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Review: A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Title: A Study In Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date:  March 1st 2016

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Source: ARC Around the World

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, YA


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.



I have a confession to make. I’ve never read or watched Sherlock Holmes as a child or even as an adult. I know, I know! (Put your pitchforks down, guys) lol. I was always intrigued (Still am) by the movies and stories. But never got around to it. So when I read the blur for this novel. I was fascinated and knew that this was the opportunity to start in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Jamie Watson.
This novel was basically a retelling of the mystery cases from Sherlock Holmes. But told from the grand grandchildren. Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson and Charlotte Holmes, the famous Sherlock detective’s Holmes enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter.
As I read A Study in Charlotte, I will say that I was a bit lost in the beginning. It took me a while to get into. I had no idea what was going on. I don’t know if it was because I never watched or read anything from Sherlock Holmes. But as I continued reading, it did started to get better and began to pick up and become a bit clearer for me.
Charlotte Holmes character was ummm, how would I say this? Charlotte had a habit of being extremely critical with her point of view towards others and sometimes also harsh and cold. But I did understand why she was the way she was. I give Jamie Watson a lot of credit for putting up with her. But sometimes he also give me the feeling that he didn’t have any backbone either and was ok with everything she told him to do. They were still good characters. I’m think they had some personality traits from their grand grandparents from what I understand. But not quite sure.
The plot was engaging once I understood what was going on. The mystery did interested me a lot.  It was great and I was very curious and interested in finding out what was going too happened next. I feel like the story did unfolded slowly with the focus on Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson. But none the less I was surprised by plot’s ending result and enjoyed this novel quite well.
I will be picking up the next book in the series. I did enjoy the story and authors writing.

5 thoughts on “Review: A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I really love Holmes, and I’m always curious by retellings and the like. Sorry it was kind of confusing in the beginning but that’s great it got better and you’ll read the next book! 🙂



    1. I will definitely read the next one. It was a pretty good book and enjoyed it 🙂
      Since you love Holmes, you will probably enjoy it even more than I.
      Thanks for stopping by Lauran. Happy reading


  2. This is one of my most anticipated releases for 2016, so I was really excited when I saw this review! I find this an interesting way of retelling a story – by using the characters’ descendants. I’m glad to hear it got better for you and that you enjoyed it in the end 🙂 Thanks for the review!


    1. Yay!!!! It was interesting and it was pretty interesting. Especially since I never read anything about Holmes before.
      I hope you enjoy it!! Thank you for stopping by the blog. Hope to see you again xoxo


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