The Baker Street Jurors

Michael Robertson. Minotaur, $24.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-250-06006-8
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)
Reviewed on: 05/09/2016
Release date: 07/19/2016
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