Robertson, Michael. The Baker Street Letters.
I've enjoyed a lot of Sherlock Holme's take-offs, so the title interested me. Reggie Heath, a London solicitor, leases office space at 221B Baker Street only to discover that written into the lease is the obligation to manage and respond (by form letter) to all correspondence addressed to Sherlock Holmes.
Reggie's brother Nigel, in charge of this chore, comes across some recent letters relating to a letter written 20 years earlier from an eight-year-old girl. A theft, a murder, and Nigel's unplanned flight to Los Angeles, all lead to Reggie's following his brother to find out what is going on.
This novel is the first in a planned series, but has a way to go before being able to sufficiently capture faithful readers. An interesting premise, but ... the mystery has several scenes that feel repetitious and is average in characterization and narrative.
Will I try the next one? Yes, many series take some time to warm up, and I'm hoping that will be the case here.
Fiction. Mystery. 2009. 277 pages.