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ARC Review: Enola Holmes: The Graphic Novels: #4-6 by Serena Blasco

Publication Date: December 6, 2022

Synopsis:

In Book 2 of the series, Enola is back on the case, deciphering clues and developing leads in each of three new mysteries. What she doesn’t know is that she, too, is being pursued—by her own brother! Once again, Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant, strong-willed younger sister takes center stage in this delightfully drawn graphic novel based on Nancy Springer’s bestselling mystery series.

London, 1889. A woman is being held prisoner while she awaits a forced marriage. Another has been kidnapped, and yet another disappears…

As Enola seeks to rescue the three women, her brother embarks on a quest of his own. When Sherlock receives a mysterious package, he knows he’ll need Enola’s help to decipher its meaning. In the end, the three Holmes siblings will have to work together to answer the question that started it all: What happened to their mother?
 
Book Two contains three engrossing mysteries: The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan, The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline, and The Case of Baker Street Station.

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was delightful! I love the Enola Holmes adventures and this graphic novel compilation is an engaging and enjoyable way to experience them. I have not previously read the books this graphic novel is based on, but I had no difficulty following the story.

The artwork is gorgeous! the watercolor illustrations are free-flowing enough to give the pieces a sense of movement. The colors are vibrant and convey the emotion of each scene excellently, as well as the personality of the characters. Speaking of personality, each character is drawn in a way that makes them ooze personality. They are unique, distinct, and memorable, making the experience of reading even more fun. In many ways the characters remind me of those one might encounter in a Charles Dickens novel.

I love the way Enola runs circles around her brothers despite being only 14. She is inquisitive, has a brilliant mind, and is very resourceful. The story is a whirlwind where she leaves everyone in the dust as she rockets about solving mysteries. She gives Sherlock a run for his money.

I hope there will be more volumes of these Enola Holmes graphic novels because they are loads of fun and I would love to read more.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing an e-arc for review.

ARC Review: Enola Holmes: The Graphic Novels Volume 1 by Serena Blasco

Publication Date: May 24, 2022

Synopsis:

A graphic novel adaptation of the hit books that inspired the Netflix film! Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant, strong-willed younger sister takes center stage in this delightfully drawn graphic novel based on Nancy Springer’s bestselling mystery series.

14-year-old Enola Holmes wakes on her birthday to discover that her mother has disappeared from the family’s country manor, leaving only a collection of flowers and a coded message book. With Sherlock and Mycroft determined to ship her off to a boarding school, Enola escapes, displaying a cleverness that even impresses the elder Holmes. But nothing prepares her for what lies ahead…
 
Book One in the series includes three thrilling mysteries: The Case of the Missing Marquess, The Case of the Left-Handed Lady, and The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets. At the back of the book, readers can explore a portfolio of pages from Enola’s secret notebook!

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this! I’d previously read the first Enola Holmes book and really enjoyed it, and it was fun to revisit and then follow the story of the next two.

The watercolor style was playful and expressive, giving Enola Holmes plenty of personality. It fit really well with her exuberant and determined character. I liked how the color scheme changed to fit the mood of the story, and the expressiveness of each character’s design.

The storyline was easy to follow and hit all the main points of the plot. I enjoyed seeing the excerpts from Enola’s notebook at the end of each volume.

I will look forward to future volumes and following Enola’s adventures.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing an e-arc for review.