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Book Review: Lock & Mori


Original Release Date:

September 15th, 2015

Date I Read The Book:

September 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars


First in a series

Official Summary:

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 Review: (Vague Spoilers)

I started reading Lock & Mori last year and never finished – I think because AP testing or something? But I picked it up again, because I did really like it and wanted to finish (And Hurricane Irma was making our internet wonky – so reading it was!).

I’m glad I did, because I REALLY love this book. I love the character interactions, and the concept of Sherlock and Moriarty knowing each other as teenagers (through Moriarty being a girl feels a little unnecessary, like trying to avoid having a gay romance).

I liked the side characters and the mystery – and how it ties into Mori’s parents.

Its fairly short – about 300 pages – and I flew through it.

I’m looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.

Favorite/Famous Quotes:

“Sherlock shrugged. “I don’t understand the need for power, really. There are more important pursuits.”
“Only those who have never felt powerless can afford to think like you.”
― Heather W. PettyLock & Mori

“My given name is James.”
“James Moriarty.”

“Really? Sherlock wishes to discuss odd names with me?”
“And a point to Miss Moriarty.”

“You’re an idiot. Truly.”
― Heather W. PettyLock & Mori

“I’ll just say right here that whoever thought up the idea of paying dead white authors by the word should have a special place in hell with the rest of the sadists.”
― Heather W. PettyLock & Mori

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