Review: A Study in Charlotte

For fans of: SherlockElementary, Sherlock Holmes


James Watson has grown up hearing about Charlotte Holmes and her adventures solving crimes with Scotland Yard. So when he’s unceremoniously shipped to the very Connecticut boarding school she attends, the one bright spot is that he’ll finally get to meet her. But when students start being murdered in ways reminiscent of the Sherlock Holmes stories, the police turn a suspicious eye on James and Charlotte. Because James is one of those Watsons, and Charlotte is one of those Holmes, they’ll have to work together to solve the case and clear their names.

A Study in Charlotte is a seriously fun take on the Sherlock Holmes stories. It manages to tell a unique, thoroughly modern story while staying true to the spirit of the source material. James is an interesting, thoughtful narrator: self-aware enough to chafe at being seen as a sidekick, but without straying into navel-gazing territory. Charlotte is a delight to read: all the predilections and talent of Sherlock, but a Sherlock navigating the treacherous underbelly of high school. The mystery at the heart of the story will keep the reader guessing and, when the culprit is revealed, in true Holmes fashion, the reader will wonder how they ever could have missed it.



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