Saturday, January 16, 2016

Before I Read A Study in Charlotte

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite the old adage "Don't judge a book by its cover," a book's exterior often offers insight into the story inside and can even convince me to pick up a title I may not have otherwise read. I love talking about covers almost as much as I love talking about novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Release: March 1, 2016 from Katherine Tegen Books
The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John 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 enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.
Between its Sherlock Holmes-inspired roots, ominous mystery, and New England setting, A Study in Charlotte would have made it onto my TBR list regardless of its cover, but the beautiful image absolutely increases my excitement to pick up a copy. It's no secret that I'm a fan of hand-lettered fonts, and A Study in Charlotte's title makes brilliant use of them with strong, brushstroked capitals that transition into a similar-yet-softer script for the protagonist's name. The resulting combination creates a perfectly balanced sense of presence and welcoming, as if the book were politely-yet-insistently asking to be read.

Furthermore, the varied images circling the title serve to pique my (and certainly other readers') interest in the plot. Are they scenes from the story—and if so, how do they fit into the larger mystery at play? Only time (and reading the book) will tell, but for now, I'll appreciate their sleek and subtle artistry and theorize as to their significance.

Complete with three bold and eye-catching colors that complement each other perfectly, this cover is a work of art to behold. I'm sure I'll be saying the same for the story inside.


  1. I don't think I've ever taken the time to really look at this cover. I always get so excited about the summary that I forget the cover, but it really does enhance my desire to read this book. Even though it's a bit girly, I think it definitely has a mystery vibe to it. I cannot wait to read this one!

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

  2. I am so excited to read this and I definitely fell in love with the cover. Those colors, and yes the FONT! I really like how it's a twist on the "a study in SCARLET" title from the original Sherlock stories :D

  3. I LOVE the cover of this book.. the use of color was just so eye-catching.. The first time I saw this, I just stare at it. and that handwriting font!! I have this on my tbr! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  4. As shallow as it may sound, the cover is a very big part in my reading experience I've noticed. It's a nice bonus when it's beautiful on the shelf but the story inside matters too, of course. I was able to receive a sampler at the Epic Reads booth when I went to a convention last year and it already seems incredible. Hope you enjoy this one!


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