When Ignorance is (Still Not) Bliss: The Enola Holmes Books


When Ignorance is (Still Not) Bliss: The Enola Holmes Books
February 8, 2017 By Sheila Leave a Comment Last November I went through a mini-binge on the children’s mystery series by Nancy Springer featuring Enola Holmes, reading the first three of the (currently) six-book series,. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Day 13 unfortunate #ampersandjan17 #sherlock #sherlockholmes #dontmesswithmysherlock #sherlockian #book #books #bookish #booknerd #joyfulandbookish #booknerdigans #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #instabook #fantasticbooksreviews
A photo posted by Heather Mac (@livingbooksnook) on Jan 13, 2017 at 7:16am PST

So while I did have some (ok, many) issues with the book, there are advantages to not being a major Sherlockian – I was oblivious to the issues Heather spotted. Just your reading time. I don’t know the Holmes books well, so nothing jumped out at me, as it would have if I was well versed in it. There were references to prostitution and alcoholism in the first two books and some fairly gruesome stuff in the third. I’m not entirely sure why I read three of them, as they weren’t that good. Ok, so I also liked the covers and kept wanting the books to live up to them. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader! It kept my second grader’s interest (even the kindergartener listened to most of it) and solving it involved some details of Roman history, which were given to the reader as the story unfolded. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Or anyone really, but if you’re an adult I’m not worried about the content for you. The writing wasn’t great, the plotting was weak, and the characters were mostly unappealing, if not unbelievable. ?
If you want a juvenile mystery that I do recommend, try Detectives in Togas. It helped that they were super quick to read, so three books still wasn’t a large reading investment. And that’s usually not the case for me – I tend to be the one getting annoyed at movies when they take liberties with historical facts (one of the reasons I don’t watch a lot of them). There’s also a second by the same author, Mystery of the Roman Ransom, although we haven’t read that one yet. I think I *wanted* to like the series so much that I kept trying, hoping they would pick up. ?~ The Geek Bug #livingbooksnook #booknerdissues…. Fun! A mistake worthy of Anderson himself. “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boscombe Valley Mystery {photo by #thegeekbug} ?????????? ⚠️️WARNING SHERLOCKIANS ⚠️I had a unfortunate experience reading the Enola Holmes series, which l had impatiently anticipated but was disappointed to discover that the author, Nancy Springer, was not true to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writings. Listen, if you're going to build your story on someone else's foundation the least you could do is stay true to the characters. On the bright side, I wasn’t annoyed by liberties Springer apparently takes with the Holmes cannon. How do I know this? Definitely yuckier than I’d want in a juvenile title, and so I do not recommend them for younger readers. And an extra disclaimer: I linked to the series in the first paragraph and via the picture, because I’m always curious about books and if I were reading this post I’d probably want to click through and see what the books were about. Recently I noticed someone I follow on Instagram commented about being super disappointed in the books because of how the author isn’t true to the original characters. But I want to be clear that if you’re thinking that they’re juvenile mysteries, and so weaknesses in the writing and plot might be ok, I’d still say pick other titles. Don't mess with my Sherlock!

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