Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 336 Pages
The first book in a witty, suspenseful new trilogy about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. This clever page-turner will appeal to fans of Maureen Johnson and Ally Carter.
Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.
But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
I LOVE mystery novels. Love them. And there’s no better mystery story than Sherlock Holmes. This was a fun read for me because it plays off the original series, but puts it into a teenage/modern setting. The awesome thing is the personas of the characters stay in tact. Charlotte is a perfect descendant of Sherlock Holmes, and Jamie makes her perfect John Watson. The characters were also fresh- they’re obviously unique, but the balance is fantastic.
The story is charming and nostalgic, but even more than that it had a fun plot and pretty great conflict. The mystery is developed nicely, and the way the author teams the two of them together works well to offset any cheesy correlation to the old Holmes/Watson duo. It advances as the book goes on, and it becomes quite complex and fun. I can tell it was well planned and well researched. I’m excited this is a two-part series. I can’t wait for book two to come out!