Title: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady
Author: Nancy Springer
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Date Finished: 28 July 2009
My Rating: 4 Stars
Challenges: Young Adult, Seconds, Library, 100+
***I've tried to leave this spoiler free and concerning this volume I have. However, if you have not read the first volume there might be a little spoilerish detail concerning that book. Make sense?***
The Second installment of Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes mystery series finds Enola firmly established in her life of hiding in London. Enola has opened up shop as Dr. Leslie T. Ragostin, Scientific Perditorian (finder of lost things.) Because "Dr. Ragostin" does not actually exist Enola spends her days posing as his secretary Miss Ivy Meshle, meeting with and interviewing any potential clients of Dr. Ragostin. Enola also spends her nights in disguise as a sister who roams the streets of East London helping those in need.
Enola finds herself drawn into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the young Lady Cecily and uses her many identities to try and solve the case.
Still trying to communicate with her missing mother through ciphers placed in the personals of many newspapers Enola has more than one close encounter with her famous detective brother. Through her tenacity and reasoning Enola continues to display how much she and her older brother have in common.
I enjoyed this second book even more than the first. As with many series much of the first book was taken up with setting up the characters and settings etc while this one jumped into the action and mystery much more quickly. Enola has her hands full, trying to evade her brothers, trying to locate the missing Lady Cecily and trying to track down her own missing mother.
I am still thoroughly enjoying accompanying this young sleuth on her adventures through Victorian England.