The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Series #1)

The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Series #1)

by Nancy Springer


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When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers—all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?

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ISBN-13: 9780142409336
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/08/2007
Series: An Enola Holmes Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 76,567
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile: 960L (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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"With gleeful panache, Spring introduces an innocent but capable young sleuth…. A tasty appetizer, with every sign of further courses to come."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An extremely appealing heroine.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“This is a terrific package.”—Booklist, starred review

“Quite entertaining.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It combines the Victorian England world of Sherlock Holmes with a spunky determined heroine who wants to live her own life and shun conventions. Enola's wits enable her to solve mysteries and outwit her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft. Her heart pulls her to keep searching for her mother, who also appears to be unconventional for Victorian times. Enola's character will appeal to many of today's girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding! It takes an original and classic idea and transforms it into something bewildering! The Case of the Missing Marquess makes you wait in anticipation to see what kind of ending waits. It is the type of book you never want to put down. However, when you are finished with it, you regret you read it so fast, because it was so enjoyable! Enola Holmes mother goes missing on her fourteenth birthday she shows the ultimate courage by following her brother¿s footsteps. She investigates. When she is not satisfied with her unanswered questions she contacts her brothers who she has not seen in seven years. However, she shows a sign of reluctance because she is frustrated she could not figure it out herself. When her brothers come down they force her to try and act like a young lady and use a corset. However their attempts do not work because she rebels. A boarding school is no place for a free sprit so she does the best thing possible in the situation, she escapes, to London, disguised as a widow. The action of rebelling gives Enola a sweet taste of freedom that she has not felt in a long time. In her journey to London she hopes to find a bit of herself and her mother. While in London she reads a newspaper that says the twelve your old Marquess of Basilwether has gone missing. Enola's wild spirit decides to take on the challenge, and investigates the situation. She goes through many obstacles to save the Marquess and saves both of them from the clutches of the evil villain, known as Cutter. She also goes through all of this while keeping her whereabouts secret from her searching brothers. All of these events lead to an exiting and enthralling adventure of Enola Holmes and the Marquess of Basilweather. Nancy Springer did an amazing job on this book.
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
Springer, N. (2006). An Enola Holmes Mystery: The Case of the Missing Marquess. New York: Puffin Books. 9780142409336 After her mother has gone missing, Enola Holmes must call for her two older brothers, one of whom is the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Threatened with boarding school, Enola instead decides to escape to search for her mother. She happens upon another mystery of a ten-year-old Marquess who is missing from his home. Enola's search for both the Marquess and her mother will take her to London where she encounters a number of different characters and dangers. Enola's voice feels authentic to the time period. This is both a strength and weakness of the novel. While giving it an authentic feel, it may make it harder for some readers to engage with. The text is well-researched and gives a lot of sensory details to try to bring the reader in. The experience of British women in the late nineteenth century is central to this novel. It shows the expectations upon women and the feminist experience and search for freedom within a restrictive society. And it serves as a strong start to the series of books showing Enola's mysterious cases that have followed it. I am nerdy enough to have grown up, believing the character of Sherlock Holmes to be downright sexy. Springer, at least for a large portion of the novel, manages to challenge this perception by having Holmes wander around encouraging pity for his young sister due to her small "cranial capacity." His perception of women, while authentic and humorous, angered my feminist sensibilities. Which, you know, is the point. Activities to do with the book: There are many lessons that this book could be incorporated into, especially those involving the history of Great Britain, the women's movement, Western thought and philosophy, the meaning and significance of flowers or exploration of Sherlock Holmes as a character. Students could create illustrations to accompany the story. This could take the form of portraits of the characters or even studies of flowers. Favorite Quotes: "I would very much like to know why my mother named me "Enola," which, backwards, spells alone. Mum was, or perhaps still is, fond of ciphers, and she must have had something in mind, whether foreboding or a sort of left-handed blessing or, already, plans, even though my father had not yet passed away" (p. 5). "I remembered Dr. Watson's listing of my brother's accomplishments: scholar, chemist, superb violinist, expert marksman, swordsman, singlestick fighter, pugilist, and brilliant deductive thinker. Then I formed a mental list of my own accomplishments: able to read, write and do sums; find birds' nests; dig worms and catch fish; and, oh yes, ride a bicycle" (pp. 29-30). "What on earth was he saying? That Mum had abandoned me? I sat with my mouth ajar. "Pity the girl's cranial capacity, Mycroft," Sherlock murmured to his brother" (p. 49). For more of my children's literature reviews, visit
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It is set in 1888, a time of kidnappers, cutthroats, and gypsies. Enola Holmes is a girl in the midst of all this and to top it off she just happens to be the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes! Then on her fourteenth birthday her mother disappears. Even worse she is told that she will be attending boarding school. This is the last straw! Enola decides to go looking for her mother and gets mixed up in the case of young Lord Tewksbury who has gone missing too. Though this story may be a little hard to follow it was a very good book. Nancy Springer mixes the trouble with being a girl with the problems of trying to lead your own life in somebody¿s shadow. I strongly advise everyone to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i've ever read......i'm in the next book of this seris :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this is only the first book I can tell this is going to be a very interesting series. As the author goes into the book, she starts right into the plot. You do not have to read the series in order but I would recommend it because the books are easier to follow this way. The Enola Holmes series is a great collection of books for both adults and kids the age of 11+ but the plot line might be difficult for some kids to follow. I think it was really ingenious that Nancy Springer created Enola Holmes because she is a lot easier for young girls and even boys to relate to. Sherlock Holmes is an amazing series as well but the language and terms used are more difficult for young kids to comprehend. These books are narrated by the young Enola Holmes who, when the book starts, as been abandoned by her mother on her birthday and the book continues she goe son this great adventure that continues throughout each book taking her deeper within the heart of London and its people. This is truly a touching series.
kidsmom More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting and easy read. I think it took too long to introduce the actual story, but I understand the need to set up Enola's character and storyline--plus the mystery with her mother. I enjoyed the take off from Sherlock Holmes. It was a fun way to breathe life into an old mystery series. Plus, using a girl is perfect and a great way to appeal to young female teens in a typically male-dominated genre. This book is great for the late elementary and junior high set. I even enjoyed it as an adult. The next two books in the series are already on their way--I bought them as soon as I finished reading this one!
pinkfairytale More than 1 year ago
Enola is smart and funny. This book is a very good girl mystery book.I have never read a more interesting mystery book in my life! I don't even like mysteries but this made me rethink only reading fairytales. Even though this is a great read I don't suggest it for the younger crownd of girls. There were questionable things throughtout the series - example : drunken people and the descriptions of the people in London's streets. Overall good books.
Sassy_Reader More than 1 year ago
This book is so engaging. I used it with my students, but we got so into it, I actually had to move on before we could finish it. However, they were borrowing the book from me and the library so they could know how it ended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book 100 percent because even though there were boring parts you never felt unattached to the book! I thought those ciphers in the book were a big part in it! One of the ciphers, close to the end of the book made it so that everything was coming together and making sense to me!
Kuzujuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short, enjoyable read with a very appealing main character. Enola is the much-younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes, and was brought up by their suffragist of a mother in their country home. She and her mother are both rather wild and independent, and when her mother goes missing Enola is determined to find her (even after her brilliant brothers give up), making use of a book of ciphers, the language of flowers, and her Victorian undergarments. Her creative use of her corsets and bustles was perhaps my favourite part of the book.
viviandoughty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an immediately engaging book. Paints very visual scenes for the reader. We learn from the beginning that Enola's name in reverse means alone, an indicator of what her 14-year old life is like as she adventures into her life of mystery solving. I couldn't put this book down. It is such a well-written tale, engaging the reader into the fine art of solving a mystery. I will definitely order more in the series for my school's library.
bookmaven-msk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story, girl fiction. Would recomend
jamespurcell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good concept and major character but sketchy plot and execution. Will check next in series for hopefully substantial improvement.
sarah-e on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed by this book. Despite great promise and originality, it just fell short of my expectations. Enola is fourteen, unrefined, uneducated, not exceptionally intelligent or intuitive, lives on a dilapidated country estate, and was born shamefully late in her mother's life. Her mother goes missing, and Enola sends for her brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. After they arrive, Enola starts following a set of clues to find her mother, eventually running away herself. She is swept into another missing persons case, which takes her to the wrong side of London and too close to her older brothers. She narrowly escapes from directly under Sherlock's nose to a cliffhanger ending and the promise of a sequel.Such promise, and it may have lived up to what I expected were it not for glaring inconsistencies, dropped storylines, and a contrived, rushed plot. The book should have been longer, especially to give more attention to the ciphers. Once something like ciphers and the language of flowers have been introduced, readers will want to learn more and to be involved in solving or writing them. There is some opportunity for that in the book, but room for much more. I will read the next one to see how much it improves on this. The premise is so good; it¿s a shame if the presentation doesn¿t hold up.
jfoster_sf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First book in a series all about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister, Enola. Wished they were a little bit longer, but still loved it and will be looking for more. I especially liked trying to solve the clues and riddles alongside the character=)
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enola Holmes, sister of Mycroft and Sherlock, is a free spirit. When her also free-spirited mother disappears, Enola balks at her brothers' plans to civilize her and plots an escape to London. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think many young girls would too. It seems more like a Tween book to me and I would not hesitate to recommend it for the 11 - 13 set. I really had to suspend belief on this one to accept that a 14 year old girl could manage what Enola does, but I guess that is part of the fun.I am interested to see how she fairs in the next book.
nzf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set during Victorian times and with a mention to the infamous Sherlock Homes, this historical mystery introduces middle school students to Enola Holmes. Enola, Sherlock Holmes' younger 14 year old sister, is an intelligent and independent character, who is not afraid of life. She is strong willed and will not allow others to dictate her life. Readers who love the Victorian Era will enjoy the descriptions of this time period in London. The plot is well written, though reluctant readers, and those who are not interested in historical fiction, might have a difficult time understanding the language of this time period and slow pace of the plot. I would recommend this book to Middle School students who love historical fiction, especial the Victorian Era, and enjoying solving mysteries along with the characters.
queenoftheshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life for a 14-year-old in the Victorian English countryside is rather boring for Enola Holmes, the much younger and unexpected sister of Sherlock Holmes, that is until her Mother disappears under the most curious circumstances. Enola wrestles with the mystery of the disappearance, while also dealing with her role as a young woman of society in a changing world, and gets caught up in the kidnapping of another boy her own age. The mystery in this first book is not very engaging, but it does leave ample room to set the scene for Enola's future adventures. It also provides a fascinating view into the social structure and proper etiquette of Victorian England, as well as giving a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of London (a la Charles Dickens, but not as dark). A perfect introduction, it would leave readers aged 9-11 wanting for more.
TotallyTea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting series by Nancy Springer. I've read several Enola Holmes books after coming across one in the Juvenile Section of the library where I work. I like the Sherlock Holmes conneciton, but do wonder if the books may belong in our Teen Section. The series often deals with some pretty adult topics.
rampaginglibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, runs away when her mother disappears and she is threatened with school which will help her become a lady. She stumbles upon a mystery of her own and uses what is apparently a genetic propensity to solve the case.
rachelick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, is left to fend for herself when her mother runs away. Enola manages fairly well, staying far away from her well-meaning brothers who want to lock her up by running away to London. She sets up shop there as a private investigator. Springer brings out the darker side of the Victorian world for women while still drawing the reader into Enola's adventures. Although feminist currents overpower the story at times, the book (and series) is entertaining.
PatriciaUttaro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I confess. I love Sherlock Holmes. I grew up reading the Conan Doyle stories, and as an adult reader, I have found great enjoyment...and some the ways other authors have decided to write about the great detective. Of all the Holmes treatments out there, I have to say that Laurie King's Mary Russell series is far and away my favorite, although Carol Nelson Douglas runs a close second with her Irene Adler series. Even so, I almost always pick up any new book that has Sherlock as a character. And so, it was with great delight that I found Nancy Springer's The Case of the Missing Marquess, which introduces a lovely new character -- Enola Holmes, much younger sister of the Great Detective.The story opens with Enola pondering the backwards meaning of her name -- alone -- as she waits for her mother to return to their home. Mum never shows up, and Enola is at first angry because it is, after all, her birthday; but then when Mum is still missing the following day, Enola becomes frightened. After a fruitless search of the rain-soaked grounds, Enola reluctantly sends to London for her two much older brothers...Sherlock and Mycroft. Once they arrive, Enola slowly learns more about the rift between her mother and brothers, and gradually loses hope that the men will find her mother. Enola also learns more about her mother, and even more about the way women are expected to behave in polite society. She rebels against Mycroft's attempts to "civilize" her, and ditches the whole family while she in enroute to boarding school. In usual Holmesian fashion, Enola then gets caught up in the disappearance of the wealthy son of a Duke. Her adventures are plenty fun and well worthy of the Holmes moniker.I was particularly struck by the cleverness of the female characters here, and Enola herself says at the end that she has discovered a whole world of feminine secrets that her brother Sherlock, no matter how brilliant his mind, will never penetrate. She uses those secrets to communicate with her mother, who, like Enola, freed herself from the confines of polite society and has chosen to spend the rest of her days roaming the countryside with Gypsies, "blooming in the sun." I liked this story, and really liked Enola. It's a short book, and is intended for a younger audience, say 12 and up. Holmes fans will definitely want to become acquainted with this newest member of the family.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes. She wakes up one morning to find that her mother has disappeared and as she searches for his missing mother she finds herself in the middle of the kidnapping of a young marquess. This is a fun, light read with an enjoyable story. My main problem with the book was the main character who was just not believable for me. She felt like a modern girl who had been plopped down in Victorian times. Her attitude and behaviour did not come across as a product of the time. But still, a cute story.
mayaspector on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When her mother disappears on her 14 th birthday, Enola Holmes faces drastic upheaval in her 14-year-old life. Her stuffy and proper much older brother decides to put her into restricting corsets and a boarding school that will turn her into a young lady. But Enola, finding a book of ciphers her mother has left her, refuses that course, and takes off to find her mother. She prefers to follow in the footsteps of her famous other brother, Sherlock, and attempt to solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance, even in the face of her brother's failure to crack the case. On the way, she not only outwits her brothers, but gets involved in solving another mystery ¿ that of a missing young boy, the Marquess of Basilwether. Clearly the first of a series, this new mystery will surely make fans of young readers.