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The Baker Street Letters (Baker Street Letters #1)

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  2,289 Ratings  ·  469 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
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published May 29th 2009)
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Aug 02, 2012 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2012 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2013 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Reading this has left me with a feeling that the book could've been so much more. The premise was rather original but although the beginning was strong and intriguing, the story becomes rather dull and increasingly unengaging, meaning there's mainly tell, instead of show.

Also, albeit that the idea was original, the actual connection to Sherlock Holmes turns out to be only flimsy - which I didn't mind too much never having been a great fan of this fictional character or the novels, but I can see
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
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
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
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
Jul 24, 2009 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2011 Christina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
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
Sara Rosett
Really enjoying this series!
Jul 06, 2009 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I had anticipated.
Feb 12, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reggie Heath was unaware of the strange clause in his lease for office space at 221 Baker Street. Unaware, that is, until his brother, Nigel, pointed it out to him. For some time, the office has been accepting letters addressed to a certain famed literary detective. As part of the lease, Reggie agreed to handle and respond to the letters using a prepared form response. Under no circumstances are they ever to contact the writers of the letters.

But Nigel becomes overly curious about one letter in
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
The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson
The Baker Street Letters: A Mystery - Michael Robertson
Audio performance by Simon Vance - 3 stars

This is the first book in a series about the brothers Heath. Elder Brother, Reggie, is a successful London barrister. His younger brother, Nigel…. not so much. Nigel has issues, but surely he can handle the simple task of sending out form letters to the poor deluded people who write letters to the fictional Sherlock Holmes; letters which are delivered to their upscale London offices at 221 Baker S
Marybeth Trzebiatowski
Oct 27, 2015 Marybeth Trzebiatowski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hold
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11/14 - OK, so I gave the book another shot because I ended up buying the second in this series at a library sale, and being as anal as I am about reading series in order, I decided to stick with it this time.

For the most part my initial impression still stands. There is not much Sherlock-wisdom, mannerisms nor intuition in the 2 brothers as they constantly stumble along to solve the mystery (which I found pretty complicated). Actually, one of the brothers was pretty much MIA throughout the book
Ryan Mishap
Jul 15, 2010 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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'
Jan 20, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

Maybe I was naive to assume that a novel called The Baker Street Letters that 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 fac

Jun 23, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 10, 2012 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 29, 2011 Marcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2011 Beverly rated it did not like it
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.
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.
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.

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Dec 13, 2014 Cathleen rated it did not like it

A plodding plot, the merest whisper of any connection to Sherlock Holmes, an overall disappointment.
May 29, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So glad I discovered this series--what fun!
Dec 29, 2009 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pleasant, at times laugh-out-loud funny modern mystery based in England and Los Angeles. It is also the beginning of a series - I'd love to read 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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