Monday, June 24, 2013

Baker Street mysteries

The Baker Street Letters and The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson

As a lifelong mystery junkie, you'd think I would know something about Sherlock Holmes, but alas, besides the name of his famous sidekick and the recent movies with Robert Downey Jr., I am ignorant. Regardless, these two delightful books by Michael Robertson will please any mystery fan.  The title comes from the offices of Sherlock Holmes, who resided at 220 Baker Street.  The main characters in this series, Reginald Heath and his dippy brother Nigel, have settled their law firm into the same office suite as the fictional character.  Ignoring the finer details of their lease, the brothers soon come to find out that part of the agreement is to respond to the bizarre letters that come to their office, addressed to the fictional detective.  In the first book, this bizarre expectation takes them to Los Angeles, involving them in some high stakes real estate deal, while the second one has them dealing with a woman who believes herself to be Holmes' arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty.  The mysteries are quite intriguing, and very difficult to figure out ahead of time.  Dryly and wickedly funny, intelligently written, and purely British, I was engrossed with these short books.  Reginald Heath is an uptight London barrister, who cannot quite figure out his relationship with the beautiful red-headed actress, Laura, who winds up being smarter than either of the two brothers. Listening to these two books on was purely delightful; I could not wait to walk the dog or drive in the car, just to listen to the exploits of all these delicious characters, read in an upper-crust English accent.  I hope to see many, many more of Robertson's books with Reggie, Nigel, and Laura nosing their way through complex mysteries, and sorting through their personal relationships in the appropriately distant British fashion.

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