REVIEW: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

If you want a female Sherlock Holmes and a loyal, puppy-like Watson in 21st century Connecticut, this is the book for you!

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I read this book about a year ago on the beach, and I loved it because I thought it was a fun, light-hearted take on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories. But now that I reread it, I realized that I seriously mistook the tone of the book.

This stuff is dark!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson take on new forms from the classic mysteries generations later in the form of descendant Charlotte Holmes, who has been kicked out of her home in England for a drug-abuse-issue-that-isn't-really-a-drug-abuse-issue. There she meets Jamie Watson, the lovable narrator of the story who follows her around like she's his mother and he's the duckling.

Jamie's lived his whole life wondering and crushing on Charlotte (because after all, their families don't get along anymore but he would love to meet her), but he's constantly unsure of where he stands and what she's actually done to him.

When there's a murder at their boarding school (and the kid who's killed is Jamie's enemy and the bane of Charlotte's existence!), Jamie and Charlotte are the first to be suspected. Turns out that the murder is a twisted message that takes "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" to a new level.

Jamie and Charlotte know they're being set up...they just don't know why.

I had forgotten that the book was so dark and stressful, even though it was a very interesting concept. I loved the characters and I thought that the complexity of the mystery was fitting for a replica of a Sherlock Holmes story.

There was the constant problem of drug abuse, which at some points was the main source of Jamie's stress about Charlotte. I thought that Cavallaro balanced the line between over-the-top and realistic very well.

All in all, I read it for Jamie and Charlotte's relationship. I love how Charlotte is hesitant towards him because of their families' history, and my favorite part to read was the scene when they were dancing together at Homecoming because it was so cute!

I'd read this book if you are looking for something a little dark, a little twisted, but ultimately about two people just trying to figure each other out, because in the end, that's what this was about.

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