Children's Literature - Diane Carver Sekeres
Even her name dooms her to a solitary lifeEnola Holmes, the much younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. Yet her brain and her uncanny ability to disguise herself make her as clever as her famous brother, if not more so. In fact, Enola shares Sherlock's passion for justice, although she definitely does not share his views about what activities a young girl should properly enjoy. Even though she is living in the progressive last years of the 19th century, Sherlock cannot condone her pursuing the dangerous work of Perditorians (those who seek missing persons). Therefore, Enola must avoid all contact with her family in order to elude capture by her brother while she solves the mystery of Dr. Watson's disappearance! In this third adventure of the acclaimed series, Sherlock recognizes the prodigious abilities of his younger sister and wishes she would trust him. Indeed, the great man admits that without Enola's efforts, Watson would still be lost to him. Alas, Enola, a mistress of disguise and risk-taker extraordinaire, does not trust him and determines that she will remain "Alone." Reviewer: Diane Carver Sekeres, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
It is March, 1889, in London, and Enola is still lodging in the East End and evading her brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, so as to avoid boarding school. For six months, she has been using the alias Ivy Meshle and pursuing her "life's calling" as a Perditorian ("finder of the lost") but, afraid that she has been discovered, she must choose a new identity: Viola Everseau. Her new disguise: a beautiful woman. Her new case: finding the missing Dr. Watson. Her first act is to visit Dr. Watson's wife, and her first clue is a bizarre bouquet the frantic woman has received. Using her knowledge of the "language of flowers," Enola deduces that the bouquet suggests revenge and knows that this is a detail that her sleuthing brother will overlook. Her investigation leads her from a theatrical shop to a hothouse, from one dangerous situation to another. Enola is a delightful character, with the sharp wit one would expect from Sherlock Holmes's sister, and a wry voice that is uniquely hers. Springer's descriptions of late-19th-century England are vivid, the mystery is intriguing, and Enola's cleverness and capability will appeal to readers who like their heroines both sprightly and savvy. Move over, Sherlock.
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From the Publisher
Enola is a delightful character, with a wry voice that is uniquely hers. Move over, Sherlock. -School Library Journal, starred review