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Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori #1) by Heather W. Petty
Published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased for Kindle.

Genre: YA crime/mystery/romance.

My rating:

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


Lock & Mori was a very pleasant surprise. I’d seen the book mentioned on several blogs back when it first came out last year, and I put it into Goodreads because I’m a sucker for Sherlock Holmes retellings. Then I saw it was a Kindle deal recently and snapped it up – and binge-read it in about two days. I’m counting this towards my Retelling Challenge, which I’m otherwise failing at (oh well).

I kept comparing it (perhaps unfairly) with Ellie Marney’s Every series (reviews here, here, and here) since they both feature a boy and a girl who investigate murders together. And I really enjoyed Marney’s series, so I was initially disappointed with Lock & Mori for not gripping me in exactly the same way – but then, as the story progressed, I realized the tone of the story was just completely different, much darker and complex.

I’d expected a sort of a contemporary YA romance with some crime, see, and though there is romance in Lock & Mori, it isn’t such a central theme as in the Every series. Yes, Lock and Mori are teenagers who kind of fall for each other, but their relationship is more complex, half-based on wanting to distract each other from their lives, and half on their mutual admiration of the other’s reasoning process. It might have been a bit fast for my taste but there’s no talking about love or anything, it’s just a case of teenage attraction. I always find smart heroes pretty hot, there’s just something about brainy guys that pulls me in, and Lock was a good example of such a boy.

But it was Mori (James Moriarty, but she hates her full name) who really stole the show – she’s a great narrator and such a troubled, amazing young lady. Her life situation could hardly be more f***ed up but she somehow copes – until she doesn’t.

I’m usually okay with figuring out the culprit in crime stories, so I did figure this one out, too, but that didn’t lessen the horror or the enjoyment of reading all about Lock and Mori’s investigation. I also liked the fact that unlike in Marney’s series, Sherlock isn’t an absolute know-it-all, though he does have wicked observation skills. He just seemed more real because of it.

All in all, this was a really enjoyable read, though I don’t often read mystery or crime novels. It had just the right amount of scary and gory to keep me on my toes but not enough to turn me off. I’m definitely going to continue with the series when the sequel, Mind Games, is published in December.


Have you read Lock & Mori? What did you think?

Do you have any other Sherlock Holmes retellings to recommend? Or maybe mysteries of a similar kind (no horror or scary stuff, though, I’m a chicken)?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Every Word by Ellie Marney

Every Word (Every #2) by Ellie Marney
Published 2014 by Allen & Unwin.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased (paperback).

Genre: YA crime/mystery/romance.

My rating:

James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago…without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his ‘partner in crime’.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour – not that Mycroft’s ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him…and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.

The theft of a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft’s parents…Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events – or will she lose him forever?

Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.


This is the review for the second book in the Every series, so it will inevitably contain spoilers for the first part. You can read my review of Every Breath here.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so bear with me. I might not be fully coherent yet (it’s also morning here and my brain has yet to wake up). Let’s see…

A Sherlock Holmes retelling! Great chemistry! London! Hot messy-haired boy! Roller derby! Where to start this review? I really enjoyed Every Breath, so I was eager to find out what Rachel and James have been up to. And Marney didn’t disappoint, the mystery is just as cool in the sequel, the relationship between the budding detectives is of the hook hot and while we start the journey in Melbourne, we soon follow Rachel on a twenty-three-hour trip to London, where James has flown to in search of his parents’ killers.

I think it goes without saying that Sherlock Holmes-inspired crime stories are my crack. I tried reading the originals, found Sherlock to be an arrogant asshole, and decided to stick with the 21st-century reinterpretations, where Watson actually has a spine.

Marney does well in this regard, Rachel Watts is one tough lady. As much as she loves James (and love him she does, even if she’s slow on realizing it sometimes), she refuses to take shit from him and is stubborn enough to match his craziness. James is a hard man to love, though, obsessed as he is with finding out what happened the night his parents were killed in a car crash.

I really liked the psychology of Marney’s leading couple (as the daughter of two psychologists, I can tell you this is a bit of a pet peeve for me). James’s struggling with his past, his volatile mood; Rachel’s inability to help and her desperate attempts to get her life into order. In YA romances, the couple dynamic is so often reduced to pointless drama and lack of communication, but I think Marney avoids that gracefully.

I’m sure it won’t take me long to break my self-imposed book buying ban and order Every Move, as I’m really excited about the finale of Rachel and James’s story.


Have you read Marney’s series? What did you think?

Can you recommend any other Sherlock-inspired stories or similar detective novels?

I’d love to hear from you! :)