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The Baker Street Translation (Baker Street Letters #3)

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  598 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
In Michael Robertson's "The Baker Street Translation, " Reggie and Nigel Heath--brothers who lease law offices at 221B Baker Street in London, England and answer mail addressed to the location's most famous resident, Sherlock Holmes--find themselves pulled once again into a case straight out of Arthur Conan Doyle. An elderly American heiress wants to leave her entire fortu ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published April 2nd 2013)
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Barrister Reggie Heath's chambers are in a building where 221B Baker Street would be, if such an address existed. And part of his lease requires him to answer, politely, letters to Sherlock Holmes, the late tenant. The letters get him involved, willy-nilly, in terrorism, kidnapping, and the machinations of a couple of ruthless Texans. Unfortunately, the woman of his dreams, actress Laura Rankin, also gets entangled in the various plots. I would have given this a four-star rating, except that whe ...more
May 07, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery, 2015
I'm glad I went back to this series because I think the stories have gotten better and better with each book.

The mystery was complicated with an unlikely suspect and I also enjoyed the lesser - if still interesting - mystery intertwining throughout the story.

I think all the characters have grown with each book and I got to see more of their personalities emerge.

One thing - at the beginning I saw that Arthur - no Arnold - no Arthur was making a deal. The editor and proofreader or whoever should
Apr 29, 2013 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reggie Heath, a barrister who now occupies the building where 221B Baker Street would have been located had it ever existed, finds himself the caretaker of all the letters that get written each year to the famous (fictional) detective Sherlock Holmes as part of his lease agreement. There are plenty of people who believe that Holmes is real, and it's up to Heath and his brother, Nigel, to try to help them if they can. Reggie doesn't really take the task seriously; however, when one of his corresp ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read so I need to go back and read the first two installments. I enjoyed the book but felt that I was missing some of the picture. The story involves Reggie and Nigel Heath, two barristers who run the Baker Street Chambers. They are responsible for answering the many letters sent to Sherlock Holmes from readers all over the world.

Reggie is in love with Laura Rankin and wants to propose to her. His rival for Laura's affection, Robert Buxton, is kidnapped and, as rans
Sue Smith
Jul 18, 2013 Sue Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad book for the third of a 'series'. I like the characters, but you wouldn't want to start with this book as you won't understand a lot of the tensions and goings on between them unless you start off with the series from book one. The other books were admirably mentioned, but you just can't appreciate the undercurrents without the knowledge of the entire story - or stories - contained in the other two books.

Despite that, it was a good romp of a murder mystery that would have made Arthur C
May 19, 2013 Lois rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The third outing with the cast introduced in The Baker Street Letters starts off well enough: a Chinese gentleman comes to London to find out why his long-distance employer finds his work unsatisfactory.

Beyond Reggie's concern about how to ask Laura to marry him we find a scheme to bomb an distant member of the British royal family.

In Baker Street Translation, the story is set spinning--and then unwinds to a phht.

Was this the last in a trilogy and the author ran out of time? A disappointment.
Regan Mies
I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, but this? I was not impressed. Awkward dialogue, a confusing and badly paced mystery, and characters whose actions were entirely unrealistic led this novel down a hole it couldn't climb out of.

Oh and also, can we please all get over the "Big, bad, idiot Americans" stereotype? That was just annoying. It's one thing if the characters fall into that stereotype, but another when their every reference is "Oh the Americans are obviously morons, they're Americans!"

Jan 20, 2014 Marcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle, x2014
Actual Rating: ***1/2

Third in the Baker Street Letters series, The Baker Street Translation provides another case of someone's believing that Sherlock Holmes not only was real but also that he (Sherlock) can still today solve mysterious goings-on.

Opening lines:
London, January 1998
When Arthur Sandwhistle woke up on the morning of what he knew would be the greatest day of his life, he couldn't get the bloody rhymes out of his mind.

Sherlock lives:
Buxton looked at the return address, which had no st
Aug 26, 2014 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stretches the boundaries of the cozy mystery by being set in bustling London with all sorts of villains afoot, and the worst of the nasty plots tucked inside a plastic duck! But the adventures are rollicking, except perhaps for the race through the sewers between Regent's Park and Hyde Park. Characters so alive with their own quirks and nothing ever gets really silly. No wonder the cover blurb is by M.C. Beaton of happy Hamish Macbeth fame. Lovely triangle engagement choice plot cliffhanger, and ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Marge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a good set up -- two brothers who have offices at the same Baker Street address as the legendary Sherlock Holmes -- have to answer letters that anyone writes to this imaginary character.

Robertson has a good touch with tone, writing a light and funny book. Unfortunately he barely touches on the Sherlock Holmes idea. Why use that idea and just pass over it so lightly.

I read this before I read by mistake the first in the series, "The Baker Street Brothers." But that was no better.
Jul 30, 2014 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and fab mystery, third in series, starring two brothers who have inherited the letters written to Sherlock Holmes since their law offices reside at 221B Baker Street.
I read and loved the first in the series, will find and read the second very soon. I don't think it was paramount that I read the second, or even the first, to enjoy this third in series. But you would be missing a superb mystery and intro to the characters and setting if you don't read the first one, and I bet the second one,
Definitely a series that you should read without time in between. So many references to the 1st 2 books and I honestly don't remember much about the first 2 books. Not a great mystery-several last minute character introductions and a quirky ending. I like the premise that the lease on 221B Baker Street has a clause-answering the letters written to Sherlock Holmes.

"In The Baker Street Translation, Reggie and Nigel Heath—brothers who lease law offices at 221B Baker Street in London and answer mail
Jul 14, 2013 Red rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd "Baker Street Bros" (a misnomer) book finally has achieved the charm, and light-hearted writing style that has made me a fan. I love the detailed London locales, especially the ones that I've been to, so I can remember where Reggie is walking. There is now a lightness to Robertson's prose, that draws you in and keeps you wanting more. Reggie is more likable now then ever before and we are getting to know a few more people in his world. The misnomer is about the "brothers" aspects of thes ...more
Margaret Wichorek
Apr 25, 2014 Margaret Wichorek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent mystery set in San Francisco in 1879. A young woman, who runs a boarding house, also masquerades as Mme. Sibyl a clairvoyant to make extra money. She and her friend. Nate, a lawyer, get involved with a pair of con artists. posing as Spiritualists. One of the interesting things to me was that her home was on O'Farrell St., where my oldest lived until he moved out of the city.
Dec 19, 2015 Emmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherlock-holmes
I genuinely enjoyed reading this book, but I thought something was lacking from it that I had found in all the others. Perhaps I was just more distracted while reading it, or sick of hearing about (view spoiler) ...more
May 08, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A Very enjoyable read. One might expect it to be written in the same style as Doyle's Sherlock mysteries, which it isn't but incorporates the character's popularity and celebrates the longevity of Sherlock Holmes through the mystery solving misadventures of Laura Rankin, an actress, and her suitors, Reggie and Nigel Heath and Lord Robert Buxton.
May 23, 2014 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the 3rd book in the series, and just as good as the first, (better than the 2nd). It has a interesting setting, that of 221B Baker Street, or the place where Sherlock Holmes lived. Although Sherlock is a fictional character, the two brothers who have their law offices at 221B Baker Street still receive letters to Sherlock Holmes, and under the terms of the lease, have to answer the letters. A Form letter is supposed to be used, but somehow, certain letters get personalized answers, and t ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know this was a series until after I checked it out from the library. That said, I still read it, safely made some assumptions, and enjoyed it for what it was: a mystery/thriller based a bit around Sherlock Holmes. It's fun and humorous at the right parts. I'll probably go back and read the first two books of the series, mainly to learn more about the characters. Otherwise, you can read this by itself.
Anne Slater
I was so sure this was going to be terribly clever. And maybe it was, but even though I read it from beginning to end, I didn't "get it" at all. It kept promising, but never carried through.

I hope someone will point out what it was that I missed because I was quite disappointed.
Apr 27, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Two brothers rent the offices at 221B Baker Street in London, which they use as law offices. Being that they are the residents of that space they are also charged with receiving and answering letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes. I as always have entered the story somewhat removed from it's beginning (2 previous novels)however is was not hard to pick up the thread. The author does a servicable job of trying to give his mystery that Conan Doyle air about it. There is a China man trying to track d ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Joyee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fist book i've read f this series an i think i would need to go back and read the previous instalments. This book is not too bad of a book, but sometimes it can get confusing following the story line.

Quite and easy read, but perhaps that i have had too high of an expectation because of the title including Baker Street to be related to Sherlock Holmes
Oct 04, 2014 Quillracer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third entry in this series is as good as the previous books.

The plot here is more complex with several storylines weaving in and out before they all come together in a single thread. Robertson also provides an interesting method of perpetrating a crime.

As in the previous books, Reggie and Nigel Heath seem to stumble around blindly until almost the end before they start to put things together to solve the crime. And some of the actions the characters performed earlier in the book seemed to v
Apr 09, 2014 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Not a great mystery, but a fun and effortless enjoyable read. Reminds me of the mysteries I used to eat like so grapes in summer when I was in junior high school. The Sherlockian background is also fun and hints of future revelations.
Gretchen Ingram
Apr 13, 2013 Gretchen Ingram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, library
This was by far the best of the Brothers of Baker Street series. The story was complex and well paced and there was no guessing the solution to any of the several mysteries occurring all at once. And the ending was extremely satisfying for me.

My only critique of the book would be that the author expected you to have read one or both of his other books first as the reoccurring characters were not well developed in this book. (They're quite well developed in the previous two taken together.) As th
Bob Lafary
"A nice little book to read." Glad I read it. But wouldn't want too many more like it. I enjoyed it, and gave it three stars. But I guess I'm too used to, and now favor more, most of our current modes of mystery writers: more action; sorry--more violence; and more turn-the-pages thrills. So, mixed reaction. It did, and I liked that it did, in a lot of places, remind me of the many "Sherlock Holmes" tales that I read quite-a-few years ago. Mr. Robertson's style obviously did this in order to tie ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has remained charming, and although the storylines are at best whimsical, they are always entertaining. And both brothers are pleasant to spend time with.
rather cute comical "sherlockian story" set in the present day. The story is intricate often with many pieces either not answered or inconclusive. I did like the story line and will be reading the other 3 that author has written
Kelly Wagner
Sep 02, 2013 Kelly Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny, and now I'll have to go back and read the previous two in the series - this was one of my random grabs from the "new books" shelf at the library, and it turned out to be a good one. Two brothers have their law offices in the 200 block of Baker Street, and part of the terms of their lease including having to answer the mail that comes addressed to Sherlock Holmes. And Sherlock Holmes gets some very screwy mail. (My own thought: the Jane Austen people are bad enough, dressing up like h ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typo on page 159:
Line 17. Should read "The cards apparently" not " They cards apparently."

Typo page 214:
Line 3.

"But that's not..." But is missing the "t."
Treva Smutz
Jul 24, 2016 Treva Smutz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I read the two earlier books in the series. I can't remember exactly what they were about and I was 60 pages into this volume before I had all the characters straight. It was still very enjoyable and I plan to read the next two soon so that everything will be more fresh in my mind.
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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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