Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess: The Enola Holmes Mysteries, Book 1

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Teen girl detective is a fun twist on famous family name.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value
Shows use of logic and reasoning and gives lots of information about history and nature.
Positive Messages

Don't let anyone underestimate you. Fight for what you believe in, be persistent, and plan ahead as much as possible. Use your brain.

Positive Role Models & Representations
Enola relies on herself to solve problems, using logic, bravery, and kindness.
Violence & Scariness
Fighting, kidnapping, and tension throughout, all age appropriate.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess: The Enola Holmes Mysteries, Book 1 is a fast-paced, engaging whodunit set in the times when Enola's estranged older brother, Sherlock Holmes, was the most famous living detective in England. Left alone after her mother's disappearance, Enola is determined to navigate a world in which men don't control a woman's future, defying her brothers to search for her mother. There are a lot of older English terms in the book to challenge younger readers, but the many small mysteries throughout the book and an action-packed plot provide plenty of pull to keep reading. There's tension throughout the story, but it isn't too dark for younger readers, and the adventure is great for all ages. This is the first book in a series. It has been adapted for a 2020 film titled simply Enola Holmes, available on Netflix Sept. 23.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byCaseopia67 January 27, 2021

Mature content- graphic imagery

Page 3 of this book: “She sees the prostitute’s haggard eyes, haunted with fear no matter how much her red-smeared lips smile. One like her was recently found... Continue reading
Parent Written byablo0525 April 13, 2021

PG 13

I am a mom of 14 year-old and 12 year-old and I'm an Educational Assistant in a grade 5 class.

The book mentions:

"drunken cries"
prostitute:... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 8, 2021

A fun and fresh take on the world of Sherlock Holmes

Enter Enola Holmes, Sherlock's much younger sister. Enola is clever, dramatic, and spirited - and her brother Mycroft wants to send her off to boarding sch... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 25, 2021

Not the best, but I did watch the movie first.

The book is very historically accurate, and does have some touchy topics mostly in terms of the way some characters (mostly from the lower class) are depicted... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ENOLA HOLMES: THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS, young Enola discovers that her mildly eccentric mother has disappeared and the key to finding her is most likely in London. To get there, Enola has to sneak away from and outwit her older brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes, who want to send the wild, willful teen to a refined boarding school. During her escape, Enola gets ensnared in a kidnapping mystery and must outrun a band of murderers with a new companion in tow -- all while watching for clues from her mother and hiding from her brothers.

Is it any good?

Set in the days of corsets and horse carriages, this girl-centered mystery keeps readers on their toes with quick action, engaging characters, and fun riddles. Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess is a great twist on a well-known name; older brother Sherlock Holmes isn't the focus of the story, and Enola's adventurous, inquisitive attitude help her grow well outside the confines of her society. The language Enola uses fits the early 20th century setting, so it could take readers a few chapters to settle into the style, but it quickly seems like another character in the story. There's violence, tension, and anger throughout, but all of it mild -- and some even comical.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how society treats women in Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess. How does it change a society when adult women can't own property, make financial decisions, or decide where to live?

  • What would you do if you were in Enola's situation? Who would you turn to for help?
  • What other mysteries have you enjoyed?

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