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.
James Watson and Charlotte Holmes are the descendants of the famous partners, John Watson and Sherlock Holmes. Enrolled in the same school, James became interested in befriending Charlotte, believing on the roots of their great great grandfathers’ relationship.
What they did not know about is that, a student is about to die, patterned in a story their great great grandfathers solved.
As the two embarked on their search, they will learn that some people are not worth their trust and leaning onto each other is the only way to solve this case.
- For Sherlock Holmes fans, this is a perfect book for you. This is a fantastic retelling of Watson and Holmes’ adventures in a point of view you have never read before.
- For those who haven’t read or watched any Sherlock Holmes materials, don’t worry, this book is very very accommodating. Unfortunately, I am one of the people who haven’t read or watched any Sherlock book or film. But to my great surprise, I am not left out in the dark.
- The book is written in James Watson’s perspective. Nowadays, it is very rare to find books that are narrated in a male POV especially in the young adult genre. This feature of the book gives the readers a very refreshing feel having to read a book in a male character’s perspective.
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Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the author of the poetry collection Girl-King (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she’s a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches creative writing, detective fiction, and lots of other things. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps.