The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady

Author: Nancy Springer

Publisher: Puffin Books

Release Date: January 1, 2007

Pages: 252

Genre: Upper Middle Grade Mystery, YA Mystery


Enola Holmes is hiding from the world’s most famous detective—her own brother, Sherlock Holmes. But when she discovers a hidden cache of bold, brilliant charcoal drawings, she can’t help but venture out to find who drew them: young Lady Cecily, who has disappeared from her bedroom without a trace. Braving midnight streets where murderers roam, Enola must unravel the clues—a leaning ladder, a shifty-eyed sales clerk, political pamphlets—but in order to save Lady Cecily from a powerful villain, Enola risks revealing more than she should…91pleY9PVTL

In her follow-up to The Case of the Missing Marquess, which received four starred reviews, two-time Edgar Award winner Nancy Springer brings us back to the danger and intrigue of Victorian London as she continues the adventures of one of the wittiest and most exciting new heroines in today’s literature.



I enjoyed this sequel! It delved much more into the mystery than the first book did. The first book had a lot more setting up of the characters and the setting. I was excited to dive back into this world with dear, Enola Holmes.

Enola Holmes is hiding away in London from her Detective brother, Sherlock Holmes. She’s disguised herself as Ivy Meshle, working for the Perditorian, Dr. Ragostin, who doesn’t actually exist. Enola is taking on cases to help people find their lost loved ones. She disguises herself in various costumes and uses different identities to help her along the way. She finds herself looking for the Lady Cecily who mysteriously vanished from her bedroom without a trace. Enola needs to unravel the clues, including a leaning ladder, a shifty-eyed sales clerk, and some political pamplets. In order to save Lady Cecily from a powerful villain, Enola may have to reveal more than she intends.

If you liked the first book in this series, I definitely recommend that you give this one a try. I’m excited to continue on with the next story about Enola’s adventures.

About the Author:

Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery — although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE, recently released from NAL, is her first venture into mass-market psychological suspense.22547
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Nancy Springer moved with her family to Gettysburg, of Civil War fame, when she was thirteen. She spent the next forty-six years in Pennsylvania, raising two children (Jonathan, now 38, and Nora, 34), writing, horseback riding, fishing, and birdwatching. In 2007 she surprised her friends and herself by moving with her second husband to an isolated area of the Florida panhandle, where the birdwatching is spectacular and where, when fishing, she occasionally catches an alligator.

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