Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
on March 1st 2016
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
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.
A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.
A Study in Charlotte has an interesting premise – teenage descendants of Holmes and Watson are accused of murder at their prestigious prep school, and of course must solve the case. As a fan of Doyle’s work and the film Young Sherlock (c. 1985) (and of course the BBC’s Sherlock) I was excited to see a teenage take on this.
Cavallaro really tries to create an interesting atmosphere, but the characters are almost too familiar. Jamie and Charlotte are almost too like their relatives and that makes for some boring development. Watson is first obsessed with getting to know Holmes, which comes off as stalker-like in their first encounter. Holmes is almost too cut off from reality – a personality trait directly from Sherlock himself. While I wanted to see this duo beat the odds and solve crimes, the characters themselves had been too irritated to enjoy the unfolding of the murder plot and the backstory.
Two stars for some inventive plot points, but overall disappointed with the characters. Almost a do not finish but thankfully my ebook copy was only around 270 pages, enough to finish on a train ride into work.