The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer

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I initially read/listened to audiobook version of the Enola Holmes mysteries when my girls were very small. Now they are much older and enjoy listening to audiobooks, I thought it would be fun if we listened to the Enola Holmes stories this summer when we drive around on errands.

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady is the second book in Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes series of mysteries. As you might have already guessed, Enola is Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister. After her mother’s disappearance, Enola has no interest in her brothers’ plan to send her to boarding school, so she heads to London to hide more or less in plain sight.

After having solved a mystery in the first book, Enola opens up a business- Dr. Ragostin- Scientific Perditorian. Naturally, she can’t open a business in her own name, so she has to resort to some trickery. Enola spends most of her time posing as Dr. Ragostin’s dowdy secretary, Ivy.

When Enola hears about an aristocratic young girl going missing, she is determined to help. She notices some things that the police have not noticed, and these clues seem to lead her in a very curious direction. Everyone seems to think that Lady Cecily simply absconded with a secret boyfriend, but Enola suspects foul play. Could her instincts be correct?

One of the best aspects of this book is the way it immerses the reader in Victorian culture. Aspects of the plot touch upon subjects like the plight of the poor, mesmerism and anarchy. Enola is a delightful narrator; not only is she very clever, but she’s very funny as well. She has many disguises at her disposal, and she uses these various personas to interact with different people.

I would absolutely recommend The Case of the Left-Handed Lady. I would suggest starting with the first book because there is a great deal of background information. I would also recommend listening to this series via Audible/audiobook. Narrator Katherine Kellgren makes this series come to life with a variety of accents. There are some moderately scary situations, so this series is probably best suited for children who are either older middle grade readers or young adult readers. We are looking forward to making our way through the whole series by the end of the summer!

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2 thoughts on “The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer

  1. How old are they? There are times when I wonder if it’s a little too old for my girls (10 and 8 year old twins). Enola encounters a garrotter in this book who attacks her- it’s definitely great for older kids.

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