I recently finished the third installment Charlotte Holmes Series by Brittany Cavallaro, The Case for Jamie.
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Rating: 4.99 Stars
It cannot be put into words how sad I am that the Charlotte Holmes series is ending. By no means do I pretend to know all there is to know about Sherlock Holmes, but when I stumbled upon a female re-telling of modern day Sherlock I couldn’t pick up a copy fast enough.
This series begins with A Study in Charlotte. It is within this book that we grasp Charlotte Holmes’ quirks, and Jamie Watson’s teenage boyish charm. Both Charlotte and Jamie are decedents of the famous Sherlock Holmes and James Watson, whom end up at the same boarding school after a series of unfortunate (read: fortunate) events.
In book two, The Last of August, we are whisked to Europe as we discover Charlotte’s family life and become introduced to the infamous Moriarty family. This book strays from the boarding school setting and provides an action-packed Holmes family drama, allowing a deeper look at how Charlotte became the teenage prodigy that she is. So, unsurprisingly The Case for Jamie allows Jamie Watson’s family to take center stage as the Moriarty family drama continues amidst a “missing” Charlotte Holmes.
I closely follow the Sherlock series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch on PBS (seriously go watch this on Netflix NOW if you haven’t seen it yet) and have watched several big screen Sherlock Holmes renditions (meh) and thus feel I possess enough “knowledge” to pronounce author Brittany Cavallaro nails it! From the coming together of two separately strong characters, Watson & Holmes, to the Moriarty escapades and ultimate disappearance of a Holmes, the Charlotte Holmes series captures it all with a modern young adult twist. Beyond that, Cavallaro has melded the classic, drug-addicted Sherlock Holmes into a brilliantly tortured female Charlotte Holmes lead. If you haven’t picked up book one of this series, RUN to your nearest bookstore and get started!