Charlotte Holmes is a piece of work – drug user, teen scientist, consultant to Scotland Yard, and stuck in a sort-of-smartypants boarding school in the U.S. because her family is frustrated with her. James Watson, rugby player, descendant of the famous Watson, and angry young man, has ended up at the same school. He finds Holmes fascinating and kind of scary. It’s clear from the beginning that they’re meant to be together as friends, colleagues, or maybe more?
If you liked the Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock, you’ll also like this fast-paced teen thriller/mystery. There are dead bodies, poison, snakes, a homecoming dance, and allusions to the original stories, as well as some good old sleuthing. Charlotte is mercurial, bewitching, and possibly crazy. James doesn’t always like it, but he’s along for the ride, and so are we. There are just enough crazy complications and creepy moments to make it original, so you keep wondering (and reading) up to the very end.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro