The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Series #5)

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Series #5)

by Nancy Springer

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ISBN-13: 9780142416907
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/10/2011
Series: An Enola Holmes Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 268,327
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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 Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
MrsKAtHome More than 1 year ago
Another good read in this series. Highly recommend the entire series for young and older adults.
SueRidnour on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
The latest entry in this series starring Enola Holmes, the equally clever but much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, takes the reader on a rollicking chase all over London. Enola is ¿alone¿ spelled backwards, and once again, that is how Enola finds herself. She was abandoned by her mother under mysterious circumstances, and has been on the run ever since from brothers Sherlock and Mycroft, who want her to enter finishing school like a proper young woman of her class. When Enola's nearly deaf old landlady is kidnapped, it's up to her to solve the secret message hidden in an old crinoline by none other than Florence Nightingale and rescue Mrs. Tupper, who has become the closest thing she has to family. Enola¿s knowledge of the language of flowers, her skills with disguises, and her quick thinking combine to keep her one step ahead of Sherlock, but just barely.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
Don't let the fact that this is a children's mystery stop you from picking it up. This is a fast paced read featuring a spunky 14 year old heroine who happens to be Sherlock Holmes younger sister. Very fun series.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
Enola Holmes has run away from home so that her older brother Sherlock can't send her away to boarding school. But now her elderly, deaf landlady has been abducted and Enola sets out to find out where the woman is and why she was taken.
khallbee on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
When Enola Holmes' kindly old landlady is abruptly kidnapped, Enola must use all her disguises and detective skills to determine why she was abducted and bring her home. Fifth in the successful Enola Holmes mystery series, The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline is by far the most connected to real-world events. Whereas Enola's considerable powers of deduction have until now been directed at fellow fictional characters, in this volume she meets and later investigates the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. While Springer takes some liberties with the personality and motivations of the real-life Nightingale, these embellishments are freely acknowledged in a postscript by the author. This installment of Enola's adventures is also unique in that it much more concerned with the mysteries of the past. Determining exactly what happened between Nightingale and Enola's landlady Mrs. Tupper during the Crimean War becomes instrumental in solving the case. At this point in the series, it seems as though Springer is falling into a rut. The addition of a real-world figure, however fictionalized, brings new life to the story but it seems as though we've seen it all before. The abduction of Mrs. Tupper closely resembles that of Dr. Watson in the Case of the Bizarre Bouquets, up to and including the codes that Enola must solve to get them back. This is by far my least favorite of the Enola Holmes mysteries, although it proceeded by The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye, in which one hopes Enola might find some sort of resolution with her absent mother, who has been traveling with gypsies for the last four books.
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