Hey everyone! Today I’m going to talk about the masterpiece that is A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I had got this out of the library, and I totally forgot about it until I realized I only had five days left to read it. And someone had put it on hold, so I couldn’t renew it. So I was stressing out, and I calculated exactly how many pages I’d have to read in order to give it back to the library on the right day. And I did it! Woohoo, yay me!
Now that that whole rant is over, let’s get on with the review!
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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. – Goodreads
This book was so good. I mean, ridiculously good. I didn’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it exceeded every expectation I had. This book is a Sherlock Holmes retelling, following the great-great-great-grandchildren of the original Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I’d never read a Sherlock Holmes retelling before, so I’m glad this was the first one I read.
Let’s start the list of things great about this book with the characters. Jamie Watson was such a great protagonist, he was so similar to John Watson in Sherlock. Warning: The only Sherlock Holmes thing I’ve ever watched is Sherlock, so that is what I’ll be comparing this book to. Charlotte Holmes was also a great character. I love how at the end she writes the epilogue and basically says to the reader that she is her own person, not her ancestor. In a way, they both do that, make themselves their own person, which I appreciate. I also think Jamie and Charlotte’s friendship was to die for. It was maybe the best portrayal of friendship between a girl and a boy than I’ve read in a very long time. It was just great to see them running around having fun and bantering with each other, but also caring so much about each other at the same time. And even though I think there’s going to be a romance between them, which I’m not at all for, I still love them both. The only thing that I think Brittany Cavallaro could’ve talked about more was Charlotte’s sexual assault, but that might be talked about more in the next books.
Now, about the mystery. I did not expect the murderer to be THAT person. They were the last person I’d have thought to be the murderer. So that’s a good thing, since I didn’t figure it out. I hope that continues with the rest of the books in the series, since I’m for sure continuing on with the series.
I think this is one of those books that I’ll reread when I’m feeling down or am in a reading slump, since it was a really nice cozy mystery that I know will be easy to fall back into.
Overall, this book was probably one of the best detective novels I’ve ever read, and it’s made me really want to rewatch Sherlock. Brb while I binge the whole series now. I recommend everyone reads this book and loves it as much as I do. I know you’ll like it; it’s too good not to like.
Well, that is it for my review of A Study In Charlotte! I really hope you enjoyed it and remember to tell me in the comments if you’ve read this book, and whether you liked it or not. I hope you have a great day and I’ll see you soon. Bye!