I don’t know what it is lately, but I’ve really been enjoying mysteries and thrillers. It helps that the ones I’ve read lately have been really good. A few years ago I read the first book in the Charlotte Holmes series, A Study in Charlotte. To finally be able to continue the series I decided to do a reread of the first book. So today I’m going to tell you about this book and what I thought.
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
I read A Study in Charlotte for the first time in March 2016, so a reread was definitely necessary. I’m always surprised by how much I forget in a few years, haha. Then again I read a lot and have to say doing a reread was actually a lot of fun and I ended up loving this book even more than the first time around.
A Study in Charlotte is a Sherlock Holmes retelling. I have to be honest and say that I’ve never read any of the stories, but have only seen movies and TV shows and was definitely intrigued. I will start off by saying that this book is definitely darker than a lot of YA books I’ve read. That being said it did fit the story! If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes there will be plenty of names and stories mentioned that you recognize.
Holmes and Watson are both descendants from the well known men with the same last names. This murder mystery was quite interesting and I honestly had no clue how it would all end. I tried solving along with our main characters, but even with a few things guessed right there were so many twists I didn’t see coming. My favorite part of this story was Charlotte explaining things she saw. It’s such an interesting way to look at people and the world. Not sure how happy it would make me though.
The connection between Holmes and Watson were very interesting as well as Watson’s relationship with his father. I’m curious to see how everything will play out as the series continues. Part of me does wish that we would get more from Charlotte’s POV. It would be interesting to get a look inside of her mind.
Even though I still have so many unread books I love coming back to books for a second time. It’s interesting to see what you forget and if there are any details you missed the first time. Do you ever reread books?