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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

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I am such a fan of Sherlock Holmes and after the Netflix show Enola Holmes I wanted to know more about Enola! Reading Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes And The Black Barouche did not disappoint. Springer does an amazing job of transporting you back to 1880’s London and taking you on a journey through Enola’s point of view. It is the 7th book in the Enola Holmes series and quite frankly now I want to read books 1-6! Going in to a series on the seventh book didn’t take away from the story at all. I didn’t feel lost or confused. It was definitely a quick read that reels you in from beginning to end. The mystery and intrigue of the story was really fun to uncover. Enola Holmes is so independent, clever and witty and I dare to say a better detective than Sherlock himself. I look forward to reading more of Enola Holmes’ adventures! 

Thank you to @netgalley @MacMillanUSA and Nancy Springer for allowing me to be part of this book tour!
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Back in 2011 (coincidentally it was on my birthday that year!), I reviewed The Case of the Missing Marquess, the first book in the Enola Holmes series. I picked up the book on a whim during a sick day in bed when I wanted something entertaining and light – this book was just the thing. Enola Holmes, the headstrong, whip smart 14-year-old sister of the Holmes brothers, has been left to her own defenses after her mother mysteriously disappears. What followed was a wonderfully fun romp and I quickly ate up the following books.

My love for the series held strong through the years and the books became a favorite go-to recommendation of mine during my bookseller days; I pushed them onto young and old readers alike. When Netflix announced they were adapting the series into a live-action movie, I was thrilled. And when I found out Nancy Springer was delivering unto the world a seventh volume…I was beside myself. After all these years Enola was coming back.

This new volume, Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche, might have arrived years after the last book, but it wastes no time in bringing the reader up to speed, courtesy of a quick recap from Sherlock. Now 15, Enola has come to something of a truce with her brothers and she even assists Sherlock on his own cases. When Miss Letitia Glover arrives at Sherlock’s door seeking help, it’s Enola who comes to her aid. The Earl of Dunhench, Tish’s brother-in-law, has hastily sent a note claiming Tish’s twin sister has died. Between vague explanations, extremely shady death certificates, and Tish’s own sisterly intuition, she’s convinced Felicity is still alive. But where is she? And could the Earl’s first wife have also met a sinister end? To investigate further, Enola must do what she does best: go undercover. But she won’t be on her own: Sherlock is also on the case along with familiar faces from previous novels.

If I was thrilled to see the return of this series, I’m even more delighted to say it lives up to the spirit of the previous books. It felt as though I was right back in the swing of things, right alongside old friends. The humor, the Victorian atmosphere, the delightful vocabulary, it was all there as though there hadn’t been a decade between books. Sherlock’s helpful recap absolutely had a hand in getting me caught up, but once I returned to Baker Street, everything came rushing back.

Although Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche is the seventh installment, newcomers to the series can jump right in rather than starting at the beginning. Though, be warned, once you read this one you WILL want to go back and devour the rest! Witty, exciting, highly entertaining, this book is every bit as great as the previous volumes and I’m so glad it’s here.
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Author Nancy Springer https://www.nancyspringer.com published the book “Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche” in 2021. This is the seventh book in her Enola Holmes series. This book was released today, August 31, 2021. She has published more than 50 works.

I categorize this book as ‘G’. The primary character in the book is teen Enola Holmes. The much younger sister of the famous Sherlock and Mycroft. As young as she is, Enola is a very independent woman and every bit as smart as her older brothers. She has also inherited her brothers' intelligence and powers of deduction. A young woman, Letitia Glover, shows up asking for Holme’s help. Glover received a letter from her brother-in-law that her twin sister had died. She has been unable to learn anything from the widowed Earl of Dunhench. Glover wants to know what happened.

While Holmes does not seem overly interested, Enola jumps into the investigation. She is soon undercover in the Earl’s household. She discovers that the Earl’s first wife also died under unusual circumstances. Enola is sure that there is something amiss.

I enjoyed the 3.5+ hours I spent reading this 259-page period mystery. The book is short. The book is more of a novella than a novel. The book does read much like the original Sherlock Holmes stories. But this mystery is not too difficult. Ms. Springer mostly targets young adults so that can be somewhat expected. If you have access to Netflix you will find their production of an Enola Holmes mystery movie. I do like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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I am a huge YA mystery fan - and I am definitely a strong female protagonist fan! So I jumped at the chance to read this novel.

Enola Holmes is the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes (yes, that one). This book is technically part of a series but it can be read as a standalone.

Enola is everything I want in a main character - smart, courageous, and independent. She doesn't linger in her brother's shadow - she is totally capable of solving a mystery on her own (though it is quite fun when she gets herself into a pickle and Sherlock comes to assist!). I got a kick out of how she puzzled through the mystery and cheered when she bravely encountered danger to solve the case. Beyond Enola, the book itself is a great read - fast-paced and fun but with enough twists and turns and a good reveal to make for a satisfying read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I also think my 14 year old niece will enjoy it as well. 

Thank you so much to Wednesday Books, NetGalley, and the author for early access to this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I have been a big fan of the Enola Holmes series for about a decade. So, last year, when the first book was made into a Netflix movie, I got to be the hipster who liked Enola Holmes before it was mainstream—haha!

In any event, the sixth book seemed to be a firm series finale, so needless to say I was thrilled to bits when I saw this book pop up on NetGalley. It’s okay if you haven’t read the previous books in the series and have only seen the Netflix movie: Sherlock Holmes provides a thorough accounting of Enola’s previous cases in the prologue, although I do want to warn readers that spoilers abound. 

Enola spent the first 6 books simultaneously solving cases and evading Sherlock, who was usually trying to solve the same case. In this book, however, Enola and Sherlock have to work together to help a young woman who is convinced that her twin sister has not actually died, and she needs the Holmeses to help her. 

As with the previous cases, there are cunning disguises, plots, surprises, and unexpected revelations. Readers will also be treated to the return of Viscount Tewkesbury, the handsome young gentleman who Enola helped in the first book/movie. One can only hope that this isn’t the last we’ll see of him. 
My oldest daughter also read this book, and she liked it too. She enjoyed about a strong capable young woman, even though she was often limited by the rigid rules of Victorian society. 

I would highly recommend Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche. This book is perfect for kids who are growing out of middle grade books and not quite ready for some of the more mature themes in YA fiction. This book was a delight from start to finish, and I can only hope that we shall receive more of Enola’s adventures in the future. 


I received a digital ARC of this book from Wednesday Books/NetGalley.
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Enola Holmes was a name I had not heard of before this ARC (both ebook and print) came to my purview. I sat down and read this book in one sitting, and loved it so much that I got the first six books from my online library and binge read the entire series in less than 24 hours.

Our young heroine, now fifteen years of age, is approached by Miss Leticia (Tish) Clover, who is very worried that her twin sister is missing. Felicity, called Flossie. Tish received a letter from Flossie's husband. The letter was almost a casual announcement of Flossie's passing and cremation, thus no need for a funeral. As they are twins, Tish feels she would know if Flossie had truly passed away.

About the same time, Enola received a concerning note from Dr. Watson informing her that Sherlock was experiencing a case of melancholia. Watson hopes that if she visits with Sherlock that he will snap out of it. But she is not the only one planning to see Sherlock, Tish wants to talk to him about her missing sister. 

In the letter from Flossie's husband was an envelope with supposedly her sister‘s ashes,. Despite his mood, Sherlock gets up after listening to this dreadful story and examines the ashes under his microscope and quickly determines that they are not human remains.

This sparks a bit energy in Sherlock and he cleans himself, shaves himself and dresses in his normal formal manner and is intent on helping Tish find her sister.

Enola has definitely come into her own. Her brother Sherlock might be the world’s greatest detective, but she is the world's first Scientific Perditorian, a person who finds those who are missing. Or a professional seeker. Enola soon discovers that Dunhench's first wife died of diphtheria and was also cremated. However, there is another story, one that says that the first Mrs. Dunhench was actually sent away in a black barouche, which is a four wheeled hose-drawn carriage. Which story is true and what does this have to do with Tish's sister's disappearance?

What a fabulous series to have read! Although each book in the series has a prologue to catch the reader up so that they can be read as standalone novels, reading the series in order helps the reader to really get to know Enola and her brothers. Reading the previous books also helps to make sense how a girl of fifteen could live alone and go wherever she wanted in London during that time. 

I love Enola, her wit, her ingenuity, her disguises, her cyphering and her charictatures. I also watched the Netflix adaptation, with a couple of changes - Enola's age and Tewkesbury as a possible love interest of Enola's. The second movie is in production.

Many thanks to Wednesday Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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Enola Holmes and The Black Barouche by Nancy Springer is a mystery tale that demonstrates Sherlock's younger sister Enola is just as brilliant at mysteries as her brother. Fifteen year old Enola is very independent. After all, her name spelled backwards is "alone". When Letitia shows up looking for an absent Sherlock to find out what really happened to her deceased twin sister Felicity it is Enola who rushes to get her answers.

Enola goes undercover and finding some very curious clues, including a mysterious black barouche that arrives the night before Felicity's death, she uses her wit and some help from Sherlock to find the truth. 

This mystery is part of a series of Enola adventures but is a stand alone story. The author cleverly involves us in the curiosities of the case and regardless of age this is a fun maze for all ages to travel through and not get too lost. 

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via #Netgalley for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Have you watched Enola Holmes on Netflix with Millie Bobby Brown? It’s so cute and it’s  based on a book series! And the 7th one comes out tomorrow! But don’t worry if you haven’t read the others; they are more like standalones with some connecting characters and threads. I haven’t read the others but want to!

I loved this book; it’s a quick mystery and adventure tale in which Enola searches for a missing twin whose shady husband has declared dead, but her sister believes her to be alive. With a little help from her brother Sherlock and the most detailed disguises, can Enola save the day? Enola has the best wit and her plans are well thought out and believable. I appreciated that.
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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche follows Enola Holmes and her brother Sherlock as they endeavor to find out what really happened to the twin sister of Letitia Glover.

I''ll be honest, I originally requested this book because I had just watched the movie based on the first book in this series. 

I ended up really enjoying this story, Enola is a great character. Somehow able to play being an "adult", but also still very clearly a little sister.

More honesty, I hate this incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, I think it's the ~misogyny~ for me. I know it's just indicative of the time period it takes place in, but I hate it.

Overall I really enjoyed the story and will likely pick up the rest of the books in the series.

*Thank you to the publisher for this eARC.
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I was intrigued to read this book after watching the movie, I haven't read the previous books but this one was quite entertaining. Enola Holmes is such a witty and smart character. The relationship between her brother Sherlock and Enola is quite fun to read. I loved the storyline and everything it had to offer, a fantastic read for YA.
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Thank you so much to @wednesdaybooks for inviting me to take part in this tour and providing me with a complimentary copy of 𝘌𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘢 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘦!⁣
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I came to love the character of 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐬 a few years ago, largely thanks to the genius and wonder that is 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐂𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡, or as I lovingly like to refer to him - 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬. I’d only heard of 𝐄𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐚 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐬 in passing, thanks to the TV show, but didn’t give it too much thought.⁣
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I’m so glad I was invited to review this book, because 𝐄𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐚 is wonderful! I spent so much of my time reading this book laughing to myself and falling in love with a character that I’m sure is going to be one of my favorites for years to come. 𝐄𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐚 is hilarious and brilliant and kind and sassy and inquisitive.⁣
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Though the outcome of the mystery became a little obvious as the story progressed, you get the feeling that this was largely intentional. I loved feeling like I was solving the mystery alongside 𝐄𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐚, and that made it all the more fun. I’ll definitely be going back and reading the rest of this series now!
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This was my first Enola Holmes read but I watched and loved her on Netflix. I loved this book as well.

Enola is visiting Holmes to get him out of a funk when Letitia Glover arrives. She’s been told her sister is dead, but as her twin she knows she is still alive. Felicity, her twin, was married to a wealthy man and he reported her dead. She left in a black barouche. This is typical Holmes novel but led by a 15 year old independent woman. Enola is a great character and the story is well-written. Enjoy!
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Enola and the Black Barouche was a good read. It wasn't as suspenseful as I liked it to be, but Enola is such a beloved character that I didn't mind it. She's a free thinker who proved time and time again that no man-led society is going to keep her from doing what she has to do, even if it means hopping on one of Sherlock's cases. And while she has this attitude about her, she is also not stubborn enough to accept help from her brother when it's clearly out of her hands. The sibling interaction is fun to watch.

The case wasn't hard to follow and was quite entertaining. I really enjoyed the prologue. While it is Enola's story, Sherlock presents the facts and brings the readers to speed with what's happening between him and Enola. The prologue wraps everything nicely before diving into the story for those who haven't read a single Enola Holmes mystery. 

3.5-star rating!
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This is a very fun book. Enola is such a great character and it's interesting to see how she's changed and progressed, as a person and an investigator, over time. It's also very interesting to get a glimpse of her from her famous brother's point of view.

This story is really interesting. Like Enola, I didn't know what "black barouche" meant either, so that was quite a reveal. Seeing how Enola and Sherlock both approach their investigations, especially the moments when they intersect, was very fun. It was also really great to see moments where Sherlock was clearly impressed with his sister and to see him realize he has underestimated her.
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Now that Enola Holmes is no longer hiding from her famous, much older, brothers, she has the luxury of freedom. No longer constantly looking over her shoulder to see if Mycroft's lurking in a carriage to spirit her off to a dreadful and deadly boarding school. What's more, this means she can actually go and visit her brother Sherlock whenever she wants! Only her current visit to 221 Baker Street is at the insistence of Doctor Watson. Sherlock is suffering from melancholia. After triumphantly solving his last case he won't eat, he won't bath, he won't dress, and it took all of Doctor Watson's vast resources just to get him out of bed. So Enola swoops in. She is determined to get Sherlock off the sofa and back in the game. Thankfully a compelling case arrives on his doorstep. While he languishes on his sofa Miss Letitia Glover spins her story for Enola. Tish's twin sister Felicity has been declared deceased. But Tish just knows it can't be true. She would feel it if Flossie had left this mortal coil. They're twins after all. Therefore Flossie's husband must be lying. Felicity married above her station. While Tish is a humble typist, Flossie is a talented watercolourist and the wife of the Earl of Dunhench, Lord Cadogan Burr Rudcliff II. He wrote to Tish saying that Felicity had contracted a fever and died the same day and was immediately cremated in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Her ashes were included with the letter. Everything about this is too cavalier, too pat. But the case is enough to get Sherlock off the couch. Enola couldn't be happier. She's working a case with her brother! Or at least he'll soon realize they're working the case together once she arrives in Surrey. Of course she didn't intend to actually end up in Caddie's house. But since she's there she might as well investigate what happened to his first wife as well... because Caddie hasn't just tragically lost one wife in similar circumstances, but two. And things aren't adding up. For a family obsessed with death portraiture, neither of his wives have one. Then there's the secret message that Felicity hid in her most recent painting. And if they weren't convinced that Caddie was up to no good, the fact that Doctor Watson's signature was forged on the death certificate would be the nail in the coffin. Which begs the question, can they find Felicity before Caddie does something even more drastic?

Enola Holmes returns to her first home after her triumphant success on the small screen. When I was invited to be a part of the Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche Blog Tour I decided to do an Enola Holmes deep dive. I picked up my Scholastic Book Fair copy of The Case of the Missing Marquess and before I knew it, thanks to my local library, I had devoured Enola's entire back catalog of cases. For as long as I can remember Sherlock Holmes has always been in my life, primarily because of the Jeremy Brett adaptations for PBS which my parents adored. Personally though my Holmes canon revolves around Young Sherlock Holmes, The Great Mouse Detective, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and perhaps the first two seasons of Sherlock. Though the later seasons soured me to the earlier ones. What I'm saying is, despite there being SO MUCH Sherlockian storytelling out there, from irregulars to noncanonical wives, children, and siblings, only a few things have sparked something inside me and made me really connect to the material. This rarefied list now includes Enola Holmes. There is such joy and daring and girl power in this series that I fell instantly in love with it. What's more, Nancy Springer's use of language is a delight to read. To have an author properly use fantods in a text, it almost had me suffering from the vapors while Edward Gorey gleefully rolled over in his grave. This newest adventure, the first published in over a decade, shows a more mature Enola. After the events in The Case of the Gypsy Good-Bye a shift has taken place. Enola is no longer having to divide her efforts between solving her cases and hiding from her famous brothers. Now she can concentrate on her work, or in this case, concentrate on inveigling herself into Sherlock's work. In fact, their one-upmanship brings about the funniest moments as Enola reverts a little to her more childish ways, because who doesn't revert to being a child around their siblings no matter their age? As for the case? Well, we are still dealing with the problems that only women suffer at the hands of Victorian society, but this time it's a little darker and a lot more Gothic, which has me very excited to see where Enola goes in future adventures and I can't wait.
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NOWWW, for all the fun stuff! AH I am so excited to talk about this! First and foremost, thank you again to St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books for reaching out to me and to Netgalley for the e-arc copy. All opinions are my own. 
Springer has a way of starting this book off with a bang, pulling you in with layering intrigue and mystery but with a character most are familiar with, but adding in such a dynamic to that familiarity of Sherlock, with his quick-witted and incredibly talented sister Enola. Enola's brain, grit and determination gives you a main character you can't help but root for, but her down to earth personality and relatability to those in need of her help also allows you to understand her and see yourself in her. I absolutely fell <strong>in love </strong>with this book! So much so that I immediately went to order the rest to immerse myself in the rest of this world! 

I can't believe as someone who loves thrillers/mystery novels and falling in love with the movie that I hadn't even thought to look up the book and I truly believe I was missing out! This may have taken me a couple chapters to settle into, but once it got going it never stopped. I couldn't put it down. I loved the way that even though you would think Sherlock would take the reigns on the investigation for Miss Glover, Enola truly steals the show and is able to shine on her own. Her personality stands out and she really is such a likable character. Her thoughtfulness and ability to really transform in order to get to the bottom of what is going on is top notch. I loved the way the arc of the story was well developed and came full circle. The world building was excellent as well. I really enjoy when authors are able to show, not tell, especially when it comes to world building/visualization. Springer knocked it out of the park. I truly felt like I was part of the book. 

I enjoyed the addition of characters like Watson and Tewksbury, adding a wee bit of nostalgia, giving this book a timeless feel. The fact that even with such a strong cast of men, it's the women of this book, namely Enola who keep you enthralled in the adventure and journey of solving the case. Her quick thinking and smart mouth get her in and out of trouble. I also give Springer a lot of props for allowing each book to be it's own complete story. I didn't feel as though I was lacking in information not having read some of the other books. Truly, this was such a fun, great read of a historical mystery and I can't recommend it enough!
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I dove into this book not having seen the Netflix series that introduced the character of Enola Holmes.

I'll admit that it took me a little while to get hooked, but ended up enjoying this title. Like her brother, Enola has an eye for clues and isn't afraid to jump into a messy situation to figure things out. But at the same time, she seeks to project a certain image to the public. Unless she's in disguise.
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What a delightful take on the Holmes family. Enola, age 15, takes a case and gets some help from her older brother, Sherlock, and Mr. Watson. Enola is witty, headstrong, bold, and sassy, and finds herself in some interesting, and sometimes funny, situations. While being targeted to middle grades or young adult, a reader of any age may want to have a dictionary (app) close by for some of the words used! I have not read any other books in the series; this can be read as a standalone.
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Enola Holmes is the seventh story in Nancy Springer's series of Middle Grade mysteries featuring Sherlock's younger sister. If you haven't read the previous titles in the series, don't worry: a) it can be easily read as a standalone b) we get a prologue from Sherlock  with a hilarious recap of Enola's previous adventures. We also learn from this introduction that fifteen-year-old Enola is a very independent and resourceful young lady.

When Dr Watson writes to her and asks her to help with one of Sherlock's famous bouts of melancholia, she immediately hurries to Baker Street. While she is there, trying to get any kind of reaction from her depressed brother, a desperate potential client arrives. Miss Letitia Glover, a young professional woman (a typist) desperately needs Sherlock's detective expertise to help her locate her twin sister Felicity. Felicity's rich husband, the Earl of Dunhench, sent Tish a note informing her that her sister unexpectedly fell ill and passed away and has been already cremated (a practice most victorians were suspicious of). Nevertheless, Tish is convinced that Felicity is still alive. While Enola is immediately moved by her pleas, Sherlock's interest is only piqued when it turns out that the ashes aren't human. 

Enola is a delightful character. She is smart, determined, witty, and doesn't take herself too seriously. She's also extremely enterprising and brave. This is a historical mystery, so all of her adventures are set against the background of the Victorian society. The book is rich in detail - from changing fashions, food, transportation, homes and institutions to typical attitudes that will seem strange and often unfair to a modern reader.

It was great to see how Enola and Sherlock worked on the case, approaching it in similar ways-they both collected information, using various disguises, looked at the evidence, detected forged documents and even set up a trap for the culprit.

The writing was very engaging, easy to follow and fun to read. I would definitely recommend it not just to MG/YA audience, but anyone who likes entertaining mysteries with a strong, independent female lead.
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Get ready to go on a grand adventure! Sherlock Holmes is melancholy so Enola, his younger sister, steps in to help a young woman whose twin sister has died mysteriously. Sherlock can’t stop himself from joining the chase to discover what happened to the recently married Flossie. But Enola has her own detective work to do in Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche.

I had only watched the movie before reading this book, which is the seventh in the series. It can be read easily as a standalone.

While probably skewing toward younger readers, I had a ball living out Enola’s adventures. She is a whip smart girl stuck within the straight-laced Victorian standards of her time. For example, it is looked down upon to travel without a male relative. Why, you might be a working girl plying your trade in your room! I don’t want to let any cats out of the bag. But during her investigation, Enola runs straight into a real, extremely common, and deplorable practice of dealing with unwanted women in Victorian times.

Overall, Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche is a great way to spend an evening while appreciating how far, though not far enough, women’s rights have come. It is entirely appropriate for even young teens as well. 4 stars!

Thanks to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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