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Lock & Mori

(Lock & Mori #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,754 ratings  ·  502 reviews
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 Sherloc
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Heather Petty I read an article about the nemesis relationships in literature that had used the relationship between Sherlock and Moriarty as one of the examples. T…moreI read an article about the nemesis relationships in literature that had used the relationship between Sherlock and Moriarty as one of the examples. The writer pointed out that the only information we have about Moriarty from the canon comes from Sherlock, because no one else meets Moriarty, not even Watson. I hadn't noticed that when I read the books and stories as a kid, so I went back and reread that story, and the writer was completely correct.

I started to think, what if Sherlock lied to Watson for some reason? What if Sherlock and Moriarty had known each other in their past, had maybe even been close friends? What if something had happened in their past that turned them into enemies?

And, of course, that morphed and changed until it eventually became LOCK & MORI. But that article was definitely the inspiration.

As an aside, I really wish I could find that original article and attribute it, but I would have read it some time before I started drafting LOCK & MORI, which was early 2012, so it's pretty old now. I also tend to follow links and other links and make my way down the internet rabbit hole when I'm reading, which was probably the case for this one. I haven't been able to find it again in my searching. I only remember that the article was set up to show how heroes and villains in nemesis relationships often share characteristics. It was a great read. :)(less)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
There was no point to this book. You can call it an homage to Arthur Conan Doyle. I just call it dull as fuck. It was lacking in originality and unbelievable when it tried to be witty. The only reason I can see for the insertion of the Sherlock name is to sell the book based on familiarity.

Even with willing suspension of disbelief, the plot of this book far overreaches the realms of credibility. There's no allusion to the famous series, I don't believe the Sherlock Holmes series existed in this
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Don't hate me, but I'm going to share a secret with you all: I know next to nothing about Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I've never watched any show/movie about him, nor read any piece of literature related to him. Phew, now that I finally got that off my chest, we can talk about Lock & Mori.

This book was not what I was expecting--in a bad way, unfortunately. And I think the aspect that contributed most to my disappointment was the writing. The "awkward" and sort of "quirky" (in a way) writing just didn'
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
Do my eyes deceive me? Lock and Mori? I may just keel over from pure anticipation. Benedict Cumberbatch, you've officially been YAed. ...more
Jen Ryland
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, if I'd read the synopsis (or read more Sherlock Holmes growing up) I might have been prepared for what happens in this book. Most (all?) Sherlock re-imaginings I've read, from TV shows like House or Sherlock to books like Every Breath focus on the Holmes-Watson relationship, the wonderful bromance (sometimes a romance) between the quirky, brilliant Holmes and the under appreciated, long-suffering Watson.

I was fascinated that this book focuses primarily on Holmes and Moriarty (a criminal m
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love Sherlock. I love anything to do with Sherlock. But this? I wanted to rip my hair out. The frustration was insane between the characterization, the absurd plot, the even more ridiculous ‘mystery’, but the insta-love thing Lock & Mori had going on was beyond foolish. All lumped together, it was positively rage inducing for me. But I’ll try to break it down and explain myself instead of just summing up my review with this gif:

The Mystery: A recent string of mysterious murders catches the att
I've read a few different Sherlock retellings recently, and even though I've had this book since January, I've kept putting it off for some reason. Now, I don't know whether to be happy or sad I waited so long to read this amazing book. It's quite a small book, but packed full of plot, and I read it in just a few hours, and now think that the wait for Mind Games might kill me.

The other Sherlock retellings I've read, A Study in Charlotte and the Every series, have had Holmes and Watson, in whatev
”I made two startling realizations. I knew that I would probably love this boy for the rest of my life. I knew also that I would never, ever forgive him.”

Le sigh; time to play sad trombones in the background. This was an extremely underwhelming book, considering how it was marketed. I mean, female Moriarty. I already got a taste of how badass this could have been from Elementary.

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I guess I was expecting equal badassery this time around. Instead, all I got was too much kissing, not enough
First, I feel like I need to say that I had extremely high expectations for this book. I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, from the original novels to different film and TV adaptations. I was so drawn to the idea of a female Moriarty - what an amazing concept, right? Well, I'm here to tell you that this book delivered! The pacing is lightning fast, the mystery is exciting, and oh my goshhhhhh Sherlock is wonderful.

When discussing a retelling of a beloved story, I think it's most important to address
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan from books, TV show Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and the film with Robert Downey Jr. I cannot wait what this book is going to be with a female Moriarty. What trouble (in a good way as well) does this character brings!

I guess Sherlock, Male Moriarty and I will have tea until this book comes out

Danielle (Love at First Page)
3-3.5 stars

Admittedly I haven't much studied the fictional character Sherlock Holmes, outside of Robert Downey Jr’s zany portrayal complete with the cute hat and ever-present pipe. Of course I know that he’s a detective, one who uses logic and science to solve cases. I’m familiar with the names Watson and Moriarty. Otherwise, there’s not much more I could tell you. My interest in Heather Petty’s debut, Lock and Mori, isn’t the fact that it’s a reimagining of Sherlock’s boyhood or even that she t
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of a detective love stories
Ambivalence. This is what I feel toward this book. Definitely this story is not about Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty. This book is a homage, a fan fiction. Unnecessary. If you read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - you know what I am talking about. Sherlock "Lock" Holmes is quite a pussy in this book. I did not see his genius ways, while the author chirped all the time through Moriarty's voice, how genius Lock is, how strange he is, how extraordinary he is.
"Everything I’d
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Finally, something to be excited about! I keep reading mediocre ARCs and was kind of getting downhearted about upcoming books… until this. Seriously. So good. Pre-order it now, people. I promise the publisher is in no way paying me to say this (although it would be nice if they were). This book was just that good.

This is a contemporary YA adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, where his nemesis, Moriarty, is a girl. And it happens before they’re nemeses. So th
Anna Kay
Oct 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I had a review written for this one...and it all got lost. Fuck this shit, this horrible book isn't even worth it. I'M DONE.

*Drops mic and runs away*
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc


As a fan of the BBC series Sherlock, I'm always up for any retelling of Sherlock Holmes because he is such a quirky and intriguing character. When I found out that Heather W. Petty's Lock & Mori took a her own twist to Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty's characters, I was itching to read the book. As a debut, Lock & Mori was fantastic and if this book is any indication, then Heather W. Petty is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the YA world.

Let me start with the characters first.
Jaime Arkin
I’ve been on a serious Sherlock kick lately. It all started with the Every Series by Ellie Marney (and I highly recommend that one) and basically since then, if you mention Sherlock in the summary, I’m guaranteed to grab it.

Lock & Mori is set in modern-day London where Sherlock Holmes and James “Mori” Moriarty are high school students. (Mori’s a girl by the way.)Neither really fit in … Sherlock is a bit of an outcast and Mori, since the loss of her mother, has shied away from anyone at school.
Isa Lavinia
actual rating: 4.5 stars


I think many people went into this book expecting more of BBC's Sherlock or the original Arthur Conan Doyle's books, and they weren't happy with the result.

Sherlock is indeed like Elementary and BBC's Sherlock but, thankfully, we never have to look at Bennyhill Chasemusic's face throughout the book, so I actually liked the character 100% more than I like BBC's Sherlock (which is 0%, as you c
Rashika (is tired)
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Lock and Mori did not work out for me and this makes me a sad panda. I enjoy Sherlock retellings so I was excited to read this book but when I dove in, I was surprised by how meh I felt about it. If you want awesome Sherlock bits, this book isn’t it. Sherlock (yes that is actually his first name!) is barely present in the book. He is just a side character. In fact, this book should just be called Mori because Lock pretty much does nothi
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you’re a big fan of Sherlock Holmes or twisted tales with its basis in the Holmes realm then you are going to find Lock & Mori a breath of fresh air.

This teen story brings together the young, Miss James Mori Moriarty and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Neighbors and schoolmates, these two characters might live close by but their lives are worlds apart. Brought together by tragedy, they use their superior intellect to uncover the murders that are plaguing London’s Regent’s Park.

Romantic interest does bl
Sara Grochowski
Perhaps the only good thing about being home sick today was getting to read this book. You're a fool if this book isn't on your TBR pile already. So. Damn. Good. ...more

While reading this novel, I sometimes felt like I had written it. Certainly not true, of course, but it was a strange feeling because at points it felt like something I'd thought about several times, something not meant to see the light of day, but that I might've as well written. In fact, I would even dare to say that thousands, maybe millions of people wrote at least half of the plot of this novel in their heads after binge watching any of the Sherlock series featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Intriguing, unique, and creepy take on the Sherlock Holmes tale. I really enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it to YA mystery fans.

Opening Sentence: I wore a hat with a feather plume the first time I met Sherlock Holmes.

The Review:

A murder was committed in London Regent Park and two teenagers are going to try to solve it since the police seem incapable of doing so.

Sherlock Holmes challenges Miss James (Mori) Moriarty to a competition of
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved this view of Sherlock aka "Lock" and Ms. Moriarty aka "Mori"

I found the pace of the story pretty quick and I loved learning more about the two main characters, even when it was tough. But I did find Mori to be pretty insufferable at times. She wasn't always right and it was awful that she expected everyone to bow down to her.

I though Sherlock was more honest than she ever was. (view spoiler)
Marta :}
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery
3.5 stars

Nothing but respect for MY Moriarty.

The book was fine. I skimmed a lot of the middle. I just didn't feel the romance and I thought the killer was pretty obvious. I liked the end where Mori actually seemed like her namesake.
Nasty Lady MJ
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
To see review with Elementary gifs click here.

I enjoyed the book. The thing is though, it’s not a good Sherlock retelling.

Because this Sherlock does not have a clue.

The mystery also was very easy to solve and not that very difficult either. I figured it out at the funeral after the first murder. And it didn’t take that much skill to figure out.

I could be generous.

I could say that I solved the mystery because all those hours of playing Nancy Drew made me a sassy detective, but no. It was a fairly
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
James Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes are teenagers living in modern day London. In between falling in love with each other (James is a girl, don't get too excited), they delve into the mystery of a string of mysterious murders in the nearby park. I wasn't impressed with the mystery or the clues that let them solve it, but the updated characters were fine (Mycroft impressed me--the author gave him just the right amount of page time to make an impression without ruining the strangeness of him.) and ...more
Emily Donnellan
The instant I was approved for Lock & Mori on Edelweiss I dropped everything I was reading and started it. Would you like to know why? It’s because I’m a sucker. I have read all of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and so a modern day YA retelling had my name written all over it. Unfortunately, I need to stop doing that because my expectations are always so high and I end up finishing Sherlock retellings feeling underwhelmed.

Lock and Mori follows James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holm
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 9/11/15: 4 stars | This was really interesting! I don't do many classics but I do love Sherlock Holmes so in addition to reading the original stories, I've also been loving the retellings and adaptations.
I really enjoyed the roles of the characters and how they were similar to the originals. The story really hooked me from start to finish and I really loved how new things came to light along the way and how they really felt unique and mysterious. Sometimes it's hard to cope
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars!

Me when I first read the synopsis:

Me on the last page:

And then:

Suffice to say, this book was a pretty fun read, albeit a little predictable. Sherlock and James are two high school teenagers inadvertently brought together and this new friendship blossoms as they try to solve a string of murders in their hometown. Interesting way to start a friendship, huh? :P The author keeps us engaged throughout the story and we even get a brief scene with Watson who I hop
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages read: 41

Yeah, I was afraid of this. After the Every series by Ellie Marney, Lock & Mori feels like a clunkier version. The voice doesn't pop, the characters are awkward in a way that is, at least at this point, not endearing, and I already find Shelock and Mori's connection strange.

Also, I'm struggling with the modern-set retelling of Sherlock. I mean, is this like an alternate universe where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn't exist or didn't write his books? I know it's a small thing, but I al
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