Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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. (Summary from Goodreads)

Have I mentioned before that I love mystery stories? Yes, I believe I have. Well, this is a great one, such a fun twist on the Sherlock Holmes stories. A female Holmes, Charlotte retains much of her ancestor's positive and negative attributes. And Jamie Watson, her male counterpart, plays a lovely companion, slightly obsessed, but he can't really pinpoint why. He knows Charlotte isn't good for him, but he seems to feel a responsibility for her because perhaps he is good for her.  

There is some more mature material here, sexual assault and drug/alcohol abuse. And the mysteries they solve are a little simpler than I'd prefer, fairly predictable for someone who has read/watched way too many detective stories, but still enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading the sequels and finding out where Charlotte and Jamie's partnership takes them in the future.

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