Lock and Key: The Initiation (Hardcover)

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In his unique new addition to the tradition of Sherlock Holmes stories, Ridley Pearson has imagined Sherlock and his arch rival, James Moriarty, meeting for the first time as teenage roommates at Baskerville Academy. The story, for young adult readers, is told by Moriarty's sister, Moria, who is surprised and scared by the changes in her brother James during their time at the Academy. As Moria speaks directly to the reader, it becomes clear that she is also falling in love with her brother's roommate, Sherlock. Baskerville Academy has drawn them all into a series of mysterious, dangerous secrets involving the Holmes and Moriarty family histories. Pearson's characters are smart, and emotionally engaging as people. I was drawn into Moria's eyewitness account of the beginnings of this legendary struggle between masterminds, and I'm eager to read the next book in this original series.

— Tim McCarthy


“Will leave you dying to know more.”—Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

The New York Times bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the riveting first tale of the Lock and Key trilogy about the origins of the rivalry between literature’s most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moria.

Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston, with a penchant for trouble and an acid tongue. Thrown into a boarding school against his wishes, James winds up rooming with a most unlikely companion: a lanky British know-it-all named Sherlock Holmes (“Lock” to his friends). An heirloom Bible, donated by the Moriarty family more than a hundred years ago, has gone missing, and it doesn’t take long for the two to find themselves embroiled in the school-wide scandal.

The school is on lockdown until it’s found, strange clues keep finding their way to James, and a secret society lurks behind it all. It’s a brave new reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes series as only master of suspense Ridley Pearson could envision. As Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says, “This tale will change the way you see Sherlock Holmes and leave you dying to know more.”

Praise For…

The first installment in an exciting new series that’s ideal for fans of Pearson and those looking for a more modern take on Sherlock Holmes’s mysteries.

This novel spin on a familiar tale will pull in lots of fans.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062399014
ISBN-10: 0062399012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Lock and Key