A Study in Charlotte
Imagine a world where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were real people, and their descendants still lived and interacted with each other. Imagine their great-great-great-grandkids attended boarding school together. And, well, you have the plot of Brittany Cavallaro’s wonderful series — A Study in Charlotte, The Last of August, A Case for Jamie, and A Question of Holmes. I’m grouping the four of them together, because I read them in super-quick succession. They were just deeply enjoyable, inventive, and who cares that they are young adult, you should read them too.
The plot is described above: Sherlock Holmes’ great-great-great-granddaughter, Charlotte, ends up at school with Watson’s great-great-great-grandson, Jamie. When Jamie arrives, he tries to befriend Charlotte, but she’s not interested. THEN: a student that agitated the both of them is murdered, and suddenly, they are pushed together to solve a crime they know they didn’t commit. Narrated from Jamie’s perspective, you find yourself rooting for them to succeed. Yet, the story is intimately rooted in the lives of teenagers. There’s hormones, confused feelings, messed-up families, addiction, and school! The second, third, and fourth books in the series are a bit darker — expanding on the themes and plot that began in the first — but it all ends with a really satisfying conclusion. (And the fourth one is almost entirely narrated by Charlotte, which I loved!)
Series rating: ★★★★★
PS. Not just for fans of Sherlock Holmes!! Start with the first book.