Title: The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
Author: Nancy Springer
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Date Finished: 29 July 2009
My Rating: 4 Stars
Challenges: 100+, Library, Young Adult
In the first Enola Holmes mystery Enola's mother disappeared on her fourteenth birthday leaving behind only some cryptic ciphers. Avoiding the corsets and boarding school that her brothers Mycroft and Sherlock want to send her to Enola runs away to London dressed as a widow. (See my post about The Case of the Missing Marquess.)
In the second book Enola has set up shop as a finder of lost things and continues to hide from her brothers while solving mysteries in a fashion similar to her brother Sherlock (Case of the Left-Handed Lady).
That brings us to book three, The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets. While this book was shorter than the others, it was much more packed with adventure and mystery. And I think had the most interesting plot thus far.
Dr. Watson has gone missing and even though she knows it will bring her into closer contact with her brother Sherlock than she would like, Enola feels compelled to take on the case and help find the missing Watson. When visiting Watson's wife Enola notices a strange bouquet that she is sure was sent as deadly message from Watson's kidnapper. When Sherlock thinks nothing of them Enola knows it is a clue that should not be ignored and pursues the lead.
Relying once again upon her wits and intelligence Enola makes her way through a male dominated Victorian England, putting her life in peril as she searches for Watson.
I read this book in one sitting. It was filled with suspense and had a great story line.
Enola continues to be a great spunky character. I just wish, like Sherlock, that Enola would begin to trust her brother a little. She makes a great sleuth but her name is still "alone" when spelled backwards.
These books are fun, light reads and if you are not reading them, you should!