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The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes Novel) Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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Gr 9 Up—Picking up just weeks after A Study in Charlotte ended, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are on their Christmas break in London. Their friendship has taken a few steps back, though, and things seem tense. After Holmes's mother turns suddenly ill and her beloved uncle Leander goes missing, the game is afoot. The pair travel across Europe from Berlin to Prague, bickering all the way yet still making a great team. The book is nearly all from Watson's perspective, as was the first title in the trilogy, but a few chapters at the end are from Holmes's view, and they are worth the wait, filled with turns of phrase that only she could dream up. This delightful sequel introduces a mystery on a grander scale with much higher stakes while staying true to the flavor of an original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story. There are new characters, a kidnapping, poison, art fraud, narrow escapes, danger, drama, and a final twist with a heap of delicious, complex sleuthing that will keep readers guessing until the end. No one is ever what or who they seem. VERDICT A strong purchase for fans of A Study in Charlotte and where mysteries are popular.—Kristen Rademacher, Marist High School, IL
“Beautiful prose, thrilling action, a touch of romance, and two complicated heroes to root for make this a not-to-be-missed sequel. Readers will be craving the final book in the trilogy.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Fans of the first Charlotte Holmes novel, A Study in Charlotte, will not be disappointed, and readers who are new to these characters will savor the fast-paced plot....This series is entirely un-put-downable. The Last of August will definitely leave readers anxiously awaiting the next installment.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“A thrilling twist on a classic. Readers will be pulled in by both the riveting mystery and Charlotte Holmes, a brilliant heroine with secrets of her own.” (Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Shades of London series)
“Cavallaro’s crackling dialogue, well-drawn characters, and complicated relationships make this feel like a seamless and sharp renewal of Doyle’s series. An explosive mystery featuring a dynamic duo.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on A Study in Charlotte)
“Fans of television’s Elementary and Sherlock will avidly devour this book...a joyous excuse to watch one of the literary world’s most beloved pairings come together.” (Booklist on A Study in Charlotte)
“Debut author Cavallaro brings Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuths (or their distant relatives, anyway) into the 21st century, casting Holmes as a brilliant young woman and Watson, who narrates, as her admirer and accomplice...An involving murder mystery, and a promising start to a planned trilogy.” (Publishers Weekly on A Study in Charlotte)
Top customer reviews
I could rave about this book all day and how it just turns up the volume on EVERYTHING I loved about A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE.
And the CHEMISTRY between Holmes and Watson. THE CHEMISTRY. Good lord almighty.
Buy this book and thank me.
Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster. What's up with our pair in this story?
CJ: Oh my gosh what is NOT up with these two in this story?! Brittany added in the whole Holmes clan so you know there's bound to be drama. Jamie is still pining for Charlotte and Charlotte still has her hands in stuff she shouldn't. So, you know, the usual.
NS: Jamie and Charlotte are this dynamic pair trying to navigate the tricky path of friendship, survival and, of course, crime solving in the only manner that Holmes and Watson can. Their banter and chemistry is off the charts, and they fluctuate between friendship to partners in crime solving to an intense romance to enmity. It's all very angsty.
Let's talk about the characters who get a bigger role in this book, those pesky Moriartys. What do you think of their role in this story?
CJ: All I knew about the Moriartys before this book was that they were no bueno. So when we learned of Charlotte and August's past in the previous book, I was all SAY WHAT! I knew there were going to be repercussions. Not sure Charlotte (and Jamie) deserved what happens, though!
NS: This story has a super twisty plot and Charlotte and Jamie have have their hands full. Charlotte's mother is slowing being poisoned causing them to look for her missing uncle Leander. Their hunt for him leads them into the world of art forgery in Berlin and reunites Charlotte with the Moriarty who broke her heart and whose life she ruined, hello August. This adventure also leads them to Hadrian and Phillipa (August's brother and sister) and their schemes, not to mention Lucien (August's other sibling) who seeks revenge on Charlotte for what she did to August. All of it makes for a very interesting story.
August is set in a different setting than Charlotte. What role did setting play in the overall story arc?
CJ: I love hat Brittany took them away from school. Changing the setting brought even more depth to the two of them and added the opportunity to bring in new characters. So we saw people we might not have seen if they stayed in the school.
NS: Since A Study in Charlotte mainly occurred while they were in school, it was a bit more thrilling in the Last of August to have these two characters travel around the globe. I liked seeing them outside of the school setting and the varied locations gave the story an added layer of romance, intrigue and adventure.
What's in it for Sherlockians and non-Sherlockians alike?
CJ: There are easter eggs that only Sherlock fans will get but they don't detract from the story at all. The characters are what make this book. Really.
NS: Since I am a late blooming Sherlockian I cannot speak for those that have been Sherlock fans for years but I am sure they will love the way the story unfolds; in typical Sherlock fashion....fast, intelligent and very thrilling. Just when you think you have it all figured out.....
What do you predict will happen in the third book in the series?
CJ: Is it too much to hope for a big reunion between the families? Yeah, probably LOL.
NS: That they will finally get to bump uglies!! The angst between Jamie and Charlotte is killlllling me! I am just a sucker for romance.
I raced through my first read because I HAD TO KNOW how it ended, but it was just as entertaining the second time around.
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I loved the first book but this one? I had a hard time following.Read more