A new series featuring Sherlock Holmes’ much-younger sister Enola begins. When her mother disappears, Enola is determined to find her and sets out to the heart of London. There Enola becomes involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess. (from Amazon)
I’m one of those people who’ll read any sort of Sherlock Holmes pastiche, even if it sounds ridiculous (Holmes in space! Dr. Watson the zombie killer!). The Enola Holmes mysteries are based around the idea that Holmes had a much younger sister, and that she was just as intelligent as her brothers but was constrained by society in ways that they were not. And it works! It works really well, actually, and certainly a younger sister isn’t as ridiculous of an idea as a great grand-niece because that’d mean Mycroft would have had to father a child and that’s about as ridiculous as Holmes fathering someone. (Although I REALLY loved that TV show.)
Anyway! I really enjoyed this book. It’s really more of a set-up for the rest of a series that an encompassing first novel, but I liked reading about Enola finding out useful things about herself, like how she’s good at disguises and finding things and other generally exciting detective-like traits. I also thought that the Holmes brothers were portrayed in a nice way; Mycroft doesn’t understand young girls and so is a brute, and Sherlock sort of understands but doesn’t have time to really do anything to help Enola. It’s a more realistic characterization of the Holmes family than I was expecting.
The writing is fine; not overwhelming in its awesomeness or anything, but fine. It’s a MG book besides so there’s not as much emotional depth as I’d normally like, but it’s a completely readable book and much better than what I was expecting. I’m definitely going to try reading the rest of the series as soon as I’ve, er, gotten my TBR pile down a bit more.
Read: June 13, 2010