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Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are the great-great-great-grandchildren of the John Watson and Sherlock Holmes, the chronicler and his infamous detective. Both of them attend Sherringford, an elite boarding school in Connecticut, and they have inherited certain characteristics and habits of their ancestors. When a fellow classmate both of them have history with gets murdered, it appears as if the murderer is trying to recreate "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" from the classic Holmes stories published by John Watson's literary agent, Arthur Conan Doyle. As the danger increases, Jamie and Charlotte realize they can only trust each other.
If you've been paying attention, you'll know that Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are a couple of my all-time favorite characters, so of course I was interested by this concept of this YA reworking featuring their present day teenage descendants. It was a fine story, but I found myself underwhelmed by this story. Don't get me wrong though, the mystery kept me guessing and the pacing is decent. Jamie and Charlotte are, for the most part, fleshed out characters - Jamie, who vaguely resembles a hipster James Dean, wants to write stories like his ancestor and Charlotte has been trained to live up to the family name yet can't escape the (apparently genetic) drug habit. However, I was still underwhelmed by this novel. It took me longer than I would have liked to get invested in these most recent incarnations of my favorite characters. I think that's because neither Charlotte nor Jamie are all that unique compared to other takes on Holmes and Watson.
By the way, I also listened to this on audiobook, which took me a little while to get used to when hearing the "voices" of both characters. That's primarily because Jamie's accent is all over the place - he normally speaks with an American accent, but when he gets worked up he starts to slide into a London accent which made it difficult to differentiate between Jamie and Charlotte at times. There just isn't enough vocal difference between the characters to easily keep in mind who happens to speaking.
Overall, A Study in Charlotte offers a decent mystery and features familiar if not a unique take on classic characters. If you're a fan of the adventures of Holmes and Watson and are just itching for your next fix (see what I did there) before the premiere of the fourth series of Sherlock, you may want to look into Cavallaro's brand new series. Me though? I think I'll stick with Cumberbatch and Freeman to bring Holmes and Watson into the twenty-first century.
I listened to this audiobook from July 17 - 21, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.