Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books (2016)
Hardcover (321 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2016 Retelling Challenge, Read 2016
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.
Like the original Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Charlotte is told from the perspective of a Watson. Jamie Watson is a descendant of Doctor John Watson and is now attending school with Charlotte Holmes, a descendant of the famous detective.
Jamie and Charlotte seem to be anything but civil until they are blamed for a murder they didn’t commit. Now they are forced to work together to clear their names. They need to find out who is framing them and why before someone else dies.
I am a fan of the original Holmes tales and so I could not pass up the opportunity to read A Study in Charlotte. There were parallels and allusions to the originals, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Holmes is still a drug addict, much to the dismay of Watson. Holmes thinks in a uniquely Holmesian way and plays violin. There are the Moriartiys and an elder Holmes brother running the world behind the scenes. Watson is a writer with aspirations to being a novelist someday.
Holmes is still a drug addict, much to the dismay of Watson. Holmes thinks in a uniquely Holmesian way and plays violin. There are the Moriartiys and an elder Holmes brother running the world behind the scenes. Watson is a writer with aspirations to being a novelist someday.
Basically, what I am saying in my incoherent ramblings is that I love this novel. There were parts that seemed unnecessary and, while I am sure Charlotte deduced something from them, I wouldn’t have needed them at all.
While I am not a super-big fan of contemporaries (or mysteries, for that matter), I really enjoyed A Study in Charlotte and cannot wait to read the next Charlotte Holmes novel.