Backlist Reviews

Backlist Review: Charlotte Holmes Series

Title: A Study in Charlotte, The Last of August, The Case for Jamie, A Question of Holmes (The Charlotte Holmes Series #1-4)

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: Audiobooks, preformed by Graham Halstead and Julia Whelan

A Study in Charlotte on Goodreads

The Last of August on Goodreads

The Case for Jamie on Goodreads

A Question of Holmes on Goodreads

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Rating: Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Study in Charlotte: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Last of August: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Case for Jamie: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Question of Holmes: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: This is one of my favorite series ever and by far my favorite Contemporary YA series!

I love Sherlock Holmes. I love the stories; I love the BBC Show; I love the RDJ movies. So when I discovered this series I was very excited to read it and experience this new take on Holmes and Watson.

This series imagines Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson as real people and focuses on their descendants, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, teenagers attending boarding school in America. I love this concept and I think Cavallaro does an amazing job presenting these original characters in the modern world.

While I bought the books as they came out I didn’t actually read them till 2019 when the fourth and last book was published. And in the end I decided to listen to them as audiobooks and I’m so glad I made those decisions. Graham Halstead and Julia Whelan do an amazing job as Jamie and Charlotte and their performance for each book was spot on. I can’t imagine experiencing these books any other way.

The first book in this series, A Study in Charlotte, is probably my favorite. I loved meeting Charlotte and Jamie and watching them navigate their relationship when they first meet. I also really enjoyed the cast of characters we meet in this book from the other students, the teachers, Jamie and Charlotte’s family and the detectives they “work” with. It’s a really enjoyable cast.

While I enjoyed the mysteries Charlotte and Jamie have to solve in each book, what I most liked about this series were the personal experiences both Charlotte and Jamie go through. Charlotte, much like her ancestor, has a drug problem which she deals with and that Jamie supports her through, throughout the books. Jamie, like his ancestor, wants to be a writer but he doesn’t quite know what kind of writer he wants to be. Charlotte and Jamie have several other life events/circumstances they have to navigate throughout the series which I won’t discuss here as I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have yet to read the series.

This is a fun, fast-paced series that’s fun and easy to dive into. The characters are interesting and multi-dimensional and every reader will find some to relate to. The plot is engaging and will keep you guessing right to the end. This is a great series for teens and adults a like.

Up Next: Cavallaro’s next book is set during the Chicago’s Worlds Fair in an alternate history where America is a monarchy! Check out Muse over on Goodreads!

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