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The Baker Street Letters (Baker Street Letters Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Fun Romp and a Perplexing Mystery

This first-in-series book combines a cast of interesting characters, a nifty concept, and two disparate settings. The result is a rollicking good mystery!

It's important to me that all the pieces be in place for the detective (and me) to solve a mystery and that is t...
This first-in-series book combines a cast of interesting characters, a nifty concept, and two disparate settings. The result is a rollicking good mystery!

It's important to me that all the pieces be in place for the detective (and me) to solve a mystery and that is the case with "The Baker Street Letters." I enjoyed the English characters--two brothers and a famous actress they have both dated--as well as the American characters. None were stock (another flaw I like to avoid in mysteries). It was also great to see a strong female lead in the story; as a detective and adventurer, she holds her own with the male leads.

posted by JoeBolin on July 12, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I Liked it.

I enjoyed it because I like England and people from England and I like Los Angeles and I like people from Los Angeles. What's not to like in this first work. A decent story, with interesting characters from England and Los Angles. I just liked it.

posted by 1356077 on October 17, 2009

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Very Different

    I enjoyed this story. It is very different from the types of stories that I usually read.
    These two brothers drop everything at home and travel 5000 miles to help someone that they think is in trouble and get themselves in trouble with the law in LA.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    This is an enjoyable refreshing spin to the Holmes universe

    In 1997 Solicitor Reggie Heath signs a lease to rent office space on Baker Street. As part of the rental agreement, the attorney is responsible for responding to requests from people writing to Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker Street. Reggie figures the letters are a humorous irritant so assigns the answers to his clerk, his younger brother Nigel suspended from legal practice due to misconduct.

    Nigel takes the pleas for help seriously and tries to respond with more than a platitude. He is especially fixated on a "pen pal" Mara Ramirez who sent a note to Mr. Holmes two decades ago when she was eight and her mom was missing. Nigel and senior clerk Robert Ocher often argue especially how to respond as the latter wants as little time spent on the Holmes correspondence as possible. Robert is soon killed by a knife in Nigel's office while Nigel has vanished. Reggie knows his sibling is missing some brain pixels, but believes he is not a killer yet still fears these two events are tied to Mara. He travels to Los Angeles not sure what to expect; what he did not was having LAPD arrest him on charges of homicide.

    This is an enjoyable refreshing spin to the Holmes universe though when it comes to sleuthing neither brother is on a par with Watson let alone the great literary detective as a distracted Nigel is always in trouble and Reggie is a somewhat bumbling amateur sleuth. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Nigel reads the first letter from Mara and never slows down until the final Los Angeles confrontation. Readers will enjoy this fine modern day spin to the Baker Street cosmos.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    Two brothers move into 221b Baker Street, now law offices. Lette

    Two brothers move into 221b Baker Street, now law offices. Letters pleading for help from the famous previous resident of the address continue to come in. Nigel Heath, the meandering brother of Reggie Heath, wealthy barrister, is assigned to read and dispatch the letters. One comes across the desk and Nigel decides to investigate. In Los Angeles. And gets arrested. There's a dead body. Reggie follows. Investigation ensues.
    Such a superbly excellent book! This has the feel of a 'Chinatown' with Englishmen instead of JJ Gittes (Jack's character) investigating murder and shady development deals.
    I really cannot wait to read the next in the series, THE BROTHERS OF BAKER STREET.
    I highly recommend this one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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