Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

An enjoyable book, full of twist and turns!

Book CWs

  • Child endangerment
  • Bullying
  • Cheating
  • Sexual Assault
  • Rape
  • Profanity
  • Character Death/Murder

Premise

When James Watson (descendent of John Watson) receives a full rugby scholarship to a boarding school in America, he finds himself face to face with the famous Charlotte Holmes (descendent of Sherlock Holmes). Charlotte wants nothing to do with James at first, but the two are quickly forced together when they are framed for the murder of fellow student Lee Dobson.

It’s a battle against time as Watson and Holmes “reunite” to clear their names before it’s too late.

Review (No Spoilers)

This was the second book that my partner bought for me for Christmas and it was pretty darn enjoyable! My memory is terrible but I think I had never even heard of the Charlotte Holmes series before receiving this book. It’s pretty much marketed as a modern gender-swapped Sherlock Holmes story and as a fan of mystery, I was super excited to try it out.

The story itself is told through Watson’s point of view and I cannot be more thankful for this choice. I imagine that writing a Sherlock story is hard enough and I have no doubt that if this was written in Holmes’ POV, it would have been incredibly disappointing (she probably would have needed to be “dumbed” down to progress the plot if that were the case).

The main reason why I couldn’t give this book 5 stars is because I think it tried too hard to be like the original series. Watson’s and Holmes’ personalities seemed to be specifically molded to be exactly like their predecessors. I would have preferred there to be more variety when it came to that. There was also a specific scene towards the end of the book where I had no idea what was going on (in a bad way) so if anyone read this book and wants to talk about it, I really want to discuss this.