Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the books that sparked my lover for reading at a young age.  I fell in love with the mysteries that Holmes and Watson got caught up in.  I have read all of the stories several times, so when I heard of a modern spin-off series, I was intrigued.  I approached A Study in Charlotte with caution, thinking that nothing could compare to the original masterpiece by Conan Doyle.  I had low expectations to say the least, but what I discovered rocked me to the core.

For reviewing purposes, I am going to assume that my followers have never heard of Sherlock Holmes.  In 1887, Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet.  Holmes is a fictional consulting detective in London, England inspired by the observant nature of Scottish surgeon and professor, Joseph Bell (1837-1911).  Through the "power of deduction" the stories of Sherlock Holmes soon became infamous in not only England, but the entire world.  Little did Conan Doyle know that the antics of Sherlock Holmes would continue to amuse readers and movie lovers alike over 100 years later.  (Fun Fact: Sherlock Holmes holds the Guinness World Record for the "most portrayed movie character" in film history.)

Almost 130 years after the publication of A Study in Scarlet, a devout Sherlockian by the name of Brittany Cavallaro published A Study in Charlotte.

Charlotte Holmes is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock who demonstrates many of the same characteristics as that of the famous detective.  She is just as intelligent, just as stubborn, and just as arrogant, but that does not stop the great-great-great-grandson of Dr. John Watson, Jamie's fascination.  After reluctantly accepting a rugby scholarship to Sherringford Prep, Jamie Watson encounters Charlotte Holmes for the first time.  The two started off on a rocky start, but are throw together when they are framed for the murder of one of a bully on campus which was staged like one of the stories from the original Sherlock Holmes books.

This modern tale of mystery and mayhem is truly one of the best Sherlock Holmes adaptations that I have ever read.  It was fun and interesting like the original, but the American campus lifestyle is so much more relatable for me.  And yes, fellow Sherlockians, the Johnlock ship is still alive in their teen descendants.  I have playfully been referring to them as Jamlotte, but I will await Brittany Cavallaro's approval on this.

Although A Study in Charlotte is the first novel I have read by Cavallaro, I can honestly say that I will be reading more of her work in the future.  I enjoy her writing style.  Her words flow together gracefully across the pages, causing readers to crave more.  She is incredibly talented and I cannot wait to start reading the sequel to this gem.

If you would like to learn more about Brittany Cavallaro or purchase a copy of A Study in Charlotte, click here.

Genre: Young Adult Mystery-Thriller
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 0062398903


Hey! I am Alexandrea. I am originally from North Carolina and I love all things bookish - reading and writing are what I do best so I hope you stick around to see all that my website has to offer!

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