Thursday, February 9, 2017

ARC Review: The Last of August by Britanny Cavallaro

The Last of August
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes Novel (Book 2)
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (February 14, 2017)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: Jamie Watson is spending his Christmas Break with his friend Charlotte Holmes at her family home where he is seeing how totally dysfunctional her family is. The only one who seems vaguely normal is her uncle Leander who was his father's best friend and roommate while they were in college.

When Leander disappears it sends Jamie and Charlotte on a hunt for him through the world of art forgery in Berlin. It also reunites Charlotte with the Moriarty who broke her heart and whose life she ruined. August has been hiding out from his family with her eccentric older brother Milo who runs a security business.

This story has a really twisty plot. They are dealing with a missing uncle, Charlotte's mother being slowly poisoned, August's brother and sister Hadrian and Phillipa's art forgery scheme, and August's brother Lucien's desire to have revenge on Charlotte for what she did to August.

The book is primarily narrated by Jamie who is also trying to figure out his relationship with Charlotte. They go from friendship to partners in detection to a romance to enmity in multiple variations in this story.

Fans of mysteries the keep the reader guessing will enjoy this twisty story.

Favorite Quote:
"We hadn't had a run-in with the Moriartys in twenty years. Memories fade. It seemed like a good idea at the time."

"That'll be written on a few tombstones before this is over," I said.

"You have quite the mordant sense of humor." His eyes went faraway. "Still, I wonder if you're right. The cycle's beginning all over again."
I received this one for review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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