Hi All! It’s Becky, again. Over the past year I have been trying to get caught up with Brittany Cavallaro’s Charlotte Homes series before the last book comes out in March and I finally got to listen to the audio book of the third book in the series which was just as great as the other books in the series. You can read my reviews for the other books in this series: A Study in Charlotte here and The Last of August here.
Title: The Case for Jamie
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Almost a year after the events in The Last of August Jamie Watson is trying make his life as normal as possible. Jamie is back at his American boarding school, he has a new girlfriend, and he hasn’t heard from Charlotte Holmes since the night August Moriarty died. However, when a series of events make it obvious that someone is trying to set up Jamie he must do whatever it takes to protect himself…even if that means reaching out to his absentee best friend.
Review: I have enjoyed this series more and more with each book. A Study in Charlotte felt like a basic retelling of Sherlock Homes but over the course of the next two books the series evolved into much more. The Case for Jamie has the same great mystery aspects as the other books. The course the story takes is filled with surprises and the clues to the mystery perfectly sprinkled throughout making it a great whodunnit. However, what elevated this book from other teen mysteries is that Cavallaro gave us much more of Charlotte’s narrative. We got to see inside her head more than in any of the other book and it was a fascinating look at a mind that is unable to ever be quiet. We get to see how she thinks, how she plots, and what her true feelings are for Jamie. Charlotte’s thoughts are the perfect juxtaposition to Jamie’s narrative as he tries to find the person behind the attacks on him and as he grapples with his feelings for Charlotte. Their narratives are tied together to make a perfect mystery that is heartfelt and just a little romantic that left me desperate for the next book in the series.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5