- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Sept. 15 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481423037
- ISBN-13: 978-1481423038
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 717 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #637,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lock & Mori Hardcover – Sep 15 2015
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"Mystery lovers will be pleased to have this whodunit, which is neither Victoriana nor steampunk." (Kirkus Reviews)
“A unique spin on a familiar tale makes Lock & Mori wise, witty and engaging. Author Heather W. Petty is a force to be reckoned with.” (Ellen Hopkins, author of CRANK, TRICKS, AND TRAFFICK)
"Darkly atmospheric, and the stakes are high." (Booklist)
"Mori is a well-developed, multidimensional protagonist and a lively narrator. Lock is just as intriguing...The ending will leave readers wanting more from these two mystery mavens." (School Library Journal)
"[A] quick-moving mystery distinguished by clear writing, memorable imagery, and some keen insights into human fragility." (Publishers Weekly)
“True to canon, this sleuthing tale is rife with intrigues, puzzles, and vivid danger. Read at your own peril – nothing is more electrifying than the hunt for truth.” (The Christian Science Monitor)
"[T]een readers will enjoy the dialogue, the dark mystery, and of course, the romance." (School Library Connection)
About the Author
Heather Petty has been obsessed with mysteries since she was twelve, which is when she decided that stories about murders in London drawing rooms and English seaside villages were far superior to all other stories. She is the author of the Lock & Mori series. She lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, daughter, and four hopelessly devious cats. You can visit her online at HeatherWPetty.com.
Top customer reviews
A teenage Sherlock and female James Moriarty - from Mori’s perspective. A spate of murders in Regents Park draws them together, both brilliant and analytically minded. But things are far darker and more personal than they seemed at first.
A very interesting modern take on Sherlock and Moriarty in a teenage context. It is a delicious setup for possibly more stories or imaginings, as the ending fits in neatly with canon Sherlock/Moriarty.
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Let's start with the gimmick of naming your characters after the titular character and rival of a famous Detective series. With the exception of the basic character traits and names, there really is no reason for this series to be compared to or related to Sherlock Holmes. The characters could be named "Sally and Bob" and it would still have the same impact on the story. There is very little, if anything, used in Lock & Mori that makes this series a "Sherlock Holmes" series. That being said, it also doesn't go out of it's way to be obnoxious in shoving references or plot threads that would make this story a chore to read. It holds up perfectly fine on it's own.
The writing is a little different than your standard teen novels but it doesn't take long to get used to. The characters are interesting and do go through a change throughout the book due to the situations and interactions that happen, which is always a plus in my book. The "mystery" isn't really a mystery at all by the time Mori gets the first real clue but the book fills that time up with so much character interaction and side plots that it doesn't really get boring or tedious to read. Overall it is a very enjoyable book.
However, I do have to talk about two things, namely the romance and the story with the Moriarty family. And the later will have spoilers, so if you wish to avoid them, please skip the second paragraph.
The romance isn't bad. The two have chemistry, the interactions between the two are cute (and sometimes very dark) and overall, the romance was one of the more tolerable romance in Teen novels i've read in a long time. It begins pretty smoothly as the two seem to guide into this awkward friendship that starts to blossom into something more romantic. And then the book decides to hit you with a brick. The romance just starts out of nowhere and continues from then. While not the "insta-love" trope, I can see how some people might consider it to be so. If a few scenes were cut and a few scenes slightly altered, they could have easily had the romantic aspect come in towards the end of the book instead of the beginning. However, the romance isn't bad by any stretch. Mostly due to the circumstances surrounding Mori, this isn't some cute "everything is perfect" Teen love story. It also doesn't fall into the "drama for no reason" territory. It was cute at times, it was dark at times, it was sad at times. It did have a very nice progression after you get past the book throwing that love brick at the characters.
The Moriarty family storyline is dark. Very dark. It deals with child abuse both physically and mentally of both Mori and her brothers. While I feel the story was handled nicely given the subject material, it can be a bit too much for some people to read about. It gets really dark towards the end with an almost close to suicide scene with our lead. I hope the writer continues to address the effects of being in an abusive household in later books as I feel dropping it would do a disservice to this very dark subject.
Overall, this book was very enjoyable to read. It's not as bright and cheery as your average Teen novel and does tackle a few very heavy subjects but dont let that discourage that from giving this book a chance. The characters interactions and progression are enough, I think, to make this book worth a quick read. Just dont expect this to be James Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes. This book has it's own story to tell and I am looking forward to the sequel.
R.I.P. Shae, killed by Mori and her Lock.
THINGS I LIKED:
- Mori. Mori is freaking awesome. She is as Sherlock is usually portrayed to be: intelligent, arrogant, stubborn, and more than a bit of a jerk. And, for the most part, she GETS AWAY WITH IT JUST LIKE SHERLOCK DOES IN OTHER SERIES. This blows my mind, because when was the last time you saw a FEMALE character get away with being anything less than utterly likeable? Yes yes yes!
- Sherlock. I also loved how Sherlock was portrayed. He's intelligent and socially clueless, just like the average Sherlock, but he is also more blatantly awkward rather than cool. Because let's be honest, Cumberbatch's Sherlock is cool. Downey's Sherlock is cool. Miller's Sherlock is cool. This Sherlock is not. He's awkward and ungainly AND HE KNOWS IT. And it's adorable.
- The chemistry. THEY PLAY OFF EACH OTHER SO WELL! I can't talk about this guys. My heart can't take it. I just can't. I won't. I'll be over here in a corner.
- Mycroft. MYCROFT IS THE BEST. He takes the parts I love best about BBC's Mycroft, adds in just the faintest touch of Marney's Mycroft, and then something else all his own. LOVE. HIM.
- Mori's background. Look, Mori is short for Moriarty. You don't have to be well-versed in canon to make some assumptions about that. But Mori is also a teenage girl. She's not some diabolical criminal mastermind (or is she?) But her background is constructed in such a way that—to me—her motivations and reactions made sense. I GOT her, and I could also see the many different possible paths her life could take.
- The emotions. Specifically, the emotions this book caused in me. This book wrecked my life. I almost missed my train stop while reading this book, which NEVER happens. The climax almost had me making audible noises (again on the train), which is a huge commuter no-no. (Basically, learn from me and don't read this on the train.) I finished and was in a daze for HOURS. And after that ending, over twelve hours later I AM STILL VERY MUCH NOT OKAY.
THINGS I AM AMBIVALENT ABOUT:
- Certain depictions. I'm going to list this in parental notes anyways, but just a heads up, there's some domestic abuse in this book. It's not fun (of course) and is a plot point that makes sense in the grand scheme of things, and I didn't have a problem with how things were portrayed and its effect on those involved, but it's also not my place to wave my wand and deem it all good to go. I don't know. That's not my purview.
- The mystery. I totally guessed what was going on, or at least the general shape of what was going on. And that's okay. I usually guess the mystery and I was very entertained by literally every other aspect of the book, so it's definitely not a mark against the story. It just needs to be noted for duty's sake.
THINGS I DID NOT LIKE:
- Nothing. No, wait, I take it back. The fact that I have to wait a year for the sequel. I don't like that. :)
Notes For Parents: Cussing, making out, sex, domestic abuse, murder (duh.)
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