A Study in Charlotte Book Review

A Study in Charlotte is the first book in the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro.


Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.

But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.


This book gave me Elementary vibes as we meet Jamie Watson in America in a boarding school called Sherringford. It is a fantastic and well written young adult mystery novel.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes definitely compliment each other out as protagonists. Charlotte Holmes is extremely intelligent and calculated and reminds me completely of Sherlock Holmes by her deductions and her vices, even the way she plays the violin. James Watson is grounded and supportive, but seems impulsive and is heavily led by the stories of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

Their friendship seems fated as their shared ancestry leads to a more individual connection. They are best friends first but romantic feelings are beginning to form in the book, I feel like it will be a slow burn romance. It is refreshing to see a friendship grow first.

I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to any reader who loves mystery novels.

5/5 stars

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