Title: A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Genre: YA, Mystery
Edition/Pages: Audiobook, 9 Hours 7 Minues
This was a cute reimagining of Sherlock Holmes. But I unfortunately, I don’t have any strong feelings or attachment about the book overall.
This follows Jamie Watson who left the UK and attends a boarding school in Connecticut on a rugby scholarship. When a classmate of his dies in a Sherlock Holmes spoofed murder, Jamie and the famous detectives descendent Charlotte, get wrapped in the investigation.
This story is told from Jamie’s perspective, mirroring the original Sherlock books (which were also told from Watson’s POV).
Content Warnings: Drug abuse, murder, sexual assault
What I Liked
- I loved the parallels between this retelling and the original stories. Charlotte has inherited Sherlock’s addictive habits, the Watson family has an instruction manual on how to handle the Holmes’, the Moriarty’s are still the archenemies. Overall it was just a really well done retelling.
- The characters were well rounded and dynamic. They had flaws but were still likable and relatable.
- This felt like a classic whodunit mystery – a la Sherlock Holmes. And overall it was well done.
What I Didn’t Like
- I can’t put my finger on what was missing here, but I just don’t have any strong feelings about this story. The mystery was fine, the characters were fine, but I didn’t LOVE anything. I wasn’t shipping the romance like everyone else seems to, and I just didn’t connect to either main character. And I haven’t thought about this book at all since finishing it.
Overall, I enjoyed this book while I was listening to it, but don’t feel strongly about it in any way. However, I did enjoy it enough to pick up the next book on audio. I’m hopeful that my connection will grow as the series continues.