The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan

Book - 2008
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While fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes endeavors to save her friend Lady Cecily Alistair from an unwelcome arranged marriage, she meets with some assistance from her older brother, Sherlock, and interference by the eldest, Mycroft
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780399247804
Characteristics: 183 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 18, 2016

I never get tired of reading these books.

Dec 11, 2014

Out of all the books in this series, I liked this the best. The plot and characters were less complicated (in other words, the author did not try too hard) and the topics and maturity were much more appropriate for a junior novel.

In this story, an old character from The Left-Handed Lady is revisited. Lady Cecily is in trouble and runs into Enola in public. She leaves Enola a clue in the form of a pink fan. From this clue, Enola figures out what is endangering Cecily. During a rescue attempt, she bumps up against her brother, Sherlock. They help each other out a bit earning Sherlock's respect.

Enola is still a fourteen year old girl, abandoned by her mother and living on her own in the slums. In this book she is a more independent person. She whines less and is not living in fear as in the previous novels. I like her as a character better because of it. Nancy Springer seems stuck on the character of Lady Cecily who may have a split personality. I would have liked to see completely new characters in this book instead. Lady Cecily was a strange character in the previous book who I think would have been better left behind.

There is still some mature content even though it is now toned down. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It is an interesting mystery for older readers.

Sep 29, 2012

I enjoyed reading this series to my girls. I believe that Enola is strong female character that thinks things through. Through out the story I would stop and ask my girls to think about what is going on and where it is leading. They come get a kick out of seeing how close they came to what happens in the story.

Dec 03, 2011

The best Enola Holmes book yet. On the cover the book looks very childish but trust me, it is not. Read it! You don't have to read the previous books for it to make sense, I don' t think that this series will become boring at all.

Apr 10, 2011

Overall, the Enola Holmes series is great. This is one of the like 2 best in the whole series. :) Loved the part where Sherlock is in the trench/moat thing, very funny.

anoudconda Apr 07, 2009

i liked it it was hard though

samdog123 Mar 29, 2009

This is a terrific mystery series for sophisticated junior readers, tween, teen and really anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes! The main character here is Enola Holmes, sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. This is the 4th book in the series, and its best to begin with the first one Mystery of the missing marquess.


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May 26, 2016

yellow_chicken_255 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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indigo_butterfly_254 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Dec 18, 2011

Brown_Dog_70 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 14


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Dec 18, 2011

Violence: what you'd usually find in mysterys


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