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Jul 19 2016 4:00pm

Why Sherlock Holmes Could Be Summoned for Jury Duty in the 21st Century—and How He Might Feel About It

It’s not always easy to find jurors when you need them. And, in London, as on our side of the pond, the legal system always needs them—often desperately.

So, would it be surprising if a jury summons got sent to Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker Street?

The Crown Prosecution Service fills its quota of jurors from voter registration lists. Pretty much all it would take for a jury summons to be sent to Sherlock Holmes is for someone—at some point in the 129 years since the Great Detective first appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual—to have submitted his name and address to the electoral register on his behalf. And, everyone knows his name and address.

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Jul 13 2016 10:01am

The Baker Street Jurors: New Excerpt

Michael Robertson

The Baker Street Jurors (Baker Street Letters Series #5) by Michael RobertsonThe Baker Street Jurors is the 5th book in the Baker Street Letters series by Michael Robertson (Available July 19, 2016).

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.

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May 8 2012 12:00pm

The Baker Street Letters: First in Series Excerpt

Michael Robertson

The Baker Street Letters by Michael RobertsonAn excerpt of The Baker Street Letters, the first in a contemporary, traditional mystery series by Michael Robertson.

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In Los Angeles, a geological surveyor maps out a proposed subway route—and then goes missing. His eight-year-old daughter in her desperation turns to the one person she thinks might help—she writes a letter to Sherlock Holmes.

That letter creates an uproar at 221b Baker Street, which now houses the law offices of attorney and man-about-town Reggie Heath and his hapless brother Nigel. Instead of filing the letter as he’s supposed to, Nigel decides to investigate. Soon he’s flying off to L.A., inconsiderately leaving a very dead body on the floor in his office. Big brother Reggie follows Nigel to California, as does Reggie’s sometime lover, Laura—a quick-witted stage actress who’s captured the hearts of both brothers.

When Nigel is arrested, Reggie must use all his wits to solve a case that Sherlock Holmes would have savored, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans will adore.

Los Angeles, 1997

He only wanted just one cigarette.

He knew he shouldn’t, and not just because both of his ex-wives used to say so or because his doctor still said so.

He knew he shouldn’t because the company rules for sandhogs on the new subway dig said so.

But the rules hadn’t been pulling twelve-hour shifts.

And the hot permits for acetylene torches had already been granted, so he knew there wasn’t any flammable gas.

And he really only needed just one.

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