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Moriarty Returns a Letter: A Baker Street Mystery (Baker Street Letters #4)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  382 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Michael Robertson has delighted mystery readers and Sherlock Holmes aficionados everywhere with his charming and innovative Baker Street mystery series, where brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath are charged with answering letters to Holmes that arrive at their law office, located at 221B Baker Street. Now, Reggie and Nigel are back in a case that would confound even Sherlock h ...more
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Published January 28th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Sep 05, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All good things come to an end.
Not as strong as previous titles in this series, but entertaining and certainly easy to read, so it fit the bill during this busy holiday season.
Jan 12, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2016
I think I'm enjoying this series more and more with each book. This story was very good and the mystery moved along at a good pace. Some of it was told in flash backs to get the history of the mystery in this one and that made a nice blend of historical mystery blending into the present day.

The only quibble I had was that one of the characters was pretty nonchalant about being in possible peril, but otherwise it entertained me. And the ending! It reminded me so much of.....well, you'll have to
Jun 25, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery that kept me guessing, but some things were assumed to be the case. Some of the plots were not wrapped up in nice, neat packages.

I found it frustrating that Reggie was a barrister, but throughout the book he appeared to be a dimwit. Lauren too was too trusting...kind of flighty in some parts. You are driving in the middle of nowhere and see a man standing in the rain, so you back up to see if he needs help? Really, did you not understand when you stopped the first time, the gas at
Nov 20, 2016 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A gang of thieves believes that a new leader may actually be a police informant. In an attempt to avoid death, the informant leads them to believe that he is Moriarty and that the robberies that he has set up for them have fallen apart due to his arch nemesis Sherlock Holmes. The ruse fails and the "spy" is killed, however his daughter returns to the scene to exact justice for her murdered father. The story had promise but was poorly presented. Even now I am unsure who the detective was supposed ...more
Victoria Grusing
Feb 19, 2017 Victoria Grusing rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Not as good as some of the other Sherlock takeoffs.
Jan 10, 2017 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is so fun. This is my favorite one so far. It starts off in 1894, so that grabbed me immediately. Lots of twists and turns. Fast read.
Feb 10, 2017 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the series.
May 23, 2015 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 08, 2014 Emmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best in the series! An excellent story, fast-paced, interesting, and hard to put down. I finished it in one lazy Sunday afternoon. The whole thing just flew by. I liked how things didn't feel quite so bogged down as they did in book 3. It just just a good story, plain and simple.

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Feb 08, 2015 Madonna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I do hope Spenser--the butler--shows up in future books in this series now that Laura and Reggie are getting married. I did enjoy the conversations between Nigel and Spenser.
Good to have Nigel back, too.
Liked the conversations between Reggie and the lovely Laura, too.
Inspector Wembley of the Yard was a pleasant side character, although as one of the characters points out that the Yard "...has been deserving of a bit of embarrassment for a very long time," not sure Wembley feels embarrassed--
Gerard J.  Medvec
Mar 30, 2014 Gerard J. Medvec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes is one of my top three fictional heroes, accompanied by James Bond and Indiana Jones. Recent modern adaptations of the Holmes/Watson phenomenon, like the BBC's "Sherlock," have reawakened mass awareness of these fascinating creations.
Likewise, Michael Robertson's MORIARTY RETURNS A LETTER steps out of the box, not only relocating to present day, but maintaining Doyle's original aura of invention. Holmes and Watson are replaced by brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath, but the plot is
Jill Hutchinson
This is the second book of this series I have read and it is as feather-light as the first. The basic idea is clever.....a barrister, Reggie Heath, has his offices at 221B Baker St. and letters keep arriving addressed to the most famous fictional detective of all times who lived at that address, Sherlock Holmes. They are a nuisance but must be saved and stored per his lease agreement. He often makes the mistake of reading one or two and they lead him into adventure as the letter writers actually ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, x2014
Events of 1893, 1944, and current day for the series combined with a Moriarty character provide another good entry in the Baker Street Letters series.

Opening lines:
London, St. Katherine's Dock, December 1893
In the damp stinking cargo hold of the
Queen's Gambit, a shirtless and bleeding man stood shackled to the rough wood of the center post.

On Londoners during the war
As matter-of-fact as the Londoners tried to be about it, he could still see it occasionally in their eyes--a brief shadow would be
May 19, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Michael Robertson (I picked it off a display at the library in a desperate attempt to grab SOMETHING before my toddler ran off again), and I liked it well enough. Robertson takes an omniscient perspective in writing, and, perhaps because of this, I constantly felt like the writing was a script for a BBC Masterpiece Theater Mystery. I felt like his "script" was constantly giving away clues that I may not have picked up on if I were watching this story play out ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherlock-holmes
#4 in a cute series about 2 brothers who rent out 221b Baker Street and are charged with looking after and answering the letters that still are being sent to the address for Sherlock Holmes. This had some interesting twists to the plot!

"Michael Robertson has delighted mystery readers and Sherlock Holmes aficionados everywhere with his charming and innovative Baker Street mystery series, where brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath are charged with answering letters to Holmes that arrive at their law of
Ryan Mishap
Nov 09, 2013 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
While being a crime story rather than a mystery, the historical reach-back combined with the continuation of the previous book's antagonist provides a neat conclusion. As such, one can't start with this book in the series as the one before it would be essential.

The first two sections start in the late 1800's and during world war two. The rest of the story takes place in 1998* and features multiple points of view. All written well and with humor. For people not enamored of Holmes, this series mig
Sue Smith
This has been a fun series, but I would do yourself a favor if you haven't read any of the others before this one then stop and do so. There's a lot of background stories that aren't remotely touched on yet play an important part in filling out the meat of this book, so if you don't know any of what transpired before then this one will not be one that you will enjoy.

I did enjoy this book! It wasn't the strongest in the series but it was an interesting spin on incorporating old Sherlock Holmes le
Mark Baker
Feb 11, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery
The latest case for brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath solves a mystery 100 years in the making. When Reggie goes to set up a display of the some the letters written to Holmes over the years, he accidentally lets out a secret people will kill to keep quiet. Can he figure out what it is?

While playing with the Holmes lore, this series is different from the famous stories. Still, it's very fun. We know most of what is going on early, but watching to see if our heroes can figure it out kept the pages t
Rena Sherwood
The best in the series so far, but difficult to follow at times. Nice blend of Victorian England and modern day London and how both times were greatly impacted by Sherlock Holmes. I think even Holmes would have found it to be funny.


Do not make the mistake I did and read this book before any of the previous books in the series. You really do need to read the series in order in order to fully appreciate what the heck's going on and how the characters develop. But I did manage to enjoy this book ev
Apr 15, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light mystery read, based on letters fans have written over the years to the fictitious Sherlock Holmes, who they believe to be real. Since there is no 221B Baker Street in the beginning, they are in custody of the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police. Then, when Baker Street is extended to include 221 (but no B), the letters begin to be delivered to the law chambers of Reggie Heath.
Suddenly, the letters are exposed, revealing murder - post Holmes, a quest for revenge, mental illness, a th
May 08, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Fans of all-things Sherlock will enjoy the Baker Street mystery series. The premise - a law firm at 221B Baker Street still receives letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes and is required by the lease to reply to all of them. A descendent of Moriarty, Holmes' arch-enemy, returns to seek revenge in this outing. The fine line between the fictional stories and the confusion starting over a century ago about whether Sherlock Holmes existed or not, with some believing that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as lit ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Reggie Heath, the barrister whose life became inextricably intertwined with everything Sherlock when he moved his practice to Baker Street, is really looking forward to a little road trip with his fiancee. Naturally, everything gets wildly out of hand, this time thanks to the decades-old murder of an American agent posing as Moriarty. The corpses just keep piling up over the years, until the grand opening of a local hotel brings new attention to old evidence. The charming psychopath from book tw ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-england
Reggie is concentrating on his engagement to Laura, but as usual the letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes interrupt, because his Baker Street office comes with the provision that he take care of "Holmes'" correspondence. This time, it's just a display of old letters at a hotel grand re-opening. What no one knows, though, is that more than a century ago, a desperate undercover man tried to avert his death by telling his captors that he was a character in the Holmes' stories. If this sounds twisty ...more
Mystery without much of a mystery. You know exactly what's happening throughout. It's just a matter of whether or not the protagonists are going to figure it out. Fun enough, quick read. It's almost a continuation of the 3rd book in the series, but had to be on its own.

Reggie and Laura are off for an engagement trip, a little time to themselves before they make an official announcement at Laura's aunt's castle. Only trouble is that someone has resurfaced (literally) and could be gunning for them
Jul 14, 2016 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light mystery covering four generations about the murder of an undercover American agent in Britain who called himself Moriarty, in hopes that his captors wouldn't kill him. The Sherlock Holmes stories were being published at the time, and many people thought the characters were real. It didn't work, but the name stuck with his descendents, who later try to avenge his death and so on. In present day, it involves the lawyer who works at 221 Baker Street and his actress fiancee. Entertaining, not ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have enjoyed this series, although I think this is the weakest book in the progression. I think it was meant to tie up loose ends from the last book. Reggie and Laura kind of remind me of Nick and Nora from the Thin Man. Although the occupations are different and Sherlock Holmes is thrown in the mix, they have the makings of a dynamic sleuthing couple. The mystery was interesting but not hard to figure out. The book is an easy read. I am interested in seeing if Reggie and Laura and Nigel make ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Robertson’s “Moriarty Returns a Letter.” I’m not always thrilled with the idea of modern writers picking up classic characters and continuing the legacy, but Robertson’s Baker Street Letters series is really smart, clever, and a great idea. The books are about two brother lawyers who lease offices on Baker Street and start receiving letters to Sherlock Holmes. The letters are compelling and the brothers are driven to try to help the desperate people who write them. “Moriarty Returns a Le ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one - fast paced and quick to follow. The first couple of chapters introduces glimpses of two generations of "Moriartys" and flash forward to the fourth generation who's a bit schizo and homicidal. Robertson keeps on point and doesn't get too distracted with outside characters. Even Nigel's appearance 2/3 through the book has a quick, direct pace and his inclusion doesn't seem forced.
Apr 18, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reggie and Laura are officially engaged and happily on their way to visit her aunt in the family castle. Darla Rennie, who has an obsessive belief that Reggie is actually Sherlock Holmes and that she is the great-granddaughter of Professor Moriarty has escaped and is leaving bodies in her wake but her target is, of course, Reggie. This is a fast moving and very good follow-up to the last book in the series. A very good read!
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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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Other Books in the Series

Baker Street Letters (5 books)
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