Title: A Study In Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
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.
Rating: 5 stars
Review: This is so freaking awesome!!!!!! I finished this yesterday, and I’m still reeling over how good it is. It’s so layered and complicated but in a good way, and the characters have so much depth that I know I’ve only just brushed the surface of this Holmes/Watson reincarnation.
In this world, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson were real people, who had children and grandchildren, and so forth. Now, in the present time, Jamie Watson finds himself attending the same school as Charlotte Holmes. She’s every bit as intelligent and dryly humorous as her great-grandfather, and Jamie is drawn to her. But what happens when it seems like they’ve committed a murder?
I saw the book trailer for this on Epic Reads on Youtube, and I was intrigued. That led to me actually reading the book, and I fell more in love with it. I love modern adaptations of the Sherlock stories – mainly the tv show starring Lucy Liu – but this was something completely different to what I’m used to. That’s not a bad thing though.
Charlotte is by far my favourite character in this, but that’s not surprising, since I always prefer the Sherlock character and relate more to him/her. She’s got a soft and sweet underlayer, but a crusty outer surface which hides her vulnerabilities. Ooh! I just love her so much. Anyway, then we have Jamie who is admittedly a little dimwitted at the start, but once he picks up Charlotte’s methods, he’s almost as quick as her.
I’m so excited that this is going to be a trilogy – TWO more books involving Charlotte Holmes (and Jamie Watson)?! Ugh, how am I meant to wait the minimum of a year before the sequel is likely to come out?! I’ll just have to satisfy myself with more books.
This is a book which wholly deserves the coveted five star rating. It’s a book that will keep you guessing and on your toes throughout, with fascinating characters and dynamics. If you like anything Holmes-related, you will love this.