Book Review: A Study in Charlote by Brittany Cavallaro 

23272028A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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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 they’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.


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Harper Collins and Edelweiss!

Sherlock Holmes and his partner-in-crime is prety ubiquitous in today’s society. Let’s not even account the number of English teachers that assign Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works for their students. There has been numerous movies based upon this popular detective, as well as TV shows that bring them to the modern times (*laments about Sherlock Season 4*). Why is it not surprising that I picked up a Young Adult book focusing on the descendants of Watson and Holmes?

Although I immensely enjoyed the thriller aspects of the book and the mystery on who framed Holmes and Watson (as they call each other (unintentional roleplay?)), the characters are what made the book. Both Jamie and Charlotte are very reminiscent of their respective ancestors while at the same time having their own personality. There are very much Sherlock-qualities in Charlotte, but she is definitely her own person, and the same goes for Jamie.

It’s really interesting to see how a family of Holmes would behave, and when we learn of Charlotte’s family it’s equal parts amusing and a little sad. The book is told from Watson’s point of view and we can really see his admiration for Charlotte and her detective abilities. The dialogue had me grinning and laughing until 4 am in the morning. No joke – I made the mistake of starting such a captivating book late at night and I couldn’t put it down.

“‘I have to wait until the school day is over to investigate. Two hours!’ she said. ‘Do you think, if I set fire to the maths building-‘
‘Still no.'”

The character development going on in this story was wonderfully written, and gahh I can’t express how much I loved Jamie and Charlotte! Both characters grew throughout the investigation and their interactions with each other. Alongside them were a cast of riveting secondary characters including *gasp* descendants of Moriarty! The whole gang’s here, guys.

Overall A Study in Charlotte was exactly the book I had hoped for and more. Brilliant and dynamic characters embroiled in a mysterious scheme with superb references to the original Sherlock Holmes – in other words,


33 thoughts on “Book Review: A Study in Charlote by Brittany Cavallaro 

  1. I really enjoyed this books too. Besides the great character development, I liked that Cavallaro didn’t sugar coat the lives of some high school students.

  2. First of all, let me just say: OMG,YES.I WANT SHERLOCK BACK, DAMMIT!

    Ok, now that that’s out of the way…
    I had seen PR for this book but never looked into what it was about. So thank you for doing a review because, damn, this books sounds good!… And I’m not usually into the mystery book genre but now I’m definitely going to make an exception. As usual, great review! 🙂

  3. AHHH I NEED THIS BOOK. There was a good series, the Enola Holmes books, you might like (they’re MG). Also, SHERLOCK. SHERLOCK *weeps*

    Definitely putting this on my TBR!

  4. This sounds absolutely amazing. I’ve always enjoyed Sherlock so I have no doubt I’d be into this. I adore a fantastic cast of characters, which ASiC seems to have. Not to mention character growth (one of my favorite things!). Lovely review, I’ll have to get my hands on this soon c:

  5. AILA. YES. Ah, when I saw this my heart just skipped a beat! Though I don’t have a review up for this one yet (doing it for a blog tour in March), I cannot stop praising and recommending this one. I gave this 5/5 stars, my first of 2016! Even though I’m not a fan of Sherlock (I’ve never watched the show/read the book), I still really enjoyed this one. Ah, this makes me want to reread it already!

  6. Ew. They call each other “unintentional roleplay”??? That’s a little worrying. lollll. Not sure whether to laugh or cringe. I’ve been enormously excited for this one. A Sherlock retelling! Charlotte sounds a little like Princess Eleanor from The Royals, personality-wise, and it sounds interesting. Darling review, Aila! ❤

      I meant they call each other “Holmes” and “Watson,” which to me is like roleplay but it’s natural for them, ya know? Thus the “unintentional.” PLEASE DON’T THINK THAT. *laugh-cries*
      Thanks so much though ❤ I hope you like it!

  7. I always love the dynamic between John and Sherlock, and I can’t wait to see how the characters in this book would potray that. Plus interesting crime cases is had to write so I kind of want to know how the author would pull that off. Great review!

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