Thursday, December 6, 2012

Recently Read - The Case of the Left-Handed Lady: An Enola Holmes Mystery

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady:
An Enola Holmes Mystery
Nancy Springer



Sherlock Holmes's sister, Enola, is back on another case! Enola Holmes is being hunted by the world's most famous detective - her own brother, Sherlock Holmes. But while she is on the run in the world's biggest, darkest, dirtiest city, she discovers a hidden cache of charcoal drawings and feels as if she is a soul mate to the girl who drew them. But that girl, Lady Cecily, has disappeared without a trace. Braving the midnight streets, Enola must unravel the clues to find this left-handed lady, but in order to save her, Enola risks revealing more than she should. Will she be able to keep her identity a secret and find Lady Cecily, or will the one thing she is trying to save-her freedom-be lost forever?
My daughter has recently decided that she likes the Enola Holmes books and has read another in the series.  What follows is her quick review of the book.
In the second installation of the Enola Homes series, The Case of the Left-Handed Lady, Enola has made her way in London and is comfortably living as Ivy Meshle during the day and as the Sister of the Streets at night.  Ivy Meshle is the fictional "Dr. Ragostin's" secretary.  She is a middle class lady who is respectable enough.
The Sister of the Streets is a woman in a veiled habit that never speaks.  She aids the poorest of the poor called "dosses" or "crawlers" by giving them food, fire, and occasionally a blanket for warmth.  She is a way for Enola to help yet not be seen as an upper-classman.

Yet, all is not well, for Enola has found that her big brother, Sherlock, is distraught by not knowing of her well being.  He is worried for her and is not eating.  She feels she must tell her brother of her well being but doesn't have the slightest idea of how to do so without giving away her location.

After this discovery she takes her first official perditorian job to find a kid napped girl named, Cecily.  During this job she has many close calls of discovery.  She meets Sherlock many times, though he does not recognize her because of her disguise. 

If you want to know what happened in between and at the end, you'll have to read the book.  I really enjoyed this book.


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