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The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
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Mar 28, 11

bookshelves: z-2011, historical-fiction, chapter-books, mysteries
Read on March 28, 2011

When her mother disappears without a trace on Enola’s birthday, Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, sets off to find her. In spite of Sherlock’s assessment that Enola’s head is much too small for her body and she has “limited cranial capacity,” Enola is a good artist and shares a love of ciphers and puzzles with her mother. When she realizes that her mother has left clues that only Enola will be able to follow, she dons a disguise and embarks for London. Along Marquess of Basilwether, meets Inspector Lestrange, and has a few frightening encounters on the seedier side of London.

Lots of historical detail, especially about the role of women in society during that time. Sherlock is hilariously misogynistic, but Enola is smart and resourceful and isn’t above using her gender to her advantage or hiding weapons in her corset. Apparently controversial because of one reference to a prostitutes/ladies of the night (although Enola admits she doesn’t know what the term means.) First in a series.

The audiobook is very good. I would probably recommend it as a book first though, because the ciphers work best on the page, rather than being read aloud.

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