A Study in Charlotte (Review)

A Study in Charlotte (Review)
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Title: A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)

Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published Date: 1st March 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*
Synopsis: The last thing
sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John
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
enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not
just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden
vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as
he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between
them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight
from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become
the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the
police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear
that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first
in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense. 

Review: A Study in Charlotte is a retelling of Sherlock Holmes where
Sherlock is female and they are both students. I loved that Jamie and Charlotte
were descendants of the actual characters… and that their families have a long
standing history. The Holmes have decided to keep up the detective line in
their family and school each child from a young age in the art of deduction. But
Jamie and Charlotte don’t know each other at all. That is, until they end up at
the same boarding school being framed for a murder they didn’t commit.
I didn’t write a
lot of notes while reading this book, and that is mostly because I was simply
having so much fun with it. I love Sherlock and this was a brilliant retelling.
At the beginning it was a little bit difficult for me to get into because Jamie
kept on going on about everything he hated. He hated the school, he hated the
country and he hated the fact that he didn’t really have any close friends there
yet. I was really worried I was going to start to hate him as a main character, but after a few pages we quickly get over
that and the story kicks in. When it does, his personality picks up for the
better. I actually rally like seeing the mystery from his male point of view.
Charlotte was
also an interesting character. I think some people might dislike her because
she is Sherlock down to the T. She has his pretentious, cocky kind of attitude.
But what I also really liked about her is that Cavallaro gave her a few more
emotions than the actual Sherlock? We did see when she reached the end of her
tether, when she was getting frustrated from reaching no new conclusions, and
that sometimes she did things for fun just because she liked them. I’m not sure
how people will feel who are reading this as their first taste of Sherlock, but
it was an accurate retelling in the sense of characters.
The murder
mystery had me on my toes. I couldn’t predict who had done it in the slightest.
The best thing about it was that it was always exciting. There were leads,
there were dead ends, there were pieces of the picture slowly falling into
place. The murder itself was mocking the whole idea of Jamie and Charlotte
being together because the murderer recreated the scenes from original Sherlock
stories for the murders. I liked that reference to the original stories and it
also made the book more fun for me to read. And when you think the mystery is
over and solved… it isn’t. That happened quite a bit and it never failed to
leave me surprised!
And when I wasn’t
completely engrossed in the murder mystery, it was the dynamics of Jamie and
Charlotte’s friendship. I liked how they worked and interacted. It was funny
sometimes, it was desperate and pleading in other cases. Their friendship went
through all sorts of tests and stages (they are being framed for a murder, so
that seems pretty fair) and I just liked how they worked.
This is how to write a murder mystery. 
The funny thing
about this book is that the parental situation still bothered me although the
father was present. Seeing as Jamie’s mother lives in England and isn’t in
America (due to the parents being divorced) she wasn’t around too much. That I
understood, and we do hear about them updating each other with phone calls and
all. But Jamie’s father is around for the whole murder and his son being in
danger part and sometimes he came off as quite clueless and… useless parent
material. Sometimes he did step up to the game and it was like he couldn’t
entirely make up his mind about where he needed to stand. So the parental side
of things did bother me a little because I wanted something… more.
But overall, I
really enjoyed this book and it sucked me in. Especially in terms of the plot
and the character depiction! I can’t wait for the second book in the series and
will definitely be pouncing on that as soon as it comes out.
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Question: Are you a Sherlock fan? Would you ever want to be included in a real
life mystery?
Olivia-Savannah x

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