BLOG TOUR: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Caravallo - Review + Favourite Quotes + Giveaway

Title: A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Retellings, Fiction, Romance, Thriller
Part of A Series?: Yes! Book 1 of 3 of the Charlotte Homes Series
I Got A Copy Through: Edelweiss Above The Tree Line

Synopsis: The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John 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 enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

Let me just start by saying that Sherlock is my JAM! I am a HUGE HUGE Sherlockian. 221B is my dream home, and I would probably kick your ass at Sherlock trivia, and so when I heard about A Study In Charlotte, I knew I HAD HAD HAD to have it! The entire idea was SO ingenious, and reading the synopsis should make any good Sherlock fan run and buy it!

To be honest, I didn't quite know what I was getting into. I was hoping that ASIC would be good enough to compare to Sherlock, and Brittany Caravallo you have WAY surpassed what I would have considered a good book!

For the first 20% of the book though, I was a little frustrated, and all due to one fact: Charlotte Holmes is EXACTLY like her great great grandfather, Sherlock, and I was sitting there wondering what the point of this book was if we just took Sherlock, changed his gender, and through him in our time as a teenager. 

And then, once I could SO clearly see her as Sherlock's descendant, did the book really start to take shape. AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

Holmes and Watson are being framed for murder. Murders recreated in same way as the original Sherlock books. And all while enjoying this GREAT book, I was completely fangirling in my head. It was AWESOME! I'm not going to tell you much more, but I will say if you have your reservations about reading what sounds like a Sherlock Fanfic, trust me, It will leave you fangirling and COMPLETELY spellbound, but never once give you the imitation that it isn't something new and brilliant!

I will leave you with this, though: Caravallo manages to combine the finesse of a Sherlock novel and the excitement of a YA thriller seamlessly in A Study in Charlotte! READ IT!


'There were a lot of answers to that not-question: I'm a Watson, it's generically impossible for me to suspect you or, in my imagination, you weren't ever a villain, you were always a hero.'

'It might have been a waste of time and money, but foe once, I understood it. Better to focus on pageantry than on death.'

'I learned the names of everything she played. She liked when I asked, and I liked to listen'

'You're questioning me about all there crazy crimes that I haven't committed, but someone wants you to think I've committed, and they've done such a good job of it that I almost believe I committed them too.'
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Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the author of the poetry collection Girl-King (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she's a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches creative writing, detective fiction, and lots of other things. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps. Find her at her website,, or on Twitter @skippingstones.

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