The Case for Jamie

The Case for Jamie

by Brittany Cavallaro


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The hotly anticipated and explosive third book in the New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes series.

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062398987
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Charlotte Holmes Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 52,938
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
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,, or on Twitter @skippingstones.

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The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes Trilogy Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kebeaz More than 1 year ago
+I loved this book more than the first book (!), and far far more than the second. +Throughout the series, everyone has acted their age, that's not an issue. What is an issue (not really) is that the main characters are teenagers and they act like it and I want to simultaneously scream and hug them. Not only are the characters trying to be better (act better, think better, know better) but they're succeeding. Ugh I love them. +OK BOOK WITH ACTUAL PTSD While this book isn't fantasy, it has a bit of that vibe to it, with the whole "our grandparents decide our fate" stuff. And what these kids have gone through would hardcore give someone PTSD! And it is acknowledged. +The entire James and Leander thing is honestly going to break me. I feel everything about it. (CAN WE TALK ABOUT PAGE 218????) +I'm going to wax poetic for a bit here about friendship and how well it's portrayed in this series for a bit so if you don't care, skip to the next section. In this book, there were some important conversations about friendship versus romantic relationship. How your favorite person may not be your significant other. This is really awesome and important and friendship is the best thing. In my humble opinion, friendship is the goal in your desired relationships. Romance is some added element to relationships. That's cool and good and all but guys, friendship. So yeah I see where everyone is coming from in these books. The whole parabatai thing in Cassandra Clare's works really gets me feeling things too for the same reason. She makes the point that parabatai bonds are valued over literally every other bond (which she devalues in TDA but, off topic). But I agree wholeheartedly with prioritizing your oh idk platonic soulmates over everyone and everything else. + Jamie #struggling for like, 100% of this book and everyone is tossing shade at him, poor boy. + I hit a point in the book where I knew, knew, that the rest of the book was going to break me. That page was 218 and I was right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALL THE YES for Charlotte's point of view! The way her mind sees people and things is simultaneously exactly what I was expecting, and not at all what I was expecting. Especially in the way she thinks about Jamie with a level of softness we don't normally get to see with her. I also loved seeing Jamie grapple with forgiving Charlotte and not letting go of the past, but acknowledging it and growing from it. (Charlotte as well). Overall amazing read and I cannot wait for the next one!
embylandbooks More than 1 year ago
I am so happy we finally get to see Charlotte's POV!! As much as I absolutely adore Jamie and his (usually raw and intense) inner monologue, it was a refreshing twist starting out the third book with something a little different. The Case For Jamie is different altogether from the first two books but in the best way. Charlotte is on the run and Jamie is trying to figure things out for himself. Every book makes me fall deeper for these characters as people and also for the relationship that they have with each other. Brittany Cavallaro does an amazing job creating 3-dimensional characters that truly suck you in and hold on for dear life throughout the whole series. I am over the moon that there is now going to be a book 4!
AJ1545 More than 1 year ago
this series is so addictive. I honestly don't even know what else to say. the audiobooks are great too. I think this is my favorite in the series so far, and I'm so excited that I read this so close to the release of the last book so I don't have to wait for it.
Sam_Miller More than 1 year ago
This book. Wow. Just wow. I picked up this book, prepared for it to be my goodbye to Jamie and Charlotte. Toward the end, I really thought I'd have to - the climactic scene had me on the edge of my seat, nails bitten down to nubs, and my heart torn in two because Cavallaro had expertly placed Charlotte (and me!) in the most difficult position with a decision to make. I set the book down for a good hour, just staring at the cover, because I was not ready to be done with this series. Luckily, I don't have to be! I was forever grateful upon finishing this book to learn that there would be a fourth! Cavallaro shows off her expert plotting and perspective in The Case for Jamie. This is what Holmes fans have been waiting for - the moment where Watson takes the lead. This book took a darker turn than the previous installments (especially compared to A Study in Charlotte!), but I don't mind. It is a credit to Cavallaro's skill that she is able to slowly steep her readers into a frank depiction of what being a Holmesian detective - or a Watsonian sidekick - actually means. The danger is always present; the skills can be a burden; the past does not disappear and in fact can actually be traumatizing. All in all, I both eagerly await and dread the final book - I'm definitely not ready to say goodbye this time! (Crossposted from Goodreads)
PaperReader More than 1 year ago
“Reading took me away from myself, so I tried to be reading all the time.” I think this might be the best book out of the series. As much as I wanted Charlotte and Jamie together more in this book, it worked so perfectly and the double POV was a nice change. The beginning of the book was a little slow at some times, but it was definitely worth it to when Charlotte and Jamie were finally reunited. Their friendship just evolved perfectly into a relationship, I don't know how the author did it, but as soon as they were in a 'relationship', I just wanted it to continue so badly! The emails were probably the highlight of the book, their cute little notes to one another made me grinning like a fool. This is an amazing mystery series! I love this series with all my heart and I was so happy to hear there's another book in the series!
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
It has been a year since August Moriarty’s death and it has also been a year since Jamie and Charlotte have seen each other. Jamie is back at boarding school where he is hanging out with the same group of friends, but has a new girlfriend. When things start to go awry, his dorm room getting broken into, his report for class deleted and he is accused of stealing money he realizes that he may be the victim of a Moriarty trying to plot revenge on Charlotte. Even if he knew where Charlotte was, Jamie is too stubborn and too determined to try his investigative skills on his own. The Case for Jamie was told from two point of view’s. Charlotte is off on her own, struggling to come to grips with Augusts death and also find out what devilish deeds Lucien may be up to. Her POV is a girl on the edge of a nervous breakdown and fascinating to read. Jamie’s point of view is strictly the investigation and his emotional wallowing in Charlotte’s absence. Yes, he has a new girlfriend but she seems to be a placeholder for his best friend Charlotte. I’ll admit that I found Charlotte to be a more fascinating character because of the depths of depravity she has been driven to. Jamie is just the boy next door, although in this novel he shows he has brains to go along with that brawn. I thought the author did a great job weaving the mystery together without giving away the whole plot. I loved the personal twists this novel took with Jamie’s life. Those twists were life changing for Jamie and really made him evaluate what was important to him. He really grew up a lot in this novel. Some readers may not love the ending to this book but I loved how Ms. Cavallaro created a mystery around Jamie and Charlotte’s relationship leaving the reader wanting more, more, more!
sofiac More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to reading the last book of the Holmes series since the day I finished the first one. Thankfully, this book, ‘The Case for Jaime’ did not disappoint. At first, I was nervous and upset about the fact that Jaime and Charlotte were separated and living separate lives, but the fact that the narration switched between Jaime and Charlotte every few chapters was wonderful. It made the book suspenseful and showed how intertwined Jaime and Charlotte’s lives were even when they weren’t talking to each other. It was a nice change from the previous ‘A Study in Charlotte’ and ‘The Last of August’ which were both told only by Jaime. I found the element of mystery and suspense in this book to be even more enjoyable than in the two books before. The mystery was still multifaceted and complicated, but didn’t go so far as to be confusing like it was in ‘The Last of August’. My favorite thing about the mystery in this book and the others in the series was how seemingly inconsequential plot details ended up having a bigger role than they seemed at first. Many young adult mystery books are predictable and the ‘mystery’ in them is easy to solve within the first few chapters- most definitely not the case with this book and the two that came before it. I am so thankful for the fact that Cavallaro is able to incorporate elements of the original Holmes and Watson without trying too hard and coming across as cheesy and unoriginal, as other Holmes retellings or spinoffs do. I appreciate that Charlotte and Jaime share some of the same qualities as Watson and Holmes but also are very unique characters with their own traits, quirks, and flaws. All of Cavallaro’s intricate characters, not just Charlotte and Jaime, are what truly make the Charlotte Holmes series. I was thrilled that in this book Charlotte and Jaime’s old friends from Sherringford held a more prominent place and that I got to know more about them. Overall, ‘The Case for Jaime’ was a thoroughly satisfying, compelling, and enjoyable conclusion to the Charlotte Holmes series. This book, and this series is a perfect fit for anyone who enjoys books with a unique plot, compelling characters and character development, a hint of romance, and a thrilling mystery!
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
Given how much I absolutely adored the first two books in this series, it will come as a surprise to no one that I savored this third installment twice, just basking in its awesomeness, before I could bring myself to review it. I was afraid, in the beginning, that this would be an anxiety-inducing book, because the idea of Jamie and Charlotte being apart was difficult for me. But Cavallaro is such a masterful storyteller that even when they are apart, we see, in chapters alternating Jamie and Charlotte’s points of view, how much they are still entwined in each other’s lives, and how they are being irrevocably drawn back together. And when their paths do collide again, at exactly the right time and place, and in the most Holmes-and-Watson way possible, well, it’s just magic. Jamie and Charlotte occupy an important place in my heart, of course, but Cavallaro made me fall in love with so many other characters too, even when I was resisting like mad. (Especially Elizabeth, the girl Jamie dates when he’s trying to get over Charlotte. There is no earthly way I should like Elizabeth, and yet, she won me over in a few pages.) With gripping action, realistic relationships, and characters that are funny, flawed, and real, this book does not disappoint. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read it again.