Lock & Mori by Heather W. PettyLock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock & Mori

byHeather W. Petty

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

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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.
Title:Lock & MoriFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481423037

ISBN - 13:9781481423038


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lacked in actual mystery James “Mori” Moriarty has always been a guarded person and no one has ever been able to get under her skin – not until Sherlock Holmes. When a murder happens in the park, Sherlock challenges Mori to see who can solve it first. The one rule: they must share all information they find. But Mori is keeping secrets – secrets that could ruin any relationship forming between her and Sherlock. I really enjoy the stories of Sherlock Holmes and all the re-tellings and different versions that exist so I was excited for this book. I was a little worried at how their personalities would be as teenagers and how it might change the dynamic between them but the relationship ended up being my favourite part. Mori was a tough character because she needed to be. Her mother was dead and her father was an angry drunk and she did her best to keep her younger brothers safe and them all together. She guarded her secrets because exposing them meant the possibility of being apart from her brothers. I could understand why she was scared of letting anyone in, especially someone like Sherlock who could read her so well. Sherlock was the eccentric character I have come to love from other stories and he didn’t disappoint here. He was eager and social inept and so clever. Together they made a great team. The overall plot was a little slow. The mystery they were trying to solve seemed a bit obvious to me: who the killer was, what the motive of the killing was, how two teens would outsmart the police. As much as I enjoyed the dynamic between Lock and Mori, the actual mystery of the book fell a little short of surprise. It did have me excited to see where the consequences from the ending of the mystery take these two characters. It was a short book and read fast. A good choice for someone looking for an easy mystery to read, someone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes, or someone who likes fun character dynamics. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing YA Mystery When a murder occurs in London's Regent Park, the police think it's only a mugging gone wrong, but Sherlock "Lock" Holmes and James "Mori" Moriarty believe the clues left behind at the crime scene suggest otherwise. Unwilling to leave the investigation in the hands of the incompetent detectives, Lock challenges Mori to solve the case before he does. Mori has no interest in joining Lock's game, not when her life is falling apart. Ever since her mother passed away six months ago, her alcoholic father has become verbally and physically abusive. Her parents always had a volatile relationship, but she never imagined her dad could transform into such a monster. But when Mori learns the murder victim knew her mother, she is determined to discovered the truth on her own. While I felt awful for Mori's home situation, it doesn't excuse the fact that Mori is cold, selfish, and honestly needs to get over herself. Everything is always about her. She insists she's trying to protect her younger brothers from their father, yet we barely even meet them in the novel. She always seems to be leaving them at home alone to fend for themselves while she escapes to the park to avoid her father. And because her dad is a detective, Mori has convinced herself that no one will help her family. Mori likes to think she's so smart and above everything, but her intelligence is more related to having a good memory than anything else. In reality, she's oblivious to her surroundings or anything that doesn't revolve around her. I thought Moriarty is supposed to be a mastermind, someone to equal Sherlock's brilliance? I think the book was trying to set the pieces in motion for Mori to eventually become Lock's rival/enemy, but Mori's actions just didn't really make much sense. I wouldn't really say an instalove forms between Lock and Mori, mostly because it felt so one-sided on Lock's part. Mori just wanted to feel a personal connection to someone, and it didn't seem like she genuinely cared about Lock, especially since it seemed all she did was lie and keep secrets from him when they weren't busy kissing. Lock tries to support and help Mori, but in her grief and anger, she creates animosity between them that's all in her head. And Lock just takes whatever scraps of affection Mori is willing to throw at him. Lock reminded me of an adorable, curious puppy. He wasn't the eccentric genius I'd imagined he would be like when we first meet him experimenting in his very own lab at school, which was then never mentioned again, strangely enough. Lock likes to make observations about everyone around him, but his role was mainly just limited to being a love interest in the novel, which was kind of a shame. I wanted to like Heather W. Petty's Lock & Mori, I really did, but I was just left feeling so disappointed when I turned the last page. This modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes missed the mark for me. It was a half-hearted attempt at being a mystery novel, and it failed to convince me that a believable rivalry between Lock and Mori could form. Lock was simply too smitten with Mori, and Mori isn't half as clever as she think she is. While Lock & Mori is the first book in a trilogy, I'm not really interested in reading the sequel.
Date published: 2015-10-01

Editorial Reviews

"[T]een readers will enjoy the dialogue, the dark mystery, and of course, the romance."