Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany CavallaroA Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 1st 2016
Genres: Mystery/Suspence, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 321
Source: Edelweiss

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.
A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.


“Watson,” she said again. I didn’t know if she meant it as a warning or an endearment. but then, I never knew, with her.

I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, of the books, of the movies, the BBC version, all! And so keeping that in mind, I took my expectation down a notch for this book, and I’m happy to report this was a fun re-imagination!

Teens Charlotte Holmes, great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock, and Jamie Watson, great-great-grandson of John, meet for the first time  in USA and it’s almost instant murder and mayhem! I really enjoyed the crime-solving duo. They were a bit awkward…okay, Jamie is awkward, Charlotte is cynic, but they do have a lovely chemistry with this back-and-forth that balances out their personalities. (An amendment: Just wanted to add, I feel like you’re sort of expected to know the characters of Holmes and Watson already, so there was a bit of lack of development in the character front regarding Charlotte and Jamie, that being said…) I like the dry humour and the sarcasm.

What were her demands? What does she want?”

“A pony,” she said.

I smiled against the pain. “The very prettiest pony in the land, on a golden lead. Only then will the favorite sidekick be cured.”

And in regards to the romance, I’m still not quite sure how I make of the potential spark, but I like that it’s left a bit ambiguous and confusing because that’s how Watson feels about Holmes, unsure and confused.

The story, true to classic Sherlock, is told from Jamie’s point of view, so it’s interesting to see Charlotte from his eyes, this very brilliant yet cold person. The confusing part of this book, in this universe, Sherlock Holmes is both a real person and a fictional book hero written by Arthur Conan Doyle. I did however like that Cavallaro incorporated Mycroft (aka. Milo) and the Moriartys! Oh and the fact that the Holmes and Watsons are a thing. Like that for each Holmes there is, there’s a Watson! Jamie’s dad’s list of informal suggestions of how to care for a Holmes, ha.

(39. Under all circumstances, do not allow Holmes to cook your dinner unless you have a taste for cold unseasoned broth)

(87. Hide all firearms before throwing Holmes a surprise birthday party)

Overall A Study in Charlotte was a fun and entertaining read. I liked the murder mystery and the Sherlock stories copycat crimes that Charlotte and Jamie get caught up in. It was dark in places but sprinkled with humour. I like that Jamie and Charlotte  bond over food. and I like that it was an easy flowing read and that there’s going to be more adventures to come (and definitely more Moriartys please).

{*Thanks to Katherine Tegen Books & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.



“You seemed so eager to do something I thought I might as well include you.”

“Um, thanks?”

“But tonight I’ll go alone. You’re about as stealthy as a lame elephant. See you later.” She patted me on the shoulder and took of down the path, leaving me behind, both charmed and insulted.


I brought her food, but it stayed untouched on the plate no matter how I tried to cajole her into eating. When I caught her taking twenty minutes to eat a single almond, I began to wonder if there was some kind of Watsonian guide for taking care and keeping of Holmeses.





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About Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the author of the Charlotte Holmes novels from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, including A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE and THE LAST OF AUGUST (forthcoming in February 2017). She's also the author of the poetry collection GIRL-KING (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she's a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps.

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12 Replies to “Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro”

  1. Sounds like you really enjoyed this one! I wasn’t too keen on this because I’m not the biggest Sherlock fan, but it sounds like it provides a different perspective.

    1. It was a light fluffy kind of indulgence read, nothing too deep but I enjoyed the characters (:

  2. I love Sherlock Holmes so this is on my read list! 🙂

    1. Yay! It was a cute fluffy read 😀

  3. This sounds like such a fun book!!

    1. I really liked the dry humour and sarcasm in the book 😉

  4. I am so excited for this book! Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are my favorites (my dog is actually named Sherlock), and I have been eagerly anticipating this book!

    1. Aww that’s so cute!
      Hope you enjoy it!! It was a fun read, though probably not as super developed as true Sherlock Holmes (so something just to keep in mind) it definitely had its moments!

  5. Cait @ Paper Fury says: Reply

    I’m glad you liked this one!! 😀 I had a bit more trouble with it…hehe, but I still thought it was a solidly good book. *nods* I just hoped for some more originality mixed in with the retelling? And I was confused that Watson’s name was James…I kept expecting him to be James Moriarty because of that. :O

    1. I can totally see what you mean about wanting more originality mixed it. I feel like you’re sort of expected to know the characters of Holmes and Watson already, so there was a bit of lack of development in the character front. But it was fun and fluffy for me.

      Ha, yes! I thought that was kind of weird. I need more Holmes/Moriatry stuff, haha.

  6. I liked the original book, the movies with Robert Downey Jr. and the show Sherlock but I was hesitant to pick this up because of some negative reviews I’ve read. Your review however makes me want to give A Study in Charlotte a chance. It does sound like a fun novel with a modern twist.

  7. Okay, don’t hate me, but I’m not much of a Sherlock fan (in my defence I haven’t read or seen anything, so it’s more that I haven’t gotten into it than I’m not a fan…honest) 😉 BUT THIS SOUNDS SO MUCH FUN. AND DRY HUMOUR IS MY FAVOURITE HUMOUR. Shame about the lack of character development, especially since I know nothing. But still, I love murder mysteries, and the graphic quote is adorable.

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