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The Baker Street Letters (Baker Street Letters #1)

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,568 ratings  ·  359 reviews
First in a spectacular new series about two brother lawyers who lease offices on London’s Baker Street--and begin receiving mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes

In Los Angeles, a geological surveyor maps out a proposed subway route--and then goes missing. His eight-year-old daughter, in her desperation, turns to the one person she thinks might help--she writes a letter to Sher
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ebook, 288 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published May 29th 2009)
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Kristen
This was a disappointment. I didn't finish it.

The description of the book made it sound like there was a big Sherlock Holmes connection, but really the only involvement of Holmes is the fact that the offices one of the main characters leases is on Baker Street, and people write letters to Sherlock at that address. The owner of the building requires anyone who rents the premises to respond to the letters with a form-letter response. So the misleading suggestion of a Holmes connection was the firs
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Gail
Just a note that the only thing Sherlockian about this mystery is the premise: As a leaseholder of 221B Baker Street, the law offices of Reggie Heath are required to answer letters addressed to Mr. Sherlock Holmes and occasionally those addressed to Mrs. Hudson and Dr. John Watson. They were to use only the form letters or lose their lease.
Reggie gave the task to his brother Nigel while Nigel's license was suspended. Nigel, somewhat hapless, becomes intrigued by a set of letters, the first origi
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Cathrine Bonham
I did enjoy this novel as a casual read but from a Sherlockian point of view it had much to be desired. Actually the only thing that links this narritave to Sherlock Holmes is the Hook about the letters being addressed to him.

The science of deduction did not figure into the main Character's, Reggie Heath, problem solving plan at all. Actually, Heath made quite a mess of his investigation. The story was mostly a cliche with him running all over LA trying to avoid the police while trying to figur
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Lynda
I liked this, but I have to admit not as much as I expected to. I realized two odd things:

1. I will buy anything related to
Sherlock Holmes. This is not really a surprise, but in the last 10 years or so there has been an explosion of Holmes-related fiction.

2. People who write 5 star reviews on Amazon have not always read the book. The significant error in this review was actually the third one I have noticed in the last couple of weeks. I buy or seek out a significant number of books based on t
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Cherie
I am afraid that I have to admit to liking this story more because of the narrator telling it, than for the story itself. Until, almost the end of the story, I did not care that much about the main character. I liked his brother right from the beginning and his girlfriend too.

Reggie was just "too much". He seemed to be very arrogant and self centered. He seemed to be his brother's keeper, litterally, and very condecending about it.

As the story unfolded, I became a little more understanding and
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Pamela
Reggie, the main character, is pompous, over-bearing, rude, and not too bright--a lawyer who doesn't take the time to read a rental contract? Gimme a break!

Reggie's brother Nigel is pathetic, ineffectual, whiney, and useless.

Laura, Reggie's girl friend, is shallow, too intuitive to be believable, and prone to what is supposed to pass for witty banter but only varies between annoying and inane.

If it had not been for the plot, I would have called it quits about 30 minutes into this audio book. Wha
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Lolly's Library
2.5 stars

The basis of the novel is rather interesting, but the writing is a bit awkward and stilted; there seemed to be a lot of "He did this. Then he did this. He went here. They went there." Rather reminiscent of a Dick and Jane book, only with more grown up words. However, it doesn't surprise me that the book's been optioned for a television series; Hollywood seems to have a nose for mediocre works. I just hope it gets tweaked a bit more before it goes into production; the mystery was fairly
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Gabi
This book is not at all what I expected. Now, I love all things Sherlock Holmes, so the premise of a pair of brothers who work from the famed 221b Baker Street address and respond to letters sent to the Great Detective really sounded like my cup of tea. It was a little surprising and a little disappointing to discover that ninety-five percent of the book doesn't have the brothers working together and doesn't even take place in London. The majority of the story follows older brother Reggie as he ...more
Christina
I liked the idea behind the book, where two brothers who inadvertently end up in Sherlock Holmes' fictional address have to respond to all the letters to Holmes that come to their office. The main protagonist was sort of a turd, but that's fine too, because sometimes that's way more true to life than a perfect protagonist. The story was interesting, etc. The thing that got me is that for much of the story everyone's like "who has the only copy of that one important paper?" and "oh no he stole it ...more
Melanie
Not as good as I had anticipated.
Doreen Fritz
Here is a quick summer read for those who want to get into another Sherlock Holmes story, but can't (because the author is dead, you see). In modern-day London, an attorney (Reggie Heath) has rented a building that takes up the entire 200 block of Baker Street. His brother Nigel, who has just been released from "hospitalization" for a mental breakdown, is putting in time at Reggie's firm until his own law license is reinstated. He is put in charge of responding to all the letters sent to Sherloc ...more
Lauren

Maybe I was naive to assume that a novel called The Baker Street Lettersthat had a premise featuring two brothers solving a crime after receiving a letter meant for Sherlock Holmes would actually relate in some way to the detective. The fact is, apart from the flimsy set-up: the brothers work on the 200 block of Baker Street and therefore receive mail addressed to Holmes, and one of them decides to take a case, the story has absolutely nothing to do with Holmes or any of Doyle's stories. In fact

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Ryan Mishap
A bit of a throwback, here, as a Los Angeleno takes up the British-style cozy and makes it sparkle. The mystery isn't all that elaborate, but the ride is worth the price of the ticket.

Reggie is a lawyer (they don't call them that in England, I think, so maybe the author let his americanism show) who has taken offices in the 220 block of Baker Street. His brother, Nigel--recently caught in a flap and in danger of losing his right to practice law--brings to Reggie's attention all the letters they'
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Ann
This is the first book in the Baker Street series. Reggie and Nigel Heath lease law offices in London at 221b Baker Street. As a stipulation in their lease, they are obliged to answer letters that are sent to Sherlock Holmes at the famous address. Nigel has been answering the letters for the firm. After recuperating from a "nervous disorder" due to the stress of a case gone wrong,he disappears. Reggie finds the body of their law clerk in Nigel's office and tries to locate Nigel before he is arre ...more
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. This book takes place mostly in Los Angeles. The second book, The Brothers of Baker Street concerns a descendant of Moriarity. Both books start off promising and are pretty disappo
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Adrienne
This was a lot like eating non-fat ice cream, or sugar free soda.

You're eating or drinking (or in this case, reading) in an effort to capture the real thing, but... you know it's not the real thing. You just know. And you're not really happy with the substitute. I was intrigued by the overall premise, but I felt that it didn't really deliver.

It wasn't awful, but.. a lot of it felt contrived. At times, it felt like it was trying to be all mysterious and exciting, but I felt like the author depend
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Marcy
Two brothers who share Sherlock Holmes' fictional address (221B Baker St) try to solve a mystery first brought to their attention by a letter sent to that address from a young girl appealing to Sherlock Holmes for help. I loved the premise, but did not feel that the author saw it through effectively. The plot was unnecessarily confusing at times and the writing not particularly good. Characters who might have been interesting, but weren't, and some editorial misses also lowered my rating to "jus ...more
Cynthia
first off, this book has as much to do with Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street as Apple Jacks have to do with real apples, so ifyou're looking for something fun in the Holmes and Watson vein, skip it.
This is, though, a fun little non-mystery that makes no sense at all but is kind of cute. I liked it best when I imagined that it had been written by (and was narrated by) the actor Hugh Grant (there was something about the way he describes Los Angeles that made me think that Michael Robertson is his
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Benjamin
I thought this was clever. It's an entertaining mystery, and the characters are memorable, although I would argue that the younger of the Baker Street brothers gets short shrift. It is not by any means a perfect book; the premise is flimsy, and the characters are English and lawyers and written in such a way that I wonder whether the author is either. The dialogue runs the gamut from almost too clever to almost not clever enough, but never quite steps over the line in either direction. Anyway, w ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
I didn't totally love this book, but I didn't find any glaring faults with it either. Overall, the pace was a bit slow and the turns a bit predictable for me. I think those two aspects are what really constitutes my decision to not overly like the book. The reason I even gave it three rather than two stars is that there were a few funny (if predictably so) parts, and because of the whole tort examination of fault for the entire situation. I liked that only because I'm new to tort law, have an ap ...more
Beverly
The premise for this book had such great potential, unfortunately the writing just didn't meet that great potential. I found the actual story to be very boring. Clues appeared in awkward places. I'm surprised that I actually finished the book as I found that I not only did not care for the characters or really about the solution to the mystery. I was very disappointed as I was hoping for a good contemporary mystery with a tie-in to Sherlock Holmes.
Daniel
This is an okay book. I was hoping to start on a new cozy mystery series, but I guess this won't be the one. This is (most) probably the first and last book I will read of this series. It was okay in a way that watching-anything-on-TV-when-there's-nothing-else-to-do kind of okay. There were some chapters that I found unnecessary, which I think the author was trying to be literary--you know, details, details, details. And then towards the end, it just rambles off and then ends without providing a ...more
Schnaucl
This is only loosely Sherlock related. The premise is that a pair of brother lawyers (solicitors) have set up their offices at 221B Baker Street and as part of their lease they have to send a form letter to all the people who write to Sherlock Holmes. But one of the letters catches the eye of Nigel, the brother whose job it is to respond to the letters. Instead of sending the form letter back, he decides to go to America to try and solve the mystery. As one does.

The lackluster mystery isn't real
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Melody Condron
The narrator/main character was completely unsympathetic--I just did not like him. He was an arrogant jerk, and not in a charming "I can look past it because he's clever" sort of way. I liked the narrator's brother and I am a curious person so I read the whole book (even though the brother is not in most of it). Beyond the main character, other things also bothered me. When the mystery is finally revealed and I thought it should be wrapping up, the author for some reason took it farther: he rand ...more
Ruth
Reggie Heath's life should not be so complicated. A successful attorney, he's long dated Laura, a smart and gorgeous actress (incidentally his brother's ex), enjoys new chambers on Baker Street, and has a promising slate of cases. But Laura seems more interested in furthering her career -- in AMERICA -- than him any longer, and his hapless brother Nigel is on the verge of seeing his own law career jettisoned for good unless he can pass his reinstatement hearing. However, to Reggie's chagrin Nige ...more
Pamela Huxtable
This was not a true Holmes pastiche, but a mystery with an intriguing Sherlockian premise. Reggie Heath, London solicitor, rents office space at 221 Baker Street - and a caveat of his lease is that he must answer all letters sent to his office that are addressed to Sherlock Holmes. Nigel, Reggie's ineffectual and flighty younger brother, takes on this responsibility, a bit too seriously.

The plot was quick paced, but characterizations tended to be stereotypes. I felt the author was quite uncomfor
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Jenny
This was just okay. Like other reviewers, I was expecting more emphasis on the Sherlock Holmes angle that the book promised, but it never really appeared. As a mystery, it was definitely lacking; as a character study, not much better. Fortunately it was a swift read, although at the conclusion of the book I found I really didn't care any more about the characters than I had when I started.
Julie
I picked this up on sale because of the Sherlock Holmes connection. Basically, two lawyer brothers have leased 200 Baker Street. Part of that lease involves receiving letters from people to Sherlock Holmes and answering them with a standard form letter. Reggie goes in one day to discover is brother, Nigel, has gotten upset about certain ones. He then goes in the next day and discovers that one of their workers has been murdered and Nigel is gone. Reggie follows the letters to Los Angeles where h ...more
Kristin
Unlike the original Baker Street sleuth, The Baker Street Letters isn’t required reading—but, with its clueless but charming amateur sleuths and its creative, carefree mystery it’s still a light and enjoyable summer read.

Read the full review at: http://www.nightsandweekends.com/arti...
Katrina
This is the first of a series which is about a pair of brothers who lease office space at 221 Baker Street for their law practice, only to find that letters have been coming to that address for years addressed to Sherlock Holmes. As part of their lease they must respond to all letters that arrive. The brothers take particular interest in three of the letters written by the same person over a 20 year period. The woman who wrote the letter sent the first one when she was only 8 years old. It's act ...more
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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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