Staff Review: "A Study in Charlotte"
Jamie, a descendant of John Watson, is still adjusting to life at his new boarding school and recovering from a recent and disastrous encounter with Charlotte Holmes (descendent of Sherlock Holmes) when the pair become prime suspects in the death of a fellow student. It seems someone is intent on framing the duo, but who could it possibly be? They weren’t even a team—at least not yet. Indeed, the game is afoot in this delightful interpretation of Sherlock Holmes that dares to cast Sherlock as a teen girl who shares many of his less than illustrious traits (misanthropy and a weakness for opiates, for example) along with his powers of observation and deduction. Readers will enjoy the dynamic between the two leads as they puzzle out the current case and as Jamie tries to understand the mercurial and enigmatic Charlotte. It’s sharply written, witty, and inspired by the original source material which is deftly integrated into this book in a way that is accessible to readers new to the world of Sherlock. Teen and adult fans of the original Sherlock as created by Arthur Conan Doyle and well as fans of more recent interpretations on television (Sherlock/Elementary) are sure to enjoy this book, which is the first in a planned trilogy.