PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 1st March 2016
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.
Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes rolled into one. The idea of modern day decedents of Holmes and Watson was intriguing. Getting to examine the future generations of these characters was a treat. Charlotte and Jamie were informed by their predecessors but were their own characters. This is told in the first person from the perspective of Jamie Watson while he is at boarding school with Charlotte Holmes and they investigate the murder of a class mate. The mystery itself was not all I was expecting but I did enjoy it. I loved the friendship between these characters and while I can see some affection and romance blossoming I would be happy if they just remained good friends. I like that Charlottes character was not sugar coated, she is messed up and this shows through in her drug use and at times destructive behaviour. The relationship between herself and Jamie is often times what saves her. There is definitely more that can be explored in these characters and their family trees that I am hoping to see in future books. Overall, a good start to a new series with an interesting concept. I am interested to continue on the journey with Charlotte and Jamie.
Keep Calm and Read On,