- Hardcover: 287 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (5 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062840223
- ISBN-13: 978-0062840226
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old-school Sherlockian. She is the author of the Charlotte Holmes novels as well as the poetry collection Girl-King and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she's a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in Michigan with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps. Find her at her website, www.brittanycavallaro.com, or on Twitter @skippingstones.
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I will say that this book was wayyyy more focused on the storyline of Charlotte, and where her and Jamie end up, rather than the mystery at hand. I loved the ending though, which I suspect some may disagree. It was very satisfying because it felt real, like the characters would really end up the way they did.
Overall, mediocre book. But I forgive it because it’s Holmes and Watson.
I will say, this book felt almost like a bonus chapter to the overall series. The mystery wasn't the highlight of the story, in fact, it didn't even slightly endanger our protagonists, and wasn't personal in the least (i.e. no Moriarty was behind this mystery). It almost felt like a mystery that was handed to Charlotte so she could pass the time, while she figured out her feelings for Jamie and everything else that came along with it.
The main plot was Charlotte and Jamie. Their relationship. Charlotte's growth. Her character development, her coming to terms with herself and who she is and what she's become and what everything she's been through and everything she's been trained for has led her to. In fact, this whole book is narrated by Charlotte, unlike the first three books, so we have a good front row seat to everything she is feeling, thinking, analyzing.
I will say, I really wasn't a fan of the big revelation somewhere halfway through the book. The one revealed to Charlotte by her aunt. I felt that was a bit of an unnecessary twist to the story, and really took Charlotte several steps backwards. Then again...I can't fault the author, because these random twists are so typical of Holmes.
In short, a really strong end to the series, although it did feel a bit separate from the rest of the books. But I did enjoy seeing a different side to Charlotte, and focusing more on her relationship with Jamie rather than trying to stay alive.
Must read series!
In A Question of Holmes, the fourth and final book (so we're told) in the series, Charlotte and Jamie have found each other again through the twists and turns of book three and the mystery of who might be killing people and leaving orchids behind at the school theatre often takes a backseat to the readers' investment in Holmes and Watson and their burgeoning romantic relationship. Not that this is a romance, by any stretch. I doubt there's very little Cavallaro's Holmes does that could actually be considered "romantic," but over four books I've become very invested in the Holmes/Watson dynamic as interpreted by the author and foolishly just want everything to be OK for those crazy kids. Your mileage may vary on just what "OK" means for Charlotte and Jamie and how the story leaves them, but I know one thing. I wish there were more to come.
The mystery itself was very straightforward and was missing the excitement that I have come to expect. I would have been okay with that but the angst of the ill-fated romance between Watson and Holmes is just…well…..come on! With A Question of Holmes being the series ending book I can say that I wish that this series had just cut out the romance angle entirely. Sorry, but it left me feeling like Jamie deserved so much more and the epilogue gave me no relief because given the history in this series I just don’t believe it. I am torn on my feelings because I support Charlotte’s journey of personal discovery but I just feel that it was at the expense of my poor little heart. Overall, A Question of Holmes was a realistic way to end the series, given the history between the characters, but I felt a little underwhelmed.