Review of A Study in Charlotte By Brittany Cavallaro

By: Gabi Rutherford

Jamie Watson, great-great-great-grandson of Dr. Watson, has studied the Holmes family all of his life. He loved reading the books about his grandfather and Sherlock Holmes, and he always wanted a Sherlock of his own. When Jamie gets sent to a boarding school in America, he meets her: Charlotte Holmes. They don’t get off to a great start; Jamie has idolized her, while Charlotte wants nothing to do with him. However, when a student dies and they are both suspects in the murder, they must come together, like their great-great-great grandfathers before them, and solve the case.

Brittany Cavallaro does a great job of connecting this story to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so that if you haven’t read the original novels, you won’t be lost. Cavallaro has built a deep history and family lineage into this book, which takes it from being a YA mystery novel to something more. Jamie and Charlotte’s friendship is intricate and complicated, which adds to the story as well, and their friendship and understanding of one another grows as the story progresses, helping lead you into the next book in this series.

I really enjoyed this story. I have not read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes before, but I wasn’t completely lost. I loved the mystery and suspense that the novel held, and there were a few moments while reading this novel that I was completely surprised. I went on to read the next book in this series, which is called The Last of August, and I am interested in reading the third book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or likes a good mystery in general.

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