Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Baker Street Letters

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 Sherlock Holmes.

That letter creates an uproar at 221b Baker Street, which now houses the law offices of attorney and man about town Reggie Heath and his hapless brother, Nigel. Instead of filing the letter like he’s supposed to, Nigel decides to investigate. Soon he’s flying off to Los Angeles, inconsiderately leaving a very dead body on the floor in his office. Big brother Reggie follows Nigel to California, as does Reggie’s sometime lover, Laura---a quick-witted stage actress who’s captured the hearts of both brothers.

When Nigel is arrested, Reggie must use all his wits to solve a case that Sherlock Holmes would have savored and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans will adore.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Although I found it to be fast paced, the premise of the mystery/intrigue interesting, the characters likable enough. I found that the book fell short of my expectations. Something was missing...or maybe it was that I thought Reggie was full of himself and a control freak. There's only so many times you can see Reggie trying to save his brother from himself, and then finding more intrigue and danger, it felt like a vicious cycle...Argh!

The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson (3/5) Mystery; Published: Minotaur Books (6/09); New Author; Series: # 1, Baker Street Letters; Books 2010 (11)


The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

A thoughtful and well written review. I'm always sad as a author to hear a book fell short of expectations for I know how hard the writer worked.
Warm regards and a lovely day to you.

Kailana said...

I was kind of curious about this book, but I don't think I want to read it...