I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Genres: YA, Mystery
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 1st 2016
Also by this author: The Last of August
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.
A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.
The first time I met her was at the tail end of one of those endless weekday nights you could only have at a school like Sherringford.
What I thought of this book
I love all things Sherlock Holmes so I couldn’t pass up a book featuring his decedent who is suppose to be a lot like him and is a girl.
The Holmes and Watsons have always had encounters with each other and because of Watsons stories about his adventures with Sherlock people expect them to be friends. So Jamie Watson was destined to meet Charlotte Holmes in Sherringford.
They didn’t hit it off great on their first meeting but a murder throws them together and from that moment on they are pretty inseparable. A boy that both Holmes and Watson do not like ends up murdered and they are the prime suspects. Charlotte immediately starts her investigation dragging Jamie with her.
Charlotte did remind me a lot of her ancestor at times but she was also a girl at times as well. She had a hard time dealing with emotions and then might cry the next. She would still buckle up and lean on what she did best which is keep those around you at a distance while making them loyal to you. Charlotte had been solving crimes and learning how to be a Holmes since she was a small child so it’s bound to make her a little different from other girls.
Jamie is just your average guy who plays rugby, has a bad temper and hopelessly follows Charlotte around like a lost puppy. He is a Watson so he is bound to be Charlottes best friend, but I feel his infatuation with her was rather quick. He is also destined to be a writer and chronicle their adventures.
Overall I really enjoyed this story and will patiently await the next installment. It had a lot of Holmes/Watson moments in it that made it enjoyable though maybe not as great as the original duo. I am really curious to see how this progresses.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Cloak and Dagger 2016
- Debut Author challenge 2016
- Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge 2016
- New Release Challenge 2016