“A Study In Charlotte” By Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study In Charlotte has the modern day descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson team up to solve a mysterious murder in the swanky Connecticut private school they both attend.  Fans of both the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories and the television series Sherlock and Elementary will  enjoy this take on the characters.

Sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson, the great-great grandson of Dr. John H. Watson meets up  with Sherlock Holmes’ great-great granddaughter Charlotte at the private boarding school Sherringford in Connecticut, which they both attend as students.  When a fellow student & rugby player Jamie had a disagreement with is suddenly murdered, suspicion points to Jamie (the book’s narrator) as the most obvious suspect.  And Charlotte is suspected of being his accomplice!

More strange things occur on the campus, including an attempted murder of a co-ed with a crush on Jamie, a car chase, Charlotte’s possible drug habit, Jamie’s issues with anger and his father,and the slow realization that an old enemy may be behind the crimes.  There’s an exciting climax that clears up everything, while allowing the two protagonists to grow and develop as human beings.

The first in a proposed trilogy, A Study In Charlotte is a lot of fun.  Can’t wait for the next installment!

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