Review: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty


Category: YA Fiction

Published: September 2015

Read: January 2017

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.

Review: This was an interesting book in many ways. Another take on the Sherlock Holmes stories and one of the best ones I have read so far, although it was not a super fast page turner. It’s a  teenage Sherlock and a teenage Moriaty whom is a girl, not a criminal mastermind older male.

Right from the get-go Sherlock and Mori meet and a crime happens they start to look in to it. Turns out this murder and a few other hits very close to home for Mori. They go to school while trying to solve this murder and Mori is also trying to deal with the fact her mother died about a year ago and she now has to look after her brothers. Who could have done this terrible crime and what does it have to do with Mori. As Sherlock and Mori grow much closer, they get closer to solving these crimes. stickersheetproof

This is more of a story of Mori and not Sherlock. He is a secondary character and it’s never from his point of view. It’s all from Mori’s point of view and this was one downfall of this book. I was hoping for more Sherlock and how he was thinking and how he was solving the murder but he really didn’t do anything but comfort Mori and look moody. Mori did all the crime solving and was the one dealing with things. She is also not a very good friend, keeping secrets…tisk tisk!

On that note there were aspects of this story that I really enjoyed. It’s a defiantly who done it. By half way through the book you know who did the crime, but there is still the whole is it this person…isn’t it…what is happening? I wanted to read till the very end to find out what was happening.

I know there are two more books at least…I will read the second for sure but it didn’t end in the this book that you had to read the next one.

For a teen book it’s a good one to recommend. It’s not gory or anything like that despite being a crime book. It might be a great way to introduce Sherlock and that whole world. There is sex but it’s in the background and not descriptive at all. It does talk about domestic violence and abuse but in a way that shows it’s wrong and that you need to get out. It’s not a hard read, very well written and not overly descriptive. Both adults and teens whole like crime books should pick this one up.



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