A Baker Street wedding

Michael Robertson, 1951-

Book - 2018

"The wedding of Reggie Heath and the celebrated actress Laura Rankin was reported in all the tabloids--which is to say, it was a disaster. Now, in a remote village on the British coast, locked in by sea cliffs on one side and moors on the other, the newlywed's plane--piloted by Laura--has landed. Reggie doesn't understand why Laura has picked this god-forsaken hamlet for their honeymoon. What is she keeping from him? The answers are in Laura's past, but she's not saying,... and Reggie is out of his depth. He must have help--or his worst fears and more will be realized"--

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Series
Robertson, Michael, 1951- Baker Street mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
vii, 291 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250060075
1250060079
Main Author
Michael Robertson, 1951- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Feckless British lawyers Reggie and Nigel Heath got a sweet deal on the rent. They get an office at 221 Baker Street at a discount. All they have to do is answer the mountains of mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes. This has produced five delightful comic adventures, and, here, with number six in the series, Nigel is out of the country and Reggie is a supernumerary in his own story. Reggie marries his squeeze, the beautiful actress Laura Rankin. Their attempt afterward to flee fans and photographers by airplane—Who knew Laura was a licensed pilot?—ends when they vanish off the earth. Muddled attempts to find them produce a low-energy narrative that comes alive when the mysterious Siger, the tall fiftyish man carrying a violin case, turns up. This Holmes-ish apparition, who appeared at key moments in earlier episodes, brings the puzzlement toward a solution by noting that a bar rag isn't where it should be. Could this be a ghostly visitation by the Master, who loved to lecture on the importance of trifles and once, to fool everybody, called himself Sigerson? Whatever he is, he carries the book, which is a must for Holmes lovers. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Robertson's weak sixth Baker Street mystery (after 2016's The Baker Street Jurors) lacks the humor and original plotting of its predecessors. A prologue set 20 years in the past at a boarding school dance in Bodfyn, Cornwall, focuses on an ungainly teenager, cruelly nicknamed Potty Bobby, who gets a moment of respite from his classmates' taunts when Laura Penobscott invites him to dance. In the present, the celebrated actress known as Laura Rankin, formerly Laura Penobscott, is preparing to marry Reggie Heath, one of the 221B Baker Street lawyers who are legally required to respond to correspondence sent to Sherlock Holmes at that address. When the ceremony is disrupted by paparazzi sent by Lord Buxton, a wealthy man smitten with Laura, the newlyweds flee to Cornwall, ending up in Bodfyn. The death in an apparent hiking accident of an actress slated to appear in a local production of Macbeth provides both a mystery to solve and a chance for Laura to help out by taking over the victim's role. Unsurprising reveals display none of the author's usual ingenuity. (Dec.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The wedding of Reggie Heath and the celebrated actress Laura Rankin was reported in all the tabloids--which is to say, it was a disaster. Now, in a remote village on the British coast, locked in by sea cliffs on one side and moors on the other, the newlywed's plane--piloted by Laura--has landed. Reggie doesn't understand why Laura has picked this god-forsaken hamlet for their honeymoon. What is she keeping from him? The answers are in Laura's past, but she's not saying, and Reggie is out of his depth. He must have help--or his worst fears and more will be realized"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Marrying a celebrated actress during a tabloid-worthy wedding, Reggie is baffled when his bride pilots a plane to a remote village on the British coast for their honeymoon, where he begins to uncover dire secrets.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Even the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, would rave about the Baker Street mystery series! A Baker Street Wedding is another winner, and not to be missed."Any [Sherlock] Holmes fan would enjoy Michael Robertson's fresh new take on the Holmes stories...fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining." —CNN, Must Read Books on The Baker Street Translation"Agatha Christie fans will revel in Robertson’s fifth novel...a classic fair play whodunit leavened with humor." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Baker Street JurorsThe wedding of Reggie Heath and the celebrated actress Laura Rankin was reported in all the tabloids—which is to say, it was a disaster.Now, in a remote village on the British coast, locked in by sea cliffs on one side and moors on the other, the newlywed’s plane—piloted by Laura—has landed. Reggie doesn’t understand why Laura has picked this god-forsaken hamlet for their honeymoon. What is she keeping from him? The answers are in Laura’s past, but she’s not saying, and Reggie is out of his depth. He must have help—or his worst fears and more will be realized.