Title: A Study In Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins Publishers)
About the book: When Jamie Watson, descendant of Dr. Watson, moves to a school in America on a rugby scholarship, he doesn’t expect to run into Charlotte Holmes, descendant of Sherlock Holmes, and he certainly doesn’t expect to be accused of committing crimes, straight out of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories.
Can Holmes and Watson catch the real criminal before they get into serious trouble?
What I thought: This was a very interesting, and different incarnation of the classic Sherlock Holmes books. I liked how the book read – it wasn’t too basic, but it also didn’t require much background knowledge on Sherlock Holmes, or crime novels.
I liked the character of Charlotte Holmes because, although there were very prominent personality points that were obviously very ‘Sherlock-y’ (e.g. crime-solving ability, anti-socialist behaviour and drug addiction), there was also something new brought to the table because she is a teenage girl.
I would recommend this book for ages 14+ as it contains references to drugs, sex and violence.