Monday, June 9, 2014

The Baker Street Letters (Books 1 and 2) by Michael Robertson


The Baker Street Letters - Books 1 and 2 (The Brothers of Baker Street)

Review by Lauren

Source: copies from the library, but all opinions are my own

 Official Summaries: 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.

The Brothers of Baker Street-  When brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath choose 221B Baker Street as the location for their law office, they don’t expect that their new office space would come with one huge stipulation, answering the letters sent to Sherlock Holmes, the most famous resident of that address.

Reggie is distressed because the love of his life, actress Laura Rankin (whom Nigel also adores), is gallivanting around with media mogul Lord Buxton. And while Reggie is working on a new case involving one of London’s Black Cab drivers who is accused of murdering two American tourists, the letters to Sherlock Holmes are piling up. There's even one from someone who claims to be the descendent of Professor James Moriarty. 

Review: I remember coming across the first book in this series at the bookstore awhile back, but when I saw that my library had the first two in the series, I knew I had to check them out. I read both of these books in just over two days. They were full of fast-paced mysteries and interesting characters.

As the summaries state, two brothers have their law offices at 221B Baker Street. Therefore, all the letters that people still send to Sherlock Holmes go to them and they are obliged to answer them all with a designated form. However, in the first book, Nigel Heath sees one letter that has piqued his curiosity and he believes that a young woman might be in danger. He sets off to Los Angeles to learn the truth, with his brother Reggie not far behind. Both of them soon find themselves in trouble with the U.S. law.

The Brothers of Baker Street, the second book in this series, finds Reggie alone in trouble with the law. This common theme across both books is mainly because the two brothers are intent on learning the truth, even if people are determined to stop them. It puts them in bad situations, especially when looking from the outside of their investigations, but it serves for some very interesting moments.

While these books mostly focus on Reggie, I find both brothers to be quite fascinating. Reggie is more serious and uptight, though he starts to loosen up a bit in the first book. Nigel is a bit of a romantic; someone who tries his best to do what's right but isn't in it for the glory or the money. He lives his life a little more easily than Reggie. But when it comes down to it, the two brothers are always there for each other. Both of their parents have passed and they know they have to look out for each other, even if it's not always easy.

There are some women characters in the books, such as Laura who is Reggie's on-off girlfriend. She's an actress but fierce and ready to help the brothers when she can. She won't let Reggie put her to the side like a china doll, and I love that. She's certainly capable of helping both Reggie and Nigel solve these mysteries.

The mysteries in both books were very interesting, and quite unique in my opinion. While certain aspects may be easy for some to guess, I was surprised by the overall reveals in both books. Plus, these are such quick and easy reads, I found myself diving into the story without trying to analyze too much as I went along.

I just looked up the series for this review and realized that there are two other books out now. I am definitely going to continue on!

17 comments:

Melliane said...

oh it's nice, now you have even more books to read! At last it was ok to wait. I like a good mystery in a book so I'm intrigued and I confess it's the first time I heard aabout these ones. Thanks for the review!

Erika Sorocco said...

Oh, I absolutely MUST read these books - I love anything having to do with Sherlock Holmes!

xx

Brandi Kosiner said...

These sound like fun read and glad you enjoyed and want to read more.

Liviania said...

These sound fun! The 221B address is a neat hook for a mystery series.

Andrea Thompson said...

Well, that's a neat idea for a series. I'm glad you enjoyed the characters and the mysteries, Lauren. Thanks for the review!

Kindlemom said...

I love that they get all of Holmes old letters, brilliant! It sounds like these were both intriguing mysteries.

Ginny Gallagher said...

This is the first time I have heard of this series and it sounds like a great one! I love the premise that the brothers receive mail that is still sent to Sherlock Holmes. I'm looking forward to seeing how you enjoy the other books in the series. Thanks for the review and the introduction to a new to me author. :)

Tanja - Tanychy said...

Oh now unique mysteries are just what I love in books. These books are new to me but they sound great. Great review, Lauren :)

Cleo Bannister said...

Wow these sound excellent and just my sort of read. How exciting to find that there are more in the series too.

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Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I think I would really enjoy these. The mysteries sound realistic and I like the nod to Sherlock Holmes! How fun!

Krysten Quiles said...

Oooh I think my husband will love these!

Candace said...

I hadn't heard of these ones but I have to say that I'm intrigued! I have been enjoying mysteries lately. :)

kimbacaffeinate said...

I love the premise for these Lauren, and that the mystery kept you guessing. I added them my wishlist.

Giselle said...

I love mysteries and it's been so hard to find any that really keep you guessing! I'll have to keep these ones in mind! :)

Aylee said...

Aah, I just LOVE this premise! Maybe because I've always thought it would be cool to live on 221B Baker St., heh. It's so great that you loved these mysteries because I'm always on the lookout for new good mysteries and I thank you for putting this series on my radar! Must add to tbr now.

Christy @ Love of Books said...

Ha - these actually sound really good and clever! I probably would've passed them up. Thanks for the review.

Tracy Terry said...

Loving these covers (especially the one for the The Baker Street Letters) I'm hoping our library will have copies.