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This book, "The Last of August" is the second book of the series. It continues the story of Charlotte and Jamie and things get messy. Charlotte becomes a more and more dangerous character to Jamie and their relationship grows toxic. The beginning of the book was calm and mellow until they wish that their was a nice crime to cure them of their boredom. Their wish was granted when Charlotte's uncle, Leander Holmes, goes missing. While they struggle to solve this murder Charlotte hides a secret from Jamie as well as Charlotte's family holds a secret from Charlotte. This results in a very messy situation in the end.
I would rate this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the plot at the beginning but as the book continued it became harder and harder to understand what exactly was happening. There was no 'Ah hah!" moment as there is in other Sherlock Holmes books.
Wow. Started off well and I was getting pulled into the storyline. Then things took a messy turn. The “love story” portion seems pretty toxic and made me want Jamie to get the heck away from Charlotte. And the “mystery” was cumbersome. It seemed like a lot of nothing was happening and the characters weren’t getting any closer to solving the case(s). I was hoping for some clarity or a big ‘ah-ha’ moment at the end to save the book for me.
Even after all of that, I have to say that I enjoyed the first 70% of the book. But that last 30% makes me think I will skip the rest of the series and move on to something better.
For fans of Sherlock Holmes retelling...this teen series is fun!
A solid 3.5 stars for this second installment in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy. This is intricately plotted and like the original Sherlock, Charlotte continues to be an enigma. Watson continues to make you want to root for him. I enjoyed the small interlude where we heard the story from Charlotte's perspective in this story. There are many questions yet unanswered. Must hang in there for the third chapter.
An entertaining series where Holmes is Charlotte Holmes and Watson is Jamie Watson. Both are teens who meet at an American boarding school. With one case under their belts, a visit home to Holme's family estate is the start of another one. The pair deal with missing relatives, the Moriartys and art fraud. The plot is way too convoluted, but still enjoyable and I'll probably read the next in the series, if there is another one.