The Baker Street Jurors
Review: Rory McSweeny, a national hero who has led London's cricket team to three consecutive international championships, is accused of killing his wife with his own cricket bat. The trial comes just at the time of another big championship game, frustrating cricket lovers of London. They want Rory acquitted — and quick! Among the prospective jurors is the resident of 221B Baker Street, in Baker Street Jurors, the fifth mystery in this series by Michael Robertson.
Nigel Heath actually received two summonses at his Baker Street Law Chambers: one addressed to him, the other addressed to Sherlock Holmes. There are those in London who believe that Sherlock Holmes is a live human being, not a character made popular by Arthur Conon Doyle over a century ago. The Law Chambers at 221B Baker Street quite often get letters addressed to Holmes. They have a stock letter ready to send out to those who write to him. But this letter was an official crown summons for jury duty. Surely it was a glitch in their address system. Nigel took the one addressed to Holmes, made it into a paper airplane and sailed it out the window. When he reported for jury duty as a result of a summons in his own name, he met Mr. Sigers, a man who strikingly reminded him of men who had played Holmes in motion pictures. Plus he had the detective's speech and mannerisms. Sigers actually cited quotations from Doyle's books. Nigel, along with Sigers, were selected as alternate jurors. The evidence against Rory was absolute: his wife's blood and only his own fingerprints were found on the cricket bat. Nigel is hoping that it might be a short trial and no alternates would be called. After all it was a textbook case consistent with a crime of passion: his wife was having an affair, he found out and became jealous so he killed her. But, everyone is entitled to a fair trial of their peers, and so it began. There were twelve empaneled jurists and early on one by one is excused because of an accident, food poisoning, etc. What starts out to be courtroom drama turns into a mystery of abundant magnitude.
There is a lot of intrigue packed into this briskly-paced and surprisingly complex mystery. The characters, from Nigel, a solicitor, to Mr. Justice Allen, the trial judge, to the diverse jurors, are so well written that readers will feel a part of the jury selection themselves. There are unique twists and turns and humor throughout. Baker Street Jurors is a brilliant spin on the legal thriller genre and is highly recommended.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Baker Street Jurors.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of The Baker Street Jurors for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in The Baker Street Jurors: London, England
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The Baker Street Jurors by Michael Robertson — A Baker Street Letters Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: July 2016
List Price: $24.99
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