Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Lock and Mori by Heather W. Petty

Title: Lock and Mori
Author: Heather W. Petty
Year Published: 2015

Genre: YA Fiction (mystery)
Pages: 245
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2015 Google Reading map)UK

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school library

Summary (from the inside flap of the book):
 WFact: Someone has been murdered in London'g 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 cant' trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

Review: This is a twist on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, obviously, but this time it's set in present day London with two teenagers who stumble upon a dead body in Regent's Park. One of the things I liked about this book is that both kids are smart. I don't mean they are smart because they solved the mystery, but they smart. Like book smart. They are pretty darn brilliant in fact. And both of them are, not just the young man.

They also have family lives that are real (except we don't ever really see Lock's parents). And in this book I'd say real means raw. Families are often not what they seem to the outside observer and this book does that very well. I can't say more or I'll give the plot away.

And there is a twist. Of course, but it's a fascinating twist and one I didn't see coming. That's a good thing. So there's a mystery, a bit of romance, some family drama, and a great friendship. All pretty good ingredients for a quick YA read.

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