Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: Mind Games
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 15th 2015
Genres: General, Law & Crime, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more… FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads. FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene. FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted. FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets. OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.
I’ve been on a serious Sherlock kick lately. It all started with the Every Series by Ellie Marney (and I highly recommend that one) and basically since then, if you mention Sherlock in the summary, I’m guaranteed to grab it.
Lock & Mori is set in modern-day London where Sherlock Holmes and James “Mori” Moriarty are high school students. (Mori’s a girl by the way.)Neither really fit in … Sherlock is a bit of an outcast and Mori, since the loss of her mother, has shied away from anyone at school.
A death in the local park and some inept police work have Lock convincing Mori that they can solve this and the other suspicious deaths that have been happening.
The one rule – they have to share each and every clue they might uncover with each other… but Mori has secrets… and she isn’t sharing those with anyone.
I truly enjoyed this first book – I’m horribly excited to see that there are a couple more planned in the series too!
I have to say right off the bat that I was surprised (and quite happy) with how much the relationship was built up between Lock & Mori… especially if you consider who Moriarty is in the original Sherlock books. I loved it though and it makes me so excited to see what Petty has planned for the remaining books, especially with that last line!
While I had a few things figured out pretty early on, that didn’t make the story any less enjoyable. I actually thought the plot progressed really well, and the mystery around what is happening was intriguing and kept me reading.
If I had any complaint, I definitely would have liked to learn more about Lock. This very much felt like Mori’s story alone, and I just wanted to know more about him. Sure we get some vague details, but I really wanted to connect more with him and I think getting a bit more of his life would have helped.
That said, what we do get of Lock was wonderful – he’s smart and sweet and a bit awkward which totally endeared him to me.
Mori, on the other hand, was frustrating for me… I totally understood that she was emotionally detached a lot of the time because of what she had going on at home, but there were definite times where I wanted to pinch her and tell her to stop making stupid decisions. I also wanted her to confide more in Lock… did I mention he’s adorable and super sweet… It will be interesting to see what Petty does with this story line.. I predict a bit of heartbreak.
Overall an excellent start to a series I’m very excited to continue! If you’re a fan of mystery and anything having to do with Sherlock, I think you’ll enjoy this take on the characters and the stories.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
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