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Many people recognize Enola Holmes from the famous Netflix Movies featuring Millie Bobby Brown; however, Enola Holmes was first the brainchild of author Nancy Springer and the protagonist of a young adult book series. Set to be released on August 31st, Springer continues the adventure series with Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche where our protagonist is once again set out to solve a mystery.
Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of her more famous brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. But she has all the wits, skills, and sleuthing inclinations of them both. At fifteen, she's an independent young woman--after all, her name spelled backwards reads 'alone'--and living on her own in London. When a young professional woman, Miss Letitia Glover, shows up on Sherlock's doorstep, desperate to learn more about the fate of her twin sister, it is Enola who steps up. It seems her sister, the former Felicity Glover, married the Earl of Dunhench and per a curt note from the Earl, has died. But Letitia Glover is convinced this isn't the truth, that she'd know if her twin had died. The Earl's note is suspiciously vague and the death certificate is even more dubious, signed it seems by a John H. Watson, M.D. (who denies any knowledge of such). The only way forward is for Enola to go undercover and she soon finds out that this is not the first of the Earl's wives to die suddenly and vaguely--and that the secret to the fate of the missing Felicity is tied to a mysterious black barouche that arrived at the Earl's home in the middle of the night. To uncover the secrets held tightly within the Earl's hall, Enola is going to require help--from Sherlock, from the twin sister of the missing woman, and from an old friend, the young Viscount Tewkesbury, Marquess of Basilwether.
This book brought me back to my childhood of reading Nancy Drew books! I forgot how much I loved a good mystery until I dove into Enola Holmes’s world! This book had adventure, hilarity, and was just such a fun and quick read!
While this book is technically the seventh book in the Enola Holmes Series, I had no trouble diving right into the story with no prior knowledge of the events of Books 1-6. The prologue (which is narrated by the one and only Sherlock Holmes) provided the right amount of background information so that readers can jump straight into the newest books of this series.
With appearances from Sherlock and Watson helping out with the case, this book is a great melding of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories and a new and modern twist on them. If you’re looking for an adventurous mystery to binge-read then this is the book for you!
*I received an ARC from Wednesday Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
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