A Study in Charlotte (A YA Book Review)


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte is the first book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy. This book introduces us to Charlotte Holmes and narrator Jamie Watson, both descendants of the famous sleuthing team Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

The story takes place at a Connecticut boarding school at which Holmes and Watson have been separately transplanted. Unfortunately for Jamie, his imagination has concocted a very different idea of Charlotte Holmes. True to her ancestry, Charlotte come from a long line of opiate addicts, but she’s also been solving crimes since she was a pre-teen. Almost immediately after their meeting, someone is murdered and soon Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for it. The story unfolds like a young, modern day Sherlock Holmes mystery and the reader is trying to piece together the evidence along with Charlotte and Jamie.

I really liked this story, and it’s not my usual read. The writing is clean and crisp, while still being descriptive and it was fast-paced. I even found myself chuckling at some of Holmes’ and Watson’s banter. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars.

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