I was delighted to discover that author Nancy Springer has written another book in the Enola Holmes series entitled, Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche. It’s the seventh in the series.
In a clever touch, the prologue and epilogue are written from Sherlock Holmes’ point of view. The prologue is a good way of bringing the reader up to date if they haven’t read the previous books and the epilogue is a good way to tie up the loose ends of the story.
The story revolves around the disappearance, supposed death, of Letitia Glover’s twin sister, Flossie. Letitia feels sure that Flossie isn’t dead because as her twin she feels she would be able to sense this. In their own ways, both Sherlock and Enola investigate the disappearance and conclude that Flossie is indeed alive, but it proves difficult to find her. Flossie has left a clue, which is, she has been taken to an insane asylum, but which one?
Nancy Springer continues to write well-told stories with exciting plots and unexpected twists. There are the usual disguises, dangers and deceptions which make up a good Sherlock Holmes mystery. My only slight negative is Springer occasionally uses outdated words and expressions, which adds to the context but interrupts the flow.
Overall, an enjoyable story.