Flavia and Enola, must read amateur sleuths

The little reading challenge I'm hosting, Mysteries in March starts in a little over a week so I thought I would share with you the two series that made me interested in the Mystery genre in the first place. 

The first is Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce books. They begin with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and there are currently seven subsequent volumes.

The series is marketed towards adults but boasts a child protagonist, an element that immediately drew me to these books.

Flavia de Luce is eleven at the start of the series and has a passion for science and, as it turns out, sleuthing. Flavia lives with her father, Dogger (their butler) and her two sisters, their mother having disappeared in a mountaineering expedition when Flavia was an infant. 

The stories take place in 1950s rural England where Flavia manages to get herself caught up in all kinds of untoward trouble.

The writing, the characters and the setting were all hugely appealing to me the second I began the first volume and I continually look forward to seeing where Flavia will take us next. Highly recommended.

The second series also has a child protagonist, but these books are actually intended for children. They are the Enola Holmes mysteries from Nancy Springer.

These books are based on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes world. Enola is an original character by Springer who is meant to be the much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft.

When I first picked these up I wasn't really expecting much. I thought they might be fun little reads to pass the time but wasn't holding my breathe as to quality, thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised and fell head over heels for Springer's take on Holmes and Victorian London.

The books are fun and fast-paced, at the same time they have alot of heart and it's easy to get swept up the lives of the wonderful characters therein.

If you enjoy children's literature and mysteries this is an absolute must.