The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery
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The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery (Baker Street Letters #2)

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The second in a highly original and absolutely marvelous series about two brother lawyers who lease offices on London's Baker Street--and begin receiving mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes

When brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath choose 221B Baker Street as the location for their law office, they don’t expect that their new office space would come with one huge stipulation, answ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published February 17th 2011)
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Jessie
I really wish this series was better, because the premise is great ... terms of the lease of the second story of the 200 block of Baker Street mandate that the tenant reply with a form letter to all mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes.

Our "heros" are British brothers who are lawyers and who have various personal issues. The first book, The Baker Street Letters, takes place mostly in Los Angeles. This second book concerns a descendant of Moriarity. Both books start off promising and are pretty disa...more
Cherie
Second books can be a little trying. If I fall in love with the characters in the first book, I want more of them. If the story in the first book got my interest right away, had a nice pace and good ending, I want more!

I was happy to find that this second story was as good. It met my criteria to keep reading. Now, it is all about finding out what Reggie and his actress girlfriend are going to go in the next.

Nigel played a bigger part in this story, which was set three weeks after the first one....more
Quillracer
This is the second book in the series.

I read the first one several years ago and, while my memory of it is a little hazy, I recall I enjoyed it. This entry was much better, had me turning pages to see what happened next. I burned through it in less than a day.

The overall premise is an intersting twist on the Sherlock Holmes saga. Instead of trying to update Holmes to a modern man or crank out further 'adventures' for the great detective, Robertson has two brothers leasing law offices at 221B Bak...more
Rebecca
I think I might have liked this book better if I'd read the prequel first. Robertson didn't spend a lot of time explaining the characters or what had happened before--he just plunged in and, on a number of pages, I felt pretty lost.

The idea is great. Two brothers open a legal office at 221 B Baker Street and, as part of their lease, have to answer letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes. I also liked the plot line here about the attempt to make Cabbies buy GPS tracking systems. That I haven't seen...more
Erin
I wasn't thrilled with the first book in this series (this is the second) but someone told me they get better. I decided to try the second because I REALLY wanted to like the first. Two brothers take up law offices at 221B Baker Street and as part of their lease they must answer letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes. I realized I didn't like the first as much because it largely took place in L.A. This made no sense in a Sherlock Holmes tribute type of novel.

The second was all Britain: black cabs,...more
Albert
I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan and Conan Doyle was one of the first authors I ever read and then went back to read some more. So I actually enjoy seeing new and established writers of our era tackle the world of Holmes and London mysteries and the mystique that goes with Baker Street. So you see, I really wanted to like this book.
But I am afraid I cannot say that found the story or the characters of this tale the least bit entertaining or worthy the tie in, however loosely done, to Baker Street...more
Ivy
This is book 2 of the series and having not read the first book in the series I was not sure what to expect. I found it to be slow in spots and boring in others. It did not seem to come together at all. It took forever for anything to happen and when it did it was still not exciting enough to make me want to find the first book to read it to see what I had missed. There was more about the relationship between a couple of the main characters love life then there was about the mystery.
Barb Moore
Nice premis--two brothers, one a solicitor, one a barrister, lease 221B Baker Street as their office. As a stipulation of their lease, they are required to send a form letter--and ONLY that form letter--in response to any letters sent to Sherlock Holmes. However, the two become embroiled in mysteries presented by those who correspond with the fictional detective. I would definitely read more in this series--I liked the characters, the relationships and the Holmes tie-in.
Debbie
Light read...but not as billed. I didn't find it Holmesian at all...and as a mystery too much is left out to figure it out yourself.

After I started reading, I noticed it's a "second", but too much of it refers to the first. If the reader hadn't read the first (like me) there were continuing references that made no sense...kind of like when you have a conversation with someone who thinks you already know what they are talking about.
Becca
Not good. Perhaps an interesting premise (lawyer brothers whose practice is at 221b Baker street and are contractually obligated to answer mail they get addressed to Sherlock Holmes) but the plot was weak, far fetched and not really in the Holmsian tradition nor was it an interesting enough twist on it. Plus the writing was disjointed and the characters pretty weak an not likable. There you have it!
Amanda
I thought the story would focus on Reggie solving a case from one of the letters written to Sherlock Holmes. Instead, it seemed to spend most of the time focused on his ex? girlfriend and her sleazy new boyfriend. I gave up halfway through
Ann
I don't know how but I skipped this book when I read the third first. It is very good and I enjoyed it very much. Reggie Heath is asked to defend a London Black Cab driver who is charged with the murder of two American tourists. This begins a search London-wide that ends with another murder and Reggie arrested for the crime. Of course, Laura Rankin is there to assist and string Reggie along. Things begin to heat up and that brings brother Nigel back from America to help. But then one of the lett...more
Lynn Kearney
2.5 I'm getting tired of the re-working of the Sherlock Holmes saga - except for Laurie R. King whom I like. Maybe I should get back to the originals.
Elizabeth Johnson
After starting this book with high hopes - as a mystery lover and a great fan of SH - I was a bit disappointed. The writing itself was easy to read, and flowed nicely. It held my attention decently.

However, as a mystery, it was rather easy to figure out "whodunit" - and a bit predictable at times. But I might have still enjoyed it, if I'd realized it wasn't actually about Sherlock Holmes. He's actually more like a character from a previous story - the reader must know who he is, but you could ch...more
Pix Smith
I like these books. The characters are fun, the stories are interesting, and they're great for a quick read. Robertson tells a nice story, with just enough twists along to way to keep it interesting, and the dynamics of the characters are terrific.

The brothers are really the pegs on which the stories hang, and I do like most of the other folks who wander in and out better than the protagonists. Not that I don't like them, I just like the others more.

All in all, I have found that I can count on...more
Amy Lerner
Normally I pick up and read any book in a mystery series out of order, but The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson had so many references to the first book in the series, I should have read that first. And maybe some Sherlock Holmes, because the main character works at Holmes’ old address and the books heavily draw on that. It’s a fun-to-read, short mystery novel. My only complaint is that it had too many proofreading errors, including a typo in the main character’s name within the fir...more
Gabi
The Brothers of Baker Street picks up immediately where the first in this series, The Baker Street Letters, leaves off. I usually don't go into a book with a lot of expectations, but I totally went into Baker Street Letters thinking, "This is going to be awesome! Two brothers move into Baker Street, get letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes, and solve crimes together!" Which it is...and yet, somehow isn't. Brothers of Baker Street was definitely more enjoyable for me because it was more of what I...more
Melissa
This is the second book in the series, but unfortunately it has been so long since I read the last one...I felt a little lost in this one. Still a good story with an interesting twist and I like the idea of "present day" lawyers leasing 221B Baker Street and a requirement of the lease is answering mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes!

"The second in a highly original and absolutely marvelous series about two brother lawyers who lease offices on London's Baker Street--and begin receiving mail address...more
Ronna
This second mystery in a series about Reggie and Nigel Heath, is a serious mystery spoof on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. In 1997 London, the Heath brothers have leased 221 Baker Street for their law offices. As part of their lease, they must send a form letter to everyone who sends them a letter addressed to the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Right now, that's about all that is happening at their offices. Then the lovely barrister, Darla Rennie asks Reggie to defend a London Black Cabbie against a...more
Mike
The second in a series of books about two lawyer brothers who have offices at 221 B Baker Street in London, famed address of Sherlock Holmes. As I mentioned in the review of the first book, the author is a Boilermaker, so I am "reading local" or whatever you want to call it.

I enjoyed this one more than the first. Like the first, I don't think the chain of events would stand up to the way the law really works, but still, reading these is like watching a fun detective show on television. They are...more
Emmy
After reading The Baker Street Letters, I was super-excited to dive into book #2, The Brothers of Baker Street. Of course, there was also the concern that perhaps Michael Robertson was nothing more than a one-trick pony, and he had used up his best material in book one.

NOT SO. NOT AT ALL. In fact, I have to say, I think Book 2 was actually BETTER than the first one. True, the start was a bit slow, but it quickly drew me in. And I became more and more involved in the plot, and with the characters...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Brothers of Baker Street, by Michael Robertson, B-plus, narrated by Simon Vance, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is the second book in a series with the over-all theme that an attorney has taken up office space in the building now standing at the famous Baker Street address of the fictional Sherlock Holmes. Any barrister officing there has to agree, as part of the lease, to answer all letters which still come there addressed to Sherlock Holmes. Reggie, the atto...more
Cate
Sequel to "Baker Street Letters" where Reggie and Nigel Heath are contractually obligated to archive and reply to letters delivered to the law offices addressed to "Sherlock Holmes." Because their offices would encompass the famous fictional address, and people cannot be persuaded that Holmes was never real.

As the book opens, Reggie has lost his personal fortune and his legal reputation as a result of the events of the previous book. He has only one employee in his chambers and no legal work. Ni...more
Barbara
After dragging through my last book, I was very happy to have something completely lightweight and superquick. I was hesitant to even read this; after I got it home from the library, I was disappointed to find this was the second book in a series. As a girl who hates to start anything in the middle and refuses to listen to a single spoiler, I went back and forth on whether or not to just take it back and get the first. However, I'm glad I bit the bullet and just went through with it.

Reggie Heath...more
Jeanne
Continuing the story, Reggie Heath returns to his chambers after hieing off to LA after his brother and girlfriend (not together, though they once were). His investments are gone, his business is in tatters, and he's showing up way too often in the tabloids, and so is his girlfriend, especially with someone else's hands all over her. So, when he's offered a criminal defense case, he's ready to take it. And so begins his troubles. A delusion person is writing Reggie letters and signing them Moria...more
Kari
I liked this one a lot more than the first one (The Baker Street Letters). There was more of both brothers in this one, whereas, the first one was mostly from Reggie's point of view. I thought the mystery was pretty good. I liked the twists and turns that it took. There were also a couple of red herrings, which I liked. The author delves more into the brothers' background this time around as well. I really liked both of them and think that they make a great detective team. The one thing that was...more
Marcia
Perhaps because I'm not searching for the Sherlockian allusions, I can just settle in to these stories about the Heath brothers who occupy chambers at 221B Baker Street. They read like TV movies which suits my expectations perfectly.

Well on toward three in the morning, a smallish figure in a hooded mac stood at the far end of an isolated dock in the Limehouse district. The wooden base of the dock was dark brown-gray, the Thames beneath and beyond it was slate gray, the hooded mac that cloaked th...more
Patrick Hayes
A very fun and easy read. This is the second book featuring the lawyer brothers who purchase a building to contain their offices, only to find out it is the infamous 221B Baker St. Their lease of the building is cheap, but to maintain the lease they have to answer every letter that comes addressed to Sherlock Holmes. I never read the first book and didn't feel as though I was missing anything in this mystery. In this book the brothers have separated after their first adventure, and they are now...more
Jack
I picked this up at Dollar Tree yesterday. Guess I liked it, I am done already! An interesting update of the Sherlock stories set in 2011 and includes nods to Moriarty, 221b Baker Street and Sherlock himself. And a little bit of a nod to "Letters to Juliet" LOL. This was the second in the series and there was a bit of "referring back" to that previous case that was done here. I would definitely read more.
Tracy
A compelling mystery set in modern-day London with ties to Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed the story for the most part but I think I needed to have begun with the first book in the series (apparently this is number 2)in order to feel more of a connection to the characters. I am interested enough to hunt down Book 1 and see how I like it. Well written with witty dialogue and exciting plot twists.
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MICHAEL ROBERTSON works for a large company with branches in the United States and England. His first novel in this series, The Baker Street Letters, has been optioned by Warner Bros. for television. He lives in San Clemente, California.
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