ARC Review: DNF A Study in Charlotte


23272028A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John 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 enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.


I had high hopes for this book, I mean, just look at that cover!  I loved the idea of a YA Sherlock and Watson. Unfortunately I DNF’d this book at chapter three.

I hear you asking, chapter three? Isn’t that a bit soon to decide whether you’ll like a book or not? Perhaps, but there were just some things I couldn’t get past.

The first being the setting.  Jamie and Charlotte’s story is set in Connecticut, not London.  Now both Jamie and Charlotte are English, but find themselves at a Prep School in Connecticut.  I would have much preferred to read a story set in England.

The second issue was that by the third chapter, there were so many drug/alcohol/sexual references– not to mention the F-bombs.  Oh look, the mayor’s daughter is buying drugs from the skeevy townie drug dealer, or, I bet all of Charlotte’s money is going up her nose.  I’m sure this is how the author believes that kids in an elite private school act, but for me it was very Cruel Intentions.

Get with the times Old Lady, Sherlock was a heroine addict! I hear ya,  I do.  But for me, these were just things I couldn’t get past.  They bother me and I don’t think they’re necessary for a good story.  BUT, that is just my opinion.   I know a lot of you are excited to read this book and probably won’t be bothered by the aforementioned things.  That’s great!  Even though A Study in Charlotte wasn’t my cup of tea, I hope that if you take the time to read it, you enjoy the story.


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