A Study in Charlotte: 06/18/16
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro is the first in the new YA mystery series, Charlotte Holmes. Imagine if the meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in A Study in Scarlet had been the start of two family legacies and a long standing tradition of there always being a Watson to keep a Holmes grounded. That's the idea behind this series.
It's the present day. It's Sherringford, CT. James "Jamie" Watson doesn't want to be here on a rugby scholarship. He doesn't want to be near his estranged father, his new wife and his much younger half siblings. But he is.
And he certainly doesn't want to be in the same private school with Charlotte Holmes. She has a reputation for a temper, for drug use, and for a police record.
When a student ends up dead in a way that mimics one of the original Holmes mysteries, Jamie and Charlotte are compelled to work together. Although the title is a direct reference to the first mystery it isn't a blow by blow reconstruction of it. It's more of a world building experience, outlying the histories of these two families, and the back stories of the two main characters.
I'm curious to read the next installment, The Last of August (2017). I hope now that the two are basically friends we'll get a more involved mystery.