Lock and Key: The Initiation (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Lock and Key series.

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If a book involves Sherlock Holmes I have to read it. Lock and Key is the story of young James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes and James sister Moria. Moria tells us the story of what James was like before he became the criminal mastermind we all know. I enjoyed this book because in the Holmes stories we don't really know how Moriarty became that man. The story moves along at a great pace that keeps you entertained and wanting to know what happens next. Moria was my favorite character, and a great narrator. Getting to meet young Moriarty and young Holmes is a treat for any Holmes fan.

Heather G.


“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.”

About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Peter and the Starcatchers (cowritten with Dave Barry) and the Kingdom Keepers and Lock and Key series. He has also written two dozen crime novels, including Probable Cause, Beyond Recognition, Killer Weekend, The Risk Agent, and The Red Room. To learn more about him, visit www.ridleypearson.com.

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. — School Library Journal

This novel spin on a familiar tale will pull in lots of fans. — Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062399014
ISBN-10: 0062399012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Lock and Key