Lock is Sherlock Holmes. Mori is Moriarty - a girl. Lock & Mori takes place in the present, and they are both in high school and meet during Mori's theater class. Lock, of course, is interested in investigating a crime, so he takes Mori to the park where there has been a murder and he wants Mori to investigate with him. Mori thinks she will turn Lock down, but it doesn't end up that way. The case gets personal.
Mori's home life is awful. Her dad is a drunk since her mother died of cancer, and he beats on Mori's brothers at times. It turns out Lock's mother is sick, a fact that is just thrown out, but never followed up. But we do interact with Mycroft, Lock's brother.
Lock and Mori are both very intelligent and their banter adds a lot to the story. They also end up in a pretty serious romance, which was handled well, but not necessary. It bothered me that Mori wasn't more honest with Lock, but I appreciated how Lock handled the reveal.
Fans of mystery, especially Sherlock Holmes, should be pointed to Lock & Mori. It seems like these characters could handle a series, but I don't know about any plans. It is a quick, engaging read that will appeal to a lot of teens.
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR, September 15, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
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