About the Book
What is a Holmes story without drugs, murder, and a Watson constantly questioning whether he is of any use to the case anyway? Luckily, these ingredients are very present in the new A study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. The book, the first in a trilogy, follows the teenage descendants of the famous duo, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Both have been sent of to a boarding school in the United States when a mischievous and sexist boy is killed. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson find themselves as the main suspects and it is clear that someone is trying to frame them. The two must work to solve the murder all while dealing with the police who do not want and will not accept their help. Time is running out and more people will die if they do not solve the mystery soon.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for any Sherlock story, from Doyle, to Miss Sherlock, I pride myself in being obsessed with the adventures of Holmes and his trusty companion, Watson. So it is no wonder I picked this book and it is even less of a shock that I loved it. I give it a 4/5 stars overall. The build-up happens pretty well and I love the tension between Watson and Holmes who only met recently but now find themselves spending a lot of time together tying not just to solve a murder, but to keep themselves out of jail and out of jail as well. Cavallaro manages to properly express a female perspective to being a super-genius crime fighter with a lack proper emotional and social skills. The book explores its own mysteries and its own problems, borrowing just enough from Conan Doyle’s ideas but build’s its own mystery, its own characters and its own intrigue. Charlotte is the ultimate super-detective and plays with costumes and even characters with such intelligence and ease that she confuses even me. As usual, where there is mischief, a Holmes and a Watson, expect a Moriarty to Overall, this is a great mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Read it.