I’ve read all the Enola Holmes stories, this is the newest. My only issue with them is that they’re too short! Enola is the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes who is following in his footsteps as a detective, specializing in missing persons, and like Sherlock, she lives on her own in London, lodging in a club for independent women. Enola’s freedom and career choice were hard fought, and in this book she continues to spar with Sherlock, as both are on the same case independently. Enola’s friend Lady Cecily Alastair is the missing person, but Enola knows something that Sherlock doesn’t: Cecily has a split personality, one aspect is timid and obedient, the other bold and rebellious. The rebellious side has taken over and escaped from Cecily’s domineering and cruel father, who is once again trying to quash his daughter. Can Enola find her in time to help before the timid side returns when Cecily is alone in London somewhere and unable to fend for herself?

Though some characters return, this is a new and well-written adventure. I also finally watched the first Enola Holmes film on Netflix and enjoyed that more than I expected. Even though there are many changes from the books, the spirit of the character and the ideas are intact and well presented, though I didn’t much like the actors playing Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. Maybe that was intentional, it makes Enola all the more appealing. The book and the film are recommended.

Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade by Nancy Springer

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