A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (2016)

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What it’s about: A modern Sherlock Holmesian story, where the Holmes character is actually his teenage great-great-great-granddaughter Charlotte who happens to meet and partner with teen great-great-great-grandson of Watson (also Watson) to solve the murder mystery they stumble upon.

What made me pick it up: I discovered this when someone put in a request for similar books in our online reader’s advisory service. It sounded great once I realized it wasn’t a typo so I checked it right out.

My favorite things: This book is a true caper and sucks you in from the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed going along with these characters and discovering  details as Watson did (Holmes is always many steps ahead). I liked the juxtaposition of Holmes being a woman and the thoughtful incorporation of Holmesian vices in a teenage landscape. A planned trilogy, I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

Who it’s great for: Teens or adults. Anyone willing to suspend disbelief and turn in for a very entertaining jaunt.

Erica’s Rating: four-shells

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