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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

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A delightful and engaging mystery. Enola is a capable, clever, and spirited heroine. This is the 7th book in the series, but reads as a standalone. You won't be lost if you haven't read the first 6, but you'll love this one so much that you will want to! Readers who are looking for a female main character, without a romance in the storyline, will be happy with this one.
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I really enjoyed ENOLA HOLMES by @nancyspringer ! This is from the hit Netflix show, and fans of her older brother, Sherlock will love this new series! Thanks so much @netgalley and @wednesdaybooks for my ARC in exchange for an honest review! This one published August 31! 

This is a YA novel, but a first in a series. Enola is a great main character! She is strong,  determined, smart, and takes after her older brother Sherlock with her knack for solving crimes. She really proves herself in this book! I loved getting to know her and also I really enjoyed being back in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Watson!
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Another interesting Enola Holmes mystery!

This was a really fun read with a determined Enola getting herself into another mystery.  I can easily see Netflix turning this book into the next movie.  

Enola and Sherlock work together to solve the mystery around the death of Letitia's sister.  Letitia is convinced that she is still alive, but a delivery from her former brother-in-law suggests otherwise.  Enola is determined to get to the bottom of Tish's suspicions, with or without Sherlock's help.  

Enola gets caught up in many adventures on her way to solve this mystery.  It's interesting to read how women were treated back then and how much they had to overcome.
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If you, like me, first found Enola Holmes through the Netflix Original movie starring Millie Bobby Brown, you’ll be delighted to learn there are a whole host of books to discover, including the one from which the film was adapted, The Missing Marquess.

Nancy Springer’s latest novel in the series, The Black Barouche, brings us a brand new case in which a woman’s twin sister has supposedly died under odd conditions. Enola and her brother Sherlock then do what they do best—solve the mystery.

Enola is a charming young woman, who’s fierce and feminist and yet doesn’t mind leaning into her more delicate sensibilities when the occasion calls for it. She’s whip-smart and just as capable as Sherlock, if only society did not deem it necessarily to hold her back. I love this character because she’s not afraid to be herself, as boisterous, commanding, and unconventional as that may be.
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Enola Holmes, the fifteen-year-old sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, is a fun and feisty character. I have never read any of the books in this series and I have not seen the Netflix show, so this book is my introduction to Enola Holmes. It works well as a stand-alone read. The prologue from Sherlock Holmes summarizes everything one needs to know about Enola's previous adventures.

The story follows Enola as she tries to outwit her brother in solving the mysterious death/disappearance of the twin sister of a client of Sherlock's. She ends up working together with her brother and Dr. Watson to solve the case. I like Enola's point of view. She is not nearly as stuffy as her brothers and her interactions with Sherlock and Dr. Watson give the reader a brief glimpse of the lighter side of the elder detectives. I enjoyed the mystery, the characters, and the writing.

I understand that this book is meant to be read by YA readers. I think that Enola is a wonderful role model for young women. She is intelligent, feisty, stubborn, and charming. Readers will definitely increase their vocabulary reading this mystery. I consider myself to have a strong vocabulary, but I looked up more words on my Kindle reading this book, than I ever have before.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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This was the first Enola Holmes book I have read (I did watch the movie), and I absolutely loved it! I usually hesitate to read books in a series if I haven't read the previous books, but--maybe because I did watch the movie--I didn't feel like I was lost or missing any information or confused. I was able to pick up the action right as it started and was ready to begin this fascinating investigation along with Enola.
The book begins with Sherlock himself giving the reader a bit of background, and then moves to the POV of Enola, as she inadvertently, yet with resolute determination, joins her brother in discovering the whereabouts of the young wife of an aristocrat. According to her husband, she died quickly from a mysterious illness, but her twin sister doesn't believe that she is actually dead. The reader follows Enola as she sets out investigating the presumed dead wife, the "cad" of a husband, and where exactly troublesome women actually might go when they "disappear."
The author struck just the right cord of independent spirit in Enola and recklessness in her adventures to be entertaining and fun without being unbelievable and outlandish. The plot was rollicking and fun yet also really enlightening about the plight of women living in Victorian England. Enola is an endearing character, and the other characters who inhabited the book were just as compelling and interesting.
I could not recommend this book enough. It was a fun quick read, yet also engaging and intriguing. Enola was fascinating, and her quest to solve the mystery was compelling. I definitely will read the other books in this series. I even told my fifteen-year-old daughter that she absolutely should read this book--that should tell you all you need to know!
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche in exchange for an honest review! 

After watching the Enola Holmes movie, I was very excited to receive for a copy of this book to review. The movie was my introduction to Enola as a character in the Holmes universe, and I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I can happily say the same for this book! Enola is such a fun character; witty, courageous, and is always up for an adventure. While this story did include her brother, the famous Sherlock Holmes, I think the author did a great job in making Enola the central character, while also including Sherlock in key moments to assist her along the way. I enjoyed how the two kept running in to each other randomly along the journey. 

I found myself completely engaged in this book and ended up flying through it, finishing it in a few hours. After enjoying this book so much, I'm interested in picking up the rest of the series and continuing with Enola Holmes' journey. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Enola Holmes movie, and who enjoy any of the Sherlock Holmes books.
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This is my first Enola Holmes mystery but I plan to definitely seek out the rest of the series. I have read multiple books starring the infamous Sherlock Holmes and my dad is a big Holmes fan as well. I appreciate this series showing that Enola is a strong heroine who is quite the master of disguise, just like her brother.

This book finds Enola at 221 Baker Street trying to snap Sherlock out of a post-case melancholia (fancy Victorian term for depression). A young woman comes in to see Sherlock about her twin sister suddenly "dying" and being cremated (this was NOT a thing in Victorian England). The young woman has strong suspicions her sister is not dead and wants Sherlock to investigate, so of course Enola takes the case on his behalf and starts to work her own investigation. 

The book is fast paced and good for readers young and old. I appreciate that Nancy Springer does not pander to a younger audience and the book reads quite similar to Sir Arthur's style in the original Holmes' collection. I found this book to be delightful and I polished it off in one day. I just ordered the first book in the series and am eager to read it. I do hope there will be more to follow.
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Enola Holmes—Sherlock’s teen sister—receives a missive from dear Dr. Watson warning of her brother's decreasing health due to a bout of depression. As is the duty of a loving sister Enola takes it upon herself to visit her dear brother and rouse him from his melancholia. On her visit, she overhears a most curious case of a twin-sister deceased by mysterious circumstances and sets off to outwit her brothers and solve the case.

Enola Holmes is many things, fearless, tenacious, brilliant, and sometimes feckless, but I love her role of sister the most. I adored how Enola insinuates herself into Sherlocks' cases becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outfoxes her famous brother. Despite her mature demeanor, this insistence on trumping her brothers is such a fun and juvenile act of a loving sister.

From an unconventional upbringing, which may or may not have led to her outright shunning of society's norms to her sharp intellect and witty sense of humor, I can think of no better role model for young impressionable teens globally. Her role as Perditorian- a finder of that which was lost- allows her to showcase not only her sharp tongue and brazen personality, but embraces her true passion for solving mysteries and flexing her considerable intellectual prowess.

Enola Holmes represents such an integral role for women's progression, especially within the time this novel was set, where women could not rent a room without a chaperone or male relative present. I venerate her free spirit and most of all her unwavering tenacity. Enola is not bound by society’s restraints but a free spirit, a wanderer, a nomad, being able to fit into everywhere but not truly belonging.

I relished Enola's growth throughout the series, from a young unkempt girl, running around barefoot in the fields of her ancestral home, to a proper young woman with a taste for society's fashions. Enola has managed to integrate the aspects of society she finds pleasing without allowing it to consumer her personality and I admire that. This is a powerful lesson in the ability of young women to chart their own course, their own destiny, without succumbing to the fancies of society.

The juxtaposition between Tewkesbury and Enola is delightful! I enjoy seeing his boyish innocence against her worldly weariness and the ability for him to keep her grounded, to maintain hope and faith in humanity.

Nancy Springer is an inspiring writer and her vivid descriptions make readers feel as if they are running alongside young Enola, through the streets of London. I believe it takes true mastery to pen something in such prim and proper language without readers feeling intimidated. Her ability to keep readers at the edge of their seats with such intriguing mysteries while entertaining them with the sharp and eccentric banter of Enola and Sherlock is incredible.

I do wish we saw more Mycroft, but alas, there are always future novels for us to discover more adventures of the charming, stylish and intelligent Ms. Enola Holmes.

Thank you to the wonderful folks at St. Martins Publishing Group for inviting me to participate in the Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche Blog Tour and for providing me with an arc. My blog stop can be seen here:
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#NetGalley published 8/31/2021
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This is apparently the first Enola Holmes story in 20 years. I was afraid that I was going to feel like I jumped into the middle of a series. This is #7. I did not. The prologue by Sherlock certainly helps fill in the blanks. 

I did enjoy getting to know the smarta$$ that is Enola. She is little more enlightened than her famous much older brother, Sherlock. She seems like she has more life skills than he does. She takes a case. She appears to be the lead in the case with Sherlock and Dr Watson partnering/helping. I don't want to say much bc a little will give a way a lot. 

It took me a little while to get used to the English of the day. And I personally had to look up more words than I've had to look up in a long time. 41. That is a lot of extraneous SAT words for me. And I have a pretty large vocabulary. Many of them listed as "archaic". As in from the middle ages and some even older. To me, I felt like the author was trying a bit too hard to have this 16 year old sound smarter than her years. Yes, of course, she is Sherlock's sister. But still. (minus 1/2 ⭐) 

I felt the ending happened pretty rapidly. Yes, there was an epilogue, also "written by Sherlock". But a very short one. (minus another 1/2 ⭐) 

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The "Enola Holmes" series by Nancy Springer is the spinoff series of the "Sherlock Holmes" books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—which, similar to several other readers, I didn’t know this series existed until the movie was released on Netflix—is one of those series. And, if you’ve never heard of this series before now, then know that the latest book in the series—Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche—is a great place to start reading them. The book series not only provides a fun mystery story for middle grade readers, but also is an excellent homage to the original "Sherlock Holmes" books. 

"Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche" is not only the latest book in a series known to some readers, but also an excellent continuation of a spinoff series with a protagonist who is related to the world’s most famous detective. And, while the narrative presents a darker societal practice, it remains a fun mystery story both for children and for adults. I find it hilarious that Sherlock Holmes has a kid sister who is just like him! I’m looking forward to reading Enola’s next adventure.
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This is the seventh in Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes series, but the first that I’ve read. I watched and enjoyed the Netflix show before I even knew there were Enola Holmes books, so I was delighted at the chance to take part in the blog tour for this one. This book reads just fine as a stand-alone – there’s enough of an intro at the beginning to give you a sense of the backstory, and I didn’t feel like I’d missed out on anything vital to a proper understanding of this story.

Enola is a headstrong, independent delight of a protagonist, and often a trial to her older brother Sherlock (in no small part because she seems to often be one step ahead of him!). She shares his investigative mindset, and when Miss Letitia Glover comes to ask for Sherlock’s assistance in finding out what has happened to her twin sister Felicity, it is Enola who springs to her aid.

Felicity was married to the Earl of Dunhench. Letitia has been informed, apparently after the fact, that her sister has died unexpectedly and that her body has already been cremated. As cremation wasn’t the usual practice in Victorian times, Letitia feels that something doesn’t ring true. She also feels certain that she would know if her twin were dead. When Enola learns that the Earl’s previous wife also allegedly died suddenly and was also cremated, nothing will do but that she go to the Earl’s estate, undercover, to try to find out what really happened and what the arrival of a mysterious black barouche had to do with Felicity’s disappearance.

As she unravels the clues, Enola proves herself quite capable at a number of things – quick thinking, disguise, surviving what appear to be most dire circumstances. She doesn’t let the constraints that society places on women keep her from doing what she feels needs to be done. When Enola asks for her assistance in unveiling the truth of what happened to Felicity, Letitia also shows herself willing to move beyond societal expectations in order to make things right. They were both wonderfully written.

The mystery wasn’t incredibly complicated, but that doesn’t make it any less of an engaging read. The historical details, the setting, the characters both good and bad, the dialogue – all combine to form a literary treat.

Now I’ve got to go read the rest of the series.
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I loved this book in the series. In this book, Enola is allowed to work as an independent detective without fear of being dragged into anything by her brothers; they now respect her intelligence. In fact, both Enola and Sherlock get involved in the case illustrated in this book. Watching them team up to solve a case is entertaining and refreshing.
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I received this to my Kindle for the purpose of review.  

Who doesn't love a good Sherlock Holmes case to solve? Then add his younger sister who is equally as smart and you have quite an interesting story.  Sherlock is not always a fan of working with her but she is pretty strong and not easily swayed once her mind is settled.  

So it is with this story.......Enola has a great friend who has been told her twin has died and been cremated with no other information.   Tish implores Enola to help with finding out the truth.  Sherlock is not necessarily enthused about Enola getting involved with this but there truly is no stopping her.

Through many well planned and coy conversations, Enola is on the hunt.  Thankfully even though Sherlock doesn't like to have her work with him; he does pay attention to what she is up to and goes about following her and protecting her from death herself.

That is all you may know because otherwise I will be guilty of a spoiler.

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Before starting this new entry into the Enola Holmes series, I read a couple of the earlier books. They were okay, but I enjoyed Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche much more. By the time this book starts, Enola has reconciled with her brothers and really come into her own. It’s clear that she has become much more confident, not only in her abilities as a detective, but in her life in general. 

I loved seeing her team up with Sherlock to solve the case of Felicity Glover’s disappearance. Enola never allows him to completely take over the investigation, instead coming up with her own strategies to find the answers. It was also fun to see Tewky pulled back into Enola’s world as she worked the case. Springer’s stories continue to emphasize just how much Enola brings to the table as an intelligent young woman in a society that constantly underestimates her. 

Thank you to #netgalley, #wednesdaybooks, and #stmartinspress for access to this ARC.
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I received a free copy from NetGalley.  I was introduced to this series when I watched the movie on Netflix when we were desperate for something the whole family might watch.  I toyed with the idea of reading the others in the series first but when I found out there were six, I decided to just jump in with what I had and reading this one without the others worked out just fine.  I like the strong female character when that was not the "norm" of what society was suppose to allow.  And I still look forward to finding time for the first six.
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All the stars for Enola Holmes!! Something I’ve always loved about any Sherlock Holmes’ story is that they’re short and sweet & usually a quick read in between bigger novels. 

When I received Enola Holmes & the Black Barouche I was immediately enraptured into the continued series of a young girl stepping into the footsteps of her older brother by solving mysteries herself. After watching the Netflix movie on Enola Holmes I immediately fell in love with her and her character. 

From beginning to end this story sucked me in whole and didn’t let me go until the end, I can’t wait to read more from this character and see what other adventures Enola takes me on.
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I loved this book.  It was so fun.  Enola is the much younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock.  She's just as smart as her brothers but she has a bit a playfulness about her.  She seems to flummox Sherlock.  He just doesn't know what to do with her.  This story starts with Sherlock in a deep funk.  A client calls and Sherlock is uninterested,  but Enola is.  Soon she has gotten Sherlock out of his funk and into solving this mystery.  Their client has received a letter from her brother-in-law stating that his wife (her twin sister) is dead.  She doesn't believe him.  So this sets Enola and Sherlock off trying to solve the mystery.

That characters are so fun.  The story sounds like Arthur Conan Doyle wrote it.  It moves swiftly and grabbed my attention immediately.
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5 stars = Outstanding!

I loved this! It's been forever since I read the earlier books in the series, so I'm not sure if the Netflix movie does a brilliant job of reflecting the tone of the books, or if this particular book was written with the Netflix performance in mind. But I had the actors and the tone of the Netflix movie in my head the whole time I read this, and it was fantastic.

I loved that Sherlock tells the opening and closing of the book. It gave some insight into his evolving thinking about Enola. I also enjoyed how this story moves from Enola hiding from her brothers (in the movie and in the early books in the series) to something more cooperative yet also competitive which was a lot of fun.

If you've only seen the Netflix movie, you will have no trouble following this. Sherlock's opening summarizes the first 6 books in the series so you can see some of the evolution of his relationship with Enola. But I don't think it's so much information that it will spoil those books for readers who want to go back and pick those up. I hope there will be more of these books - and the movies - because I am here for every one!
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Enola Holmes, the much younger sister to the infamous Holmes brothers, has a penchant for sleuthing and solving mysteries on her own.  At the start of the story, Enola is fifteen and living on her own at a professional women's club.  While visiting her brother Sherlock's residence on Baker street in an effort to assist Sherlock through one of his bouts of melancholy,  Enola is present when a woman named Letitia arrives with a desperate plea for assistance in uncovering the truth of her twin sister Felicity's whereabouts.  Leticia is concerned after receiving a letter from her brother in law informing her that her sister took ill suddenly and passed away. Certain her sister is alive and that she would certainly sense if her sister passed, Letitia pleads for assistance in locating her sister.  Enola is immediately moved to action and as a true master of disguise, Enola decides to do what she does best and goes undercover in an effort to uncover what truly happened to Felicity.  Enola sets off on an exciting adventure, this time with the assistance of her friend Tewky (a character fans of the series will recognize from an earlier novel). Even Sherlock himself lends a hand once he discovers the ashes previously claimed to be Felicity's were not in fact human.  
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche is the exciting new adventure in the delightfully atmospheric historical mystery series featuring Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of the famous Holmes brothers. Although the first six books in the series were published over a decade ago, this story works truly well as a standalone as the prologue expertly brings readers new to the series quickly up to speed on Enola's previous adventures.  Action unfolds almost immediately as the story moves at a brisk pace with plenty of exciting subterfuge and comical antics. Full of vivid rich historical details, the story covers a wide range of important topics ranging from transportation and clothing trends to the treatment of women in the late 1800's.  Most fascinating of all is the glimpse into the deplorable conditions of institutions readers are provided.  Enola and Sherlock are a dynamic duo and it was truly entertaining to see the differences in how they analyze and interpret different situations play out over the pages.  Their sibling dynamic has grown and evolved expertly with the series and while the pair are vastly different, they always seem to arrive at the same conclusions.  I highly recommend Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche to readers young and old and late to the game or solid fans of the previous books in the series.
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