Mini Review | A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

Title: A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Published: March 1, 2016

Read as: US paperback, library

Average Goodreads rating: 3.82

My rating: 4

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. (from Goodreads)

Truth be told, I liked that blurriness. That line where reality and fiction jutted up against each other.

The other night I was watching the newest episode of Sherlock. You know, the one that was released in 2017. Yup, I’m behind. I kept waiting to watch it knowing that it would be along time until the next one but I finally gave in. While it was an excellent episode, it left me hungering for more Sherlockian fun. So, I thought, why not see if I could find a Sherlock/Holmes retelling? Lo and behold, Meltotheany had recommended A Study in Charlotte so I decided to give it a try.

I admit, I don’t usually read books set in a modern setting. I’m much more of a SFF or historical fiction kind of reader. But, I figured I would pick it up from the library and see how it was.

I’m glad I did.

There were certainly no characters in this story I’d say I would truly root for, but that is part of the fun. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are at a prep school in Connecticut which was a little odd to wrap my head around. The New England coastline is certainly not where I expected to find an iconic dynamic duo.

The story, as expected, is told from Watson’s perspective which was a nice hold over from the originals. Watson is the more relatable character, the one more mirroring the common person unlike Holmes who, no matter their iteration, is extraordinary. Watson wasn’t particular fascinating but his character served the traditional purpose. Without Watson, Holmes would diminished.

You know what? I’m not really sure what to say. I enjoyed this book, it was a fun little romp that filled my need for a Holmes/Watson retelling. There were great details, a good story buildup, and even though I guessed the big baddy I could easily have seen it being four or five other people. It tackled themes like drug addiction and rape which, for a YA novel, seems to be very rare so it was nice that those things were addressed in a more appropriate manner.

Overall, this was a good book and a fast, simple read. In fact, I enjoyed it enough I may see if the library has the next book of the series. /endofbadlywrittenreview

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