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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

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Absolutely charming! I have been reading Enola Holmes stories since long before they were a successful tv item and I am happy to say this story, although short, stands up to the previous ones. Enola is a fabulous addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon and is a good introduction for younger readers, particularly girls. Thank you to #netgalley and the publisher for this ebook of #enolaholmesandtheblackbarouche to read and review.
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I have not read any of the previous books of “The Enola Holmes” series, but after reading this, and I want to read them all.

Before I start, I want to mention that I didn’t even know what a “Barouche” was until I read the story. This book was short yet compelling and very entertaining. The author does a great job of staying consistent with the plot, as Enola researches the differences of Flossie. There is never a dull moment in the series, as Enola gets locked in chambers, travels to asylums, and tries to help Tish. Moreover, the author also made some of the scenes intense. For instance, some scenes that engrossed me were when Enola studies the paintings or when they both go to the Asylum.

Moreover, Enola is terrific in the lead as she investigates the case. She never lets challenges bring her down and only gets determined to resolve them when put to the test. I loved her strength and creativeness in how she tries to escape situations. Similarly, I also enjoyed the supporting characters like Tish, Dawson, and Tewky. I also loved the friendship between Tish and Enola and how she motivates her to put the plan into action.

I also enjoyed the side story of Sherlock suffering from depressions. However, I wished there was some resolution provided for the same, as the author did not resolve the storyline entirely. Also, I wished we had seen more of Watson. Nevertheless, “Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche” turned out to be an exciting read, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Wednesday Books.

Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche is the 7th book in the series, but there's a decent recap at the beginning to catch you up.

The mystery involves the twin sister of a woman who may or may not have died under questionable circumstances.

I really enjoyed Enola's cleverness and determination and her relationship with Sherlock has developed surprisingly in the series.

I really enjoyed this one!
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Having seen the tv version of one of these stories, I have a very clear picture of Enola.  (I'm choosing to replace the actor used for Sherlock in my mental pictures.  He doesn't fit for me.) 
This is great fun.  Enola is quite clever but, inevitably, runs up against the realities of being a 15 year old woman in her society.
She and her brother have worked out many of their differences and now work together, filling in for each others weaknesses.
It all works well and makes for an enjoyable read.
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Enola Holmes has reconciled with her much older brothers Sherlock and Mycroft which is why Dr. Watson calls on her visit her brother Sherlock who has fallen into a deep depression after working himself to exhaustion on his latest cases. That is why she is present when a young typist named Letitia Glover comes to beg Holmes's assistance in determining what happened to her twin sister Felicity.

Miss Glover does not believe the rather odd note she received from her sister's husband Cadogan Burr Rudcliff II, Earl of Dunhench, who tells her that her sister died of some sort of fever and was cremated even though he sent along her ashes. The note raises Enola's suspicions too. Cremation is very uncommon. The lack of notice when Felicity became ill and the lack of detail also seem suspicious. Even Sherlock's interest in caught when the ashes are determined to be from a dog not a person.

Sherlock and Enola begin to investigate working both their own leads and working together. Enola has all sorts of problems because young women traveling alone with some man to assist is not at all the thing in either London or rural England. She finds herself taken advantage of by the man who rents her a very stubborn horse and cart and finds herself taking shelter with the Earl. The household is extremely odd with over-abundant signs of mourning everywhere but Felicity's rooms. In fact, Felicity has left a watercolor painting the provides a clue to the mystery. Her new husband has committed her to an insane asylum.

Now Sherlock and Enola need to find out which asylum of the hundreds of possibilities in England and rescue Felicity. Enola comes up with a complicated scheme involving Letitia impersonating Felicity to convince Felicity's husband to return her to the asylum with Sherlock tracking the carriage.

This was an engaging historical mystery with an intrepid female main character. It was filled with period details including the lack of women's rights and the horrors of asylums that were prevalent at the times. I liked the relationship between Sherlock and Enola. I liked Enola's determination to help Letitia and Felicity. I liked that the Prologue and the Epilogue were both from Sherlock's point of view and voice while the rest of the story was in Enola's voice.
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What a great YA mystery. I was introduced to this series because of the Netflix movie, and I was excited to read one of the books. Even though this is my first foray into this series and it’s the seventh book, I really enjoyed it. It was such fun to see Sherlock Holmes and his younger sister, Enola, solve a crime together. Fortunately Enola is as a brilliant, clever, courageous, and eternally curious as her infamous brother. Now, I want to find and read all the earlier novels about Enola’s crime-solving adventures. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review.
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Fun, fast paced mystery series with strong feminist viewpoints explored.

Enola is no helpless, shrinkng violet.  She is self sufficient, intelligent and resourceful - just as you would expect of Sherlock Holmes' sister.

This is an entertaining book - I look forward to reading more of the series.
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I loved it!  I admit I pictured the actors in the newest Sherlock Holmes movies. What a movie I had going on in my head.  I liked that Enola and Sherlock worked on the case together.  Dr. Watson was not as involved as I would like but then the story was more about Enola and her client. This was a good story and I was entertained.
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This was a fun and suspenseful young adult mystery. I love Enola, and how she is so independent of her brother. I also love that they worked together to clear up this mystery. I do wish we had more insight into the villain's character, and why he did what he did. I think anyone who is interested in historical mysteries would love this story. I received an advanced reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Enola is back with another mystery! I had a blast following Enola through another mystery. I do wish the series didn't have such obvious and repetitive feminist themes but the mystery is fun enough that I can get over the feminist agenda.
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Enola Holmes is such a great, adventure.  Enola matches and sometimes out wits with her older brother Sherlock in previous books and enjoyably in this one they are working together to solve the case of the black barouche. I will be back reading all the books!
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was fun, delightful and an amusing read. It's well-written with a good pace of events. I love the story setting and its feminist narration The characters are adorable and relatable. There was no dull moment when you read this book.

The story follows Enola, the sister of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, who helped Letitia Glover solved the mystery behind her sister's untimely death. Together with the help of their friends, Enola and Sherlock went to search for clues by taking different identities and by utilizing their amazing analytical problem-solving skills.

Overall, this was a compelling and entertaining read. If you love books about adventures and mysteries, I would recommend this book to you. Many thanks to the author, the publisher, and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review the eARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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A charming mystery perfect for YA and advanced middle grade readers. Enola Holmes makes a great protagonist; she’s intelligent, fearless, clever, and resourceful. With witty banter and humor, an exciting plot, and charismatic characters, readers will follow Enola as she sets out to solve her next case: the disappearance of Felicity Glover. The dynamic between Enola and her famous older brother, Sherlock Holmes, is endearing as they work very well together with mutual respect and admiration for each other. A great read for young readers and definitely recommended. Thank you very much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC.
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4 fun stars.  Terrific, clean, historical entertainment
Enola Holmes (‘Alone’ spelled backwards) is a strong, sassy, independent much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. She and Sherlock teem up to work on a case where it appears a young woman has died – but her twin is doubtful. 

Springer is an experienced author and knows her way around words and threading them together. “She took to the arts like a lark to the sky, dancing like a butterfly and singing like a nightingale.” “Our guide showed us out of Bedlam in heavily starched silence.” 

Interesting historical details are laced into the text, whether it be a description of clothing, manners, asylums or mourning customs. The humor is gentle and clean. “As for Watson, there was no need for him to modify his appearance in any way; he was, and always had been deceptively undistinguished.” 

“Time is a peculiar phenomenon, pretending to be regulated by clocks and watches, yet speeding or lagging just as it chooses.” Carve out a little time and enjoy a British mystery with timeless characters. I loved the Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche, as well as the Netflix movie, based on a previous book in the Enola series. Now I have several other Nancy Springer books on reserve! 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is a great addition to the series by the amazing Nancy Springer. I am loving the Enola Holmes series as they are a new spin on one of my favorite stories, the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Enola is a great main character to follow in her adventures. Her intelligence is amazing and I cannot wait to follow the next books in the series.
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I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. In exchange, I'll be giving an honest review.

I originally was a little nervous about this book, fearing it may only be a money grab coming hot on the heels of the recent Netflix movie. Would it have all of the charms of the former books? I am pleased to find that this did. 

This novel could stand alone, but I found that having read the previous 6 books in the series really helped me understand how Enola had grown as a character and helped me to appreciate her relationship with Sherlock more. In fact, having seen that happen in the prior books made me love this one just a little bit more. 

This book read very much the same as the prior books in the series, with an intricate mystery, adventure, and some clever plotting by Enola. It also contrasted her to the more sedate Sherlock Holmes, and by proxy, made him more human. (As someone who has also read a lot of Sherlock Holmes in the past, I like how this teenage girl can soften him and make him more relatable and loveable. I am sure diehard Sherlock fans aren't pleased about this, but I am here for it.) 

Overall, I would recommend these for anyone who enjoys a mystery, girls looking for a heroine who isn't hung up on a romance, or someone who finds plucky females incredibly relatable.
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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

Huge thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC of this latest (#7) in the Enola Holmes series, by Nancy Springer. After watching the movie on Netflix, I was so excited to read this. I didn’t realize there had been a whole series prior to this one, but it can be read as a standalone, and a little intro from Sherlock himself catches the reader up on what happened in the past (plus it aligns pretty well with the movie).

Going into the book, I definitely expected it to be more similar to classic Sherlock Holmes stories where the mystery gets revealed at the end, so I was really surprised when the majority of the mystery gets solved by the 50% mark. However, this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book, which was filled with sass, witty banter, and accurate language (which was probably the most impressive part).

I found it hard to imagine the age group for this story. The Netflix series made it seem like it would fall into YA but I think the book states that Enola is 14, which then begs the question, how is she able to go around on her own in Victorian London without anyone batting an eyelid? She said she could pass for older, but at 14 how much older could it possibly be? That was the only thing that made it hard for me to get into the story.

Overall, I think this would be a cute book for middle-grade readers.
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This is the first Enola Holmes book that I’ve read, but I was drawn to the book after watching the Enola Holmes Netflix movie. This is the seventh book in the Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer, with what appears to be a gap between the previous book and this one, but I had no problem picking up this book with what I already knew about Sherlock Holmes and Enola Holmes and diving right into the story. I thought it worked perfectly as a standalone, and it could be a great introduction to Enola Holmes for new readers!

Enola is fifteen in this story, and she picks up a case to solve while visiting her brother. The case at the heart of the story revolves around a young woman who’s been told her twin sister has died but doesn’t believe the circumstances or the notice that she received about her sister’s death. Enola dives headfirst into the case, along with the help of Sherlock and Dr. Watson.

The author’s writing style was clean and easy to read, and the pages went by quickly when I sat down to read. The worldbuilding was everything I wanted from a Sherlock Holmes/Enola Holmes style story. The world was vivid, and it was easy to follow along with the adventures that these characters go on.

Personally, I loved Enola as a character. She’s witty, intelligent, and brave, and those qualities shine through the circumstances that she’s placed in throughout the book. I also particularly loved her relationships with her brother and Dr. Watson; it was a joy to watch these characters interact throughout the story and work through challenges and the mystery before the conclusion.

This book is perfect for fans of historical mysteries and Sherlock Holmes stories, and it’s a great choice for young adults looking to get into the genre.

Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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I watched the movie of Enola Holmes on Netflix last year and I enjoyed it very much. When I found out it was based on a book series I wanted to find them and read them but due to covid we haven't done much shopping for books or going to the library so when this came to my email I jumped on the chance to read it. I enjoyed this book and would love to read the others that I have yet to read. 

This book started with a reminder of who Enola was and then took off from there. I was surprised to see these listed as Young Adult although I've only seen the movie and read this book so maybe there is more to the books in between. I thought they were more of a middle grade book. I enjoyed the story but it seemed really short or maybe the book was just that much of a page turner. I enjoyed reading this book but they do go by quickly. 

I love that Enola takes charge. In this book Enola is on the case to help a twin figure out what happened to her sister. She and Sherlock work together to solve this case each doing what they think is best along the way and teaming up at the end to solve the mystery.
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SO GOOD> Anyone who has even a smidgen of interest in the Sherlock Holmes stories, or that style of mystery,:
you have GOT to read this. A detective worthy of being toe to toe with her older brother Sherlock, Miss Enola Holmes would make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud, as Nancy Springer has done here. Best companion to the original Sherlock Holmes stories that I have ever read.
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