A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Challenge #22 ~ “A book by an author you haven’t read before.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

My opinion in three sentences:

As contemporary stories inspired by classical literature go, this was really enjoyable. It was a great read with plot twists, some fab pacing and it settled the reader in whether they were uber-fans of Sherlock Holmes or not. The characterisation was a little lacking, however, and I had a few issues with the pacing of the plot.

(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:

Despite my hesitations on the pacing, there remained elements of the book that, like with the original works, were unpredictable and unforeseeable, which made for some great plot twists and dramatic moments.

A warning for the book:

For me, Cavallaro’s solution in providing evidence against Holmes & Watson’s supposed crimes was only sufficient to clear them of one of the crimes, not all, and as such it wasn’t as strong a mystery as it could have been. Big reveals also came a little too early and abruptly for my liking, which didn’t help with maintaining momentum in the mid-to-end.

Recommended for fans of:

  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

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