Sherlock has finally returned to television, so what better time to read a new interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic sleuth? A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, posits that Holmes and Watson each had families and children who followed in their famous ancestors footsteps all the way to modern times. Cavallaro creates a history for the families of Holmes and Watson, transforming them into semi-dynastic clans that often pursue the ideals set forth by the family founder. Against this backdrop, the reader is introduced to James Watson, the great-great-great grandson of the famous chronicler John Watson, as he moves, unhappily, from England to Connecticut to start his semester on a rugby scholarship at an expensive and elite private school near his estranged father. There he meets the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte, who takes after her famous ancestor to a troubling degree, including his substance abuse issues. They do not really connect until James is implicated in the murder of a student. Together, James and Charlotte set out to clear his name and uncover the truth. However, nothing is as simple as it seems, and as James and Charlotte dig into the mystery, a more sinister force emerges from the shadows.
A skillful reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes universe that is chock full of references to the source materials that fans of the original tales will enjoy. Cavallaro also offers an imaginative reinterpretation of Holmes and Watson as modern day teenagers. Overall, an engaging mystery that heralds the start of new series and a return to beloved characters. Suggested for ages 14 and up who enjoy mysteries, adventure, and reinterpretations.