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March 3, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

A Study in Charlotte

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro • March 1, 2016 • Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
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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.


I received this book for free from HarperCollins for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “The first time I met her was at the tail end of one of those endless weekday nights you could only have at school like Sherringford.”

What does A Study in Charlotte have that most YA Sherlock retellings don’t have? Well, lots of references to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Charlotte Holmes and James Watson as real descendants of their ancestral namesake, and so much more you know you wanna find out.

Despite being descendants of their namesake counterparts who you’d think would personally know each other, James Watson and Charlotte Holmes are strangers, but it’s not until James is shipped off to Sherringford, a Connecticut boarding school, from London that he meets the illustrious detective Charlotte, the object of his fascination. There, these two teenagers will band together to clear their names when they become the prime suspects of a student’s murder.

Holmes and Watson are together again. What kind of crazy mischief do they get themselves into?

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