Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Book Review: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty book cover and review
Lock & Mori totally captivated me with its characters and an intriguing mystery.

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
256 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Ooh, I'm in the mood for anything Sherlock related. I'm already counting down for the new season of BBC's Sherlock to begin! I'm also on the lookout for our next book club title. The kids want to read a mystery next so I'm adding this to the potential titles to choose from. Thanks for the review!

  2. Good for you. Still reading and blogging even with the beginning of school. I've been working on the same book for about a month. Guess that should tell you something. I will watch the reviews on this book you've reviewed here.

  3. Glad to see you enjoyed this one too!


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