Title: A Study in Charlotte
Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
Ship: idk kinda Jamie x Charlotte
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Charlotte, Lena
Needed BROTP: Charlotte & Milo
Fave Quote: “For the next weeks, I hit snooze over and over in some wild hope that the morning would just pack up and leave me alone.”
Actual Review: Elementary My Dear Watson!
This story is just the next generation of loving the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. I myself only know of Sherlock from the Robert Downey JR. Movies and a few episodes of BBC version. But this story is nothing like those are.
A Study in Charlotte is the first of a series about not only gender flipped (Sherlock Only) but also descendants of the legendary Sherlock Holmes & John Watson. I found it very touching that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Watson’s literary agent. A nice homage to the creator of this elusive and famous detective.
I am fairly new to mysteries, but i do know that i thoroughly enjoyed this story and the way the mystery was constantly puzzling in the back of my mind. If you are looking for a good YA mystery novel that pays homage to mysteries of old, than look no further than this series.
The characters are a majority of teenagers which is only fitting and highly beliveable when it comes to characterization. The book does just barely dust over some somewhat unsavory topics, i feel it is handled particularly well. The dynamic between some of the characters is a hoot and a half though.
You can tell that Charlotte does care for her roommate, Lena; whom i find adorable and love how open she is to all the stuff Charlotte puts her through and doesn’t ask questions.
The romance is subtle and honestly I could do without it. It doesn’t really add the plot in any way and it’s hard to tell if its really there at all. Odds are it is slowly building as this is not a stand-alone novel.
Can’t wait to read book 2 and hope to get more insight to the host of characters that are behind Holmes & Watson.