FFBC Review: A study in Charlotte

Posted February 25, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

FFBC Review: A study in Charlotte


FFBC Review: A study in CharlotteA Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 1st 2016
Genres: mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: ebook
Source: Edelweiss
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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 theyÂ’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.
Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

This book is the perfect combination of a love letter to Sherlock Holmes and a ya novel. It’s obvious that Brittany Cavallaro know her Sherlock stuff. The murderer in this book makes his murders look like the ones that happened in John Watson’s Sherlock stories. If you have ever read the Speckled Band or other stories, you will find yourself immediately drawn in. Not only does she continually allude to classic Sherlock Holmes stories, Cavallaro also makes her Holmes and Watson both absolutely true to the source material and original characters in their own right.

I loved Charlotte Holmes. She was brilliant and damaged with a laser focus of the problem at hand. It was fantastic to see the traditional Sherlockian features in a girl! I love that this is a series cause I can’t wait to see what happens in the future. Jamie Watson also has a special place in my heart. He was so sweet and loyal. I loved the dynamic between Watson and Holmes. But then, that ‘ship is always a popular one.

This book wasn’t about romance, it was about friendship. Watson doesn’t want to date Holmes, he wants to be her best friend. Watching their friendship grow over the course of the book was a joy. Charlotte is prickly and doesn’t think she wants or needs Jamie at the beginning and he shows her that he is invaluable. That being said, I can’t help but hope for a real relationship in the future. Who doesn’t want a Holmes/Watson kiss?

Did you read this book? Do you want Charlotte and Jamie to end up together or do you want them to stay friends?

About the Author

Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the author of the poetry collection Girl-King (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she’s a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches creative writing, detective fiction, and lots of other things. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps. Find her at her website, brittanycavallaro.com, or on Twitter @skippingstones.


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