7 books to read after watching Enola Holmes
Enola Holmes hit Netflix on Wednesday, Sept. 23, but now that you’ve watched it a half dozen times (or more), you might be looking for other stories similar to it that will keep the spirit of the film alive.
Well, since Enola Holmes began as a book series, why not look to books for stories with the same vibe?
Here are six books that you’ll love if you liked the new Netflix movie, Enola Holmes starring Millie Bobby Brown.
1. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
A Study in Charlotte is the first book in the Charlotte Holmes series and follows Charlotte Holmes, a teenager whose ancestor was Sherlock Holmes. Growing up, she was taught all the things you’d expect of a Holmes. She can pick out minute details without much thought and solve crimes faster than most kids her age. When she goes to school in America, she meets Jamie Watson, whose (you guessed it) ancestor was the original Dr. Watson. They are destined to meet and form a bond like no other.
If you like Enola Holmes, this is a must-read.
2. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
This is the first book in the Lady Sherlock series and follows Charlotte Holmes during the late nineteenth century as she wreaks havoc on society. It begins with Charlotte sleeping with a man (out of wedlock!!) so that she won’t be forced to marry a man of her father’s choosing and she can do what she wants. She doesn’t expect it to be so hard to earn a living and find a place to live on her own, but once she meets a certain Mrs. Watson, everything falls into place.
This series has a lot of twists on the original story. Charlotte has two sisters and Sherlock doesn’t actually exist; it’s simply a trick and a means of getting clients as not many people actually thought women could be this smart back then.
While this Charlotte is a bit older than Enola, this story is just as fun.
3. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
What better book to compare with Enola Holmes than Harriet the Spy? They’re both detectives in their own right, they both have a particular set of skills, and they both are seen as a little strange by others. It might all blow up in Harriet’s face in the end, but both Enola Holmes and Harriet the Spy show strong young girls figuring out how to get by in their worlds.
4. Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer
What better way to continue to enjoy the story from the film than by reading the series it’s based on? The movie tells the story of the first book, The Case of the Missing Marquess, but there are five other books in the series, including The Case of the Left-Handed Lady and The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline. This way, you can experience more adventures with Enola and her brothers.
5. Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries by Elizabeth C. Bunce
A new series that fans of Enola Holmes are sure to love is the Myrtle Hardcastle series that comes out on Oct 6. The first two books are called Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle (how awesome is that title?!). The books follow Myrtle, a 12-year-old who is obsessed with criminal science.
She uses her father’s law books and her mom’s microscope to study anything and everything to do with crime. When one of her neighbor’s dies, she uses her skills to prove it was murder and not just an accident.
This book series is especially perfect for kids younger than Enola Holmes looking for someone their age who is all about solving mysteries.
6. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
The Truly Devious series is perfect for any budding detective and/or true-crime podcast fan. The series currently features three books: Truly Devious, The Vanishing Stair, and The Hand on the Wall.
The stories follow Stevie, a teen who is accepted to a school for extraordinary students. But soon after she arrives, people start dying and Stevie takes it upon herself to find out what happened. These books might take place in modern-day, but they have the same feel of the mysteries in Enola Holmes.
7. A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
The Veronica Speedwell series, which starts with A Curious Beginning, definitely has the same fun vibe as Enola Holmes. Veronica Speedwell will not let anyone tell her what she can and can’t do and clearly, Enola Holmes is all about that too.
While Veronica is older than Enola and this book series is definitely geared more towards adults, if you’re into mysteries with a lepidopterist (someone who studies butterflies) and a natural scientist with a grumpy streak a mile long, this is the perfect series for you.
What other books do you think is like Enola Holmes? Let us know in the comments below!