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The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets (Enola Holmes Mysteries #3)

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Everyone knows Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holmes? right-hand man?so when he goes missing, it?s a shock. Even Sherlock hasn?t the slightest clue as to where he could be. Enola is intrigued but wary; she?s still hiding from her older brothers, and getting involved could prove to be disastrous. But Enola can?t help but investigate, especially when she learns that a bizarre bouque...more
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Published May 14th 2009 by Puffin (first published 2008)
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Kathryn
(More like 3.5 STARS; though I did enjoy it, I think the stellar audiobook narration enhanced it and I might have been a bit bored at times were I simply reading this.)

Who knew fronds of an asparagus plant could be so sinister!?!?!

Enola Holmes is back to solve her third mystery, this one close to her heart as dear Dr. Watson has gone missing! Her brother Sherlock is on the case, but things look grim when Watson's medical bag turns up and the shrewd Mr. Holmes is at a loss for where to look next....more
Betsy
Sweet god, how I love these books! Sorry. That’s not something a professional reviewer should start off by saying is it? I should probably be coy about my opinions. I should couch my language with faint praise saying sniffy little things like, “It seems that Ms. Springer has truly found an oeuvre that will suit some out there”. My review would nod its head at her other books and series and then end with constructive criticism along the lines of, “Certainly children in search of mysteries will ha...more
Lynn
Third installment of the adventures of Enola Holmes. This series just gets stronger and stronger and I enjoyed this one very much. The sense of time and place is extremely well done and the pivotal feature of the the Victorian language of flowers was fascinating. Enola is a terrific feisty character and each of these books develops her character more.
Susan
Terrific story with an interesting mystery and more of the family dynamics in this Enola outing. It is fun to read how she comes up with all these costumes and disguises to fool those around her, much like her brother Sherlock!

Am looking forward to the next story in this fun series.
Cathy
3.5 stars. Still a very charming series, all the more so because of it's dark edge. It always works that Enola is successful despite the large age difference between her and Sherlock because Sherlock overlooks the female arts. Would the "real" Sherlock have done that? Who knows? But this Sherlock is clearly characterized and consistent and it works that he wouldn't notice or take seriously things like the flowers in a bouquet, or the corset and bustle in the first book, etc. It gives Enola an ad...more
Terri Lynn
I can't believe I read the whole thing in just one evening! This is my third book in Nancy Springer's series featuring 14 year old Enola Holmes, younger (much younger) sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. After their mother ran away from home with the gypsies, leaving Enola to tend to herself (and with a giant wad of cash she had to find hidden about the house by following clues in a special illustrated cipher book written by mom) alone in London while dodging Mycroft and Sherlock who want to...more
Jeanette
While this book was shorter than the others, it was much more packed with adventure and mystery. And I think had the most interesting plot thus far.
Dr. Watson has gone missing and even though she knows it will bring her into closer contact with her brother Sherlock than she would like, Enola feels compelled to take on the case and help find the missing Watson. When visiting Watson's wife Enola notices a strange bouquet that she is sure was sent as deadly message from Watson's kidnapper. When She...more
Ann
AUDIO BOOK REVIEW

Another interesting and enjoyable installment in the Enola Holmes series!

I still love the fact that this series revolves around mysteries that are geared towards YA and can - in most cases - be solved along with the protagonist.

I really like Springer's style here, and her protagonist, Enola, is a plucky and determined young lady!

This installment deals on a slightly more personal level for Enola, as the mystery involves dear Dr. Watson, who has mysteriously gone missing! This pu...more
Sarah Sammis
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer opens with John Watson going missing. Enola, meanwhile, feels she must close up shop because her brothers have gotten to close to finding her. She has no desire to let them run her life. But there's a new threat she needs to think about, the mad house, where women are being sent who don't play by Victorian rules.

Despite her own fears and joblessness, Enola decides to investigate Watson's disappearance. With the help of the disguise shop she know...more
Zoe
This was even better than the first two books in this series. While they are supposedly children's books, a word of caution: the atmosphere of Victorian London is quite dark, as Ms. Holmes likes to spend her nights when she's not solving a mystery and evading her well-meaning brothers, (Sherlock and Mycroft) by handing out food, money, and blankets to the poor. And they are very poor - disturbingly so. It would be mild in a regular novel, but I'd wait until your children are at least 11 and you'...more
Michael
Although this one was as easy to read as usual I did think some aspects of the background to the so called villains of the piece were far too horrific for younger readers, being disturbing enough even for those of us with hair with the fetching grey streaks.
Wealhtheow
Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes, has set herself up as a consulting detective. When she hears that Dr.Watson is missing, she dives into the investigation. Her only clue is that Mrs.Watson has been receiving strange bouquets.

Enola is a wonderful heroine, smart, resourceful, and gutsy. I love watching her skills develop and her relationship with Sherlock shift.
June
Jul 14, 2008 June rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed the third offering as much as the first two. Enola finds Dr. Watson's whereabouts while neither Sherlock nor Mycroft are able to. A wonderful strong female character that defies society's place for women and makes her own way outwitting both her brothers to find freedom.
Georgia
I didn't like this one as much as I liked the others.it was rather chilling at times.There was some murder,but not like you read it happening.It was quite chilling when you found out what happend to Agustus.:(
Roberta
Overall, another good read in the series but, for a girl who eschews the womanly arts, Enola knows way too much about the language of flowers. Next thing you know she'll be tatting antimacassars.

My knit to pick: On page 104 Enola discovers only one (1) other person named Kippersalt in London but doesn't bother to follow up on it. If it had been 100 people or 50 or even 25 that might have made sense but neglecting to confirm the person's whereabouts and check the identity when there was only one...more
Cathy
Everyone knows Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holmes' right-hand man -- so when he goes missing, it's a shock. Even Sherlock hasn't, well, the slightest clue as to where he could be. Enola is intrigued, but weary; she's still hiding from her older brothers' - and getting involved could be disastrous. But when a bizarre bouquet shows up at the Watson residence, full of convolvulus, hawthorn, asparagus and white poppies, Enola must act. She dons her most discerning disguise yet to find the sender -- and q...more
Melanie
Enola Holmes, younger sister of the famed detective, Sherlock, is 14-years-old but living on her own. When her father died and her mother disappeared her two older brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft, took it upon themselves to take control of her life. They wanted her in boarding school where she would learn to become a "proper young woman." Enola wants none of that. So, she ran away.

Living on her own proves not to be as difficult as one might think as Enola's mother left her quite a bit of money. E...more
Alice
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Le Mystère des Pavots Blancs?

"Ayant bien apprécié les deux premiers tomes, quoi de plus naturel que d'avoir acheté la série au grand complet!"

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


"Enola ne sait pas très bien ce que son frère Sherlock a pu apprendre d'elle et veut se faire discrète. Mais voilà que le Docteur Watson a disparu! Impossible de ne pas s'en mêler."

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


"Bon, je le redis encore...more
Nancy
Nancy Springer does it again with this intricate mystery featuring detective Enola Holmes, the on-the-run younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft who are set on sending her to finishing school. When Enola learns that the kindly Dr. Watson has disappeared from his club, she can't resist searching for him. Her first clue is discovered when, in diguise, she visits Mrs. Watson and sees an unusual bouquet of flowers amongst the many sympathy bouquets that Mrs. Watson has been sent. Knowing the Victori...more
Historyprincess
Enola Holmes has done it again!

It's March 1889, and Enola has closed Dr. Ragostin's office until further notice. The reason: her cover might have been blown. Luckily she's taken some disguises belonging to her brother, who's hot on her trail.

One day, she sees a newspaper article that immediately gets her concerned: Watson, Holmes' former partner, is missing, and no one, not even Sherlock knows where he is.

Not willing to miss out on this mystery, and since she's fond of Watson, Enola goes (in dis...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
9/19/10

3 1/2

This book didn't quite have the sense of adventure/excitement, the whimsy, the suspense, or emotional pathos of the first two books - but it was still a fun story. Didn't really develop the characters or progress the individual story, though - it was more about the mystery and less about everything else. Which was fine, but it didn't have quite the same charm.

Still, I enjoyed it, and it was a decent addition to the series. I just hope it doesn't get in a rut, though, and that the ne...more
Kit
I love this series of mysteries featuring Enola Holmes, Sherlock and Mycroft's much-younger sister. While the mystery in this one stands alone, you need to read the first two books (you won't be sorry!) to understand the continuing story of Enola, her mom, and her brothers.

Sherlock and Mycroft may both have giant intellects, but they don't use their brains to question that a woman's proper place in the Victorian world is being an ornament of the home for some guy. They don't get along with their...more
Tami
I have discovered a detective character in children’s literature who I find extremely intriguing! Her name is Enola Holmes. She is the younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. She lives in London, England in the late 1800′s and resides in the mysteries written by NANCY SPRINGER.

The first in the series is THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS. In this inaugural installment we meet Enola on her 14th birthday. We later discover that this is the day her mother has chosen to abandon her hom...more
Elevetha
Oct 24, 2012 Elevetha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery MG readers
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
2.5 stars.

*some spoilers ahead*

I enjoyed this one more than The Case of the Left-Handed Lady.

Enola is quite a resourceful little thing. Smart and kind, brave and caring; she's a lovely main character for readers to root for.

But I am starting to become truly frustrated with Enola's mother. She needs to step up her act and be a mother for Enola. All this wishy-washy crap must end. And soon.

"Oh, I'll communicate with you but rarely. I'll never let you know where I am, why I left you, or what THE...more
Chris
I rather enjoyed this one. The previous two were very predictable, but this one offered very little in the way of clues so it was not one I figured out four chapters in. The first two books in the Enola Holmes series were entertaining and held my attention. This book has thoroughly hooked me on the series.

In this book it begins with Dr. John Watson waking up in an asylum and the attendants and Doctors think he is some one else. Of course starting out with Holmes’s companion and friend captured...more
Jessica
Sept 21-22, 2012 My favorite of the series so far. For a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, finding a formidable, believable opponent borders on impossible. Yet the author has exploited his one weakness... women. He admitted himself that they are beyond his comprehension, so Enola outsmarting him a bit is quite within logical grasp, in the hands of a capable author, which Springer is. I actually enjoyed the mystery in this one, where as the first two it was the least interesting part to me. Of course...more
Josephine
I am still enjoying this series, however this book took me a little longer to get into. Why oh why did the author spoil the whole book in the introduction? She told you exactly where Watson was. If you plan to read this book and you don't want the ending spoiled for you, save the introduction to read last. It makes it a little hard to get into the book when you know crucial details and the heroine has no idea so you are frustrated with her lack of knowing what you know!
Also, and this is a pet pe...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I adore this book and agree with Elizabeth's review on Amazon. I can't believe that I missed the first two. Enola is a wonderful character and Nancy Springer's ability to spin old tales into brand new stories (I Am Mordred and I Am Morgan Le Fay) is uncanny! And how much did I appreciate Springer's turn of phrases and the droll humour! The thrilling escapades kept my tension taut and on edge. Excellent work!

The story opens with a great scene of a distressed Watson in a coffin like contraption in...more
Michelle
The third book in the Enola Holmes series finds Enola faced with several conundrums. She finds out that Dr. Watson is missing and must debate whether or not she should risk trying to help locate him. She must also decide whether or not a posting in the newspaper is from her mother or is a trap set to catch her by one of her brothers. She is also plagued with worry that her mother may have abandoned her. Enola uses her art of disguise to visit Dr. Watson's wife and discovers an unusual bouquet. U...more
Linda
I really love this series! The heroine of the series is teenaged Enola Holmes, younger sister of the great Sherlock Holmes. She greatly admires her talented brother but in book #1 ran away because she believes that her brothers will send her off to a ladies finishing school. She wants to be independent so she's living in the London of the 1880s on her own. She proves to be nearly as talented as her brother in disguises and is also very good at finding missing people, being just a half step ahead...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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