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Series: Lock & Mori #1
Also in this series: Mind Games
Also by this author: Mind Games
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 15, 2015
Genres: Mystery, YA Romance
Source: The Publisher
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.Amazon •
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.
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language, Mild Sexual Content
“Lock shrugged. ‘We are our own army, you and I. None can stand before us.’”
I picked up Lock & Mori to help satisfy my need for Sherlock and retellings, which has grown considerably over the last year or two. Normally I don’t like gender-benders, but for some reason I found a female Moriarty intriguing.
Lock is a delinquent in a teenage mad scientist sort of way. Students know him as the guy who has the lab in the school’s basement. Though-out the book he’s sassy, dorky, awkward, rude, quirky and overall brilliant. In typical teenage boy first-love fashion, Lock fumbles his way though his first taste of romance. Not so typical teenage boy fashion, he does it all the while sneaking into crime scenes and following leads to solve the murders in Regent’s Park. I love this version of teenage Sherlock. He’s not a flawless genius teenager brushing off authority figures like some portray, but he’s sassy and stubborn enough to keep the image alive.
Mori is brilliant and collected. She’s scheduled and has a plan to keep her and her little brothers safe from her abusive father. She’s agitated by Lock, but drawn in by his brilliance and the adventure he promises. Lock continually shakes her resolve on everything. It’s hard to say if I like Mori’s character at this point. I would like to say for someone so smart she’s dumb for staying in a bad situation, but that could be tricky. I’m leaving my judgement on her character for the next book. And honestly, I hope she’s a bit evil.
Sadie is an American exchange student and Mori’s best friend. She’s spunky and hyper- the opposite of Mori- and an all around fun character. I’m just not sure where she fits in with the story. Sadie pops up when Mori needs a second character around, almost like Sadie is just a placeholder until it’s time for more Mori/Lock togtherness. I would have like to have seen more of their friendship outside of the need-be meet-ups.
The story revolves around Lock and Mori solving murders in Regent’s Park, Mori dealing with her homelife and discovering secrets about her mother. The mystery wasn’t very hard to predict, but it still leaves a few twists and run-off mysteries for the next book to solve. As a bonus, we did get introduced to John Watson. I’m looking for him to have a bigger role in the next book.
What I kept having to remind myself is that this is Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. Mortal enemies! But it’s also a retelling. Petty has done an excellent job on the first book so the story line can still have the two lovers or enemies. That alone will have you reaching for the next book.