Today I'm reviewing the final book for this month, "The Brothers of Baker Street" by Michael Robertson. I have to laugh because I've read this series almost completely backward. I started with the third book, then read this one, the second, and read the first one a couple weeks ago. I have not read the most recent one, "Moriarty Returns a Letter," but I really want to. Alright, let's get into the review.
Title: The Brothers of Baker Street
Author: Michael Robertson
Publisher/Price: Minotaur Books / $14.06 here
Number of pages: 288
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Overview: This book is the second of the Baker Street Series, which chronicles the Heath brothers, Reggie and Nigel as they attempt to answer letters that come to their law attorney office at 221 B Baker Street in London addressed to Sherlock Holmes who had allegedly lived there. When they receive a letter from someone who claims to be a descendant of James Moriarty, Sherlock's old arch nemesis, the brothers discover that it links to a client Reggie received who had been convicted of two murders – he was a Black Cab driver. Reggie's sometime girlfriend, Laura Rankin, is spending time with Lord Buxton, a media mogul. Before the book ends, Reggie gets thrown in jail for murder, gets back with Laura (maybe?), manages to solve the case and everything ties up with a car chase and stormy night at a farmhouse in the country.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this book. While I can't say I loved it, or would have to reread it, it was definitely a fun read and had enough going on to keep me entertained and interested. The whole series makes a lot more sense if you start at the beginning, as there are quite a few references to the first book.
My favorite thing about this series is the writing. It's just really good. I also enjoy the plot of all of Robertson's books – it's fast paced and complex, which makes you want to read the whole book in one sitting. I enjoy the characters as well, though I feel at times Reggie is hard to relate to, but is overall fairly likeable.
I really loved that Nigel, Reggie's brother who you don't get to know in the other books plays a more major role in this one. He's funny: scatterbrained and a little high-strung, which adds a more lighthearted personality to Reggie's usually serious nature. I am getting pretty tired of Reggie's relationship with Laura Rankin, the heartthrob of his life, but who seems kind of wishy-washy herself. One book she's all for Reggie, the next, all about her other admirer, Lord Buxton and detached toward Reggie. That relationship can feel a little old a couple books in, but I generally like Laura's character – she's smart, a bit of a sleuth herself, and moves the story along nicely.
Overall, I enjoyed "The Brothers of Baker Street." The story was fun and fast-paced, and I liked the characters for the most part. I probably won't read it again, but would definitely recommend the series if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and whodunits.
And that finishes up this month's book reviews! Thanks for reading and I will be back with an update post about what's going to happen in December. xo, Ella