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Lock and Key

Lock and Key: The Downward Spiral

About the Book

“Will leave you dying to know more.” —Rick Riordan, author of the #1 bestselling Percy Jackson series

The New York Times bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatcher and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the second riveting tale in the Lock and Key trilogy.

This bravely reimagined origin story of the rivalry of literature’s most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty—is told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moira.

At the thrilling conclusion to book one, we left off with James and Moira’s father dying horribly and unexpectedly. Now the search is on to find out what really happened to their father. Did he fall or was he pushed? Sherlock, James, and Moira reluctantly partner up, trusting no one, not even each other, as they uncover a secret sect, a rare jewel, and a sordid history. Blood is spilled, trusts broken, and friendships lost in this story of how one simple mistake cost Father his life and James his heart, and sent the Moriartys spiraling ever downward.

It’s a highly original and satisfying take on 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.”

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Critical Praise

“A fine option for kids who like action-packed mysteries. A must-have where the author is popular.” —School Library Journal

“Mystery, romance, and teen angst—the game is definitely afoot.” —Kirkus Reviews

“There’s adventure aplenty [...] Sherlock’s characterization is spot-on, though, and that alone will keep readers coming back for more.” —Booklist

“Of the many Holmesian spinoffs on the youth literary market, this is definitely one worth following.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062399045
  • ISBN 10: 0062399047
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 10/10/2017
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: 21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings

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