Michael Robertson has delighted mystery readers and Sherlock Holmes aficionados everywhere with his charming and innovative Baker Street mystery series, where brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath are charged with answering letters to Sherlock that arrive at their law office, located at 221B Baker Street.Read more...
Michael Robertson has delighted mystery readers and Sherlock Holmes aficionados everywhere with his charming and innovative Baker Street mystery series, where brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath are charged with answering letters to Sherlock that arrive at their law office, located at 221B Baker Street.
"Everyone must do jury duty. Even Sherlock Holmes."
A nation s greatest sports hero has been accused of murder. The trial is approaching, and the public is clamoring both for and against. And in a desperate, computer-generated quest to fill its quota of jurors, the Crown Court has included on its summons list the known occupants real and otherwise of 221B Baker Street. One summons is addressed to Sherlock Holmes; it doesn t matter to the Crown Court Jury Selection Service whether Holmes is real or fictional, or in which century he existed.
The other is addressed to Mr. Nigel Heath who is living and sleeping on the couch in his office at Baker Street Chambers. With Nigel in the jury selection pool are a lovely young woman with a mysterious tattoo, an elderly widow with piercing blue eyes and a mind like a tack, a slick millennial whose occupation is cornering the market on prescription drugs, and a tall man with an aquiline nose who seems reluctant to say exactly how he received his jury summons.
Before the trial is done, Nigel and each of his fellow prospective jurors will wonder not only which of them will be impaneled and what verdict they will reach but also who will survive to render it."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Agatha Christie fans will revel in Robertson’s fifth novel featuring London solicitor Nigel Heath (after 2014’s Moriarty Returns a Letter). Two jury summonses arrive at 221B Baker Street, which is the address of Nigel’s law firm, Baker Street Law Chambers: one for Sherlock Holmes, the other for Nigel. The attorney discards the one for Holmes by making it into a paper airplane and throwing it out the window. To his dismay, the claim on his own time isn’t dispensed with that easily, and he ends up as an alternate on the highest-profile case of the day. Superstar cricketer Liam McSweeney, on whose skills rest Britain’s hopes for an international championship, has been charged with bludgeoning his wife to death with his cricket bat. Nigel’s own experience in the courtroom enables him to second-guess both the prosecution and the defense, and the proceedings are made livelier by an eccentric juror with a penchant for quoting Conan Doyle. This is Robertson’s best work yet, a classic fair play whodunit leavened with humor. Agent: Kirby Kim, William Morris Endeavor. (July)