Narrator: Graham Halstead, Julia Whelan
Series: Charlotte Holmes #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 14, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Length: 8 hrs 18 mins
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In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.
Jamie and Charlotte are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved Uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.
So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.
To be honest, I don’t really have much to say about this one. I enjoyed the first in the series, maybe partly because of the novelty but also because it was fun for the most part. This time around the Watson and Holmes were both a little more annoying and we didn’t get to spend much time with the characters I liked.
Maybe overall is was a little too full of YA drama for a mystery for me. Yes, you’re angry and jealous and whiny – I’m tired of hearing about it. Yes, you have a variety of issues, few of which are your fault, but you should definitely see a therapist. Can we get back to the mystery?
But then the mystery’s a bit disappointing. And I hated the ending.
The thing is, I really want to like this series. Since it’s only a trilogy, I’ll probably borrow the last from the library when it comes out and hope it makes up for this one. I hope the next one’s back at the school; I think the move to Germany as a setting was a mistake.