My ten-year-old daughter loves mysteries. She tore through my old collection of Hardy Boys and devoured all of my Sherlock Holmes books. When I went looking for the next set of mysteries to share with her, I tried to keep an eye on age appropriateness (I don't think noir is just yet appropriate) and a richness of style and venue.
After some research, I was pointed to Enola Holmes. The younger sister of the more famous Sherlock, Enola's mysteries bring her through Doyle's victorian London - but with the eye of a 14-year-old girl. Perfection.
The language literate and the author clearly delights in examining the nuances of the differences between the Victorian era and our own. After wading through a chapter or two getting used to the novel vocabulary, my little one was off to the races. The books are fun, puzzling and a nice peek into another place and time.
Unfortunately, she read all five in a week. Back to square one!