Title: The Case of the Missing Marquess
Author: Nancy Springer
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Date Finished: 13 Jul 2009
My Rating: 4 Stars
Challenges: Young Adult, New Author, Library, 100+
I have to admit that the cover and the name of the heroine are what led me to pick up this book. Just look at it. How could any discerning reader pass that cover up? And Enola Holmes. Great name, especially when you realize that Enola spelled backwards is alone.
It helped that the premise of the book sounded pretty good too.
Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes and has not seen either her brother Sherlock or Mycroft since she was 4 years old, at their father's funeral. On her fourteenth birthday Enola's mother disappears and after her famous brothers are unable to find her, Enola realizes that it is up to her to track down their mother. Using ciphers and money that her mother secretly left behind Enola disguises herself as a widow and sets off for London on what she believes will be a fairly easy and straightforward task. Only things do not go at all as Enola plans and she finds herself mixed up in the kidnapping of a young marquess, while trying to outwit and outrun her detective brother.
Another confession. I am not a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I've read a few of the books over the years but have never been really enthralled with what I read. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this creation of Sherlock Holmes younger sister.
Things started out a little slow and even Enola herself was a little slow at figuring things out at first. (Hello Enola! Your mother gave you a book of ciphers the day she disappeared. Maybe have a crack at them.) But Enola turned out to be pretty smart and resourceful. Yes, she managed to get herself tangled up in a few sticky situations, but she was also brave and resourceful enough to figure a way out.
A fun mystery and a great heroine. I am on to the 2nd book in the series soon.
Oh, and I enjoyed the ciphers. There is even one on the cover, another reason I loved the cover so much.