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The Baker Street Translation

(Baker Street Letters #3)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  136 reviews
In The Baker Street Translation, Reggie and Nigel Heath—brothers who lease law offices at 221B Baker Street in London 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 fortune to Sherlock Holmes.  A translat
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Minotaur Books
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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
Feb 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sherlockiana
Tried it. Couldn't bring myself to read more than a few chapters. It's a lackluster mystery that used the Baker Street reference as a framework to hang the story on.

Pass! A waste of a good idea, I think.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
The third book in the Baker Street Letters series finds Reggie Heath's law practice experiencing an uptick in business while his relationship with his on-again, off again girlfriend Laura Rankin is also experiencing a revival.

So much so that Reggie is planning to propose. But as ever, the ever present arrival of letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes are his responsibility. While most letters could be easily dismissed, invariably one of the letters sets up the plot for the book and such is the cas
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun, not great, but fun read. It's centered around a law office that is housed at 221B Baker Street, with a clause in their lease that states they have to respond to the letters people write to Sherlock Holmes. The book started out slow, but picked up, and it was a really quick, easy read. ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining mystery which answers the question what do letters to Sherlock Holmes,a romantic rivalry, a murdered Chinese translator and a talking plastic duct have in common?
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Gordy Seeley
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like this series, but the continuity errors are starting to pile up and become distracting. The characters are great, the mysteries are intriguing, and there are some great twists, but each of the three books so far have contained errors that, while trivial in the grand scheme of things, are obvious enough they cause you to have to go back a page or paragraph to make sure you hadn't read incorrectly or missed something. Example: A character catches a cab and, while in the cab, receives ...more
Sue Smith
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Susan needs more books, not really
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
Lois Baron
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Sandy Lenahan
Such a cute series, very creative and fun to read. Book 3, The Baker Street Translation, has the brothers Heath back together again solving the crimes others commit. Love interest Laura is working a mystery all on her own, determined to go it alone (making Reggie crazy) while Buxton manages to get himself kidnapped, scalped and knighted all in the same week!

Any fan of Sherlock Holmes would enjoy Robertson's Baker Street Mystery. If you like reading cozies then this is series for you. Anglophiles
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
#3 in the Baker Street Letters mysteries. A Texas heiress wants to bequeath her fortune to Sherlock Holmes, an elderly Chinese man is refused payment for a translating job and flies to London to protest, newspaper magnate Robert Buxton is kidnapped and held in ransom for the letters sent to Sherlock Holmes, and some minor British Royals plan a demonstration in support of English red squirrels. In this 2013 series entry by author Michael Robertson some ingenious plotting draws these threads toget ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
(3.5 stars) This is the third book in the series. A series of events converge on Reggie’s law office, leading to danger. Reggie’s rival, the media mogul, Robert Buxton, sneaks into the office to cause trouble, implicating Reggie in a scheme to take the large inheritance from a woman in the U.S. who has bequeathed her funds to Sherlock Holmes. When Robert is kidnapped, Laura is asked to be the intermediary with the kidnappers, much to Reggie’s dismay. While reluctant, he offers to help Laura find ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Stven by: library
We will apparently never run out of stories relating to Sherlock Holmes, and this series has found a fresh approach by focusing on the letters people still write, more than a century after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave up the ghost, to the world's most famous fictional detective. Starting with the people who live on Baker Street in modern London and thus find themselves in receipt of such letters, we spin out a web of light-hearted mayhem and mystery. Robertson's characters and situations are amus ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Baker Street Translation is really a 3 1/2 star read. It's a fun, action-packed mystery that's just insane enough to keep you guessing. It's reads like more of a cozy mystery in that it's often light and humorous, despite being a murder mystery. The characters are engaging and quirky and will likely make you laugh at least once.
Ann Boytim
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Nigel an Reggie Heath are again involved in problems surrounding their location and people writing to them thinking Reggie is Sherlock Holmes. Reggie is trying to keep his barrister business afloat and his long time girlfriend seems to be involved with someone else a man who has plenty of influence and money. This man is eventually kidnapped and held captive in London's sewer system ...more
Judah Kosterman
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sometimes a reader isn't after a book so much as a distraction. This qualifies. Three stars for being a quick and easy read which employs a clever hook to turn two lawyers into amateur detectives. Points off for writing characters so two-dimensional that as soon as I turned the last page, I no longer cared a bit what happened to, um.... what were their names, again? ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
I picked up this book without realizing it was #3 in a series. I had never heard of it. It's got a cute premise - a lawyer and his brother who rent rooms at 221B Baker Street, with the stipulation they must answer letters sent to Sherlock Holmes at that address. It's lighthearted, although there are two murders and a kidnapping. ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This story doesn't bear much resemblance to the tales of Holmes & Watson, but if you are looking for a lighthearted mystery that uses Sherlock as an additive to kick start the story then this will satisfy. It reminds me of a Hardy Boys book aimed at the now adult readers. An easy pop-tart of a reading experience. ...more
Nancy Newton
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Make no mistake about it you have to accept Sherlock Holmes was a fictional character to enjoy this series of books. Great characters but the solution was partly given away in the first chapter. Great chase and conclusion
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the best book in the series but still a fun little read. the plot and story line weren't great and they were lacking a lot of development but the main characters were all there and it was fun to read them in action again. ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Lighthearted, fast-read mystery. Fluffy and a nice break from heavier reading. Would recommend to mystery fans and/or anglophiles.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Still confused as to why Laura likes this guys but.... At least she wasn't completely a mannequin in this one and it passes Bechdel. ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherlock
Enjoyed the book, a quick read!
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A decent story, made better if you have read the books in sequence and know the backstories.
Brenda Wilson
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am thoroughly enjoying this mystery series!
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
What fun -- an homage to Sherlock Holmes that doesn't attempt to replicate the famed deduction methods. Entertaining and fast-paced, not forced. ...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.

Librarian’s note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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