Book review: “A Study in Charlotte”

Book title: “A Study in Charlotte”

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 321

Format: hardcover

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 4☆


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.

Review(might contain spoilers):

In the end this novel turned out to be better than I had thought it would be but still not as good as it could’ve been.

One thing that pulled the rating from 5 to 4 stars is the fact that this book did not feel very Sherlocky…that is a word now, yes.
The book was just missing this distinctive feeling that Sherlock stories have to them and I was so hoping that this novel would feel like that. No such luck.

“We weren’t Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I was ok with that, I thought. We had things they didn’t, too. Like electricity, and refrigerators. And Mario Kart.”   

The characters also seemed at times a little far-fetched and too much in every aspect. I think Charlotte’s drug addiction was taken a bit too far. Sometimes less is more.

It was a thrilling read though and I did enjoy trying to play detective and solve the case. The dialogue was pretty good and witty and the book read really fast. I did have a few problems with the style but other than that it was well done.

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

The fact that Sherlock and Holmes (who are a boy and a girl here) in the end developed a romantic relationship, kind of, threw me off. Like what? I enjoyed it a lot more when they were best friends and bickering not smooching and being all cutesy with each other.

“I began wondering if there was some kind of Watsonian guide for the care and keeping of Holmeses.”   

There is a lot of room for development and since there are going to be two more books I am very excited to see where everything leads.
I am happy that there seems to be a bigger plot in all the books that has to do with a certain character. So the way I see it is that Holmes and Watson are going to solve smaller cases while at the same time they try to defeat the main enemy.

This book is good, so if anyone likes crime and comedy, pick this book up because reading this will be quite amusing.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.


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