Review: A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (no spoilers)

This was such a fun read! The story is based on the descendants of the original crime solving pair – James (Jamie) Watson and Charlotte Holmes – making it a refreshing take on Holmes and Watson relationship. There are many thrilling twists and turns weaved into the plot and I’m already excited to read the sequel! And having Season 4 of Sherlock TV show on air – it’s the perfect time to roll out this review I’ve been meaning to write for ages! And yup – THE GAME IS ON!

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.

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So our main boy Jamie Watson won an “unexpected” scholarship to Sherringford (to play Rugby), which is an exclusive boarding school in the States where he somehow befriends the bold yet mysterious, Charlotte Holmes. Jamie here has known about Charlotte since he was a child and his has been fantasising (for a looooon time) where the both of them are working together to solve mysteries because that’s what Holmeses and Watsons do – solve crimes together.

But sometimes fantasies just remains as fantasies. When the school’s vile Dobson makes awful remarks about Charlotte, Jamie becomes hot-headed and gets his fists involved. BAM! When Charlotte also jumps in and threatens Dobson AND Jamie to mind their own business – matters still remains unsettled. And our dude Dobson is murdered overnight and SOMEHOW everything seems to pull together string by string and places all the blame on Holmes and Watson. Without much of a choice, the duo sets to work together to investigate this mystery, determined to crawl their way out of this tattered mess and to stop themselves from being hauled to jail every time things get of hand.

I love reading from Jamie’s perspective – he is so ridiculously funny and expressive. The character interactions are detailedly written and it was awesome how the author intertwined the original crimes from the Sherlock books into this novel (hence it being named after “A Study In Scarlet”). The book has a fast pace which made it a great read AND difficult to put down – everything happens like *whoosh*. It kept me guessing, chasing and wondering who was actually responsible. The ending was surprising! But I won’t give anything away 😉

If you want to try a funny, heart-warming (though at times bone-chilling) Young Adult twist in a classic (‘festive’ classic I might add – with the TV show and all) – I definitely recommend giving this one a shot!

Till next time booknerds! x

 

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