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I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles.  (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).

A Study in Charlotte / Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte - Brittany Cavallaro

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they

can trust are each other.




***The Summer of Sherlock 2019*** 

This is a cute and somewhat melodramatic version of a Holmes story. Time has moved on, James Watson is the great-great-great grandson of Dr. John Watson. He has been exiled from his beloved London to a boarding school in Connecticut, only to find Charlotte Holmes already there and with quite the reputation for herself. Of course, they end up trying to solve a mystery together, mostly in self defense as either one of them has a motive for killing their classmate. 

In some ways, this reminded me of The Name of the Star. Charlotte’s room-mate, Lena, reminded me of Rory’s roomie in that book. There isn’t the same paranormal aspect to this novel, but the whole boarding school vibe definitely made me link them in my mind.

I found it interesting that the author made all of these families (Watsons, Holmes, and Moriartys) work into the story, but also mentioned the Doyles. Mixing the fictional and the real, but with heavy emphasis on the fictional. And of course it makes sense that there would be descendents of all of the families available to interact in the modern world.

I’ve already requested the next volume to see where this series takes Charlotte and Jamie.