Book Review: A Study in Charlotte

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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.

The two of us, we’re the best kind of disaster. Apples and oranges. Well, more like apples and machetes.

I had to take my exams this month but I managed to squeeze some time out to read and I’m happy that I picked out the best book for this month. I’m so glad that I finally decided to read this series. I didn’t know I’d pick out a four-book series to read because I’m way too scared of them. But I surprised myself. And boy did I love it! It was the strangest and the best reading experience. I had no idea I was pressuring myself to read the books I didn’t like, until I read this book.

This book is a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson end up at the same boarding school in Connecticut when some kid is murdered. And they are framed for the murder. Charlotte hasn’t really liked Jamie much, but it makes sense that she starts the investigation with him (well, he’s a Watson). And then a series of amazing adventures happens.

Another interesting thing to notice here is that these characters are great great great grand-kids of Sherlock Holmes and Watson.

The book was super fun. It was amazing—not actually an amazing / mind-blowing mystery, but I still adored it. I’d read the blurb and I was so down for it. Boarding school. Holmes and Watson. Murder.  Holmes and Watson being framed for murder. What else do you like to enjoy your life? Also, it had a nice plot and intriguing storyline.

I loved the characters—they’re pretty adorable and fun together. God, I should start dating someone because I always end up imagining the couples in books and shipping them lmao. The characters were basically (almost?) the same as the ones in the old Sherlock Holmes books, except that Holmes was a girl this time, which was interesting, to be honest. Just like the book.

I haven’t had enough of these characters, and I need to pick the second book of the series.

I would deffo recommend this book to y’all if you love young adult mystery books full of fun and adventure. Also, the characters are amazing. I’d say that it’s a pretty good retelling.

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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