A Study in Charlotte

I love the idea of this book. A modern day take on Sherlock Holmes, featuring his descendants. Brittany Cavallaro took a much-loved character and made him new.

Charlotte Holmes is the great-great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Sherlock Holmes. She has the Scotland Yard on speed dial, she can solve a mystery with the power of deduction, and she has a serious drug problem. In an attempt to get her on track, her parents send her away from her London home, to a boarding school in Connecticut.

James Watson meets Charlotte at school, as he too has been banished to Connecticut. As the descendant of that Watson, it’s expected that Jamie and Charlotte will meet and work together. Too bad for him, that she’s way more than he bargained for.

In his first week at school, Jamie gets in a fight on Charlotte’s behalf. Ten days later, the boy he fought ends up dead. The main suspects: Holmes and Watson. The pair must work together to find out who the killer is, and why they’re so bent on bringing Jamie and Charlotte down.

Brittany Cavallaro even brought in the original Sherlock Holmes stories– the murder is based on one of the tales. She also brings in the Moriartys, to keep things interesting. I like that she decided to continue the lines, and make the characters relate to their great-great-great-grandfathers. It’s a fun story, and is an interesting take on Holmes and Watson.

This is going to be a trilogy, and the second book is already available. It’s called The Last of August, and it continues the story from where book one leaves off. Holmes and Watson are thrown in to another mystery, and the Moriartys play a significant role. I don’t want to give anything away, but there’s a few deaths and a love triangle to look forward to.

The last book, The Case for Jamie, is due to be out March 2018.

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