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The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy…

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (2007)

by Nancy Springer

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I enjoy these mysteries. ( )
  DKnight0918 | May 31, 2018 |
The Enola Holmes series are wonderful historical mysteries. Enola is the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft and has run away to London to avoid the fate of gently-bred young women in Victorian times. She has no desire to be an ornament to some deserving man and spend her day doing feminine things. She was raised by her mother to be independent and now at age fourteen is on her own in London.

Enola's second case has her looking into the disappearance of another gently-bred young woman. Lady Cecily has disappeared from her home. Her mother and father suspect that she has eloped with a very unsuitable young man who is a clerk in a department store.

Enola looks into Lady Cecily's life and discovers that she has a secret life too. Despite the outward appearance of a perfect Victorian young lady, Enola discovers some hidden charcoal drawings that show Cecily is quite interested in social justice. Enola seeks out Lady Cecily's clerk to see if he knows where she is. Meanwhile, her brother Sherlock is doing his own search for the missing Enola.

The story has wonderful descriptions of Victorian London and the life demanded of a young woman of Enola's class. It also has codes, a mystery, and a heroine who is determined to make her own choices but still filled with an aching loneliness and sense of abandonment. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 18, 2017 |
On her fourteenth birthday, Enola's mother disappeared. Enola followed her footsteps shortly thereafter, trying to stay one step ahead of her brothers (Mycroft and Sherlock) at all times. Now she solves cases in London by day, by pretending to be a great detective's secretary, and helps the indigent of London by night, in disguise as a veiled nun. In this adventure, Enola tries to solve the mystery of a missing young lady, who appears to have climbed down a ladder and walked off into the night.

I liked this possibly even better than the first book. Enola and Sherlock Holmes dance around each other, each trying to know more than the other, and their battle of wits was a lot of fun to read. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Enola Holmes, the sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, is trying her hand at solving crimes and avoiding detection from her brothers. This was a great, quick mystery. Nancy Springer has done a good job at capturing the spirit of a Holmes' mystery. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Apr 6, 2014 |
Outstanding. Oh I'm so glad. That was even better than the first volume in the series. Enola is such a great, great heroine, it's an absolute joy to follow her adventures. Lady Cecily, whose disappearance Enola investigates, was so interesting to read about as well. Feminism, socialism, this has it all. Nancy Springer manages to be descriptive enough and thus gives us a really good picture of what it's like to be a woman in Victorian England but that doesn't mean the pace is slow - the plot moves forward quite impressively too. Very well-written, I'm just so happy to have found this series. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142411906, Paperback)

Sherlock Holmes?s sister, Enola, is back on another case!

Enola Holmes is being hunted by the world?s most famous detective?her own brother, Sherlock Holmes. But while she is on the run in the world?s biggest, darkest, dirtiest city, she discovers a hidden cache of charcoal drawings and feels as if she is a soul mate to the girl who drew them. But that girl, Lady Cecily, has disappeared without a trace. Braving the midnight streets, Enola must unravel the clues to find this left-handed lady, but in order to save her, Enola risks revealing more than she should. Will she be able to keep her identity a secret and find Lady Cecily, or will the one thing she is trying to save?her freedom?be lost forever?

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Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet's sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth-century London.

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