Mar 25, 2017

review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

“We weren't Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I was ok with that, I thought. We had things they didn't, too. Like electricity, and refrigerators. And Mario Kart.” 
― Brittany Cavallaro, A Study in Charlotte

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 321 
Series: Charlotte Holmes (#1) 
Genre: Mystery, Retelling, YA

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.

Looking for a YA book very similar to the BBC Sherlock? This is your book!

When season 4 of the BBC Sherlock came out, anything with Holmes was hyped. Books, movies, podcasts etc etc. So when I finished the newest season, I was craving for more Sherlock stuff. Hence why I picked up A Study in Charlotte. And altogether, I found this Sherlock retelling to be very thrilling and entertaining!

Jamie Watson has always looked up to Charlotte Holmes. He's dreamed of them together, solving mysteries just like their great great great(?) grandparents. Jamie (finally) sees his dream on the horizon - he's attending a boarding school with Charlotte. But then things get messy. Jamie embarrasses himself in front of Charlotte, gets homesick, hates rugby, oh and gets framed for murder, with Charlotte. So, probably my favorite part about this book was these two characters! They were exactly like Watson and Holmes, except as teenagers and more sarcastic haha. Jamie and Charlotter start out almost like rivals but you see them grow and trust each other; I enjoyed that tension. Their relationship was slow and steady .. just like the plot.

The plot was focused on the murder but there were a few sidequests along the way. And because of the sidequests, the plot slowed down, a little to slow for me. But everything became worth it at the end. I would say the middle lagged the most. I also felt like the writing lagged too. Lots of info dumps and things got clumpy. *le sigh* The mystery itself was pretty good! It took me awhile to catch on but I guessed everything correct and got it before the characters. I felt proud of myself, I usually never get the clues right haha!

So things got too slow for me but I really enjoyed the characters and mystery. I also liked the fact that it was very similar to BBC Sherlock, my favorite "on screen" adaptation!

Note: Readers: I've decided to add trigger warnings at the end of my book reviews. I'm finding more of the books I'm reading, others aren't as comfortable as I am reading them. I'm also finding myself looking for trigger warnings because I like to know if any sensitive topics are being covered in the book. I hope everyone understand and this helps!


- Murder
- Swearing
- Rape
- Drugs
- Self-harming behaviour


A Study in Charlotte is the perfect Sherlock Holmes retelling for BBC fans and everyone looking for a good, slow sarcastic YA mystery!

Hey bookaholics, how's your Saturday? Or your spring break? Is 'A Study in Charlotte' going to be your next read? Are you a Sherlock fan? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I've kinda put this book on the back burner on my tbr. I've seen it recommended by so many bloggers, but i'm kind of unsure? I don't watch Sherlock but I love a good mystery, so idk.

    1. I can see why, but I say give it a go! The mystery/case itself was very entertaining.

  2. I saw this on the shelf at the library just a few hours ago and I can't believe that I didn't grab it! I may check it out at the school library, but first, I need to finish Salt to the Sea, Gemina, and the Fever Code. So many books and yet so little time...

    xoxo Abigail Lennah

    1. Oh man .. too bad. But yo - Gemina!! That book was amazing. I have the same struggle haha!

  3. I love BBC sherlock and have read some of the original works, so I have this on my tbr! I've seen some mixed review though, but I'm glad to hear that it's has the same feeling as the show, albeit a bit slow paced :)

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. Yay! Hi fellow Sherlock fan :D - Agreed!

  4. I never read this book, but, saw the author in person! She was really nice and pretty funny. Your pictures are looking fabulous! Of course, now I want a doughnut ;)

    1. Me too, I loved her Sherlock jokes. Thank you, Erin!

  5. Looks like I'll have to give it a go. I've seen it around a heap of times but I've just never bothered to find out what it's all about. Definitely sounds like something I'd enjoy.

    1. Woop woop - so exciting!! Enjoy fellow booknerd.