In the second book of the Heath brothers mystery series, The Brothers of Baker Street
, author Michael Robertson fuses past with present, Holmesian cleverness with action-packed adventure, and delivers a delightfully entertaining read.
I must admit, I have a penchant for novels that conjure images of Gothic/Victorian London: mysteries shrouded in a gray fog, a murderer absconding in the pitch of night along cobblestone roads, gas lamps burning outside of unfriendly pubs, and oversized crows hopping through cemeteries, scrounging for their next meals... the darkness of it all is absolutely enthralling. In The Brothers of Baker Street
, Robertson deftly creates this creepiness but with an exciting new twist; he intertwines the old with a more modern (1997) London, which breathes contemporary relevance into his story. And what makes it work so well is that he...
Beyond the Book
In The Brothers of Baker Street
, Reggie Heath's law office resides at 221b Baker Street, the same address as the fictional residence of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John H. Watson between 1881 and 1904, according to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. Today at that location, you will find the Sherlock Holmes Museum, a non-profit organization run by the Sherlock Holmes International Society, dedicated to celebrating the literary hero and fictional character.
Though the building is actually situated between 237 and 241 Baker Street, and despite the controversy surrounding where Holmes's...