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Friday, January 09, 2009

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan: An Enola Holmes Mystery

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan, written by Nancy Springer, is the fourth title in the Enola Holmes Mystery series. Enola is the younger sister of Mycroft and (the famous detective) Sherlock Holmes. While Enola's brothers are adults, with their own successful lives, she is only in her teens. Her mother has gone missing, on purpose, and the brothers would like to find Enola and send her to finishing school. Enola wants to live her life in her own way, and in the first title of the series, The Case of the Missing Marquess, runs off to London to start her own "scientific perditorian" (or detective) business as a means of providing for herself.

In this fourth book of the series, the subject of Enola's first case, Lady Cecily, reappears. Enola runs into her in a public restroom for ladies. Lady Cecily, being held against her will, is being forced into an unwanted marriage. She signals her dilemma to Enola, and leaves her a clue as to where she is being held, and by whom. It is a pink paper fan, used as a favor for guests at a "Pink Tea Party".

Enola's brother, Sherlock, has been hired by Lady Cecily's mother to help get her daughter out of the bind she is in before it is too late. Enola runs into both of her brothers, receives unwanted aid from them, but manages to keep from being "caught" by them. She proves, at least to Sherlock, that she is capable of managing on her own, as she solves the case that is giving him so much difficulty. Mycroft still wants to find her and force her to become a "proper young lady."

A fun mystery with much action, The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan, continues the story of an intelligent, resourceful, and strong female detective in Victorian Times. I can't wait for the next Enola Holmes mystery!

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