A Modern Day Sherlock Holmes Fail


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Lock and Mori

Lock and Mori #1

Heather W. Petty



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.



I’d first like to say that this book was 245 pages and it took me 3 days to read it.  I should have been able to finish it within a single afternoon, so that’s saying something.

I’m not a super huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I’ve only ever read The Hound of the Baskervilles, but I do watch BBC Sherlock and the American Elementary. And I really like retellings, both fairytales and classics. So I thought I would really enjoy Lock and Mori, a modern day retelling focusing on Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, who happens to be female in this version.

But almost right away I felt like something was off. Again, I don’t know that much about the characters beyond what I’ve seen portrayed in shows, but neither one felt true to what I’m guessing the original would be.

Obviously authors have the right to change things, but I was just not a fan. Not only were they almost nothing like the originals, but they were so bland. There was nothing exciting about them. Plus, John Watson has 2 lines and I’m sorry, but there is no Sherlock without Watson.

And the instalove! Now I’m almost positive that Sherlock and Moriarty are nemeses of sorts, so to have them fall in love could be controversial to begin with, but this was just a bit ridiculous.  They’ve known each other like 3 weeks and Mori claims that she will always love him. Give me a break.

And the actual plot? Lame. You find out almost right away who the killer is and then it’s just Mori hiding facts from Sherlock. Also, she is a fucking idiot for how she handled things. I kind of understand why she thought she should do things that way, but no. She was so stupid.

This was a fail and I will not be continuing with the series.