A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Trilogy Series #1)

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Trilogy Series #1)

by Brittany Cavallaro

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ISBN-13: 9780062398901
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: Charlotte Holmes Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 97,098
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old-school Sherlockian. She is the author of the Charlotte Holmes novels as well as the poetry collection Girl-King and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she’s a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in Michigan with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps. Find her at her website, www.brittanycavallaro.com, or on Twitter @skippingstones.

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A Study in Charlotte 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson....follow a story of their great, great, great, great.......whatever grandchildren stuck in a boarding school in Connecticut. Took me a bit to get into the story, but after the first few chapters things started moving right along. I enjoyed the story and will most likely buy the next story and check out the adventures of Charlotte Holmes & Jamie Watson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though some aspects of of the story could've been more fleshed out, I enjoyed reading this book. I absolutely loved reading this short mystery novel even though some might say it's wish fulfillment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a retelling of Sherlock Holmes, except that in this universe both Sherlock Holmes and his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are real, and the storyline follows descendants of Holmes and Watson thrown together seemingly by fate at a prestigious school in Connecticut and then framed for murder. Although Charlotte Holmes is the titular sleuth, the main POV is that of Watson, who besides being recruited for a sport at which he is terrible, finds himself shipped across an ocean in an effort by his mother for him to get to know his estranged father and step family. I saw a book trailer for A Study in Charlotte sometime ago and assumed it was a movie. You can find it here. When I realized it was a novel, I immediately added it to my TBR and eagerly awaited it's release. Not only did the cover speak to me in a decidedly Nancy Drew kind of way, but the characters seemed interesting and I am a person who always loves a good Sherlock Holmes story. The novel was gritty and twisting, and in true Sherlock form, much was left unexplained until the big reveal at the end of the book. Although this frustrated me as I read, it was obvious that Cavallaro was attempting to make it recognizable as the formula of all the Holmes stories. Because a lot of details were saved for the reveal and the story was told form Watson's inexperienced point of view, I had no idea what was going to happen until it did. In this age of technology and surveillance equipment, it seemed odd to me that it took them so long to put all the pieces together, especially when Charlotte had a lot of experience in mystery solving pre-storyline and much of the framework for the case comes from the original Sherlock stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which both Holmes and Watson have read to death. However the turn of events was original enough to be interesting. I was feeling rather meh about the quick wrap-up, I'll be honest. The epilogue, however, provided us with a brief Charlotte POV, which finally had me looking forward to a potential sequel or series and the idea of getting to know Holmes and Watson better as characters as they mature together. I think the storyline could have been a little stronger, but I think the characters will develop themselves further throughout the series, which I believe is going to be a trilogy. This book is definitely on the upper end of YA. It takes all the dark parts of the Holmes family and fits them onto a teenage girl: Depression, unrequited love, alcoholism and drug addiction, sociopathic genius, and ever rising stakes. Add in a rape and a murder and you've got enough material to make Charlotte Holmes a tortured creature. Yet she manages to rise above everything that's happened to her and those around her and focus unwaveringly upon the mystery at hand. Author Brittany Cavallaro had a lot of work to do to rein in a character like that, and I think she did a pretty great job. Curio Street Reads Rating: 3.5 stars www.CurioStreetReads.wordpress.com
Anonymous 3 months ago
loved+the+family+generational+twist
kebeaz 4 months ago
+ note: rape tw + I love love love Charlotte and Jamie’s relationship. They’re so CUTE and FRIENDSHIP is magic askdkljd. They’re nerds and they love each other. Be it romantic or platonic or whatever. It’s love. And it happened extraordinarily fast, but I’m going to chalk it up to stress and heredity. Shhh. + I have come to understand that most male/female friendships will not remain friendships — there will, 98% of the time, be some sort of romantic interaction at some time. And that is the case here. BUT as I’m going to talk about that in my The Case for Jamie review…I’ll just leave that here. + Besides that Watson/Holmes relationship, the best part is definitely that a rapist is dead. And that the author talks about it. About how Charlotte still has problems with people touching her, with being intimate. Thank Brittany for addressing trauma without defining the character by their trauma. + I don’t read a lot of crime novels but I have a soft spot for Sherlockian crime solving. + Everyone is really in character (yes, I know, they’re characters! but) — they act like their BBC counterparts do, and my BFF says that the BBC characters act mostly like the original book characters, which is good enough for me. + Also I would like to state for the record that I called Bryony from pg. 323. Yes, it is I, the new Sherlock Holmes. Originally published on Devour Books
Anonymous 4 months ago
I was out of the book loop for longer than I would like to admit (as in, I live two minutes from the bookstore and haven't been sleeping there) but the Charlotte Holmes series reeled me right back in to the world of reading. I'm obsessed with these books and this YA couple that has such a unique and refreshing relationship. Sherlock and Holmes' best friends-to-lovers-to-still-best-friends-to-lovers- is exactly the kind of romance I love. And the role reversal is a big sell for me. Please give me more emotionally detached female characters, who are dark and mysterious, it's all I ask universe.
embylandbooks 4 months ago
I loved this book before it even came out. I was never able to really devote myself to reading the original Sherlock Holmes because I could never stand the style of the writing. Enter A Study In Charlotte, with modern writing and a modern story. I loved that the author focused so heavily on establishing the friendship between Charlotte and Jamie instead of setting up a romance. That friendship over romance distinction is the forefront of the novel, and as the first book in the series, there is a lot of time spent on the pair getting to know each other while working towards a greater enemy. LOVE LOVE LOVE
AJ1545 5 months ago
I love these characters! the plot was really interesting and very intriguing. the pacing was excellent. this series hooks you right in and it does not let go.
Sam_Miller 5 months ago
2 Show more Review I admit that I was skeptical when I first saw this book on my Amazon Recommendations. Of course, the clever title caught my eye, and I'm a sucker for Sherlock Holmes - but that is exactly why I had my doubts. I am wary of retellings of Holmes that rely on tricks and the sometimes unbearable cleverness. There are only so many ways to make Holmes different. I'm glad to say that my wariness was unfounded. I find Cavallaro's world a fascinating practice in retelling without erasing the importance of the original texts in literature and pop culture. Jamie and Charlotte (and Milo!) serve as delightful homages of their ancestral counterparts, while simultaneously endearing themselves to me by their own right. Jamie's voice captivated me from the beginning of the small excerpt, and I found myself purchasing the book immediately upon finishing the sample. (I then finished it at 3am because I couldn't bring myself to put it down!) Additionally, Cavallaro's handling of Charlotte's drug usage and sexual assault was heartbreaking, earnest, and sympathetic in a way that many other Holmes stories do not quite manage. I respect her work in making these conversations prevalent and important in a YA novel. Finally - and surprisingly - I enjoyed this book so much that I wasn't even disappointed in the (SPOILER) eventual romance. When I started the book, I was enamored with the idea of Holmes and Watson as an ultimate platonic friendship and loathed the idea that they'd get together because they were a girl and a boy. However, as I read, I warmed up to the concept as their relationship evolved organically - especially because not much seemed to change in their dynamics. By the time the Big Kiss happened, the characters felt ready for it, and so was I. This romance was no shoehorned in - I appreciate that greatly. Overall, this book had me in suspense from page one, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to Jamie and Charlotte yet!
PaperReader 5 months ago
“And even so, before I had ever met Charlotte Holmes, I was sure she was the only friend I would make in that miserable place.” I adored everything about this book! Not to mention the cover of this book is to die for! The relationship between Charlotte and Jamie just works so well, the way that they meet and how they start working together. It's nice to just have a friendship in a book that could be something more, but they also work amazingly well as friends. Something that always bothers me in YA mysteries are that they are usually very predictable, but this book's plot twists and turns worked perfectly! Charlotte is a character with so many layers, she's not just a frilly girl at a boarding school, she has actual real life problems and nothing for her is perfect. Jamie just made me smile almost every time he interacted with Charlotte, I mean, what's not to love? Come on, he plays rugby! I don't think any other author could've pulled off such an amazing spin-off of the Sherlock Holmes series as Cavallaro did. The characters are her own, even though it's a retelling of sorts, which takes an amazing amount of talent. Overall, I loved this book and I know I'll love the rest of the series just as much.
alyssayuri More than 1 year ago
For some odd reason, James Watson came back to the US and stay with his dad, but will live in a boarding school. I guess it's not so bad, Charlotte Holmes is in this school too. Having Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes as their ancestors, it's in their blood to be friends, right? My curiosity was piqued because it's a modern-retelling of Sherlock Holmes! I got excited. But it's not one of those books that I have to buy... The classic was hard for me to read so I never got into actually reading it. So I thought that reading this modern-retelling would be great and I would understand the classic. And I thought it was... okay. I didn't really think it was amazing, but I thought it was good. I wasn't a fan of the main characters being related to the duo. And they kept talking about their lineage as if the family members were destined to be partners in crime or something. I thought it was so linear. It kinda stressed me out that in some way, the Holmeses need to be in the detective business, and the Watsons are writers or doctors. Also, I read this as an audiobook, and I didn't appreciate the reader that much. Yes, he was doing voices but I just thought he was kinda lacking in emotion or something, I can't even point it out. On the positive note, I did stick around and most importantly, I thought the mystery and the adventures were great! I didn't get to guess the culprit right. I also like the main characters. They still had a hint of their own selves even though they were heavily influenced by the classic duo. Truthfully, I'm not sure if I'll read the whole series. But actually read it, not listen to it.
Ashton Smith More than 1 year ago
Before I start this review, I just want to give you a heads up and tell you that I felt like my reading experience with this book affected my overall thoughts a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that if I sat down and read this book in one sitting that I would’ve given it 5/5 stars. I just think that since life got in the way of having a little bit more love for this story. SOOOOO with that being said, let’s continue on our bookish review journey! While I haven’t read the original Sherlock Holmes stories (#shame. But they are on my TBR.), I am a HUGE fan of the BBC adaptation with Benedict Cumberbatch. When I heard that a YA novel adaptation was out in the world, I was so excited to read it. Usually, I’m not much of a mystery/thriller kind of person, but towards the end of the summer, I decided I needed to mix up my reading a little. August 16th seemed like the perfect time to start. The first couple chapters were okay. Nothing special, but they had my interest. Then I looked up, and I’d gone almost two weeks without reading (#moreshame). I remembered enough to keep reading, but this was where my reading experience probably detracted from my enjoyment. But what do I know? I didn’t get to read it under normal terms to compare. Even though I didn’t love this book, there was still quite a bit that I enjoyed: 1. Cavallaro took witty banter to a whole new level. Charlotte and Jamie had me laughing out loud. 2. The book wasn’t based on a specific story but incorporated a few different cases into the retelling. It allowed the book to become its own story. 3. Jamie’s narration is fantastic. He reminds me a little bit of Martin Freeman’s character in Sherlock. Unfortunately, the few things that I enjoyed in this story did not outweigh what I didn’t like: 1. The retelling started out with a great idea, but the more I read, the less original it felt. I think the author was so intent on making it like Sherlock and other adaptations, it became too much of a copy. 2. It never felt like Charlotte and Jamie got to create their own identity in their world. Even though they are the descendants of Holmes and Watson, I think their characters could’ve differed from the source material and from the TV show. 3. Overall, the story and it’s references to the original felt forced. It just didn’t feel natural. I wish I got to experience this book differently, but maybe it just wasn’t for me. I can say that I won’t be continuing on with this series in the future, though.
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KateUnger More than 1 year ago
A Study in Charlotte is the first in the Charlotte Holmes series. Brittany Cavallaro puts an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters by imagining what their descendants would be like. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson meet at boarding school in Connecticut. Holmes has been solving crimes since she was a young child, and Watson is a typical teenage boy. When a fellow student turns up dead, the pair strike up a fated friendship and set to solving the case. I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have watched the BBC show Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. movies, so I am familiar with the characters. I really enjoyed this reimagining of the classic characters. The murders in this book seem to be copycats of the murders in the Sherlock Holmes books, so that added an extra element to the plot. The gender swap was fun. Charlotte is as aloof and unemotional as her great-great-great grandfather and Watson is devoted to her, just as he ancestor was to Sherlock. The book is written from Jamie’s point of view. I don’t read many books narrated by male characters, so that was interesting. His narration includes a lot of emotional turmoil, sarcasm, and other humor. The audio book was very well done. I was very excited that the second book was already out when I read this one, so I could immediately get more of these characters. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-a-study-in-charlotte-by-brittany-cavallaro/
debrak521 More than 1 year ago
The great-great-great grandchildren of Holmes & Watson meet in boarding school. After a couple of deaths at the school they have to prove their innocence by solving the crime. And they do it all with a snarky sense of humor, so what's not to like?
pineappletop92 More than 1 year ago
Within the first few pages I was hooked and I wasn't even sure how. Despite the long paragraphs and waxing poetic of Jamie Watson's narrative, it was captivating and mesmerizing in its details and story, as well as the way he captured the essence of the other characters he encountered, as seen through his eyes. The burst of life from said characters snagged my attention from the get-go, with the dynamic between Watson and Holmes being perfectly both like and unlike that of their ancestors, full of ups and downs and imperfections but at the end of the day still each other’s best friend. It's been over a decade (oh my god really?) since I last read any of the Sherlock Holmes' adventures, and while this had me nostalgic for it, it was by far so completely its own story that I did not find myself making too many comparisons, which I loved. The plot was intriguing and had me constantly guessing as I tried to solve the puzzle with the two, and the pace of it was spectacular. Brittany Cavallaro has brought the Watson-Holmes dynamic into a new, modern light in a creative spin on the idea of ‘retelling’ a known story, with characters that feel alive and a plot that had me unable to put it down. I could not stop thinking about Jamie and Charlotte and their relationship with one another, and every hidden mystery that there was to be found and still to learn. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! Lovably flawed main characters, improbable conclusions, and the promise of more to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! Lovably flawed main characters, improbable conclusions, and the promise of more to come.
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Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this cover and synopsis, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be reading this book. First of all, the cover is adorable! Secondly, it takes place in Connecticut! I rarely find books that take place in my home state, so when I do I HAVE to read them. Add in the Sherlock retelling aspects and the the boarding school setting and it was a no-brainer. I'm happy to say that overall I really enjoyed this one! Admittedly, I had a few issues with it... but let's discuss the positives first. I haven't read (or watched) Sherlock, so really I have the bare minimum information that we all have, but none of the specifics. So I can't completely comment on how accurate of a retelling this is. However, I did thoroughly enjoy the Sherlock aspects! And I liked that the genders were reversed in this book. Major points for that!! I also really enjoyed the mystery. I had no idea how this story was going to turn out, and was really pretty shocked once I reached the end. So yes, more major points for that! Now, the few things that kind of irked me. First, the pacing was a tad slow in parts. Not majorly slow where I wanted to put it down, but just slow enough that I was a bit bored and waiting for things to pick back up. I also was a little confused about the timing of the story and the characters being descendants of Sherlock and Watson. The story was stated as being written by Doyle, yet Sherlock and Watson were real people and not fictional characters. This was never addressed, unless I missed it, so I really was a tad lost on that aspect of the story. And lastly, my biggest issue, which is totally a "it's not you, it's me" type of issue. But it's a huge pet peeve of mine when characters have issues, the issues are addressed, yet nothing is ever done in regard to those issues. In this case, Charlotte had a drug problem. It was addressed so that we all knew it was there, yet there were never steps taken to help her resolve this problem. It was just kind of expected that since her ancestors had drug issues, she was bound to also. This bothered me quite a bit. I don't mind when characters are flawed and have their own personal baggage. Let's face it... we all do. But to have the others basically turn their other cheek because it "ran in her family" kind of bothered me. Yes, drug abuse can be genetic, but at least try to help this girl out. Just a little. Please. Overall, this was a very fun mystery that kept me guessing til the end. I just recently noticed that this is actually the first book in a series, which I didn't know before, so I'm eager to see where the next book will take us. (Thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for the review copy!)
Gr8rach More than 1 year ago
Although this book isn't one I'd usually pick up since I'm not an avid reader of mystery novels, the synopsis was too alluring to pass up and I quickly became obsessed with the premise of this novel. I've always had fond memories of Sherlock Holmes. When I was younger I used to watch old black-and-white tv series episodes with my father. I'd feebly attempt to solve the mystery and delight in the fact that I was never right. The eccentricity and pure brilliance of Holmes along with the intricacies of the crimes, the Watson companionship, and the revealing ends left a charmed imprint of Sherlock on my childhood. Throughout this novel, Brittany spreads her love and knowledge of Sherlock Holmes to readers in such a fresh way. I love the idea of Holmes and Watson being real and their descendants solving crimes together. This book balances the line between paying homage to Holmes and also being fresh and original. I especially admired the book's ties to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and was wildly impressed by how fluid and natural the connections were between Holmes stories and A Study in Charlotte. It's so creative and fun to see how one of the most famous fictional-sleuthing duos is re-imagined as reality. Given how authentic the connections are between this book and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, it's no surprise that the characterization was perfect. Charlotte mirrors Holmes' quirks and addictions. Her speech and actions are uncannily similar to him, yet she's still her own person. Her insecurities, troubles, and motives are where she really diverges from Holmes, and I'm glad Charlotte wasn't portrayed as a carbon copy of him. Her perceptiveness and reasoning skills are riveting. Her character is so fascinating, and I'm glad this story is told from Watson's point of view which makes her even more mysterious and a better study. Oh my dear Watson! I love Jamie. He's likable and funny and the perfect person to temper Charlotte. I love the evolving relationship between Charlotte and Jamie as we see them learn to trust each other and become so much more. I ship it! That is all I shall say on the matter. The dynamic between Charlotte and Jamie manages to keep up with the golden interactions between Holmes and Watson. The interactions are hilarious and awkward and as strange as you'd expect. Someone is framing Charlotte and Jamie for the death of a student at school in a sick imitation of Holmes' most famous mysteries. As more and more suspicious activities arise, the two team up and attempt to clear their names. I loved how this mystery developed and heightened throughout the book. There are so many twists and turns in the plot, you have no idea who you can trust! The complexity and attention to detail in the plotting of the crimes are creepy yet artfully done. The plotting is pure genius and meticulously planned. I'm in awe of the sheer scope and connections and threads scattered throughout this novel that manage to seamlessly come together at the end. Brittany's writing is stellar and completely absorbing. Her wit and humor shine through in this novel as does her talent for writing. A Study in Charlotte ends fairly resolved, and there are two more books in the series to come! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to see where the newest Holmes and Watson take us next. A Study in Charlotte brings a thrilling plot, spot-on characterization, whip-smart writing, and a puzzling mystery that will keep you guessing until the ve
PrincessicaOfBooks More than 1 year ago
A Guide to Knowing A Book Develop a first impression. ASIC has an absolutely gorgeous cover. As I mentioned in my introduction, I am not a huge Sherlock fan, nor mystery so I did have my doubts about this one. However, there was some hype that went around so I felt I had to pick it up. And oh my goodness, I'm incredibly happy I gave it a chance. In fact, it's on my top ten list of books I read out of my comfort zone. Dissect the characters. I LOVE the characters! Charlotte is so witty, sarcastic, cunning, and deduces people so easily. Obviously, she is my type of gal. She's straight to the point which makes me laugh when you think about her in opposition to Jamie, who is a sweet Romantic. Inevitably, Jamie and Charlotte make the perfect pair and balance each other out. Both are dynamic characters and they are more than their great-great-great-great grandparents (See "Notice the little things" later in this review). Read with an open and pure mind. One thing I liked a lot was that I didn't need to know about Sherlock nor do I have to be a huge fan. Although this is a Sherlock retelling, it's not necessary to know background information on the franchise, except the basics: Sherlock is an investigator, Watson is his partner. In fact, I actually learned more about Sherlock as I read this. Maybe if I was a bigger fan or knew more about Sherlock before diving into ASIC I would've critiqued it harder. But I don't, so I feel that Cavallaro's take on Sherlock is superb and original. I said "That's so cool!!!!" or at least a variation of it when I read ASIC too many times to count. Notice the little things. As I previously mentioned, the characters are incredibly dynamic, especially Charlotte. They aren't their surface characters, if that makes sense. They are these little things about each of them that, together, make the story 100% better. This isn't much of a SPOILER but Charlotte has a drug problem. It was a bit out of the blue and it made the story darker and more real. And Jamie. Oh, my Jamie, my love. He cares so much for her and though that love isn't reciprocated 100% of the time but when it is, it's beautiful and means so much more. But back to Charlotte. Her drug problem coupled with Jamie's intense care made me tear up. Tears of sadness when she went down the hole and tears of joy when she got back up. I need more characters like her. END SPOILER (kinda? Was it even a spoiler?) Know the style. The writing style was absolutely amazing! For one thing, it read as movie. And when books read that smooth, I will almost always give it a four or five star. Weird thing but I read it all in a British accent. I also did the thing where you assign real-life celebrities for each character and I gotta tell ya, doing both really enhances the whole reading experience. Cavallaro is really good at separating each character. Though Jamie is a Romantic, when it was told in his perspective, it showed his personality. I'd like to note: this is not multi POV. At the end though, Charlotte does this mini epilogue on Jamie's journal and it's so cute and made me laugh! By reading in Jamie's POV and then Charlotte's for the last two or three pages, you really get a deeper view into each character respectively. Look at it as a whole. Overall, I enjoyed A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE a lot. It is one of those ARCs that you preorder even though you already read it, because you love it that much. It was fun, put me through the entire spectrum of emotions, and I ca
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brittany Cavallaro's debut, A Study in Charlotte, is simply divine. On the one hand, it's a crackling, modern homage to the Sherlock Holmes oeuvre, with intelligent, wise-cracking teens taking the place of snobbish Holmes and erstwhile Watson. Cavallaro is fully in command of the mystery/detective genre and nimbly tucks those tropes amongst teen fiction tropes: this is also a pretty neat prep-school drama. But what really sold me was, well, you guessed it: Holmes and Watson. Because if your two leads aren't beautiful, tragic, wounded, and too smart for their own good, where's the fun? And: there's a lot of fun. But there's also a hard-hitting commentary on what it's like to be a young woman in a world that's threatened by your intelligence.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"I'd prefer to think," Holmes said, cutting me off, "that we aren't all so mercilessly bound to our pasts." James Watson dislikes rugby almost as much as he dislikes being sent to the Sherringford boarding school in Connecticut (a mere hour from his estranged father) on a rugby scholarship. The prospect of finally being able to meet Charlotte Holmes is the one bright spot in is trans-Atlantic exile. After years of imagining what meeting Charlotte might be like and how they might become friends, James finds himself face-to-face with the unlikely and insufferable girl. He also finds himself beside her at the top of the list of suspects for the murder of a fellow Sherringford student. Armed with little but deductive reasoning on Charlotte's part and a sharp temper on James', the two follow in the steps of their great-great-great grandfathers' working together to solve the case. Even with solving mysteries in their blood, Charlotte and James will have to learn how to work together and trust each other before they can close their first case in A Study in Charlotte (2016) by Brittany Cavallaro. A Study in Charlotte is the start of a new series and Cavallaro's first YA novel. A Study in Charlotte starts with an interesting premise: What if Holmes and Watson were real people? Instead of writing the stories himself, Arthur Conan Doyle was Watson's literary agent. All of the familiar pieces are still there with the additional baggage of family legacies and descendants. While Cavallaro does some interesting things to update her source material the novel remains, despite Charlotte's hopes to the contrary, bound irrevocably to the past. A Study in Charlotte reads as more of a light retelling than any kind of new spin on this familiar duo. A Study in Charlotte is a charming introduction to the world and wonders of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson but readers more familiar with the original stories (and numerous film adaptations) may well be left wanting more from this tale that stays in familiar territory more often than not. Possible Pairings: Loop by Karen Akins, Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel, The Body in the Woods by April Henry, Every Breath by Ellie Marney, Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty, I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan, Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt, Never Never by Brianna Shrum, The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams
LW_TYF More than 1 year ago
I’ve only become a real fan of the Sherlock Holmes universe in the past few months. Needless to say, when I heard about Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study In Charlotte, I was beyond excited to read her modern interpretation: A Study in Charlotte features a Holmes and a Watson, but not the ones that Sherlock fans are used to. Instead, we get to learn about Charlotte Holmes and James Watson, both descended from the original Sherlock and Watson respectively. Cavallaro balances her desire to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes with the necessities that come with adapting such a well-known story. In the case of A Study in Charlotte, the story is told through Jamie’s point-of-view. In a nice change of pace, Holmes is (obviously) female, and that brings a new and intriguing relationship between Watson and Holmes. The fact that their relationship starts with the murder of their classmate certainly puts them in a strange place, and luckily for the reader, one that leads to plenty of opportunities for adventure. There is a lot of reference to the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, from the murder(s) being based off of Sherlock Holmes stories to Holmes’s quirks (yes, the violin is definitely present. Along with some more potent items). Brittany Cavallaro herself has said that there are many Sherlock easter eggs hidden throughout the novel. So, really, you’re getting two mysteries in one, since Sherlock fans will be reading closely for every hidden detail! A Study in Charlotte will keep you on your toes from the first page to the last. Cavallaro writes a heart-pounding mystery with twists that you definitely won’t see coming. It’s both reminiscent of Arthur Conan Doyle and a fresh and original take on the relationships Holmes and Watson have with their enemies. I definitely recommend checking it out if you like mysteries or you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan. I'm glad this is a start to a trilogy because I'm definitely looking forward to more Charlotte and Jamie.