A Study in Charlotte is the first in the Charlotte Holmes series. Brittany Cavallaro puts an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters by imagining what their descendants would be like. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson meet at boarding school in Connecticut. Holmes has been solving crimes since she was a young child, and Watson is a typical teenage boy. When a fellow student turns up dead, the pair strike up a fated friendship and set to solving the case.
I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have watched the BBC show Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. movies, so I am familiar with the characters. I really enjoyed this reimagining of the classic characters. The murders in this book seem to be copycats of the murders in the Sherlock Holmes books, so that added an extra element to the plot.
The gender swap was fun. Charlotte is as aloof and unemotional as her great-great-great grandfather and Watson is devoted to her, just as he ancestor was to Sherlock. The book is written from Jamie’s point of view. I don’t read many books narrated by male characters, so that was interesting. His narration includes a lot of emotional turmoil, sarcasm, and other humor. The audio book was very well done.
I was very excited that the second book was already out when I read this one, so I could immediately get more of these characters.
Rating: 4 Stars