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THE CASE OF THE PECULIAR PINK FAN by Nancy Springer

THE CASE OF THE PECULIAR PINK FAN

An Enola Holmes Mystery

By Nancy Springer

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-399-24780-4
Publisher: Philomel

Although their own eccentricities are legendary, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes fully expect their very much younger sister to take on the attributes of the stereotypical Victorian female. She will be schooled in womanly endeavors with an eye to a future as someone’s wife—but 14-year-old Enola has ideas of her own. She has already solved several mysteries, donning a variety of disguises in order to encourage clients, get results and elude her brothers (The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets, 2008, etc.). This time she encounters them at every turn and they must finally join forces to solve a truly Victorian kidnapping in which a young woman is held against her will by family members in order to be wed to a particularly odious man. Orphans, secret codes and a missing mother add to the thrill of the chase. Springer’s period syntax is spot-on, while remaining accessible to modern readers. It is an almost perfect evocation of that bygone era, and Enola is a plucky, intelligent and altogether delightful character. More please. (Mystery. 9-12)