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The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  6,523 Ratings  ·  790 Reviews
When Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared—on her 14th birthday nonetheless—she knows she alone can find her. Disguising herself as a grieving widow, Enola sets out to the heart of London to uncover her mother’s whereabouts—but not even the last name Holmes can prepare her for what awaits. Suddenly involved ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 16th 2006 by Philomel
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Dec 20, 2015 Miriam rated it liked it
Well, I finished it, which is more than I can say for my previous attempt at reading Springer. Maybe something about her style is just not for me. I remember really disliking the protagonist of her book I tried, which wasn't the case here; I felt neutral toward Enola. I had the general sympathy I would always feel toward a bright young woman feeling confined by social strictures, but other than that she didn't seem that interesting, or as smart as the author was telling me she was.

Pacing-wise, t
Jun 12, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women have always upset Sherlock Holmes’s equilibrium (see Irene Adler from the original short stories or Mary Russell from Laurie R. King’s fantastic mystery series). Holmes’s family background is one aspect of his life that has received scant, if any, attention in the various Holmes pastiches that have appeared over the years. In the first Enola Holmes mystery, Nancy Springer dares to imagine a most unconventional mother and much-younger sister for the famed detective, both highly ...more
Mar 11, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, history, ya
I thought this could be either really good or really annoying. There have been so many Sherlock Holmes spin-offs, and part of me wondered whether we really needed his little sister thrown into the mix. Well, I, for one, am delighted to meet the acquaintance of Miss Enola Holmes, even if poor Papa Doyle never knew this belated child of the family he created. What a delightful character! She is intelligent and resourceful without being annoying, a perplexing and pleasing blend of the expected ...more
I chose this to listen to with my nine year old daughter. We recently finished listening to Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series, which we loved. I'm not sure how I found this series which also features a strong young female protagonist but I'm glad I did.

What grabbed my attention from the very beginning of the book was the author's ability to paint a vivid setting. The first words describe the place, the month the year, the time of day: the East End of London, August 1888, after dark. She the
Jun 06, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hannah by: Barb Mechalke
Shelves: mysteries, ya, 2012-reads
Excellent YA mystery series opener for fans of YA, mysteries, Sherlock Holmes-themed pastiches, etc.

I had some initial trepidation over reading this (I disliked the precocious Flavia de Luce from Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie). However, Enola Holmes is a nice surprise in the guise of period-piece teen detective. If Sherlock Holmes had a baby sister, she would surely be in the mold of Enola - no doubt.

Author Springer has penned a short, satisfying story with authentic deta
This was a very quick read, and as such, my review will be quick as well.

Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but there were some things that were a little off-putting for me. Initially, the writing -- using lots of dashes -- and sentence fragments, was a little hard to adjust to, but adjust I did, and it stopped bothering me as much around the middle of the book. But my main issue here, is that the title case isn't actually even revealed to be a case until after the middle of the book. So
Jul 29, 2014 Kribu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kribu by: Moonie
Enjoyed this quite a bit - my only real complaint is that it was too short!

Then again there wasn't a lot of plot (since it's the first book in a series, I'd assume the next ones might have a little more plot and a little less world-building / introduction / setting), so the shortness means it never felt padded or over-written, which is also not a bad thing.

Enola Holmes (the much younger sister to Mycroft and Sherlock) is a great character - sensible, daring and with a good narrative voice. Defi
Apr 08, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: Katie - thanks! :D
Now I think about it, most YA books (especially fantasies or action/adventure) do involve a mystery of sorts. That said, I can think of few YA books that are, actually, mysteries - complete with a missing person, a detective, and hidden clues. So, in that respect, I was very pleased to read this, and found it refreshing and unique.

I really enjoyed Springer's style (even though at times it was a bit too detailed/rambling, and I think some younger readers might not enjoy that style as much since t
Having decided to hoard the latest escapades of Flavia De Luce for hopefully better days ahead I cast my nets and twitched my literary feelers seeking a palatable substitute. It's never been totally dismissed that Sherlock had a canonical sister. He mentions a possibly hypothetical sister several times in The Copper Beeches. The debates go on. It's been a while since I dipped my toes in the YA sea. I've had lots of fun in the past when I have dived in but these days there does seem to be rather ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Lemony Snicket
Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. Raised by her Rationalist mother in the country, Enola runs wild and a bit uneducated. But then, on her 14th birthday, Enola's mother vanishes. Sherlock won't look for her, and Mycroft is too busy getting Enola enrolled in a boarding school to teach her to be a proper lady. So Enola makes a plan and runs away to London to find her mother.

Lots of action and adventure, with some clues and cyphers thrown in for good measure. T
Aug 19, 2015 Marine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pas mal du tout pour apprendre à aimer les enquêtes aux enfants. J'ai apprécié découvrir une jeune fille Holmes. On découvre donc Enola jeune soeur de Sherlock et Mycroft qui enquête sur la disparition de sa mère mais aussi d'un jeune lord d'un village voisin. Elle se retrouve à 14 ans plongée dans le monde de l'enquête, et est en passe de dénouer les énigmes laisser par sa maman.

J'aimerais juste qu'elle forme un duo de choc avec Sherlock et là ce serait parfait.

Un bon premier tome, très addic
This is a wonderful and delightful YA read, part feminist retelling, part just plain fun. This is what Sherlock Holmes stories might have been if the main character had been a fourteen year old girl who has trouble submitting to any kind of authority, especially that imposed by men.

I just wished there were more teenage girls reading this series than there are reading the Twilight series. Somehow, I'm sure this would make the world a better place if they identified with Enola Holmes instead of B
Apr 10, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it
Quick, light, enjoyable.. There's not much to say about this book. It was a cute little whodunit type mystery starring Sherlock Holmes's little sister Enola. I read it over the course of about two hours, which is pretty darn quick for me (I'm a slow reader, I like to savor the words, deal with it), but somehow it didn't lack for character development like a lot of shorter stories do. It didn't blow me away, but it was a fun way to pass an evening, and I might even read on in the series if I'm ...more
I don't think I will ever bore of reading about spunky, spirited, no-nonsense young girls. Partially from remembering of how much of a mischievous squirt I was at their age, and partially out of wishing that I could have had such grand adventures, I just love following along with their great gaffs and greater victories. If you enjoyed Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce, you will likely enjoy Enola Holmes as well. Now if only those two could go on an adventure together!
Apr 06, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: fbr-2012
This is a pretty cool little adventure/mystery in the life of Sherlock Holmes's little sister Enola. She's a cool kid with lots of smarts and a quick wit.

It was fun for the most part, though I did get tangled quite a bit in all the talk of petticoats, bustles, and corsets. Yeah....
I loved this series when I was younger, and I really enjoyed meeting up with Enola again. Really fun to read, especially the bits where Sherlock makes an appearance.
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
Vamos a dejar la lupa detectivesca y poner las cartas sobre la mesa para analizar a la pequeñita pero sabionda hermana del archiconocido detective de la calle Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes.

Enola ha vivido toda su vida con su madre ya que sus hermanos Sherlock y Mycroft Holmes viven en la magnífica ciudad de Londres ocupando cargos importantes mientras que su padre yace en el cementerio desde que ella tiene 4 años.

Enola va celebrando sus cumpleaños con su madre Eudoria Vernet Holmes y el matrimon
Terri Lynn
I never let labels like "children's book", "for young adults" or "adult fiction" guide my reading choices. A good story is a good story and those labels are only good for the purpose of filing a book on a shelf in the library or a bookstore. Maybe not even there if it keeps adults from reading great stories because they are labeled for children or young adults.

This romp through Sherlock Holmes' London and its surroundings is a confection of a story that I loved so much, I now intend to read the
Feb 01, 2015 BookSweetie rated it really liked it

My goodness! The famous Sherlock and Mycroft have a much younger sister: 14 year old Enola Holmes! And what a clever one!

I didn't care for the cover or the title The Case of the Missing Marquess but that hardly matters since the character Enola is so captivating.

On Enola's birthday, her 64 year old widowed mother quietly disappears, leaving Enola bereft and worried. Has something terrible happened to her mother? Or has her mother abandoned her without a moment's hesitation? Enola panics and s
Sarah Sammis
Dec 28, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Book Nut
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer is the first in the Enola Holmes mystery series. Written for middle graders, it introduces a much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, someone who is as smart and capable as they are but because of her youth and her gender has to struggle to live her life the way she wishes.

In this first volume Enola is in a quandary. Her father is long since dead and now her mother has run off with the family funds, leaving her with the staff and an e
Dec 03, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: ra-shortlist
Enola Holmes is the younger sister of the famed Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, whose name is a cipher of “alone”—which is how Enola finds herself on her fourteenth birthday, when her mother abruptly disappears. When Sherlock and Mycroft don’t seem interested in helping track down their mother, Enola sets off on the mission by herself, and becomes entangled in the kidnapping of a young Marquess, while trying to evade her older brothers. The mystery itself is fairly straightforward, but the ...more
Emma curtis
Oct 17, 2012 Emma curtis rated it it was amazing
AMAZING!!!!! so good completley enjoyed it! it toook me a while to really start it and get into it but once i did i couldnt stop! its definatley a must read!
I loved the sherlock holmes story so when i was searching for a book at BYU i decided to give this one a try. And its turned out to be a great read. I love the feminine twist to the famous sherlock holmes.
definatley loved the adorable matching covers :)

School book reveiw: When i started reading this book I found it slightly hard to get in to
May 06, 2013 Terence rated it liked it
Recommends it for: My nieces, fans of Sherlock Holmes
Recommended to Terence by: Wealhtheow Wylfing's reviews of the series
Always on the look out for things to stock my nieces' bookshelves with and being a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was very pleased to come across Wealhtheow Wylfing's reviews of this series on my update feed, especially as it's Hailey's birthday this month (May).

Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock, and for the past 14 years has been living with her mother on the family's estate, Ferndell Hall. When Mum disappears on Enola's birthday, the girl comes under the direct guardia
Destinee Sutton
This book was recently pulled from the Global Reading Challenge because it has the word "prostitute" in it. Sigh. So that prompted me to read it and, boy, are the GRC kids missing out if they don't read it despite it being pulled from the competition. It's a great mystery with excellent characters and lots of fun historical detail.

I didn't even notice the word "prostitute" and I was listening for it (I downloaded the audio book narrated by Katherine Kellgren--she's the best!). Enola specificall
Karen ⊰✿
Jun 22, 2013 Karen ⊰✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just loved it. Enola is a great heroine - full of spunk and very resourceful, and the story took twists and turns that I would never have predicted.I gobbled this novel down in one sitting and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Dan Rogers
You know when you've said to yourself "I think I want to read that book" because it sounds like it may be interesting, yet then when the time comes to actually begin reading it you're not as sure as you were previously? Well, that's exactly how it was for me when I picked this book up. As the story begins Enola Holmes celebrates her 14th birthday thinking it a bit odd that her mom is not there to celebrate it with her. The next morning when she gets up and finds that her mother has till not ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Bookyurt rated it really liked it
Originally my plan was to review the first three books in this series. So I picked up the first three from the library on Tuesday. On Wednesday I went back to get the back three. Late Thursday I finished book six. That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

Move over, Nancy Drew. Enola Holmes can do it all – in a corset, no less. But of course it’s a corset of her own special design, and she uses it not to be fashionable but as protection against garroters, as an aid to help her change her shape fo
Tiffany Hall
Apr 26, 2015 Tiffany Hall rated it really liked it
Sherlock Holmes said in A Study in Scarlet: “What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.” Our young protagonist is the master of altering perceptions--making her unorthodox career choice of detective all the more exciting. Who is she, you might ask? Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of the famous Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. A master of disguise possessing undeniable gumption and a sharp wit to match--Enola Holmes ...more
May 20, 2015 Kirsten rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery

This is a fun twist on your typical Sherlock Holmes story. While I'm not normally fond of spin-offs of classic, favorite tales, this was pretty impressive. It's truly a fun, female, water-downed version of everyone's favorite detective.

Now I realize that description sounds awful, but bear with me. What do younger sisters read while their elder siblings are devouring the gruesome, graphic, descriptive tales of Sherlock's mysteries? Why, Enola Holmes, of cou
Oct 28, 2011 Caitlyn added it
Shelves: school
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Summary of Book

In the book Nancy Springer rates An Enola Holmes Mystery: Case of the Missing Marquess is a mystery book for a younger reading level. This book is a book about a fourteen-year-old girl who is different from many people in the late nineteenth century England. Enola Holmes is the younger sister of her much older brothers, the famous Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. Enola calls for a small family reunion when her mother goes missing on her birthday, leaving behind very littl
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