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Review: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock & MoriTitle: Lock & Mori

Author: Heather W. Petty

Genre: YA Mystery

Series: Lock & Mori (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 15, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 248 Pages

ISBN-10: 1481423037 (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1481423038 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Intriguing, unique, and creepy take on the Sherlock Holmes tale. I really enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it to YA mystery fans.

Opening Sentence: I wore a hat with a feather plume the first time I met Sherlock Holmes.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

A murder was committed in London Regent Park and two teenagers are going to try to solve it since the police seem incapable of doing so.

Sherlock Holmes challenges Miss James (Mori) Moriarty to a competition of solving the murder and the only rules are they have to share everything they learn with each other! But as Mori is investigating the case she learns some things that she doesn’t feel comfortable telling anyone, not even Lock. As the mystery unfolds Mori and Lock grow close but will the case tear apart their blossoming romance before it even has a chance to fully bloom?

Mori was a really interesting girl and my heart broke for her. Her situation was so sad, but I love how strong she stayed for her family. Some of the abuse she experienced was really gut wrenching and you could see how it formed her as a character and I really enjoyed that because it helped me to develop such a deep connection with her. She was a broken character but at the same time there’s hope that she will eventually heal! She is ridiculously smart, sweet, and she’s a survivor. Overall, I really loved her character and I am very intrigued to see how her story will develop in the next book.

Lock was such an awkward boy, but it made me love him all the more because of it. He is freakishly intelligent and socially he doesn’t really know how to behave properly. At times he comes across as indifferent to what other people think, but occasionally  you will see glimpses of how other people’s opinion truly affect him. You can tell he truly cares about Mori which is something he is not used to. He doesn’t express his feelings well and it made the moments between them adorably awkward! I really fell for Lock and thought he was such a great version of Sherlock Holmes!

Lock & Mori was a very unique retelling of Sherlock Holmes and I really enjoyed it! I have read/watched many different versions of the story but to my knowledge there has never been one that represented Sherlock and Moriarty the way this story did! The dynamics between the characters was really interesting and rather fascinating! I was rather surprised to find that it was much more of a romance than a mystery, but it ended up working to the stories advantage. It was fast paced and a fairly quick read! The tone was slightly creepy and very intense. The ending was satisfying but I’m very interested to see where Petty will take the story next! Luckily I only have to wait until this December to find out! If you enjoy a good mystery with a healthy dose of romance, I highly recommend you give this a read!

Notable Scene:

I glanced at the scene, which was no more than a bunch of men in suits and uniforms, with booties over their shoes, wondering around and taking photos. One of the men popped up from behind and open umbrella holding a pussy black fingerprint brush and frowning. He tossed the brush into his kit and picked up the umbrella, which was glossy wet, despite the lack of ring, and had a gash in the top. He closed the umbrella and started wrestling it into a giant plastic sack, revealing a man’s body behind him, slumped in a pool of blood that stained the ground beneath a tree.

It occurred to me that I should probably be shocked or repulsed at this site – – or, at least, should compose my face to appear so – – but when I looked over at Sherlock, he didn’t seem to be much bothered either. In fact, yet another version of the boy came out while he studied the scene of the crime. He appeared much older, his eyes keen and focused, shifting up and down and side to side. It was as if he were painting the view with his gates, carefully, so nice to miss a spot. I thought perhaps I even saw A bit of color in his cheeks as he worked..

Lock & Mori Series:

1. Lock & Mori

2. Mind Games (December 6, 2016)


FTC Advisory:  I purchased my own copy of Lock & Mori.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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