Get ready to go on a grand adventure! Sherlock Holmes is melancholy so Enola, his younger sister, steps in to help a young woman whose twin sister has died mysteriously. Sherlock can’t stop himself from joining the chase to discover what happened to the recently married Flossie. But Enola has her own detective work to do in Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche.
I had only watched the movie before reading this book, which is the seventh in the series. It can be read easily as a standalone.
While probably skewing toward younger readers, I had a ball living out Enola’s adventures. She is a whip smart girl stuck within the straight-laced Victorian standards of her time. For example, it is looked down upon to travel without a male relative. Why, you might be a working girl plying your trade in your room! I don’t want to let any cats out of the bag. But during her investigation, Enola runs straight into a real, extremely common, and deplorable practice of dealing with unwanted women in Victorian times.
Overall, Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche is a great way to spend an evening while appreciating how far, though not far enough, women’s rights have come. It is entirely appropriate for even young teens as well. 4 stars!
Thanks to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.