Nigel and Reggie Heath Mysteries, No 1
February 1, 2011 / ISBN-10: 0312650647 (reprint)
Mystery / London/California / Contemporary
by L J Roberts
First Sentence: Why are you all staring at me that way.
Reggie Heath is an attorney who has recently leased space at 221b
Baker Street, not realizing it's the address of fictional detective
Sherlock Holmes. In fact, his lease contains the stipulation that
all letters received there for the famous detective are to be answered
with a standard form letter only. Reggie's younger brother, Nigel
is uncertain of his commitment to the law and has been temporarily
suspended. Now relegated to duties as a clerk, dealing with the
letters is part of his job. One such letter has caused Nigel to
disappear, a dead body left in his office, and brother Reggie-along
with occasional lover Laura-on their way to Los Angeles after Nigel.
Both the prologue and first chapter are intriguing and completely
captivating. There is no desire to put this book down.
Reggie is insecurity wrapped in arrogance. He is rather, in some
ways typically, a dim-bulb male when it comes to relationships.
We do learn of Reggie's background through a conversation, which
I found well done, but otherwise there's not a lot of connection
made between the reader and the characters. Unfortunately, the author's
voice, aside from some delightful humor, is rather flat.
There are a few holes in the plot and noticeable coincidences,
but there is a very good twist toward the end and climatic scene.
The Baker Street Letters was not a great read, but it
was a very enjoyable one.