Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer

"Lunatics have no common sense, thinks the matron, but then, that's what deranges the faculties, isn't it, lack of common sense?"

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CIP Summary: Fourteen-year-old enola Holmes, disguised as a beautiful woman, finds clues in floral bouquets as she searches for the missing Doctor Watson, a companion of her famous older brother, Sherlock.

Publisher: Philomel Books; 170 pages


Anonymous said...

This book was so contrived. It's too bad, because the idea (Sherlock Holmes' little sister solving mysteries) is a good one--but unfortunately it is executed in an unbelievable manner. And the ALA is never going to stand for such a slaughter of Sherlock.

Anonymous said...

This isn't the first book in the series, so I would think that anyone interested in Enola Holmes would want to start with The Case of the Missing Marquess--I think you lose some understanding of Enola's character if you don't read her first adventures, and I have to say that I did like the first book the best. That said, I've read all the books in this series, and I think it is a really interesting look at Victorian society--while Enola is a fiesty character, she is also a product of her times and the author balances her modern opinions with Victorian sensibilities. Maybe not Newbery material, but this series is a great mystery to have on hand for the middle school girls who are looking for something new & different.

Kara Schaff Dean said...

I'm a big fan of this series. Enola is a thoroughly believeable character, and while her circumstances may sometimes stretch credibility, I don't think they are any less unbelieveable than some of the adventures of her big brother himself! I like how Springer incorporates many different codes in her books--the code of flowers being the most prominent. Having just read Enola's fourth adventure (The Case of the Peculiar Fan) I think it is the strongest entry in the series since the first volume. And again--more code talk, this time through the courtly language of fans. There is a lot to admire in these books, and I think as far "latch-on" books go (my own term for titles which are dependent on a previously established book or series of books,) I think these are among the best, for children or adults.