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

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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
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Published February 16th 2006 by Philomel
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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 unconvention ...more
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Apr 07, 2012 colleen the contrarian ± (... never stop fighting) ± rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any young girl adventurer, or those who like to read about them


A cute, quick little story that I read in a couple of hours last night. It does have some dark parts that some parents might not like for their young children, though - i.e. it references the Ripper murders at one point, talking about a prostitute who was slit open.

Enola, the scandalously younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, sets out to unravel her own mystery when her mother disappears. She also has to deal with the prospect of going to boarding school, the horrors of wh
Jun 06, 2012 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Hannah by: Barb Mechalke
Shelves: 2012-reads, mysteries, ya
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
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 mann ...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
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
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
Mar 19, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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 08, 2010 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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 ev ...more
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....
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
Emma curtis
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
Sarah Sammis
Dec 28, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
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
What a cool idea! Enola Holmes is Sherlock's younger sister. She's clever, defiant, and courageous. When her mother disappears, it's up to Enola to try to figure out what happened. Along the way, she stumbles across another missing person case, and solves that one too!

I loved the setting, and the zesty British style. Enola is my kind of character. She questions and defies the "accepted" roles, and gains a lot of confidence along the way. This is the first book in a series of mysteries. Sherlock
I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book but it ended up being pretty cute with a nice cliff-hanger.
Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. She hasn't seen them in over ten years, assuming it is because her birth was an embarrassment to the family (her mother was fifty at the time). But when her mother disappears, she has to call in the famous pair to help out. She learns that there is some sort of feud between the three of them. Sherlock is called away on a case
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 retu ...more
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
“The case of the missing marquess : an Enola Holmes mystery”

Enola Holmes is younger, neglected sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, characters videly popular in classic literature. Nancy Springer created Enola not in the shedow of her famous older brother Scherlock and Mycroft bur as a young, brave, independent 14 year old aware of restrictions of sociaty in Victorian England.
After her mother gone missing on her birthday, she cleverly decive her brothers and venture herself to London in advent
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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
Je dirai plus 4,5 !
J'ai beaucoup aimé!

Première entrée dans ce Londres du 19ème siècle, époque où vit en ces lieux le célèbre Sherlock Holmes, même si ici le personnage principal est sa petite soeur Enola Holmes.

Et quel plaisir !

Le ton est enlevé, réfléchis, ironique. Enola n'a beau n'avoir que 14 ans, on découvre une jeune fille très intelligente, débrouillarde et très imaginative.

On suit avec elle son enquête qui consiste à retrouver sa mère, tout cela en échappant à ses frères car voyez-vous,
There's something about the neglected young British girl, usually a squire's daughter, rambling about without company or supervision, that seems to strike hard at literary hearts -- authors' and mine. It must have something to do with the bicycle she's always riding.

This one has slightly a slightly twee premise -- it's about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes's much younger sister, Enola. The author and the character are fond of ciphers and much is made of the fact that Enola spells "alone" backw
Oh, God, this is a fun book. Enola is cute and clever, a very interesting character to follow along with as she searches for her missing mother and, sort of accidentally, a similarly missing marquess. Some latitute is taken with the Holmes canon, but... not a lot, for all that, especially when one considers that one is looking at Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes from the perspective of a fourteen-year-old girl-- Mycroft comes across as overbearing, and Holmes as distracted and slightly irritable. Som ...more
Listened to Recorded Books edition narrated by Katherine Kellgren. My favorite audio experience of the year so far. Kellgren is a fantastic narrator who deserves every award that can be bestowed upon her for her narrations.

I loved Enola's character and the twisty plot with the clues all there, but not too obvious. The only thing I missed by listening was having the chance to work the ciphers out for myself. In a way this reminded me of The Westing Game; the heroines are about the same age and eq
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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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Other Books in the Series

Enola Holmes Mysteries (6 books)
  • 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 Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes 4)
  • The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #5)
  • The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #6)
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 Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes 4) I Am Morgan le Fay The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #5)

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