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September 1, 2021

Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer ~ a Review

by MK French

As the much younger sibling of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, Enola is an independent young woman with the same brilliant mind. When Miss Letitia Glover seeks to find out what happened to her twin sister after her sister's husband the Earl of Dunhench sent a curt note and the death certificate is signed by John Watson, MD. Watson hadn't signed the document, so Enola decides to go undercover to find out what happened to Letitia's twin sister Felicity. She'll need help to uncover all the secrets in the Earl's hall.

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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche
August 2021; Wednesday Books; 978-1250822956
audio, ebook, print (272 pages); YA mystery

Enola is just as brilliant as her famous brothers and has the same tendency to dress up to investigate and help others less fortunate. Being so young when her mother took off, however, meant some social rules and niceties are lost on her; that leads to some difficulty and being locked in a room. She's quick thinking, and even if she doesn't deduce someone's whereabouts based on their appearance upon meeting them the way Sherlock does, she's just as clever.

The Black Barouche refers to the carriage used to bring women to various insane asylums, often by husbands wanting inconvenient wives out of the way. That was a practice carried out by unscrupulous men and forms the basis for the story here. Enola is fiercely protective of Letitia and Felicity and is a likable character. This novel was a fast and fun read because of that.

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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