About the Book:
Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Genre: YA Mystery
The first book in a witty, suspenseful new series about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. This clever page-turner will appeal to fans of Maureen Johnson and Ally Carter.
Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.
But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
An exciting and compelling twist on the tales of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Jamie Watson has just started in England and he is intrigued by Charlotte Holmes. He has grown up hearing the stories of their ancestors and can not help wondering about Charlotte whose brilliance is matched by her inscrutableness. However, when a murder occurs with Jamie and Charlotte right in the middle of it, they are thrown into the chase. As they search for clues and dive into the mystery, there are more secrets than anyone realizes.
I really enjoyed this book! Jamie was the narrator, like in the original Holmes books. He is a great narrator and it is cool to see everything through his eyes. However, there were times that he could start thinking less with his head and more with his emotions. In many ways, he was the heart of the story. Charlotte was very analytical. She had been taught, essentially from birth, how to deduce, uncover, and manipulate. She had been taught to be a Holmes. She knew how to fake almost anything and hid so much. It was so cool to see their contrast and their friendship grow.
The mystery was so surprising too! I had no idea what was going to happen or how everything would work out until the reveal. I do not normally read mystery, but I really enjoyed this one! This book is a YA novel and it definitely has some parts that are meant for older teens. There is language, discussions around rape, drugs, and some violence. I would personally suggest this book to older teens, 16 and up.