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The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson
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Jul 12, 11

Read in July, 2011

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 Sherlock Holmes, 221B Baker Street (A response is dictated by the terms of the lease). Although he is supposed to send some kind of form letter, he becomes intrigued by some of the letters, especially one sent over 20 years ago by an 8-year-old girl in Los Angeles, CA who wants help finding her missing dad. Two more letters, ostensibly from the same girl, but which Nigel believes were forged, have arrived in the past few weeks. Reggie poo-poos Nigel's suspicions -- and in fact, most of Nigel's ideas, thoughts, or actions. There is definitely tension between the brothers, partly because Reggie is dating Nigel's previous girlfriend, the actress Laura.

Well, Reggie discovers that Nigel has disappeared -- probably gone to find that girl in Los Angeles. And Reggie ALSO discovers a dead body in Nigel's office. He goes to LA to find Nigel, and within a day there's another dead body, with Nigel the prime suspect. Now authorities in two countries are after Nigel, and Reggie is trying to protect Nigel, as he has their entire lives -- except when he's trying to control or correct him himself. And then Laura shows up, too, trying to help.

I hear that this debut novel is the first of a new series by Robertson. This was a fun read, and I look forward to the next installment.
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