Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes (Book 1)
Release Date: March 1st 2016, Katherine Tegen Books
Page Length: 321 (Hardcover)
Audiobook Length: 9hr 7min
Genre: Mystery, Retelling
Age Range: YA
Synopsis: 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.
Content warning: drug use and some violence
This was a good take on the Sherlock Holmes story. I hadn’t read anything about it – I don’t like knowing anything about mysteries going in. I had actually thought it was a complete gender bender story, but it was only Holmes that was a female. This is not a bad thing, it actually made for an interesting take on the relationship between Holmes and Watson.
There was a fair amount of humour placed throughout the story – especially the epilogue! It fit perfectly into the idea I have on the Holmes stories. There were many twists and turns in this story that I didn’t fully expect. I had many suspicions of many different people – some were right, but not all and they definitely weren’t for the right reasons. I suspected people of a certain portion of the story to find out that I was right to be wary of them, but my reasoning was wrong. It’s easy enough to say that I am not a descendant of a Holmes lol.
The narrator did a good job in portraying the emotions of Jamie Watson. You could feel the panic, anger, fear, love that Jamie felt throughout the book. There was no point I felt bored during the story and that to me makes for a good narrator. He put the right emphasis in the right areas without feeling exaggerated.
Now the characters. Jamie was very likable. He seemed to fit the idea of Watson perfectly (at least for me – someone who only knows the character from The Great Mouse Detective and the Robert Downy Jr. Adaptation). He seemed like a typical everyday man who gets trapped in the adventures of a every knowing (in this case) woman. Charlotte Holmes is again portrayed perfectly. She is smart and witty. Like other renditions of Holmes (again my only references are a cartoon and a RDJ version) she seems to be slightly manic with her ideas and has a hard time containing her brilliance.
Overall, I very much enjoyed the story and I will be continuing on with the series. You should definitely give it a try if you like the old Sherlock stories or just mysteries in general.