Let’s start by saying that
I am Sherlocked.
I love everything Sherlock Holmes related and when I found out that Brittany Cavallaro wrote a novel with a Sherlockian twist, I had to read it.
Sherlock Holmes, the master of deduction and observation, made his first appearance in Arthur Conan Doyle’s story A Study in Scarlet, published in 1887. Through the years there have been numerous adaptations of the story. My favourite adaptation must be BBC’s Sherlock. And now I have found yet another wonderful new take on this classic story; the Charlotte Holmes novels.
A Study in Charlotte
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 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.
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Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels.
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In this novel Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are not fictional characters. They are real and they are the great-great-great-grandfathers of Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson.
Charlotte and Jamie are interesting and dimensional characters. I really liked Charlotte, who is a female version of Sherlock. Charlotte has the same quirks and addictions that Sherlock has, she plays the violin like Sherlock does, but she is not just a copy of him. She has her own motives and insecurities and this made her a unique character. What’s great about the book is that it’s written from Jamie Watson’s point of view. It’s like he’s telling the story and this makes Charlotte even more mysterious than she already is. And Jamie.. My dear Watson.. I loved him. He’s likeable, friendly, loyal, tough. The perfect descendant of John.
“We weren’t Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I was okay with that, I thought. We had things they didn’t, too. Like electricity, and refrigerators. And Mario Kart.”
Charlotte and Jamie are being framed for the murder of a student at Sherringford. The death imitates one of Sherlock Holmes’ famous mysteries. Jamie and Charlotte must work together to clear their names. The interactions between the two of them are amusing and sometimes hilarious. The mystery they are trying to solve is full of twists and turns. And – spoiler alert – even the villain has a descendant, Moriarty.
I loved reading this Sherlock adaptation. It’s fresh and unique with lovely characters. There are two more books in the Charlotte Holmes series and I am so excited to read them and see what Charlotte and Jamie’s next mystery will be!
4 out of 5 stars.
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