In Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, a day after Imogene's obnoxious step-cousins pay a visit, her mother's pearls go missing. When Sherlock Holmes is called in, Imogene, harboring a secret desire to become a detective, sees her chance to learn from the great Mr. Holmes.
“Sherlock Holmes finds a plucky protégé in Imogene! The story is a true Victorian whodunit, our young heroine surrounded by a list of colorful suspects – her conniving cousin, a temperamental governess, the elderly butler, to name a few. Readers will love tracking down clues, collecting evidence alongside Imogene, and will cheer when the handcuffs are placed on the unlikely culprit. An engaging mystery for young readers!”
-- Barbara Mariconda (The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons/HarperCollins 2012,
Edgar winner and National Book Award finalist)
"An artful blend of mystery and friendship, The Case of the Missing Pearls introduces readers to life in 19th century London and Sherlock Holmes' engaging young assistant and apprentice detective."
-- Marissa Moss (Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris/Jabberwocky and other historicals)
Of all the new and interesting partners Sherlock Holmes is finding these days, a ten-year-old aspiring detective named Imogene is the most charming. Elizabeth Varadan creates an inquisitive and capable Everygirl, whose adventures, when she sets out to recover her mother's purloined pearls, expand her knowledge of her family, her future, and herself. A well-etched Victorian London setting permits Imogene to confront social differences as well as danger, and Holmes himself is the icing on this tasty mystery cake of Varadan's and Imogene's construction.
-- Carole Nelson Douglas, New York Times Notable author of Good Night, Mr. Holmes