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The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets

– tekijä: Nancy Springer

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Fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes, disguised as a beautiful woman, finds clues in floral bouquets as she searches for the missing Doctor Watson, a companion of her famous older brother, Sherlock.

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Dr. John Watson has gone missing, and Sherlock Holmes is at a loss as to his whereabouts. His younger sister, Enola, takes on the case in secret while continuing to hide from Sherlock and Mycroft. She knows that Watson is in grave danger, because Mrs. Watson has been receiving bizarre bouquets that in the language of flowers speak of death. But can she reveal Watson’s whereabouts without revealing her own?

I continue to enjoy this series very much. Given that it’s a middle-grade sort of read, it can be a touch predictable for an adult, but Enola is a dynamic, resourceful character and a lot of fun to read about. She has limitations imposed on her by Victorian society but is able to leverage those limitations to her advantage in some ways. And I feel that the portrayal of the Holmes brothers and of Watson is true to the spirit of the original stories, so the series is recommended if you’re looking for a pastiche. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Feb 28, 2021 |
Enola is frozen with indecision, wondering what new identity to create for herself now that she thinks Sherlock might soon uncover "Ivy Meshle," when an article about the disappearance of Dr. John Watson catches her eye. No one, not even the famed detective Sherlock Holmes, knows what has happened to him. Although it puts her at risk of being captured by her older brothers, Enola knows she must do all she can to help Watson.

Readers know from the start that Watson has somehow been mistaken for someone else and committed to an insane asylum. The question is how it happened, and whether Enola, Sherlock, or both can find and free him.

I continue to read this series for the weird Holmes family dynamic, which may seem a little odd since they're almost never in the same room together. There's Enola, who desperately wants unambiguous displays of love and affection from her mother. She idolizes Sherlock but also fears what he and Mycroft would do if they tracked her down - she doesn't want to be trapped at boarding school and forced to live whatever sort of life they think is proper for a 14-year-old girl. There's Sherlock, who wants to be a good older brother but doesn't understand Enola at all (although maybe he's starting to?). And then there's Enola's mother, whose primary contact with Enola is through rare personal ads in the newspaper, written in code.

And also Mycroft, but he's barely had any on-page presence since the first book. I do think it's interesting that he apparently has a better grasp of his mother and Enola's shared code than Sherlock does, though.

The biggest problem with this series is that Springer's Sherlock is useless. He cannot track down his 14-year-old sister, despite having been in her presence multiple times. And in this particular book he can't even track down his long-time friend, Dr. Watson, supposedly because something as feminine as bouquets and flowers doesn't interest him enough for him to notice that there's something odd about one of the bouquets that was delivered to Mrs. Watson.

Granted, Enola got lucky. If one of the people involved had watched their mouth a little better, she'd have hit a dead end in her investigation. And she was super lucky that she wasn't caught while snooping and trying to get a little more information - I found that part to be incredibly difficult to believe.

This is a mystery series, and yet the mysteries continue to be weak and terrible. It's a shame, because I like Enola and find her strained family relationships to be interesting. I'll probably continue on because the books are quick reads and I really want to get to the point where Enola and Sherlock finally meet and talk to each other as themselves. (Which is what it would take for him to recognize her. I seriously cannot believe how unobservant this Sherlock is.)


An excerpt from the next book, The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Jan 18, 2021 |
Enola continues her clandestine career as Perditorian, a professional seeker of lost persons. In this case, it is Dr. Watson that she seeks. Still an engaging and intrepid teenager, she manages the task while adroitly avoiding her still seeking older brothers. ( )
  jamespurcell | Oct 14, 2020 |
Not recommended.

I enjoyed the first book, but the wheels of this elaborate Victorian conveyance have come off, and the reader is thrown bruised and dazed to the cobblestones.

In other words, the construction of Enola's tale is, to me, beginning to show its breaking points.
It requires Enola to interact with Sherlock and Dr. Watson a lot.
But since Enola is also hiding from Sherlock, it requires him to, basically, not notice things he should notice.

One can reimagine Sherlock Holmes in many ways, but noticing every detail is at the core of his personality. It strains credulity that the great Sherlock Holmes can't recognize his own sister.

Attention to detail also seems an issue overall. Enola, very conspicuously standing alone in the street, pretends to be looking in her pockets - but surely she wouldn't have pockets? She should be pretending to look in her reticule, her tiny purse where she would carry her calling cards. We already know the author knows about reticules, as one is mentioned in the first book.

And the plot also requires to Enola to do things so far out of the norm for a Victorian woman - particularly an aristocratic woman - that she would attract an incredible amount of attention, which seems counterproductive to the whole goal of being so invisible in London that Sherlock and Mycroft can't find her. Running - running! - down the street with her skirts hiked up and then sitting on the ground is, as the author pretty much acknowledges herself, more or less the definition of a Victorian madwoman.

A Victorian woman, constrained by corset and weighed down by Victorian dress, climbing to a rooftop?

Overheard conversations that reveal exactly the needed details?
Preposterous resolutions to plotline questions?

Mysteries may be about improbable events, but piling one improbable thing upon another causes the entire conveyance to collapse under its own baggage.

Unabridged audiobook:
Well read, with good variations in tone, by Katherine Kellgren.

The problem of the two sovereigns (with slight spoilers):
Enola Holmes' misadventures with Victorian money continue.

In book 1, she bribed an impoverished shopkeeper to hide her briefly, bribed her with a £100 note, which in the modern equivalent would be trying to bribe someone with a £10,000 bill (or a $10,000 bill; ten thousand pounds is about $17,000 Canadian).

In book 2, she bribes a street vendor with a guinea ("I'll give you a guinea for the whole lot"). Not long after, she bribes a cab driver with a sovereign ("The cabby looked askance at such an ill-clad fare, but I tossed him a sovereign"). Again this is a problem, as a sovereign (as best I can tell) is worth £1, which again is a £100 bribe in modern money, which is way too much.

In book 3, again dressed as a poor woman, she bribes a cab driver with not one but two sovereigns. The idea that a cab driver would do anything but either drive off or go to the police when casually tossed a £100 gold coin (in modern money) - it just doesn't make sense. The idea that Enola who is trying to be invisible in the city would continue to offer gigantically memorable bribes while memorably and incongruously dressed - it just doesn't make sense. ( )
  rakerman | Oct 9, 2020 |
Great series about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister, who is looking for her disappeared mother and pretending she is older than 14 and living by herself in London AND solving mysteries while trying to avoid getting caught by her brothers. ( )
  nicsreads | Sep 17, 2019 |
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