The Baker Street Letters
A mystery series by Michael Robertson
From Booklist (Starred Review) --"Sherlock Holmes isn't back, but Dr. Moriarty is, sort of, in this delightful romp that offers more tension and suspense than a dozen fat thrillers with bloody knives on the cover. It still manages to be funny, rather in the Kingsley Amis manner. . . . The last third of the novel, with its murder-and-chase scene, is one of the finest, scariest sequences in current crime fiction. . . . For anglophiles, crime-o-philes, and all fans of wonderful writing." -- Don Crinklaw
From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) -- "On returning to London from California, Heath finds underwhelming demand for his professional services as well as pressure to abide by the terms of his lease by responding to letters addressed to the fictional character. An attractive solicitor, Darla Rennie, retains Heath to represent Neil Walters, a cab driver accused of murdering a young couple. Despite having been burned in his previous criminal case, Heath dives into defending Walters, only to end up in jeopardy himself. He must rely on his brother, Nigel, for help in escaping his peril, which may be connected with a letter writer to Baker Street who signs his correspondence Moriarty. An extremely clever evil scheme will delight readers." -- (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From The New York Times Book Review -- "An anonymous letter to Holmes gives Reggie a valuable tip, but the communications from a certain Professor Moriarty add a more sinister twist to this breezy and entertaining mystery novel." -- Marilyn Stasio
Library Journal (starred review) -- "Great characters, a complex plot, and the wonderful feeling that people still believe in Sherlock Holmes round out this debut treat."
Publishers Weekly -- "Roberston's engaging debut offers one of the more original premises involving the Sherlock Holmes character. Readers will want to spend more time with the appealing Heath and company.
Booklist --"This is a very entertaining novel...Mystery fans, whether they're Sherlock Holmes addicts or not, will thoroughly enjoy it. The book is billed as the first entry in a new series, and, judging by this installment, it should be a popular series indeed."
Kirkus Reviews -- "A transatlantic mystery draws two brothers into a web of murder...Robertson's sure-footed debut is lively and inventive."
Available April 2, 2013
The Baker Street Translation
Available now: The Brothers of Baker Street
Available now: The Baker Street Letters
From Publishers Weekly -- "Dexterous plotting lifts Robertsonís third contemporary mystery centered on barrister Reggie Heath and his unusual mandate (after 2011ís The Brothers of Baker Street). Under the terms of his office lease at 221B Baker Street, Reggie must ensure that someone responds to the many letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes, a task heís delegated to his brother Nigel in California. Once again, those missives trigger murder and mayhem.
. . . The authorís creative use of the series concept augurs well for a long run."
From Booklist -- "Lots of Holmes references, both to the canon and to contemporary Holmes worship; lots of action; sparkling commentary; and great fun."
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