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The Initiation: Lock and Key, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Suspenseful intro to a modern-day young Sherlock Holmes.

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Even with far too much aggravating animosity between two of the main characters -- James Moriarty and a young Sherlock Holmes -- this mystery series start proves provocative and suspenseful. Sure, James and Sherlock are destined to be sworn enemies eventually according to their creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But here they're just freshmen roomies. Every time young, well-meaning Sherlock tries to apply his brilliant mind to helping James with his what help he can be to them. Watching Sherlock's analytical mind in action and Moria and Sherlock's friendship deepen are two great joys in The Initiation.

Author Ridley Pearson chose his narrator well in Moria. She makes it easier for the reader to feel for her standoffish family members because she cares so much for them. And her steady presence makes it easier to accept how much the reader doesn't know: about the school history, the headmaster, the family Bible, the secret society, and even what adults do when they leave the school. There's a lot of mystery here on which to build a hefty series and usher in a new set of Sherlock Holmes fans.

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