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Author: Michael Robertson Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Baker Street Mysteries Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781481552097
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In Los Angeles, a geological surveyor maps out a proposed subway route—and then goes missing. His eight-year-old daughter, in her desperation, turns to the one person she thinks might help—she writes a letter to Sherlock Holmes.

Reggie and Nigel Heath are relatively close in age but worlds apart in personality. The older of the two brothers, Reggie is a successful attorney with charisma to spare, but Nigel has always struggled to step out of his shadow. When Reggie leases space in an office building on London’s Baker Street, he finds that the paperwork comes with an odd stipulation: his firm must receive and respond with a standard reply to letters sent to Sherlock Holmes, who had occupied the same famous address.

When Nigel, newly suspended from practicing law and relegated to clerk duties, becomes intrigued by one of the “Dear Sherlock” notes, he disappears quite suddenly, leaving a dead body in his wake—and Reggie must hop the next flight to Los Angeles to uncover the truth. Hot on his heels is his sometime lover, Laura, a quick-witted stage actress who’s captured the hearts of both brothers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging…Readers will want to spend more time with the appealing Heath and company.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vance’s depiction of the brothers’ very British relationship, full of quirky humor and insults to each other, is irresistible…Author Robertson’s blending of Holmes, the two brothers, and a child’s concern for her beloved father make for an exceptional adventure.”


  • “Great characters, a complex plot, and the wonderful feeling that people still believe in Sherlock Holmes round out this debut treat.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is a very entertaining novel, lighthearted but with a solid story, and mystery fans, whether they’re Sherlock Holmes addicts or not, will thoroughly enjoy it…judging by this installment, it should be a popular series indeed.”


  • “Robertson’s sure-footed debut is lively and inventive.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/8/2012

    " I enjoy Sherlock Holmes novels - great premise - may try another one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 9/5/2012

    " Another nice installment in the series. Not much seen of Nigel but Reggie and Laura are involved in solving a mystery of plastic ducks, musical birthday cards and how it ties in with the Royals and Lord Buxton. There's also some Texans thrown in for good measure...or a red herring or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/6/2012

    " I liked this book a lot. It's just as good as the first two by this author. Thumbs down, though, on the number of errors in the editing of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dot | 1/29/2012

    " This is the third book in the series and it kept up the quality of the first two. A good, fairly light legal mystery with rubber ducks, a kidnapping and the real underground, not to mention a couple of Texans. Good fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 11/15/2011

    " I liked the book but there were a few things that did not make since. I liked the characters and the idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/12/2011

    " After slogging through "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" I wanted an easy read. "The Baker Street Letters" is exactly that. Quick, entertaining, slight plot-holes throughout, weak ending, great premise all led to a fun afternoon/evening read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johanna | 5/11/2011

    " I seem to be reading a lot of books lately that just aren't for me. I felt like this book tried to do too much. It was part murder mystery, part goose chase, part love story, and part understated tale of dysfunctional brotherhood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 5/7/2011

    " Didn't really like this one as well as the second one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 3/22/2011

    " This was a fun read. The unique premise of responding to letters to Sherlock Holmes at this Baker Street address leads the two lawyer brothers to a great adventure in Los Angeles with many surprises along the way. I look forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 2/10/2011

    " A light mystery that is also the beginning of a series. I liked it, but also hope that it gets a little bit better. It was the sort of thing I was looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dot | 1/30/2011

    " The plot is a bit far-fetched but the writing is good and it is a fairly enjoyable light read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 12/8/2010

    " Looked as though it might be fun, but the characters didn't ring true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 11/24/2010

    " I had such high hopes. Neat premise. But oh, where was the editor? Didn't anyone read this before publication? Too many things grossly out of kilter. Ending was disappointing...left me not caring and wishing I'd not spent the time reading this. "

About the Author

Michael Robertson studied literature at Purdue University, attended law school in southern California, and worked in educational publishing for several years. He currently lives in southern California. The Baker Street Letters is his first novel.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.