Book Review

What to Do When You’re Framed for Murder

Study in Charlotte

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
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.
A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.


The only Sherlock Holmes things have been involved in (and I love them) are the Sherlock movies starring Robert Downey Jr. and the television series Elementary staring Jonny Miller and Lucy Liu. I of course have heard of Sherlock Holmes but I have never been much of a mystery reader. It wasn’t until the books series Confessions of A Teenage Murder Suspect (“Confessions”) that I decide to give a ya mystery a chance; I loved it so much that I decided to give A Study in Charlotte a chance and I am glad I did.

A Study in Charlotte had all the classic feelings of Sherlock Holmes, there was murder (a who dunnit), dangerous situations (car chases), near close calls and of course a couple of mysteries. I enjoyed being right along Watson and Holmes trying to figure out who was behind the crimes but I also enjoyed the characters.

Cavallaro put an interesting twist on this tale by not only having them as teenagers (this is a ya after all) but to make Holmes a girl and to see the dynamic between the two. The story evolved naturally and was interesting, I loved how Watson and Holmes were together and to see how much they seemed to be like their ancestors, the original duo. Holmes was of course on the colder analytical side (doesn’t show emotions well) but you can see glimpses of the person she might have been if she hadn’t grown up a Holmes. While Watson is running on nothing but emotions and that how they keep each other balanced. Holmes makes Watson think more clearly, helps him this his deduction skills while Watson makes her more human, makes her feel in a way.

I for one enjoyed this story, with the references to the old Sherlock and Watson stories, a murder most foul, setups, car chases, a long list of suspects and an unbreakable friendship, that I can’t help but hope it will be more. I am looking forward to the next book the Last of August, where I hope I can have some answers to some of my questions.

Overall 3.75 stars

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