ABOUT MIND GAMES:
Sherlock Holmes and Miss James “Mori” Moriarty may have closed their first case, but the mystery is far from over in the thrilling sequel to Lock & Mori, perfect for fans of Maureen Johnson and Sherlock.
You know their names. Now discover their beginnings.
Mori’s abusive father is behind bars…and she has never felt less safe. Threatening letters have started appearing on her doorstep, and the police are receiving anonymous tips suggesting that Mori—not her father—is the Regent’s Park killer. To make matters worse, the police are beginning to believe them.
Through it all, Lock—frustrating, brilliant, gorgeous Lock—is by her side. The two of them set out to discover who is framing Mori, but in a city full of suspects, the task is easier said than done. With the clock ticking, Mori will discover just how far she is willing to go to make sure that justice is served, and no one—not even Lock—will be able to stop her.
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Top 10 Crime Solving Duos
- Tommy & Tuppence Beresford – Tommy and Tuppence are detectives that star in four Agatha Christie novels and one short story collection. And I LOVE THEM. They aren’t the most intellectual or even very good detectives, but they are adorable together and stumble their way into the answers in the best ways. Also, little known fact: POSTERN OF FATE, the last T&T book, was the last book Agatha Christie ever wrote. (It was also written the year I was born!) (omg, I am an old lady)
- Remington Steele and Laura Holt – I grew up on this 80s TV show (mostly in reruns), and I love these two so much. They actually have more chemistry as mystery solvers than as romantic partners for me. But the romance isn’t all bad either.
- Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane – Who wouldn’t love a story about a posh English gentleman who solves crimes with a mystery writer while trying to talk her into becoming his wife? If it’s you, we are no longer friends. (Kidding. We are totally friends. Friends who talk too much about how cool Dorothy Sayers’ books are, but still friends. You’ll love it.)
- Phryne Fisher & Jack Robinson – Phryne Fisher is my life coach. She doesn’t know it, but it’s true. And if you love yourself, you will immediately start watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. I mean, aristocratic Australian 20s flapper, solving crimes, racing cars, and smooching up whichever man strikes her fancy (which often happens to be the local detective inspector, Jack).
- Shawn Spencer & Burton Guster – Best friends since childhood. Fake psychic detective agency. What could go wrong? (Everything, but thankfully Shawn is dating a badass police detective.) I would binge-watch Psych at least once a year, if my schedule allowed it. I may need to cut out sleeping or something to make this happen.
- Hercule Poirot & Arthur Hastings – YES, another Agatha Christie pairing. But Poirot was my favorite of her detectives back when I was a wee Heather. He’s so snobby and finicky and Hastings is such a loyal protector and friend. It’s like Sherlock and Watson, if Sherlock were Belgian and fashion conscious and waxed his moustache.
- Rosemary Boxer & Laura Thyme – Rosemary & Thyme is a show about two women who make beautiful gardens. They also solve murders and throw shade on the men in their lives who don’t treat them like the glorious goddesses they are.
- William Murdoch & Dr. Julia Ogden – Victorian-era, Sherlock-esque Canadian police officer solving crimes with a woman coroner/pathologist who is smarter than everyone around her. Add cameos by Tesla, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and other cultural stars during Victoria’s reign, and you have the Murdoch Mysteries. (They are on Netflix.) (You are welcome.)
- Fox Mulder & Dana Scully – I mean, duh. Of course I love these two. They had me at the very first episode that asked the fateful X-Files question: Monster? or Science? Because the answer is always, always BOTH.
- Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn…because Batman is a patriarchal blight that must be snuffed out. 😉
Excellent choices Heather! Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries (aka The Artful Detective) are a couple of my favorites.
Heather Petty has been obsessed with mysteries since she was twelve, which is when she decided that stories about murders in London drawing rooms and English seaside villages were far superior to all other stories. She is the author of the Lock & Mori series. She lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, daughter, and four hopelessly devious cats. You can visit her online at HeatherWPetty.com.
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