Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
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.
My Rating: ⭐⭐
2.5??? I honestly don’t know to be honest.
Ahh, isn’t being immensely disappointed by a book you were sure you were going to love just the bestest feeling in the world?
A Study in Charlotte is the story of Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, the descendants of the famous Sherlock and Watson, who attend a boarding school in America where things start going wrong. And by things start going wrong I mean people are getting murdered and these two get tangled up in it.
I’ve basically pining after this book for the past two years and finally I bought it and read and … I did not have an enjoyable reading experience to say the least.
Straight away I didn’t find myself loving this as much as I’d expected. This is told from Jamies point of view and I really didn’t connect with him as a character all that much and it didn’t help that I didn’t like the writing style either.
I found it to be very complicated and that things moved simultaneously really fast and yet so slow all at the same time. It was like things would be revealed and then it would move away from that so fast leaving you even more confused and yet the actual story would barely progress.
I had the sense that the book was close to finishing so many times before I was even halfway through.
This book kind of reminds of Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. It had the same classic murder mystery style. Truly Devious wasnt a book I loved! but I did find it more enjoyable then this. I think this style of mystery isn’t something that clicks with me. I think I might be more of a suspense, thriller kind of girl instead of the more classic feeling novels.
Something I did appreciate about this though it the British dialect in this. For example this was the first time in a long time I’ve read the word “mobile” or “mobile phone” as opposed to “cell phone” and it’s a random thing I really appreciated.
I haven’t decided yet on whether or not I want to continue on with the series. There’s some novels where the writing style is the reading equivalent of nails on chalkboard (at least for me, for others this sentence probably makes no sense) and I think this may be one of them.