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Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess: 1 (Enola Holmes Mystery)

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Children’s mysteries are traditionally looked down upon for their stylistic simplicity, mass production, lengthy serial structure, formulaic mystery plots, ghost writing or aesthetic deficiency. Finally, in Enola's sixth case, Sherlock concludes that Enola has matured rapidly into a capable young woman and helps his sister not only to find her quarry but also to finally convince their older brother Mycroft of her skill.

Dodging off the street, I darted up a narrow passageway between two ramshackle boardinghouses, turned past the corner of a cow shed, and fled through the stinking mews behind the buildings, redolent of donkey, goat, goose, and hen. The mystery and detective genre has often covertly addressed radical issues under the guise of popular and light reading, reflecting developments in (children’s) culture by moving beyond the marginalised categories of society and ideology. I will be reading more books in this series, so will hopefully learn more of the mother's storyline and resolve that conflict between the opening and closing chapters.

Watson reports that “[t]he stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime” (Doyle, 2016/1892, p. Reaching the top of the ladder, I grasped his hand — An awful voice roared a curse such as I had never previously heard or imagined.

Sherlock Holmes’ method is based on the power of seeing, and especially observing (“my eyes tell me”; Doyle, 2016/1892, pp.The language Enola uses fits the early 20th century setting, so it could take readers a few chapters to settle into the style, but it quickly seems like another character in the story. Footnote 2 The key to the room full of secret containers, such as her mother’s flower painting or her bed knobs, becomes Enola’s “most precious possession” (p. Letting go of his hand and also of my remaining shreds of modesty, I ripped open the buttons of my upper bodice. Hiding in a police station right under Sherlock's nose, Enola runs away, leaving only a sketch of the suspect on the bench. There's tension throughout the story, but it isn't too dark for younger readers, and the adventure is great for all ages.

It also presents a kind of girl power that positions “young women as creators of their own destinies and life chances” (Harris, 2004, p. In children’s detective fiction, the characters’ drive to solve a mystery by filling cognitive gaps has also prompted the transgression of boundaries of space, age, gender, role and status. often inadvertently and entertainingly transgresses into the realm of heroism, authority and empowerment. claims that in children’s detective stories “the discourse of adulthood attempts to overwhelm and eradicate the discourse of childhood,” I would argue that the mystery—inquiry—revelation script in children’s literature includes access to dominant discourses and forms of power. They had not been very intimate before because “Mother and I seldom interfered in one another’s concerns” (Springer, 2020/2006, p.The cutthroat looked straight at me with eyes like black ice, something—I could not think what —familiar about that glare, although I’ll not deny it scared me so badly that I shook. Within the detective script, a detective “whose existence is a mere function of the mystery [s]he is solving” (Grossvogel, 1979, p. Indeed, I lost my head entirely, struggling against the cords that bound my wrists so wildly that it seemed I would wrench my arms out of their sockets. The narratives draw on concepts characteristic of early childhood exploration and play, such as using objects as containers, moving in and out of familiar and unfamiliar spaces, finding answers to life’s mysteries and understanding the world and one’s place in it.

Mishmash, Conceptual Blending and Adaptation in Contemporary Children’s Literature Written in Dutch and English. I sat up and twisted around, leaning to one side, fumbling again to find the corset rib with my bound hands.Nearly blowing her cover, she finds a secret hiding place that seems to be the young Viscount's hideaway.

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