Review: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty


Title: Lock & Mori

Author: Heather W. Petty

Publication Date: September 15, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

I received this book for free via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Mori finds herself in Lock’s basement laboratory during a fire drill at school. Before Mori realizes it, Lock and herself have plans to solve the recent murder that occurred in Regent’s Park. Lock declares if they are to solve the case together, they must tell each other everything. Mori has no problem with this rule until she finds a piece of evidence that hits a little to close to home.

Lock was just what I expected. Smart, quick, and witty. He did have his moods, but that was to be expected concerning his family situation. Mori was also lovely. She was brilliant and cared immensely about her younger brothers. There were a few moments where she was a bit difficult and frustrating, but those moments were short. Going into this book, I didn’t realize it was going to have some romance. I’m not complaining though! Yes, the romance was quick, but it seemed fitting. I couldn’t see it happening any other way.

I’m a huge fan of BBC’s series, Sherlock. I’m absolutely obsessed. When I found out about this book, a book with a teen Moriarty and a teen Sherlock? I couldn’t resist. This book was wonderful! I was hoping for more mystery, but it was still a great read nonetheless. I can’t wait for the sequel! You definitely need to get your hands on this book!!

5 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Heather Petty writes Young Adult novels about grim reapers with English accents, snarky magic shop cashiers, and faery-infested summer camps, all of which are represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary.

Her debut YA mystery, Lock & Mori, is coming Fall 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Heather is also a granola mom, avid reader, technical writer, and freelance editor. She lives in Reno, Nevada with a Lumberjack, a Fairy-Child, and four cats who she’s pretty sure are plotting her demise.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and her website.


3 thoughts on “Review: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

  1. I actually have this one as well so it is just a matter of reading it now. I am a huge fan of everything Sherlock like you, including the BBC channel so I am looking forward to getting immersed in this one too.


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