The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes Series #4)

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes Series #4)

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by Nancy Springer, Katherine Kellgren
     
 

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Enola is thrown into a tailspin when she receives a desperate message from her old friend, Lady Cecily. Enola knows she must help her friend before it's too late - but she doesn't know how! This complicated case has Enola hunting down clues all over London until she finally discovers the awful truth: Lady Cecily is being held prisoner! Enola must risk her own

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Enola is thrown into a tailspin when she receives a desperate message from her old friend, Lady Cecily. Enola knows she must help her friend before it's too late - but she doesn't know how! This complicated case has Enola hunting down clues all over London until she finally discovers the awful truth: Lady Cecily is being held prisoner! Enola must risk her own freedom and join forces with her brother, the famed Sherlock Holmes, to free Cecily. Can Enola trust her brother, and can they save Cecily in time?

Editorial Reviews

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A rousing read with plenty of terrific Victorian detail.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes's 14-year-old sister takes on a new case, this one involving Lady Cecily Alistair, the champion of the poor and working classes of London. The Holmes brothers continue to be concerned about Enola's lack of a "proper" upbringing and she continues to evade them by disguising herself as Ivy Meshle, secretary to the nonexistent Dr. Leslie Ragostin. Enola finds that Lady Cecily is being held against her will, at her father's behest, by her two dragon-lady aunts to be married off to her foppish cousin. The girl employs numerous clever disguises, is found detecting by Sherlock, and narrowly escapes with her life. Springer's knowledge of the restraints placed on Victorian women, especially those of the upper classes, is used both for humorous entertainments (a pink tea) and to give authenticity to Enola's determination to remain an independent young lady. Her fans will welcome this latest adventure.-Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH

Kirkus Reviews
Although their own eccentricities are legendary, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes fully expect their very much younger sister to take on the attributes of the stereotypical Victorian female. She will be schooled in womanly endeavors with an eye to a future as someone's wife-but 14-year-old Enola has ideas of her own. She has already solved several mysteries, donning a variety of disguises in order to encourage clients, get results and elude her brothers (The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets, 2008, etc.). This time she encounters them at every turn and they must finally join forces to solve a truly Victorian kidnapping in which a young woman is held against her will by family members in order to be wed to a particularly odious man. Orphans, secret codes and a missing mother add to the thrill of the chase. Springer's period syntax is spot-on, while remaining accessible to modern readers. It is an almost perfect evocation of that bygone era, and Enola is a plucky, intelligent and altogether delightful character. More please. (Mystery. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781436161626
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
01/22/2009
Series:
Enola Holmes Series , #4
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Springer has published forty novels for adults, young adults and children. In a career beginning shortly after she graduated from Gettysburg College in 1970, Springer wrote for ten years in the imaginary realms of mythological fantasy, then ventured on contemporary fantasy, magical realism, and women's fiction before turning her attention to children's literature. Her novels and stories for middle-grade and young adults range from contemporary realism, mystery/crime, and fantasy to her critically acclaimed novels based on the Arthurian mythos, I AM MORDRED: A TALE OF CAMELOT and I AM MORGAN LE FAY. Springer's children's books have won her two Edgar Allan Poe awards, a Carolyn W. Field award, various Children's Choice honors and numerous ALA Best Book listings. Her most recent series include the Tales of Rowan Hood, featuring Robin Hood’s daughter, and the Enola Holmes mysteries, starring the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes.

Ms. Springer lives in East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

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The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes Series #4) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Storytellermary 11 months ago
“You’ll be fine on your own, Enola,” echoes the lesson of an independent mother to her daughter, and she is. She is even more fine when assisting her brother Sherlock, being “mothered” by her landlady, and anticipating a future friendship with kindred spirit Lady Cecily. A chance encounter in the Ladies’ Lavatory (modern convenience) and the mystery of a pink paper fan leads to adventure for the determined Perditorian. The version on CD is well-read and equally engaging.
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In this installment of the Enola Holmes Series, suspicion about Lady Cecily's storyline after The Left Handed Lady is finally fulfilled in a non-predictable way. The ending was okay, but it could have had a little more. I was hoping it would've gone more in-depth about her dual personality, as in the 2nd book. It didn't talk about left-hand/right-hand differences this time. However, it was very well writen and kept me turning the page. Springer did very well this time, and I can't wait to see what she will write next!
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In 1889, Mycroft Holmes tells his younger brother Sherlock that he worries about their fourteen year old sister Enola who ran away from home when her mother deserted her. For eight months Enola has eluded her older siblings while also solving three cases.------------ Enola is earning a living as the ¿assistant¿ to Scientific Perditorian Dr. Ragosotv, a figure head she made up as a front. Stopping at the London Ladies¿ Lavatory she runs into Cecily Alistair, who she recently rescued (see THE CASE OF THE LEFT-HANDED LADY) chaperoned by two dominating aristocratic ladies. A desperate Cecily passes a pink fan to Enola after mouthing silently help. Cecily begins her rescue effort with a search for the ¿Pink Tea¿ party among the fashionable magazines unaware that Sherlock has been hired by Cecily¿s mother to save her daughter from an unwanted marriage arranged by her husband.---------------- Although targeting older elementary school students, the Baker Street Irregulars will appreciate this well written entertaining Victorian investigative tale starring Sherlock Holmes smarter younger sister. Enola makes the tale as she eludes her well meaning older siblings while earning a living as a Scientific Perditorian. Whereas Mycroft plays a tertiary character trying to do what he feels is right for his teenage sister whose suffragette mom abandoned her and London, Sherlock plays a key secondary role in the case. Nancy Springer provides a fresh entry to the vast ever expanding Holmesian universe.----------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Your_Loyal_Cheshire_Cat More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a good installment to the series following the general flow of the books. A good mystery and I as the Cat was pleased that Enola had an encounter with Sherlock Holmes which I have been waiting for for a while now. Although I do believe Mr. Sherlock Homes could have found Enola had he really wanted to. Other than such I give the book a good rating for keeping the mystery interesting, the codes pretty good, and the plot intruiging.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about Enola Holmes, sister of famous Sherlock Holmes, as she sloves another mystery.