In Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, a day after Imogene's obnoxious step-cousins pay a visit, her mother's pearls go missing. When Sherlock Holmes is called in, Imogene, harboring a secret desire to become a detective, sees her chance to learn from the great Mr. Holmes.
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Imogene is a bright ten year old Victorian girl who dislikes piano lessons, hand-writing practice, and all the other arts that girls in the late Victorian era are expected to accomplish. She loves mysteries and avidly follows the cases of Sherlock Holmes in the newspapers. Her dreams of becoming a detective come true when Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson engage her as their assistant in solving the case of her mother’s missing pearls. Imogene keeps a diary of all her suspects, mostly household staff, especially her governess Miss Mullin who hides a secret in her sewing basket. She works hard at solving the mystery, but then she has to go visit her stuffy cousins in Staines for the weekend. How can she solve this mystery? Elizabeth Varaden has crafted an excellent plot that pulls the young reader deep into the story, has them identifying with Imogene, and then examining each page for clues as they read. It is satisfying to know that the genre of mystery books for young people has expanded, including historical mysteries. It gives children more books to choose from and the opportunity to fall in love with reading, which becomes a life-long passion for many. It is recommended that every home and school library have copies of this book for readers 9 years through high school.
Young Imogene lives with her parents in Victorian London. She has decided she wants to become a great detective. When her mother's string of pearls goes missing, Imogene's father calls in Sherlock Holmes to solve the case. Imogene approaches him and suggests they work together to solve this case. Holmes graciously agrees to have Imogene be his eyes and ears inside the house. They set up a way to pass information through notes. Soon, a message arrives carried by a boy named Rusty who is just Imogene's age. The two become friends and work together. There are plenty of red herrings to keep the mystery going, and readers are treated to watching a lot of growth on the part of Imogene. The best part is it's clear the new partnership of Imogene and Rusty leaves us to believe there will be more mysteries in their (and our) futures.