Monday, March 21, 2016

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Published by Katherine Tegen Books in March 2016
Debut Author, 2016

"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

Will you like it?
Murder!  Mystery!  Mayhem!  Those are great reasons to read this book.  My biggest draw was that it was a Holmes and Watson retelling with a TWIST.  First off, there are a few things that don't get explained.  For example, how Holmes/ Watson/ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are real people.  Charlotte's drug use is also glossed over, and I hope it gets resolved in the next books.  BUT.  The characters are wonderfully flawed.  While we know a lot of Watson's back story, I have a feeling we have only scratched the surface of Holmes.  Overall, it was a delightful mystery, and I can't wait to read more with these characters.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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