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The Case of the Missing Marquess

Springer, Nancy (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Case of the Missing Marquess
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Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.
Authors: Springer, Nancy
Title: The case of the missing marquess
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2006
Characteristics: 216 p. ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Nancy Springer
Summary: Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.
ISBN: 0399243046
Branch Call Number: j SPRINGER
Subject Headings: London (England) History 19th century Juvenile fiction Missing persons Juvenile fiction Mothers Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Topical Term: Missing persons
Mothers
LCCN: 2005013260
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Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.

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From School Library Journal:"... Life for Enola Holmes, Sherlock's little sister, turns upside-down when her eccentric mother disappears on Enola's 14th birthday. When even Sherlock Holmes is stumped by her disappearance, Enola brings her considerable smarts to bear on the case. Clues meani... Read More »

Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.
First in a series.

A new series featuring Sherlock Holmes' much-younger sister Enola begins. When her mother disappears, Enola is determined to find her and sets out to the heart of London. There Enola becomes involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess.


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Sep 16, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

First, I would like to say what I liked about this book. It was engaging. There were plenty of good plot twists that kept me wanting to read to the end. I liked Enola Holmes and I wanted to see her succeed. I definitely want to read the next book in this series to see what case she is solving next and to see if she has grown as a person and learned more about sleuthing.

What I did not like about this book was the fact that in the very first chapter, disturbing events and topics are presented. We read about prostitutes and drunkenness in the streets. Later we read about bodies being slit open, more about prostitutes, women who are so destitute they crawl through the streets with very little clothing and no hair, and a violent scene where a man attacks Enola with a knife and slits open her dress. Also, Enola is a fourteen year old girl who is abandoned by her mother and ends up living on her own in the slums. There is even more than what I put here. This book is advertized as a junior novel for grades 3-5! These topics are in no way appropriate for a 3rd grader or any elementary student for that matter. If this were a movie, it would be rated PG-13 at least. I would love to see this series reclassified as Young Adult. It is written at about the 7th grade reading level too.

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It is an interesting mystery for older readers.

Sep 04, 2013
  • rowanquincy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A nice old fashioned mystery. Love the lead character, the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. She is brave and resourceful. The use of cyphers adds interest.

Jul 13, 2013
  • Raindeary rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Katherine Kellgren reads this on audiobook, but it's pretty short, like 4 hours

Jul 12, 2013
  • Olive_Mouse_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't like this as much as the other books in the series (my favorite is the Case of the Bizarre Bouquets) but it was still very good.

May 28, 2013
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Same author as the Rowan Hood series, which I loved.

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLBarbaraL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great mystery.

Reading this, you really have to admire Enola Holmes. She is a brave a resourceful character who manages to carve her own path in a society that is less accepting of fourteen year-old girls than our own.

May 13, 2012
  • Donnalee Smith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This turned out to be a fun, breezy, fast-paced mystery story. Enola Holmes is Sherlock Holmes' much younger sister and she too is resourceful, clever and unconventional. I really enjoyed the Victorian setting and details, but the book is not dated and ponderous but very engaging and lively and will appeal to modern middle-grade children who like good mysteries. This is the first book in a series of six and I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

Apr 08, 2012
  • hrob85 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When her mother disappears on her 14th birthday, her older brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, visit their family estate to investigate. They solve nothing and threaten to send her, their younger sister, Enola Holmes, to boarding school. Taking matters into her own hands, Enola Holmes runs away to London, intent on solving her mother’s disappearance on her own. On the way she dons many disguises, stumbles across a second mystery, puzzles through ciphers, and navigates the rat-infested streets of 19th century London.

Springer’s Case of the Missing Marquess is a fast paced and light-hearted mystery. It will be particularly appealing to those who enjoy books based in Victorian London, Sherlock Holmes, piecing together puzzles, or all three. The heroine, Enola Holmes is strong, independent, and intelligent. Springer delivers the ciphers in such a way that both Enola and reader can attempt to solve them together, an added treat to an already enjoyable adventure.

Jun 04, 2010
  • tardis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Picked this up in a bookstore, flipped through it and started reading and then I had to buy it. This first adventure of Sherlock Holmes' smarter sister (or maybe not smarter, just differently smart and definitely underestimated) is a fun little book. Enola is a tough cookie whose mother has disappeared and whose two older brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, estranged from their mother, aren't much help. In fact, they want to send her to boarding school to become a "lady." She rebels and runs away to find her mother, getting sidetracked by the disappearance of a young marquess and finding her purpose in life.

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Sep 16, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 12, 2013
  • Olive_Mouse_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Olive_Mouse_1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 15

Dec 18, 2011
  • Brown_Dog_70 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brown_Dog_70 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 14

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Jul 12, 2013
  • Olive_Mouse_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When Enola Holmes' (the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes) mother runs away on her 14th birthday her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft decide to turn Enola into a "young lady" ready to be presented to society. However the adventurous, tomboyish Enola runs away. While on the run she finds herself in the middle of the mysterious disappearance of the Marquess of Basilweather. Embracing her calling as a Perditorian (finder of lost people and things) she sets out to find the young Marquess. This is the first book of the Enola Holmes series.

May 28, 2013
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The younger Holmes sibling attempts to solve her own mysteries. Totally charming, unique heroine.

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Sep 16, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Discussion of "crawlers". People so destitute they crawl through the streets. Discussion of dead bodies.

Sep 16, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: References to prostitutes. During the knife scene the man alludes to raping her.

Sep 16, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: A knife scene where the 14 year old girl gets slashed at and her dress is slit open. Other minor violence

Jul 12, 2013
  • Olive_Mouse_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: It get's a bit intense definitely not for anyone under 9.

Jul 12, 2013
  • Olive_Mouse_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Some mild references to scandals and descriptions of woman's clothing and underwear at the time but nothing you wouldn't usually find in a tween/teen book.

Jul 12, 2013
  • Olive_Mouse_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Enola finds herself in some sticky and slightly gruesome situations. Nothing to intense or graphic though.

Dec 18, 2011
  • Brown_Dog_70 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: what you'd usually find in mysterys

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