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The Brothers of Baker Street

A Mystery

by Michael Robertson

The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2011, 288 pages
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    Nov 2011, 288 pages

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The second in a highly original series about two brother lawyers who lease offices on London's Baker Street - and begin receiving mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes

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.

With a case that would have puzzled even Sherlock himself and a pair of brother sleuths more different than night and day, The Brothers of Baker Street is sure to please mystery fans whatever their address.

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LONDON, AUTUMN 1997

In Mayfair, the owner of an elegant Edwardian white-stone sat down at the garden table with unusually high expectations for breakfast.

It was a bright September morning, quite lovely indeed; the roses in the garden were much more fragrant than in many days or weeks past - more so than anyone could possibly understand - and there was every reason to believe that breakfast would be equally remarkable.

The servant girl would bring tea and scones for a start. The tea would be hot and dark and would swirl together with the milk like vanilla and caramel taffy; the scones would be fresh and warm and appropriately crumbly when broken in two, and the butter would melt into each half like rain into loose garden soil.

The breakfast would be wonderful - especially so because it was no longer necessary to take the medications that accompanied it.

No medications, no nausea. No medications, no mental dullness. No medications, no loss of pleasure in the ordinary, everyday elements of...

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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... 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.   (Reviewed by Elena Spagnolie).

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Robertson's sophomore effort gels in the final third, which features a thrilling climax, but not before some unsteady plotting and labored prose.

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Starred Review. An extremely clever evil scheme will delight readers.

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Starred Review... Great fun.

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Starred Review. 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.

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…[a] breezy and entertaining legal mystery.

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221b Baker Street

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.

Sherlock Holmes Museum front Though the building is actually situated between 237 and 241 Baker Street, and despite the controversy surrounding where Holmes's residence would technically have been, the City of Westminster* granted the museum the use of the address, and it is commonly recognized as the famous ...

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