• The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline

  • An Enola Holmes Mystery
  • By: Nancy Springer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award-winning author Nancy Springer captivates young listeners with mysteries that feature Sherlock Holmes’ little sister Enola. Abandoned by her mother and fearing her brothers will exile her to a finishing school, 14-year-old Enola lives a lonely London existence. But when someone kidnaps her elderly landlady - the closest thing she has to family these days—the feisty heroine will do whatever it takes to find her.

©2009 Nancy Springer (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“From the riveting prologue to the satisfying conclusion, readers are hurtled headlong into Enola Holmes’s latest case.” ( School Library Journal)

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I grew up on Sherlock Holmes

If you could sum up The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline in three words, what would they be?

Clever, fun, and intellegent

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It is always satisfying when at the end of a mystery of any ilk the detective sums up 'how it were done' so to speak. The Enola Character is wonderfully like her famous older brother, yet like the Wicked series this is a fun look at things from another perspective. Very believable and with the right 'feel'. She lets you in on 'how it were done' with the same deductive reasoning we associate with Sherlock. Throw in the family drama and it all comes together as a fast and fun read.

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I have read many of the titles in this series and they are all good. Sort of a Jane Eyre meets murder on the orient express. It avoids the kind of silly kid behavior of characters written for younger audiences that I have sometimes seen. Also it paints a historically accurate picture of the London of the day. Definitely a story written for the teen and tween audience but written with intelligence.

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Wonderful Book in an Atypical & Engaging Series

Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes books are not to be missed! Written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books, but from the perspective of his young teenage sister, they are very entertaining. They are considered middle-grade books, but our family has 3 generations of women who love them.

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A more realistic pride and prejudice

I love Jane Austin, but I adore humour and females with guts, glory, and trepidation. Enola has all this and her "cases" are filled with high fashion, injustice, truth as to conditions of the times and more than a little luck. A joy to read, finished it off in a straight read! Get it, got it, GOOD !

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Great!

Superb writing and narration! Finally seeing a glimmer of enlightenment on Sherlock’s part is most appreciated.

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  • 02-25-21

a little too obviously due to the title

a really good story as always, but I wish the title had been another such as the case of the bird's message or something of the sort. but a really good story over all