The Case of the Missing Marquess

The Case of the Missing Marquess

An Enola Holmes Mystery

Book - 2007
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When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers--all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother's strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?
Publisher: New York : Sleuth Puffin, ©2007.
ISBN: 9780142409336
9780399243042
9780439929370
0439929377
0399243046
Characteristics: 216 pages ;,18 cm.

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mdnormand
Jul 14, 2019

I can’t believe I didn’t already know about this series! It is a wonderful mix of mystery and historical fiction and will delight fans of both genres. Of course fans of Sherlock will enjoy this series as well. I’m always impressed when I find an author that can write a J fiction book that engages adults as well.

JCLJoshN Jan 08, 2019

I've been reading the original Sherlock Holmes stories recently, so this was a fun and intriguing companion read. The idea of Sherlock and brother Mycroft having a much younger sister is an entertaining idea in itself, and Enola is a great character, but the author fills the book with period language, period detail, and period attitudes. It's a cracking adventure that also shows Victorian sexism and classicism for what it was. The ending sets up what promises to be a terrific series.

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kwylie04
Jun 01, 2017

A lovely, enjoyable read, and a great and different look at Sherlock Holmes. Loved it and can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.

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pink_cat_298
Mar 18, 2016

Wish there were more in this seiries.

DPLjosie Sep 22, 2015

What an engaging series! I love the protagonist, enjoy seeing S. Holmes in a different light, and am getting an education in London poverty. So interesting, enlightening, and enjoyable!

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mmcbeth29
Sep 16, 2014

First, I would like to say what I liked about this book. It was engaging. There were plenty of good plot twists that kept me wanting to read to the end. I liked Enola Holmes and I wanted to see her succeed. I definitely want to read the next book in this series to see what case she is solving next and to see if she has grown as a person and learned more about sleuthing.

What I did not like about this book was the fact that in the very first chapter, disturbing events and topics are presented. We read about prostitutes and drunkenness in the streets. Later we read about bodies being slit open, more about prostitutes, women who are so destitute they crawl through the streets with very little clothing and no hair, and a violent scene where a man attacks Enola with a knife and slits open her dress. Also, Enola is a fourteen year old girl who is abandoned by her mother and ends up living on her own in the slums. There is even more than what I put here. This book is advertized as a junior novel for grades 3-5! These topics are in no way appropriate for a 3rd grader or any elementary student for that matter. If this were a movie, it would be rated PG-13 at least. I would love to see this series reclassified as Young Adult. It is written at about the 7th grade reading level too.

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It is an interesting mystery for older readers.

rowanquincy Sep 04, 2013

A nice old fashioned mystery. Love the lead character, the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. She is brave and resourceful. The use of cyphers adds interest.

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Olive_Mouse_1
Jul 12, 2013

I didn't like this as much as the other books in the series (my favorite is the Case of the Bizarre Bouquets) but it was still very good.

JCLAmyF May 28, 2013

Same author as the Rowan Hood series, which I loved.

JCLBarbaraL Apr 30, 2013

Great mystery.

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mmcbeth29
Sep 16, 2014

Violence: A knife scene where the 14 year old girl gets slashed at and her dress is slit open. Other minor violence

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mmcbeth29
Sep 16, 2014

Sexual Content: References to prostitutes. During the knife scene the man alludes to raping her.

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mmcbeth29
Sep 16, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Discussion of "crawlers". People so destitute they crawl through the streets. Discussion of dead bodies.

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Olive_Mouse_1
Jul 12, 2013

Violence: Enola finds herself in some sticky and slightly gruesome situations. Nothing to intense or graphic though.

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Olive_Mouse_1
Jul 12, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: It get's a bit intense definitely not for anyone under 9.

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Olive_Mouse_1
Jul 12, 2013

Sexual Content: Some mild references to scandals and descriptions of woman's clothing and underwear at the time but nothing you wouldn't usually find in a tween/teen book.

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Brown_Dog_70
Dec 18, 2011

Violence: what you'd usually find in mysterys

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black_swan_259
Jul 21, 2019

black_swan_259 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 21

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mdnormand
Jul 14, 2019

mdnormand thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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mmcbeth29
Sep 16, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Olive_Mouse_1
Jul 12, 2013

Olive_Mouse_1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 15

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Brown_Dog_70
Dec 18, 2011

Brown_Dog_70 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 14

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Olive_Mouse_1
Jul 12, 2013

When Enola Holmes' (the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes) mother runs away on her 14th birthday her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft decide to turn Enola into a "young lady" ready to be presented to society. However the adventurous, tomboyish Enola runs away. While on the run she finds herself in the middle of the mysterious disappearance of the Marquess of Basilweather. Embracing her calling as a Perditorian (finder of lost people and things) she sets out to find the young Marquess. This is the first book of the Enola Holmes series.

JCLAmyF May 28, 2013

The younger Holmes sibling attempts to solve her own mysteries. Totally charming, unique heroine.

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