Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer

 Release Date - August 31, 2021


I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan, and Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche was a pleasant surprise. I was immediately drawn into Enola's world and her goal to be an independent young woman. She's smart, witty, and incredibly charming.

Enola is on her own and determined to stay a step ahead of her brothers. When she hears Sherlock won't eat and is suffering from depression, she heads to his home to get him motivated again. She never expects that trip to draw her into a case involving a dead woman.

Letitia Gordon arrives to ask Sherlock to investigate her sister's sudden death. All Letitia was sent is a box of ashes. She finds it unusual that she never heard her twin was sick. Plus, her twin's husband seems to have already moved on with his life. Something's up and Letitia wants to know what's going on.

Enola jumps in and offers to help out. She heads to the Earl of Dunhench's estate. There, she learns this is the second of the earl's wives to die suddenly. And in both deaths, there was no visitation, burial, and the bodies were cremated in secret. Something isn't right and Enola is determined to uncover the truth.

I loved this book. I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn't put it down. The banter between Enola and Sherlock was fantastic and seemed to stay pretty true to everything I've read of him in past Sherlock Holmes' novels. It is a young adult novel and didn't take me long to read. The only thing I find disappointing is that I was done so fast. I am eager for more of Enola!

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