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