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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche    by Nancy Springer order for
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche
by Nancy Springer
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Macmillan, 2021 (2021)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's a fast-paced YA historical, Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche. Enola is the much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, born after Sherlock left home to pursue his studies.

After their mother suddenly disappeared when Enola was fourteen, her brothers hoped to send her to finishing school and marry her off, but she didn't cooperate. She ran away and masqueraded as a widow. Though Sherlock tried to find her, she outsmarted him at every turn. Finally, after winning Sherlock's respect, they have remained in communication.

As this story opens, Watson contact Enola, asking for her help with Sherlock's melancholia. While Enola is trying to prod her brother out of his sorry state, Miss Letitia Glover shows up. She's looking for help to find what's happened to twin sister Felicity, who married the Earl of Dunhench. The Earl has written that Felicity died, but Letitia is convinced that her twin still lives.

Both Holmes siblings take on the case, but it's Enola who goes undercover as genealogical researcher Ermintrude Basilwether. An odd watercolour painted by Felicity gives a clue to her fate, but not her location. Enola puts together a plan, involving Letitia, Sherlock and her old friend, lively young Viscount Tewkesbury.

Enola Holmes is a fearless heroine, and reading her adventures is tons of fun - let's hope for more!

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