The Case For Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

“The two of us, we’re the best kind of disaster. Apples and oranges. Well, more like apples and machetes.”  ― Brittany CavallaroA Study in Charlotte


It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.


Where to start with The Case for Jamie.

I know. It was about a year since the second novel came out and things went nuts in The Last of August. So, when I learned that The Case for Jamie would be told through both Jamie and Charlotte’s perspectives, I was rather disappointed.

When I began reading it actually proved to be a bit of an issue.

Not because I didn’t like what I was reading, but because I realized very quickly that I preferred Charlotte’s perspective to Jamie.

Her chapters were short and precise and seemed to shed some light on the character that, even after two books, felt mysterious. Her assessment of the world around her, bundled with emotions and attempts to rationalize her surroundings, interested me as they weren’t what I would have expected after reading two novels from Jamie’s perspective alone.

There is one thing that has to be said about The Case for Jamie though and it’s not exactly positive. The book almost drags for the first 200 pages. It’s a lot of mundane details about what’s happening in Jamie’s life and random bursts of information from Charlotte.

Honestly, I may have preferred Charlotte’s chapters more simply because I found Jamie to be insufferable.

In the last 150 pages or so, things pick up and take it’s readers back to a time before a dual perspective.

Overall, I enjoyed The Case for Jamie but not nearly to the level of the first two novels.

I gave it 4/5 stars, and a lot of that came from the ending.

Have you read the third Study in Charlotte novel? What were your thoughts?

2 thoughts on “The Case For Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

  1. I just started it a couple of days ago and I agree with most of what you said. I’m finding it the reverse though, I’m sort of preferring Jamie over Charlotte’s narrative. But I get what you are saying about them both. I am glad to hear that others are struggling with the dual narrative and that it does pick up eventually. Thanks for the review.

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