The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye

The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye

Book - 2010
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After fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes seeks the missing Duquessa Del Campo in the seedy underbelly of nineteenth-century London, she finally reaches an understanding with her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft.
Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399252365
0399252363
Branch Call Number: J SPRINGE
Characteristics: 166 p. ; 22 cm.

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black_panda_752
Jul 18, 2016

The series I always come back to. Shame it ended. This was a great read. ^-^

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pink_cat_298
Mar 18, 2016

A great finish to a great seiries.

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mmcbeth29
Mar 19, 2015

This is the final book in the Enola Holmes series. It begins with Sherlock receiving an unusual package that he realizes is for Enola from their mother. In order to find Enola, he tricks her by bringing the family pet to a place he expects her to show up. They talk about a missing person case that they are once again attempting to both solve on their own. They do not work together at this time. Enola goes through a lot of trouble to dress up as a cab driver in order to go to the bad part of town to get more information. She finally realize she needs some help and enlists Sherlock who in turn brings Mycroft in on the chase. They later agree to let Enola continue to live independently and together they read the message from their mother--a goodbye letter.

Of all the Enola Holmes books, this one was the most disappointing. Enola finally trusts Sherlock to help her, but she has not really grown and matured other than she is no longer angry and crying for her mother. She is somehow more clever than Sherlock (he does not recognize her in her most simple of disguises and she solves cases he does not), but she has no reason to be. Independence of spirit does not automatically equate genius. Springer brings back old characters from other books AGAIN! When reading books I look forward to new and interesting characters rather than going back to where we have already been. Enola stumbles over the missing person in this book rather than using major problem solving to find her. There are many other problems to this story, but if you have read the whole series it is a necessary book to read as a conclusion.

Again, there is much to disturb the young reader including violence with knives and sexual references, Enola is a fourteen year old girl who is abandoned by her mother and ends up living on her own in the slums. She keeps a knife in her corset that she does use.

This book is advertized as a junior novel for grades 3-7! These topics are in no way appropriate for a 3rd grader or any elementary student for that matter. If this were a movie, it would be rated PG-13 at least. I would love to see this series reclassified as Young Adult. It is written on the 7.5 grade reading level too.

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. The series as a whole is an interesting time period mystery for older readers.

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OhWhisht
Feb 03, 2013

I'm sorry to see this series end.

Enola Holmes is a delightful young heroine.

I_livelaughlove Apr 06, 2012

I enjoyed this series very much when I was younger!!

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primus
Jan 23, 2012

London, England
19th Century
Fiction

samdog123 Nov 27, 2010

The is is last book in a series of 6 books--sorry to see this excellent junior mystery series end! 14 year old Enola Holmes is on the run from her famous brothers Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes who want to put her in a finishing school for girls. Set in Victorian London, it's an excellent series for anyone of any age who enjoys Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

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lipglossgirl
Aug 19, 2015

lipglossgirl thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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mmcbeth29
Mar 19, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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mmcbeth29
Mar 19, 2015

Sexual Content: references to prostitution and rape

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mmcbeth29
Mar 19, 2015

Violence: knife fighting

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