Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer
It's 1888 and 14-year-old Enola Holmes's mother has disappeared. Enola happens to be the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective, but she barely knows him. He steps in to solve the mystery and send her to boarding school, but she runs away and finds that solving mysteries is her true calling. Along the way she solves the mystery of the missing 12-year-old Lord Tewksbury gets into deep danger. She also rebels against the female clothing of the day (corsets and bustles) and sees the crime-ridden dark side of London. This is not a mystery for all kids—I think it would take a smart, persistent reader with a good vocabulary to appreciate it. But if you like mental challenges, historical fiction, mysteries, and solving codes, this is the book for you.