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A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)

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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 ever ...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars. This was fun in parts, but it really didn't do for me what it seems to be doing for a lot of readers and critics.

A Study in Charlotte follows the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they solve crimes on a modern-day college campus. In this story, both Sherlock and Watson were real people and Arthur Conan Doyle was Watson's literary agent, who helped publish the tales of their cases.

Many years later, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson find themselves caught up in some co
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
This was tons of fun! I’m a Sherlock fan, but not a super fan by any means. I’ve watched the BBC show and know the basics about the story but I’ve never actually read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales (though I plan to!) So with my knowledge of Sherlock in mind, I thought this was an excellent tribute. Watson was just as I’d imagine him, and Sherlock was fascinating, as per usual. Together the pair made an incredible power couple. This has some hints of romance that I thought would annoy me but I a ...more
Emma Giordano
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this book really took me by surprise! I knew as soon as I heard about a YA-Sherlock Holmes retelling that I would take well to this story, but I was not prepared for how much I loved it!

CW: murder, talk of rape, substance abuse

A Study in Charlotte is a truly fun and entertaining young adult mystery novel with a fabulous first installment. The plot was engaging, well-written, and unexpected. I especially enjoyed how the author weaved in actual tales of Sherlock Holmes as a way for
C.G. Drews
I'm a massive fan of Sherlock. ALL THE SHERLOCK. TV shows, movies, and I've read some of the actual books too despite being terrified of classics (go me!!) I basically went into A Study in Charlotte like an abnormally excited goose waiting for glory. I...was disappointed. The book wasn't bad, pfft, don't get me wrong. The book is fine. But I felt meh a lot and there were a lot of things that made me squint.

Let's get the squinty things out the way first:

• In this universe, Arthur Conan Doyle
Full review posted

My heart has been needing this book for longer than I realized I needed this book.

- THIS. BOOK. IS. BLOODY. BRILLIANT. For a number of reasons
- Aside from the fact that I read this book in less than a day and that I physically could NOT stop reading it, this book is the murder mystery you’ve always needed
- You got a snarky know-it-all girl
- You got a nerdy precious boy
- So after a murder took place on school gr
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Quick-Fire Review: I don't know what's more alluring, the cover or the synopsis. I especially admired the book's ties to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and was wildly impressed by how fluid and natural the connections were between the two. This book balances the line between paying homage to Holmes mysteries and also being fresh and original. A Study in Charlotte brings a thrilling plot, spot-on characterization, whip-smart writing, and a puzzling mystery that will keep you guessing until the ver ...more
Paige  Bookdragon

I'm a fan of Sherlock Holmes, so when I saw this book is about the descendants of Sherly and Johnny, I know I have to read it because...


First of all, I went into this book with an expectation of murder, mystery and purely platonic relationship between the main characters. Despite shipping BBC's Sherlock and John (because how can you not ship Benedict and Martin?), I still love the relationship between the original Sherlock and Watson.

They have the best friendship ever and I was hoping that the a
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
Good but not great. Really big fan of Sherlock Holmes, so I was super excited to read this book. It was interesting and not a bad read but it didn't necessarily blow me away. Soo yup, sticking with 3 stars on this one.
Bridget Hodder
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I was well and truly Sherlocked before picking up this book--which I did with both hope and trepidation. You see, those of us who love the Sherlock world always want more. And there's a limited supply. Or, to qualify that statement: a limited supply of quality additions to the oeuvre. (Do you like that word, "oeuvre"? I hope so. I feel it is a very Sherlock word.)

I'll cut to the verdict: YES!!! PARTY AT 221-B!

Because Sherlock is back-- in female form, with a totally empathetic, very perfectly W
Dec 14, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish

DNF at about 50%

*This review contains spoilers*

I am going to lay this book aside for now. Maybe it has to do with me finishing The Winner's Kiss recently, which made me a mess and in no shape for reading anything else. At least partly The Winner's kiss is to blame, but mostly I am disappointed with A study in Charlotte, because it started like such a promising light funny read and then turned - abruptly - into something dark with serious issues, which weren't handled properly in my opinion.

Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
So I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. It reminded me a lot of the sort of books I enjoyed when I was younger and gave me a BBC Sherlock meets Veronica Mars sort of vibe. The writing style also pleasantly surprised me because I expected it to be a lot more elementary than it was. I really liked both Charlotte and Jamie as characters. The only thing I found a bit cheesy was the whole being related to the original Sherlock and Holmes; it was a little too "Disney Descendants" for me. Ot ...more
This book is so amazing!
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I WOULD give a disclaimer that Brittany Cavallaro is a friend of mine, but the fact is, our friendship really blossomed AFTER I read this book. As in, I read this book and was like, "How do I make you mine, Brittany Cavallaro? I want to live in your beautiful brain."

I really don't know where to start. How about with the writing? Absolutely gorgeous. Cavallaro is an accomplished poet and even in this YA novel, that really shows. Her sentences aren't "purple" or overwrought, but they do shine. Her
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“We’re being toyed with,” I said. “But why would he want us to know he’s after us?”

If I didn’t have a rule about finishing books that I started, then I would have not finished this.

Firstly, I’ve never read any Sherlock Holmes books, so I have no idea if this is a good rendition, and I’m not even going to go there.

I didn’t really like the characters in this, and
Well, this was utterly ridiculous as far as mysteries go.

And also ham-handed in its handling of both rape and drug use.
Jeff Zentner
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book had a long way to go to win me over. I've just never been more than the most casual fan of the Sherlock Holmes character/archetype (I do like the Cumberbatch version). Plus, hasn't this character been written about more than any other in all literature?

Well, this book handily won me over and then some. A lot, actually. Who knew that all I needed to love the Holmes archetype was to see him take the form of a ferociously brilliant teenage girl?

I loved everything about this book. The vo
Shaun Hutchinson
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while but never got around to reading it. The cover made me think it was for a slightly younger audience. If I’d known Anica Rissi had edited it, I would have definitely picked it up sooner.

Brittany Cavallaro’s Sherlock and Watson may not tread a lot of new ground, but their story is still fresh and exciting. I love that we’re dealing with a whole family of Sherlocks and Watsons and Moriartys. There’s something really unique about that. But for
“The two of us, we're the best kind of disaster. Apples and oranges. Well, more like apples and machetes.”

I’m actually not a fan of Sherlock Holmes. Not because I don’t like him, but because I’ve just never really been interested in him in the first place. I must admit that, even though I’ve watched the movies with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, I’ve never read any of the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before and I also still haven’t gotten around to watching the TV show (alt

Honestly, I'm kind of a sucker for anything to do with Sherlock Holmes, but I couldn't even help but love this absolutely fabulous sort-of-SH-retelling. Why sort-of retelling? Because it's set in an alternate world where Sherlock Holmes and John Watson were real people; and our two main characters are descendants of that famous duo.

The straight main act of Watson is the perfect temper to Holmes' sharp
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
when i heard this was going to be a SHERLOCK retelling, i surly exploded with excitement. ASIC did not disappoint. the plot is beautifully thought out, bringing concepts from the original story and also adding its own originality.

however, i think this story had the potential to be more. i felt like it lacked that last breath, but can't pinpoint what it precisely is. it might've been because the pacing was a little fast for my taste. the story felt surprisingly short i just wanted moooooore.

May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A girl who is a descendant of Sherlock Holmes, I mean, how can I resist??

Hhmm… We have a Holmes who is a very flawed human being.

Not to say that Sherlock Holmes was perfect. He wasn’t. But he felt pretty damn invincible to me most of the times.

Charlotte Holmes is more “human.” I don’t think that’s a bad thing. In fact, I like that we are exploring her flaws and her vulnerable side. Especially since she is only a teenager, so it makes sense to see her struggle and mature. Still, I can’t help but
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book SO FREAKING MUCH!

I didn't know what to expect but it certainly wasn't that. I thought it was a retelling and it was and wasn't. Charlotte and Jamie are wonderful. I can't wait for book two!

If you like Sherlock, either the books, shows or movies, ANY SHERLOCK. THIS IS FOR YOU!

“I began wondering if there was some kind of Watsonian guide for the care and keeping of Holmeses.”

4.5 stars • This was my most anticipated book of 2016 and IT DIDN'T LET ME DOWN. Gosh, I loved it! It was so damn cute! I couldn't stop reading, it seriously was terrible not to proceed with it for the whole day due to studying. Otherwise, I would've finished this way sooner.
Okay, now I'm gonna follow an order and shut down my exploding feels /for once/
I'm gonna start by saying that, regarding th
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
...I began wondering if there was some kind of Watsonian guide for the care and keeping of Holmeses.

*flappy hands*

Hands down, the best Holmes and Watson...adaptation?...I've ever had the pleasure of reading. By turns amusing, dark, cute, heartbreaking, and fun as hell.

OF COURSE, there's a riveting mystery here (murder most foul at a prep school), but the real meat of the novel is the partnership and growing friendship between this Watson (Jamie, an honorable, rugby-playing stalwart, as usual)
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book!
I thought I would like it, I thought it would be interesting, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I do.

In a way, I wish I had not read it yet, because now I want to binge on the entire series.
But there is no series yet ... just this one book!

This was so well written, and the story was so good, I absolutely loved it!
Kali Wallace
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE. I adore mysteries, and I love Sherlock Holmes stories, but I wasn't sure what to expect--Holmes adaptations can be a bit unpredictable, right?

So I am delighted to say that I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The writing is lovely, the mystery is clever and kept me guessing, and the nods to Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are abundant and obviously come from a place of great love and admiration.

Best of all are the two m
Book Riot Community
I listened to this on audio after a good friend said she needed me to jump into this series so she could rant with me about the feels, and oh my gosh, I’m so glad I did. I especially like that the Holmes character, Charlotte, is a teenage girl in this rendition. A great, plot driven novel with a touch of romance was exactly what I was looking for to kick off my summer, and this book delivered.

-Amanda Kay Oaks

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Jun 15, 2018 added it
Shelves: d-n-f
DNFing at 23-24%! I may give this one another go later on down the road, but for now I'm really not feeling this! I enjoyed the first few chapters enough, however, I've been trying to read the last chapter for a day and a half now, so I think it's time to quit it!
This year I've started reading a lot more Sherlock inspired YA books, and when I found out about this debut, I preordered it ASAP.

In A Study in Charlotte, the descendants of the famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are both students at the prestigious Sherringford school in Connecticut. Jamie Watson has been sent there on scholarship, and he knows that Charlotte Holmes is also a student. He wants to meet her, but also knows about her reputation for being aloof and unpredictable - just like her f
Kathryn Purdie
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, so I this book had large shoes to fill for me. And it exceeded my expectations! I loved this book! Brittany Cavallaro weaves a detailed contemporary world with complex characters and a scintillating mystery into a completely fresh take on the classic duo of Sherlock and Holmes. I LOVED that Sherlock was a girl--Charlotte (although she is a descendant of the true Sherlock)! And even more brilliant was how we come to know Charlotte through Watson's point of view. Ch ...more
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Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, including A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE, THE LAST OF AUGUST, and THE CASE FOR JAMIE (forthcoming in March 2018). She's also the author of the poetry collection GIRL-KING (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a ...more
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