Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
on March 1st 2016
Published by Katherine Tegen Books Goodreads
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 is a book I couldn’t help but fall in love with. I received this book as a gift and was pleasantly surprised how much I loved it. The cover is so attractive! Shades of blue and coral command your attention, I love the title down the center of the book in a white, almost chalk board font.
A descendant of the famous John Watson, Jamie knows all the stories about Charlotte Holmes; descendant to the famed Sherlock Holmes. Jamie grew up in England and only recently found himself at a Connecticut boarding school, where Charlotte is also in attendance. Jamie tries to befriend Charlotte but just like her great grand father, she isn’t exactly a social butterfly. Soon the duo find themselves smack dab in the center of a murder investigation as the only suspects. The ironic twist is that someone is using the classic Sherlock Holmes stories to frame Jamie and Charlotte. Forced together Watson and Holmes join forces and begin an investigation of their own.
Jamie Watson shares so many qualities from his great grand father. He is smart sensitive and caring but his temper is short. He always seems to be two steps behind Charlotte, who is 5 steps in front of everyone. Jamie finds himself second guessing Charlotte the deeper into the investigation they get. Charlotte, also very similar to her ancestor, is an habitual drug user, extremely smart, socially awkward and self-destructive, all traits that surely run in the Holmes bloodline. Throw in modern technology, a reluctant detective, an overbearing brother and a psychotic murderer and you have a modern Sherlock Holmes mystery!
The bottom line? Read this book if you like Sherlock Holmes stories. It really is one of the better retellings I’ve ever read. I know the second book The Last August is set to release February 2017 but I’m not sure how many will be in the series, I’ve heard just three but I’m hoping for more!
Have you read A Study in Charlotte? If so, lets chat!