Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Pages: 314 pages
My Rating: 3 stars
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.
This was the second book I read as part of the #CatchUpOnClassics read-a-long I am participating in this year. I know this isn’t a classic. The classic we read this month was A Study in Scarlet by Author Conan Doyle and this was an extra read for the month because it’s a retelling of A Study in Scarlet. I initially wasn’t going to read this book but after reading Scarlet and loving it I decided to give this one a try.
Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I did the original one. I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t love it. It was just an ok read for me which is why I am giving it 3 stars. I might continue on with the series but I’m not going to be in any rush to get to them.
Maybe I shouldn’t have read this right after reading and loving the original. I couldn’t stand Charlottes characters. I get she is a lot like her great-great-great grandfather but I actually liked him while she got on my nerves. Ugh and don’t get me started on the drugs. The drug use from not only Charlotte but other characters as well was such a major aspect in this book and it drove me crazy how nonchalantly it’s talked about and done with no repercussions.
I did love Jamie’s character though. He unlike the original Watson actually helped and participated in the case as more than just an observer.
I will say I had no clue who the murderer was until it was revealed which is a plus.
At the end Charlotte has a little chapter where she kind of corrects things that she thinks Jamie got wrong and I enjoyed that especially how she has kind things to say about Jamie. I would have liked for her to explain how she solved the murder like Sherlock did in the original because how she came to do/know things didn’t make sense. Like how did she know to look there or whatever.