Us two non-Sherlockians were taken by storm when Brittany Cavallaro created two characters we couldn't resist loving. See why you need to read The Last of August (and A Study in Charlotte, the first in the series!).
Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster. What's up with our pair in this story?
CJ: Oh my gosh what is NOT up with these two in this story?! Brittany added in the whole Holmes clan so you know there's bound to be drama. Jamie is still pining for Charlotte and Charlotte still has her hands in stuff she shouldn't. So, you know, the usual.
NS: Jamie and Charlotte are this dynamic pair trying to navigate the tricky path of friendship, survival and, of course, crime solving in the only manner that Holmes and Watson can. Their banter and chemistry is off the charts, and they fluctuate between friendship to partners in crime solving to an intense romance to enmity. It's all very angsty.
Let's talk about the characters who get a bigger role in this book, those pesky Moriartys. What do you think of their role in this story?
CJ: All I knew about the Moriartys before this book was that they were no bueno. So when we learned of Charlotte and August's past in the previous book, I was all SAY WHAT! I knew there were going to be repercussions. Not sure Charlotte (and Jamie) deserved what happens, though!
NS: This story has a super twisty plot and Charlotte and Jamie have have their hands full. Charlotte's mother is slowing being poisoned causing them to look for her missing uncle Leander. Their hunt for him leads them into the world of art forgery in Berlin and reunites Charlotte with the Moriarty who broke her heart and whose life she ruined, hello August. This adventure also leads them to Hadrian and Phillipa (August's brother and sister) and their schemes, not to mention Lucien (August's other sibling) who seeks revenge on Charlotte for what she did to August. All of it makes for a very interesting story.
August is set in a different setting than Charlotte. What role did setting play in the overall story arc?
CJ: I love hat Brittany took them away from school. Changing the setting brought even more depth to the two of them and added the opportunity to bring in new characters. So we saw people we might not have seen if they stayed in the school.
NS: Since A Study in Charlotte mainly occurred while they were in school, it was a bit more thrilling in the Last of August to have these two characters travel around the globe. I liked seeing them outside of the school setting and the varied locations gave the story an added layer of romance, intrigue and adventure.
What's in it for Sherlockians and non-Sherlockians alike?
CJ: There are easter eggs that only Sherlock fans will get but they don't detract from the story at all. The characters are what make this book. Really.
NS: Since I am a late blooming Sherlockian I cannot speak for those that have been Sherlock fans for years but I am sure they will love the way the story unfolds; in typical Sherlock fashion....fast, intelligent and very thrilling. Just when you think you have it all figured out.....
What do you predict will happen in the third book in the series?
CJ: Is it too much to hope for a big reunion between the families? Yeah, probably LOL.
NS: That they will finally get to bump uglies!! The angst between Jamie and Charlotte is killlllling me! I am just a sucker for romance.
ICYMI We recently had a book talk on A Study in Charlotte!
The Last of August
by Brittany Cavallaro
Published: February 14th 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.
Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.
A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.
Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.
What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.