Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro

I enjoyed The Last of August, but I just wasn’t as attached to the characters as I was in the first book, A Study in Charlotte. This book picks up right where the first book left off. Jamie and Charlotte are in England for the Christmas holiday. They spend most of their time with Charlotte’s family, and the mystery in this book centers around Charlotte’s Uncle Leander, who’s gone missing. Watson and Holmes travel to Berlin and Prague, getting wrapped up in the illegal art auction scheme.

The plot in this book was a lot more complicated, but I didn’t find it as interesting. Also, Charlotte doesn’t let Jamie into her work as much as she did in the first book, and I missed having Jamie report on her deductions and incredible intellect. Overall, Charlotte just seemed less Holmes-ish, which disappointed me.

I still enjoyed being inside Jamie’s head, and there was even one section told from Charlotte’s point of view, which was kind of interesting. I just didn’t love this book like I did the first. I will still read the next book of course. I think sometimes 2nd books are hard, so I won’t judge this one too harshly. It’s still worth reading if you’re invested in the series.

Rating: 3 Stars

The Last of August
Charlotte Holmes #2
Brittany Cavallaro
Young Adult Fiction
Katherine Tegen Books
February 14, 2017

In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie and Charlotte are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved Uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

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    1. I didn’t hate it, but yeah, not as good. Second books in series are always hard I think. Maybe wait for book 3 to come out, and then read both of them.

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