Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 15th 2015
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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.
Why did you decide to write a modern day Sherlock story?
I read an article about the nemesis relationships in literature that used Sherlock and Moriarty as one of the examples. In it, the writer explained 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 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.
I wrote it as a modern adaptation because I wasn’t interested in writing a historical novel. And to write historical well, you have to be near obsessed with the era in which your story is set.
Which character was easier to write?
None of the characters were too easy to write, because I was writing about two kids who are smarter than me. But between Lock and Mori, Mori is definitely easier, mostly because her character is much less defined in the canon, so I had more freedom.
What was the craziest thing you researched while writing Lock & Mori?
Nothing too crazy. I spent a lot of time figuring out little things about navigating London like how to rent a boat at Regent’s Park, what the London Library looks like on the inside, and the bus and train routes within the city and out to the countryside. The research I did for MIND GAMES was much weirder.
Why did you decide to focus on Moriarty rather than Watson?
We’ve seen interpretations of Sherlock and Watson in every form, up to and including the two as cartoon mice. I kind of felt like Moriarty was a less explored character. Also, the canon tells us exactly how Sherlock and Watson meet, and it’s well after their high school years. I wanted to write a modern origin story that would fit into canon eventually, so Watson isn’t involved until the end.
Which actor do you think was a better Sherlock- Benedict Cumberbatch or Downey Jr.?
I think they’re both brilliant, for really different reasons. I love the chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They’re really believable as best friends without turning Watson into too much of a fool. And I really love the humor that RDJ brings to his Sherlock. But my OTS (One True Sherlock) is definitely outside those two interpretations. *cough*JeremyBrett*cough*
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know 😉
Sticky rice with mango (it’s a Thai dish and I could eat it forever). More generally, I couldn’t possibly choose between Korean food and Thai food. I love them both the most.
Who are you more like- Holmes or Moriarty?
Definitely Moriarty…I mean, without all the killing. So far.
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.