2016 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or
Mar 03, 2016 Raven rated it really liked it
A third-grader recommended this book to me, found in her school library. I just now realized that this is actually the second book in the series, though I did wonder. Despite being the second, it stands just fine on its own.

The premise is that a younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes had gone missing. Apparently she had wished to avoid attending boarding school which was intended to tame her and to mold her into what she considered the dull and constricting sort of life expected for ladi
May 14, 2014 Kiki rated it liked it
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
Mar 23, 2014 Roberta rated it liked it
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
When I first started the Enola Holmes Mysteries series, I was under the impression this were children books. As I go through the volumes, I wonder if I would let young children read this. Probably not. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend this series for adults and young adults. This is such a delight to read!
I’m in love with Enola. I think that in this second volume she’s presented more realistic for her age. She misses her mother, starts to fear her brothers, and her fate if she gets caught. But
Jan 01, 2016 Excedente rated it liked it
C'est ma première lecture de 2016 avec le deuxième tome des Enquêtes d'Enola Holmes par Nancy Springer, j'ai décidé de lire toute la série.

Après avoir échappé à ces frères la jeune Enola décide d'ouvrir son propre cabinet de "Spécialiste en recherches". Sous diverses identités allant du soit disant Dr Ragostin, en bonne soeur mais également sous le patronyme de Ivy Meshel une jeune secrétaire... Elle va tenter de résoudre la disparition de la jeune Lady Alistair, tout en tenter d'échapper à la
Richard Ward
Feb 08, 2015 Richard Ward rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids & adults, especially girls, who love Sherlock Holmes or juvenile historical fiction.
4 1/2 stars, cuz I really didn't like it as much as the first one. But it's good enough I don't mind rounding up to 5. The book picks right up where Book One left off, with Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes' sister of 14, living her own life of independence in spite of her brothers' (plural) efforts to reign her in. There are new mysteries for her to solve in the dank streets of London's East End. There are also street people who appreciate the help of Enola's alter ego, a silent nun who performs ra ...more
An Odd1
Feb 03, 2014 An Odd1 rated it it was ok
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 ( 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
Jul 12, 2008 June rated it really liked it
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.
Haley Judi
Sep 01, 2014 Haley Judi rated it it was amazing
I kind of wish she would just give herself up to Sherlock.
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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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