Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty (Book Review)

lockIn 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.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Count: 256

Everyone knows that I have taken quite the fancy to contemporary Sherlock stories. So, upon hearing that there was a new YA trilogy with the characters as teens in present day London – they definitely had my attention. I was a little surprised by how thin the book actually was, but I have no doubt that it would have been a quick read either way.

Lock & Mori, despite having both names in it, is written from James “Mori” Moriarty’s POV. I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect, but since Mori is a girl here, I was sure that it wouldn’t be a strict mystery novel. I think that the balance between the romance and the rest of the story was handled pretty well. Maybe there could have been a couple more deduction scenes or general research and case-related talk, because that isn’t entirely resolved yet, but then again, it is a trilogy and I think that the case will be important for the remaining books as well. It was a little predictable in that department at times, but what can you do?

What I was most fascinated by was the fact that there was so much that reminded me of the Sherlock stories I knew, yet it had it’s completely own take on the story. After all, they are still teens in the book and that means they sometimes react more emotionally or silly than their grown-up versions might have, despite the style of writing not reflecting the young age all that much. So, I didn’t agree with some of the choices Lock or Mori made, but I loved getting to know Mori and seeing how circumstances changed her life and her relationships to other people. She is an extremely smart and strong character and it was extremely intriguing to see the hints of who she might become one day!

I don’t want to give anything away anymore, but I just want to add that my fear of it being too fluffy was not justified at all. It was surprisingly intense and my inner Sherlockian fangirl squealed every time someone I knew was mentioned. The blurb can be pretty misleading in some department though, because I don’t feel like it is the real representation of the story that is told. But in the end I am only sad that it wasn’t longer and that I now have to wait for the next book …

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! It could have done with a couple more deductions every now and then, but I am hooked! I will surely devour the rest of the series!


Did Lock & Mori grab your attention as well? What was your favourite Sherlock portrayal so far? I’m going to go and continue slaying my TBR!