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When Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared—on her 14th birthday nonetheless—she knows she alone can find her. Disguising herself as a grieving widow, Enola sets out to the heart of London to uncover her mother’s whereabouts—but not even the last name Holmes can prepare her for what awaits. Suddenly involved in the kidnapping of the young Marquess of Basilwether, Enola must escape murderous villains, free the spoiled Marquess, and perhaps hardest of all, elude her shrewd older brother—all while collecting clues to her mother’s disappearance!


A remarkable debut of a new mystery series by two-time Edgar Awardwinning author Nancy Springer.

The Case of the Missing Marquess

by Nancy Springer

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The Case of the Missing Marquess is the perfect read for fans of Sherlock Holmes, readers who enjoy a strong heroine, and people who just like a fun bit of deduction. I was quickly drawn into Enola's story, and enjoyed both Springer's excellent writing voice and her terrific use of period details that helped to enrich and flesh out the story. The Case of the Missing Marquess is a small book which makes for a fun, quick read. I'll definitely be picking up more of Enola's adventures in the future.

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Violence/Gore: Two references are made to the Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper (neither of them mention him by name and both are very brief). A house is broken into. A girl is mugged and threatened with a knife. Two characters are hit over the head and knocked out. Two young teens are kidnapped.


Sex/Nudity: Three references are made to prostitutes or "women of the night."

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Abandonment by parents, kidnapping, being in dangerous situations

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Adults drink and are described as smelling of alcohol.

Reviewed By CindyB
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