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

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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
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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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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!
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.
Beginning in Victorian times when a Pinkerton agent working in London is unmasked. To try to save his life he pretends to be Moriarty, the villain in the then popular Sherlock Holmes series. He is murdered and the story proceeds through three generations of his heirs. I love books set in England.
At the beginning you had a hard time understanding what was going on. Then it picked up in the middle with good action that left off from the last novel, and then you finally figured out what was going on. The ending was predictable and it just did not live up to the Michael Robertson stile..
Great characters, liked that it had all generations of the family involved. Some parts were suspenseful and I was just on the edge of my seat. The ending is so not what I expected which makes it awesome, but not how I wanted it to end :(. Great book tho :)
Garry Geer
very quick read. I've enjoyed watching the characters develop throughout the series. clever premise, but the author knows that it could easily become tedious. He keeps it moving.
Picked this up without realizing it was the 4th in a series. Enjoyed it so much I will now read the other three! Quick, fun murder mystery involving some fun history.
Another excellent addition to the Reggie and Nigel Heath series. A pleasure to read. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
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
Beata Bowen
A pretty enjoyable read, although not as intricate and surprising as one would expect of a Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery.
I expected to love this, but am somewhat disappointed instead. The rapid pace and hijinks were sorely lacking in this entry in one of my favorite series.
Fine story. Well written. Great fun reading a book with Sherlock Holmes background.
Alana Dahlen
Really enjoyed this novel. I read this before the first two books.
Rena Sherwood
The best in the series so far, but difficult to follow at times.
a fun series for people who love Sherlock Holmes related mysteries.
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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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