The Last of August

The Last of August

by Brittany Cavallaro


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In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes series, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie and Charlotte are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other.

When Charlotte’s beloved Uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062398956
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: Charlotte Holmes Trilogy Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 28,916
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 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 Last of August 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
kebeaz 12 months ago
+I didn't loooove this book. Which made me sad because it proved (yet again) that sophomore slump/second show slump is real. + WHAT I DO LOVE is the scenery!!! Berlin!! Berlin ist meine Liebling! Es ist kuhl und spaß und die Kunst is so schön!* Prague!! Is also so great! I love it a lot and these are two of my favorite European cities and I love them and I loved reading about stories in them! +I was very hesitant to like August Moriarty (because of history and all); I'm glad that I liked him but didn't love him, because of, know. Even if I don't love him, I understand his importance to Holmes, which is really all I need. + I feel a strange kinship with Watson. The way that he files the world is quite close to I do, and I love to read it
Anonymous 12 months ago
The thrilling second installment to the amazing series that is Charlotte Holmes! I love seeing more depth growth to the characters this time around, and it doesn't hurt that it contains all of my favorite things within a book. Undercover disguises,? Check. Gallivanting around Europe? Check. An ending that will leave you silently sitting on the floor with tears streaming down your face, questioning everything you once thought you knew? DOUBLE CHECK.
embylandbooks 12 months ago
I love this book (and granted the third as well) just as much as the first one. The Last of August finally introduces the long-awaited August Moriarty and the dramatic aspect of the book really picks up. I love Jamie's jealousy in this book and I think that he develops a lot more as a character by showing such fierce loyalty towards Charlotte. This continuation sees more mystery and more importantly the teenage drama that inevitably comes with writing a book in this genre. I think it may take away a bit from the overall mystery and adventure aspect of the book but is helpful in the long run when continuing on to book three.
AJ1545 12 months ago
I liked the plot and relationship between the characters better in the first book. however, this book was still extremely entertaining and I definitely enjoyed it. Jamie is so precious, and we need to protect him at all costs.
Sam_Miller More than 1 year ago
My excitement about this series continues. I devoured this book in a day! Cavallaro continues to tackle tough issues and intricate familial/platonic/romantic relationships while artfully crafting a love letter to Sherlock Holmes. I will say that I missed the boarding school aspect in this book - it was a lovely closed setting that gave Cavallaro an excellent opportunity to build character relationships and dynamics. I very much miss the chemistry closet. Still, I understand the move into the wider world. Jamie and Charlotte are well-established - they have bigger fish to fry now. I also confess that it was nice to see Watson and Holmes back in England for however brief a time. A highlight of this book for me was the weird friendship? camaraderie? relationship? that sprung up between Jamie and August. It was refreshing to see what could have been a very typical love triangle turn into something more meaningful and intimate for all three of the participants. The tension was there, but it wasn't necessarily about who gets the girl - and it's definitely not about who's going to protect her. (To be honest, I think both those boys need to be protected FROM Charlotte sometimes!). (Crossposted from Goodreads)
PaperReader More than 1 year ago
“It seemed like a good idea at the time.” “That’ll be written on a few tombstones before this is over,” I had no clue a sequel could be this amazing and work so well with the first book! I know I mentioned this in my other review, but the covers are gorgeous! First off, how could someone leave a book on such a cliffhanger like that?! This book had so much going on within the pages, and at times it did feel a little much, but overall it worked well. Charlotte and Jamie's relationship in this book did seem to falter a little bit and that really broke my heart, it just makes me a lot happier when they get along. The love triangle also didn't seem to help with the relationships in this book. It's a nice change to see a character like Charlotte dealing with everything she's going through and not just stopping everything to sulk. August was such a strange character and I didn't really like him, especially after a few things were revealed in the book. Overall, this book really broke my heart and I cannot wait to have the next book do it all over again.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Last of August, but I just wasn’t as attached to the characters as I was in the first book, A Study in Charlotte. This book picks up right where the first book left off. Jamie and Charlotte are in England for the Christmas holiday. They spend most of their time with Charlotte’s family, and the mystery in this book centers around Charlotte’s Uncle Leander, who’s gone missing. Watson and Holmes travel to Berlin and Prague, getting wrapped up in the illegal art auction scheme. The plot in this book was a lot more complicated, but I didn’t find it as interesting. Also, Charlotte doesn’t let Jamie into her work as much as she did in the first book, and I missed having Jamie report on her deductions and incredible intellect. Overall, Charlotte just seemed less Holmes-ish, which disappointed me. I still enjoyed being inside Jamie’s head, and there was even one section told from Charlotte’s point of view, which was kind of interesting. I just didn’t love this book like I did the first. I will still read the next book of course. I think sometimes 2nd books are hard, so I won’t judge this one too harshly. It’s still worth reading if you’re invested in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cavallaro is still highly inventive here, but the plotting requires our heroes to overlook too much of what's going on backstage. The climax is purest emotional cliffhanger, and (in this reader's view) not remotely accidental no matter what the relevant character says.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are spending the holidays together in England at Charlotte’s family estate when her mother is poisoned and her uncle Leander goes missing. Assuming the Moriarty’s are behind it, they head off to Berlin, where Milo’s company is based and Leander was undercover investigating an art theft ring. While investigating in Berlin things begin to unravel between them. This novel, like the last one, is told from Jamie’s perspective. Because of this, we hear his thoughts on his romantic feelings for Charlotte, and his whimpers when she treats him poorly. He did a great job of playing the female teen to Charlotte’s unfeeling male. There was a lot of humor in his grumblings, but I’ll admit to getting a little tired of his whining. At times they are separated while investigating, and it’s nice to see that he isn’t quite as helpless as he portrays himself to be, although he is no Holmes. August Moriarty enters the picture once they arrive in Berlin. He works as an analyst for Milo, and becomes their guide on Leander’s haunts. Although it doesn’t really seem as if he’s needed other than to throw a wrench into Jamie’s emotions, it is interesting to see the dynamic played out between he and Charlotte. Once you got past all the muck in their relationship I was able to really enjoy the mystery. I was completely fooled by the whodunit and joined Jamie as an emotional wreck at the end of the story. I can’t even imagine how the next novel will play out, and can’t wait to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, complex characters, unexpected twists and turns...and the cliffhanger! Book 2 of this trilogy is a must read. Can't wait for book 3!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I wasn't in love with the first book, but I was intrigued and that's what got me to request this sequel. Right off the bat, I was confused. There's a lot of people mentioned: all sorts of Holmes, Watson, and Moriarty family members and I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. And then the plot line...take all of those random family members, add an art forgery set up, several party scenes with quirky Europeans and shake. Repeat 3-4 times and serve with an ending that I'm still scratching my head at. The only thing that kept me reading {and I literally jumped from 40% to 75% because I was losing interest} was that I ship Jamie and Charlotte. Or I want to. They're just sort of toxic and I feel bad for him at the same time that I'm rooting for him to get what he wants. I wish I could see the spark everyone else does. Obviously people will love it {and already do judging by the high reviews already up}, but this one wasn't for me. I doubt I'll read the next one, if there is one. **Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**
Myndia More than 1 year ago
Last month, I read A Study in Charlotte, the first in this series, and I rather enjoyed it. To be fair, I haven’t read any Sherlock Holmes stories (gasp!), nor have I sunk deep into anything Sherlockian (movies, fanfic, tv, etc.), so my connection to that story took a little longer to build. And, as is often the case in a first in series, a lot of the book is about getting to know the characters, background stories, etc., followed by plot, which was really secondary for me. The pace was slower, but it was a good read. All that said, with the foundation set in A Study in Charlotte, we could jump right into the thick of it with this second installment in the trilogy. The plot was much more complex, the mood and tone much darker, and the overall story was more intense. In fact, the plot was so complicated that at times I had a difficult time keeping track. There is certainly no way I would have guessed the conclusion. Also, my feelings about Charlotte are more muddled than ever. Initially, I felt she was just eccentric, a child of a rather strange and difficult upbringing who had recently suffered a tragedy that isn’t easy to overcome, particularly for someone who shields themselves from any real emotion or human connection. However, this book puts her in a different light, and at the end, I was fighting a strong compulsion to dislike her entirely. My distaste for her was compounded by my increasing like of Jamie, who is really a decent boy caught up in a dangerous adventure, all because he can’t let her go. I imagine this is exactly how I’m supposed to feel at the end of this book. A perfect lead in to the next and final book. Here’s hoping it’s out sooner rather than later. I’m desperate to iron out my feelings about Charlotte and to see if the Holmes family can find a way to break from the past of their ancestors. If you’ve read A Study in Charlotte, even if you felt a little unsure of it, you must read The Last of August. It’s so, so much better and I’m certain once you read it, you’ll have no choice but to finish the series when the final installment comes out. Note: I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly well written book. The characters are extremely well developed and the plot is just incredible. I was not bored at all while reading it. Excellent!
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book. And I guess it says a great deal about how much I LOVE this book and this series that I had already read it 5 times before its release date. I can’t pretend to be anything like objective when it comes to Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes. I love their relationship, with all its complications and twists and turns. I love how every character in this book is painted in vivid color. I love the voices of the characters – oh, man, the voices – Jamie’s wry, smart, adrenaline-fueled narration, and the fact that we get several chapters of Charlotte’s cool, precise voice at the helm (because Jamie is basically unconscious for that period, naturally). I want these books to be blankets, so I can build myself a fort out of them and never emerge.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” “That’ll be written on a few tombstones before this is over,” This was a YA mystery story featuring a missing uncle and some art forgeries. Watson (Jamie) and Holmes (Charlotte) were okay characters. Charlotte did come across as slightly crazy at times though, and also seemed to have problems expressing her feelings. The storyline in this was about a missing uncle and some art forgeries, and we also had Charlotte’s mother being poisoned. I did get a little lost as the story went along though, and was quite confused by the end. I think I may have to re-read this one at some point to see if it makes more sense the second time around. 6 out of 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first one on vacation and was intrigued enough to purchase the second. I'm halfway through now and it's just about torture trying to finish it. Like the previous reviewer noted there's too much teenage angst for me to enjoy this properly. Feels like I'm reading Twilight/Sherlock Holmes fan fiction where Watson is Bella and Holmes is Edward and they barely solve mysteries. Won't be buying the third, that's for sure!