Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ridley Pearson

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ridley Pearson

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Sherlock Holmes has been the subject of countless adaptations since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first wrote about the detective in 1886. St. Louis author Ridley Pearson added his own version to the mix last year when he published "Lock and Key: The Initiation," the first book in a series for middle readers that features the sleuth as a teen.

Set in Baskerville Academy, a boarding school in modern day Boston, "Lock and Key" is told from the viewpoint of Moria Moriarty, the younger sister of James Moriarty, who even casual fans know will become Holmes' future nemesis. In "The Initiation" James meets his roommate, an annoying Brit named Sherlock.

The series continues with "The Downward Spiral," full of action and foreshadowing of James' shift to his darker side. Twelve-year-old Moria looks up to her older brother, but the two are in deep mourning after the death of their father.

The siblings deal with their grief differently. As James is lured into a secret society, Moria looks to Sherlock, aka Lock, to help her solve a family mystery. …

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