Review ~ A Study in Charlotte

Posted March 25, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 38 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review ~ A Study in CharlotteA Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
3.5 Stars

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.


Jamie Watson is sent to Sherringford, a Connecticut boarding school, on a rugby scholarship. Also there is Charlotte Holmes. And yes they are both descendants of the famous Holmes and Watson of the past. While the pair have some tense moments when meeting, once there is a murder and it is looking like someone is framing them, the two must figure out who is setting them up.

Disclaimer: I know nothing but the very basics of Sherlock Holmes stories. I have never read any of the originals, retellings, seen the show or any of the movies. So I went into this fairly blind.

The first thing I need to get out of the way is how much I love that cover. Perfection! Love the colors, relates back to the story not too busy. I can’t wait to see the other covers in the trilogy! OK with that out of the way let’s get to some thoughts on the actual story.

I feel like with other first books in a detective mystery series/trilogy there is a lot of set up. I always find that to be the hardest part to get through and what can slow down a book. It was no different here with A Study In Charlotte. The beginning definitely lagged and I kept putting it down. Once we got past all the background on Jamie and Charlotte and got to the mystery was I was more invested and really got through the rest rather quickly.

The mystery part was pretty fun. I was interested and there was enough thrown in there to keep me guessing to who was behind on all the mischief. There were a lot of suspects floating around but I couldn’t quite guess who or why and that was a good thing!! I do feel like a lot information/ background was needed to be given at the end again to fully understand the why part of it though.

The best parts for me were Jamie and Charlotte. I liked them both so much even though they were clearly VERY different. Jamie was smart just not SMART you know what I mean? He kind of had an anger issue at times. But still seemed like a guy who cared. Charlotte was mysterious, smart and complicated. I can see how some might not like or connect with her though. There was a fun tension between the two that changed over the course of the book. I really liked reading about them together and want to read more about them, especially since we won’t need all the background beginning nonsense next time.

Overall I enjoyed this one despite the issues. I am really looking forward to continuing with the next books.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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38 responses to “Review ~ A Study in Charlotte

  1. I think I’m going save this one for the beach this summer. When I think beach, I instantly think Mysteries!! Probably because growing up I read a lot of those thriller- I know what you did last summer-type books when on vaca with my family. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve heard Charlotte wasn’t the warm and fuzzy kind of character before, so I’m definitely going to keep that in mind when I do get around to reading this. And LOVE the cover!!!!!
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  2. I have an ARC of this that was gifted to me by a friend for Christmas. I’ve been meaning to get around to it, but I’ve just been so behind on catching up with other books I’ve been wanting to read. I’m always curious about Sherlock retellings, though. The dynamic between Sherlock and Watson is so hilarous, and turning that into a romance sounds awesome. I’m also not familiar with the original Sherlock stories, but I’ve watched the TV show. That counts, right :P? If you’re ever looking for another Sherlock retelling, I’d recommend Every Breath by Ellie Marney. It’s really good.
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  3. Initially I like the idea that they’re involved (someone framing them) and it’s not like ‘there’s a murder – we’re descendants of Watson and Holmes , we must solve it.

    The cover is very pretty. It reminds me of the cover for The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma.

    I’ve only read A STUDY IN SCARLET by Arthur Conan Doyle, but it was very dry and I had a hard time getting through, so it was the first and last. I do enjoy the Sherlock BBC television program. Your review is making me want to pick this up! Thanks so much for sharing – I have to go add this to my TBR!
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  4. I’m really excited to read this book. The author lives in Milwaukee, and I wanted to go to a signing a couple of weeks ago, but the timing didn’t work out. I’m still a little bummed about that. I’m hoping to get to this book over the summer. I LOVE the BBC Sherlock show, but that’s the extent of my Sherlock Holmes knowledge. Maybe someday I’ll read one of the original stories.
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  5. Hopefully this’ll be one of those series/ trilogies that get better and better, now that the introductions and set up are all out of the way! This is actually my first five-star of the year and definitely a new favorite for me. Like you, I only knew the basics of Sherlock so I was a bit tentative when I first started reading it. I find that those who are major Sherlock fans didn’t enjoy this as me/us!
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  6. This is one that I’m kind of on the fence about. It sounds really interesting and I really want to read it, but it seems like it’s just getting mostly ‘in the middle’ ratings. I’ll still probably give it a try, but my expectations aren’t sky high like they were before.
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  7. If I pick this one up, I know I have to push through those first pages. I really like when a good mystery book sets the tone of the book right from the start. Like, that first page leaves you gasping and wondering what the heck will happen.. I totally love that. But I guess I’ll push through 🙂 Like you, I haven’t read/seen anything of Sherlock Holmes *high fives*
    Lovely review 🙂
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  8. The part about Jamie not being smart made me laugh XD That’s one way of putting it. And I agree, mysteries DO take a lot of set up sometimes, which CAN be rather irritating. But this looks so cute, and I love Sherlock everything, plus, you’re right, that cover is GORGEOUS–so I’ll definitely be reading this one. Lovely review!

    ❤ Erin
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  9. I agree – I think there was a lot of setup at the beginning that kind of slowed me down. It didn’t completely click for me right away. I didn’t feel AS connected to the characters either, which tends to happen for me in mystery novels! I find myself suspecting everyone and staying detached from them, even if I don’t think they did it. I enjoyed this one overall though! I also went into it blind, in terms of Sherlock Holmes knowledge haha. I’m glad it wasn’t an issue for either one of us 😉
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