The Baker Street Letters (Baker Street Letters #1)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
But Nigel becomes overly curious about one letter in ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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