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A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes…

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Novel) (edição: 2016)

de Brittany Cavallaro (Autor)

Séries: Charlotte Holmes (1)

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery.
Título:A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Novel)
Autores:Brittany Cavallaro (Autor)
Informação:Katherine Tegen Books (2016), Edition: 1st, 336 pages
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A Study in Charlotte de Brittany Cavallaro

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Content warning for this book: rape, on-page drug use, eating disorder.

Jamie Watson is a descendant of the John Watson who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories, and he's spent his whole life fantasizing about meeting Charlotte Holmes, the one descendant of Sherlock Holmes who's his age, and becoming her friend and sidekick. When he gets sent to Sherringford, an American prep school, the one bright spot he clings to is that it's the same school Charlotte attends. Unfortunately, he has no idea how to talk to her, and she doesn't seem at all interested in talking to him. Then a student they both hated is murdered in a way that references a Sherlock Holmes story, and they're the prime suspects.

I really wanted to love this. I'm drawn to Sherlock Holmes-inspired books (despite only having read a small fraction of the original stories) as well as YA mysteries, so this seemed perfect for me. Unfortunately, I really disliked how Cavallaro handled the Watson and Holmes aspect, particularly Jamie's attitude.

Jamie seemed to think that the Watson and Holmes friendship was something one could inherit, like eye color. He'd meet Charlotte, they'd instantly bond, and trust and loyalty would soon follow. When things didn't initially turn out like he'd expected, I'd hoped he'd learned his lesson. Unfortunately, then the murder happened, and he and Charlotte did spend a lot of time together and start to bond. And then it was like he felt he was owed all the rest, even though he and Charlotte had really only known each other for a few days/weeks.

Every time he stumbled across something Charlotte hadn't told him, he got upset because she hadn't trusted him with all of her secrets and whole life story. To be fair, Charlotte also annoyed me. After a certain point, she treated Jamie like his unquestioning loyalty was a given, no matter how much she kept from him or how often she lied. I suspect that she, too, had some ancestry-based expectations about their relationship.

I do generally like the kind of character dynamic Cavallaro set up - the brilliant but icy and emotionally damaged detective paired up with a supportive sidekick who reminds them to eat and hydrate. And Cavallaro did make an effort to present Charlotte and Jamie's relationship as something that had a bit of time to grow and deepen. I particularly liked hearing about the little things they did together when they weren't in the thick of investigating murders, like the time Jamie bought Charlotte a big bag of candy when he learned she'd never been allowed to have any.

Even so, their friendship bothered me a lot. It didn't help that supposedly Charlotte and Jamie were each other's first friends (this is debatable - I personally think Charlotte, at least, just couldn't recognize what friendship was, because Lena sure seemed like her friend to me). They both desperately needed something in their lives that had nothing to do with their famous ancestors' lives and experiences. Instead, they had family members who went out of their way to encourage them to be together and continue the Holmes and Watson family traditions.

The ending had an "everything but the kitchen sink" feel to it, complete with a villain monologue and dastardly time-sensitive deeds. I don't know - I kept thinking I'd have liked this book a lot more if Charlotte and Jamie had been written as a modern Holmes and Watson, but without the ancestral baggage and Holmes and Watson having existed as real people in their world.

But even that probably wouldn't have fixed a few other aspects of the story that bothered me. For example, Charlotte's eating disorder, which I don't think was ever referred to that way. But what else do you call it when a person thinks it's perfectly normal and okay to have last eaten yesterday, and takes 20 minutes to eat a single almond when they do eat? She should have barely had the energy to move, and yet there were multiple scenes in which she was faster and more nimble than Jamie - her eating disorder was presented more like an amusing quirk than something that would have had actual physical consequences. Overall, there were a bunch of really heavy and serious aspects to Charlotte's history and behavior that I don't think were handled as well as they could have been.

This wasn't terrible and did have several enjoyable moments, but I don't plan to read the next book.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
1 vote Familiar_Diversions | Jun 27, 2021 |
What if the fictional Holmes and Watson were real people? What if they had families that were still around generations later? These speculations are the basic premise of this series. Jamie Watson is sent to America to a new school on a rugby scholarship. This same school just happens to have Charlotte Holmes as a student. They've never met, and Jamie would like to meet her. Oh, and his dad's family is also close by. Jamie's never met the new wife and his half siblings, either, but doesn't want to meet them. Jamie and Charlotte's first encounter is not exactly "meet cute," and it sets up a complicated relationship. They are accused of murder and set about to clear themselves.

I enjoyed this mystery. It had light moments that made me laugh. But I also worried about Charlotte's Oxy addiction. It's dealt with just like teens might deal with a friend who using, but adults know about it, and don't step in. I wonder what will happen with it later in the series. I'm vested, so I'll be finishing this one, but at a later date. ( )
1 vote readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
In this book we are introduced to the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson – Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson. The story parallels the original Holmes stories in the sense of it being told from Watson’s point of view. Jamie has left London to attend boarding school in Sherringford, Connecticut and it just so happens that Charlotte Holmes is a student at the same school. Of course, they cross paths briefly… just before the school is rocked with a campus murder, which they’re being framed for. So now the pair has to team up in order to solve it and clear their names.

First of all, I love Jamie so much! He is just all-around lovable and that’s pretty much the only way I can describe him. He’s smart, though probably not up to Charlotte’s eccentric standards, but he’s a quick learner and finds that sometimes being kept in the dark works better to pull out the truth in others. Meanwhile Charlotte is a complete enigma, like her ancestor, and you slowly figure out a part of her through her recent history… which helps to make sense of why she acts the way she does (but not completely). What I enjoy most about Charlotte is how quickly she’s able to connect the dots to figure out the bigger picture and get into other people’s heads without them even realizing she’s doing so.

The friendship with this newly formed, yet classic duo is a bit rocky, as Jamie doesn’t always know what Charlotte’s motives are or if he can really even trust her. Though it often works out that he doesn’t know everything that’s going on… as Charlotte says, it makes his reactions more genuine. Still, I sympathize with him about being out-of-the-loop because that’s never fun.

Overall I loved this book. I’ve never read any of the Sherlock books before – I’ve only ever watched the different shows and movies that gave me an initial knowledge of the characters. However, now I do wish to read the tales, especially because a few are mentioned in this particular book and it will be interesting to read the original stories of Holmes and Watson compared to this modern take on their descendants. ( )
  genieinanovel | Sep 15, 2020 |
“I’d prefer to think... that we aren’t all so mercilessly bound to our pasts.”

FORMAT READ: Audiobook
SIMILAR VIBES: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
READ FOR: a Sherlock Holmes spin-off
READING LEVEL: Level 1-3 out of 5

*All of my reviews are as spoiler-free as possible unless states otherwise*


It took me some time to get into the writing style and the world but once I did I actually ended up really enjoying myself
As a person who watched every single episode of Sharlock Holmes rather than read it I liked how much they referenced the original Sherlock Holmes tales because it felt like a spin-off of sorts. It’s a more modern take with some added romance HAHA

I was really involved in Jamie and Charlotte’s characters which was kept me driving through the book.

It’s fast paced guys!! (my favourite reading pace) I don’t know if it’s because I read this on Audio but I had a hard time getting hooked on the mystery. but I was really into it at around the 20% mark.

It’s also written in the classic Watson point-of-view. James and Charlotte are so adorable and their relationship had me giggling the whole time.

I do think that this story has more potential but I thoroughly had a good time reading the book as a whole and I would definitely pick up the next books.

PLOT: ★★★★★
WRITING STYLE: ★★★★☆(3.5)
WORLD BUILDING: ★★★☆☆(3.5)
THEMES: ★★★☆☆(3.5)
PACING: ★★★★☆
PAGE TURNER: ★★★☆☆ ( )
  themoonwholistens | Aug 31, 2020 |
A refreshing update to the Holmes-verse, and a good mystery in its own right. Jamie’s definitely a Watson—loyal, a writer, convinced he’s more average than he is—and Charlotte’s definitely a Holmes—abrasive, into science, trained in crime solving since birth, drug habit. They also have hangups from being members of their families, which get dealt with over the course of the book (sort of), and they feel like teens to boot. And the mystery itself? Twisty and interesting and also very Holmsian. (Can’t say more or there’ll be spoilers.) I hope it’s a series.

8/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
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