Review of Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock&MoriLock & Mori
By: Heather W. Petty
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young
Format: Print ARC
Source: Kelly from Effortlessly Reading

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:

Upon seeing this book on Goodreads I was instantly excited though a tiny bit hesitant. I had just fallen in love with Ellie Marney’s series and the two sounded a bit similar. I went into reading Lock & Mori with some trepidation but I shouldn’t have worried. This book was much different and I really enjoyed it.

Overall, I found this novel fast paced and even a bit heart breaking. It got me to cry which isn’t all that common for me (I pride myself on a stoic, cold heart). Yes, there was a bit of instant love between these two characters but somehow it worked for me. I guess it felt more like instant attraction that grew into something more…which is how most of my relationships happened. I loved the dynamic and chemistry between Lock and Mori. Knowing the history of Moriarty being Sherlock’s nemesis in the original books I was left at the edge of my seat waiting to see if things would blow up between them. These two do veer on aggravating by their secrecy (mostly Mori) and there were scenes where I wished I could push them together and make them talk it out.

As for the mystery involved it wasn’t too difficult to figure out and fairly early but all the details and the journey of the characters finding answers was incredibly captivating to me. I was mesmerized by what I was reading and this was the type of book that didn’t want me to venture far. I wanted to just keep reading no matter what was happening around me.

Final Thoughts:
Though the mystery wasn’t overly difficult to figure out the journey between the two characters, Mori and Lock was exceptional and I fell in love with the two of them. I’m ready for more please.


  1. says

    Yay 😀 So glad you liked this book so much Kristen. <3 And aw, books that make you cry are the best, hih 🙂 But it do sound a bit sad. Hmph. I.. am not interested in this kind of book yet. As I have never watched Sherlock. BUT ONE DAY 😀 This one do sound so awesome. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it sweetie. <3

  2. says

    I had heard about this book but hadn’t any ideas what it was all about. I’m really interested now, and of course it made me immediatly thinks of the TV show. I’m glad you liked it and I hope I will too.

  3. says

    Ahhh! This book sounds incredible! I love that the story still captivated you even though you were able to solve it early. The writing must be so amazing that it keeps the reader engaged. Definitely adding this one to my TBR!

  4. says

    Yes to all of this! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book either because the characters are so much a part of the public consciousness but I wound up totally loving it too. My review is posting this week and I was lucky enough to interview the author as well. I’m excited all over again after reading your review although worried (again? still?) about Lock and Mori since as you say they are mortal enemies in the source material.

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