The ‘new’ game is afoot

When I traveled to Arizona in October, I needed a book to read. My daughter recommended A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.

But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.”

Sadly, I have never read a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Moreover, of the countless screen versions of this crime solving duo, I have only watched the two Guy Ritchie films starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Though from what I’m told, the Benedict Cumberbatch series was amazing. So, I welcomed the chance to read this updated version of the classic story. Oh, her name is Charlotte Holmes, by the way.

“Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.” 

The opportunity to dwell in a new read was great fun. The generational AND gender spin on this infamous power couple was a unique concept. Taking it a step further and targeting the Young Adult genre was brilliant. Teen-aged angst is successfully peppered into the story line – as is the reality of what unfolds. Damn familial ties. So hard to break.

“You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.” 

Ironically, Watson is anything but silent in this novel. The book is written in HIS first person point of view NOT Charlotte’s. What would Sherlock say, eh?

“No man burdens his mind with small matters unless he has some very good reason for doing so.”  

This series is no small matter. I commend Ms. Cavallaro’s reason for doing so – it really was very good. A solid read. I’ve never been fond of ‘series’ anything. Too many things in life linger out of sheer nature. I like my reading to be unburdened.

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.” 

The author is a Chicago native that attended Interlochen here is Northern, MI. Now, she teaches Creating Writing at the school.

I never intended to post about the book when I began reading. If I had, I would’ve jotted down a few memorable lines rather than using those of Arthur Conan Doyle. Though I must say, Sherlock’s words do add flair to my postal offering. My decision to do so was simply … elementary!?

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