Baker Street Irregular

Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
362 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2022
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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite

Baker Street Irregular by Craig W. Fisher is a thriller filled with espionage, spies, and murder. The story takes the reader into war-torn Europe as Bill Hoffmann investigates and hunts down the deadly evil ex-Gestapo officers responsible for war crimes and mass murders. Bill finds himself isolated from not only his team but also his country. Bill can trust no one but needs the vital information only his network can provide. Bill finds himself caught in a tangled web, bloodied by the reign of the Reich, corrupt police departments, and the brutal intrusion of the Soviets. With the intelligence Bill uncovers, he learns his mission is wrapped up with an undercover mission in Paris in 1944 where one of his team was murdered. With only his wits, his fighting skills, and his commando knife, Bill plans to bring down the evil and clear his name.

Craig W. Fisher’s Baker Street Irregular is an intriguing work of historical fiction. Fisher takes the reader into the world of spies in war-torn Paris in 1944. His principal character Bill Hoffmann, a decorated British intelligence officer, is tasked with hunting down ex-Gestapo war criminals who have their own intelligence network. Bill uncovers a network that assists the criminals to escape Berlin and evade punishment. Fisher’s character development is exceptional and very detailed. The plot of the book flows well and fluidly from the heart of the war through to 1947. The storyline is intertwined with timeframes, characters, and spy networks. Well done to Fisher for this very detailed story of what life must have been like during and after World War II. I enjoyed following the main character as he untangled the spy web and attempted to clear his own name while not knowing if he could trust even members of his own team or his country.

Nick Green

Great read, must have taken a lot of research into wartorn Europe cannot wait for Craig's next novel.

Andy Warner

I really enjoyed this book. It is well researched and the author clearly has an interest in world war two and the post war army of occupation years. There is even a nod to the brilliant Orson Welles 3rd man film noir. If you are a fan of such thrillers as we may have read in the 70s, or even if you just want to read a well written, gripping mystery thriller; then this is the book for you. I didn't want the book to end and i would like to read further adventures. There is more to the hero Bill and there are some hints about his life in this book. I am genuinely hoping for more from this exciting new author.


Meticulously researched, this puts you right in the thick of the action in and following WW2. Good, believable characters and tense situations. Excellent spy thriller!

Tracey F.

Detailed characterisation, ironic dark humour relevant for the period, lots of historical references. Dramatic suspense and an unexpected ending. Left me wanting mor, which is always the sign of a good read

Amazon Reviewer

The story starts by dropping you straight into Bill's shoes, and leaves you off-balance - undoubtedly similar to how Bill feels at the time. The author wastes no time in immersing you in the world, and quickly introduces you to important characters - both good and bad. What makes this so significant is that it becomes very easy to feel friendly with the good characters and simultaneously develop a severe dislike for the evil characters - also something that remains consistent throughout the story.

As the plot develops, events unfold which leave you wondering whether your initial summation of what will happen is correct or not - indeed you never truly feel confident as to how the story will end, a nice touch that keeps you on your toes from start to finish. There is a constant air of mystery throughout each chapter which demands you keep the pages turning, always wanting more - perfect for the overall theme of the book.

I have to say that I have not felt so involved in a story in such a long time, and that immersing myself within the world and amongst the characters here has been a delightfully refreshing experience. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone I meet.

Janet Thomson

I received a free copy from Sirens and am leaving an honest review.
Great characters, lots of twists and turns. Great reading from the beginning.
These are difficult, turbulent times following WW2 when Jews are searching for those responsible for the evils carried out in camps like Auschwitz and Ravensbruck. Meanwhile others, eg America, are cherry picking German scientists and giving them safety in return for their skills.
Well written, well researched and sensitively covered.

Jenny Smith

The story encompasses my three things I look for in a good book: history, mystery and a bit of dark humour. The historical facts were well-researched and the intrigue kicked off from the very first chapter. The characters were well written and with the best kind of dark ironic humour. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story and reading the historical references afterwards . Some good storytelling.


A dark story about a dark period of time. Well developed characters and a descriptive setting made this story very enjoyable if in a depressing sort of way (but fitting for the time and place). I would definitely read more from this writer.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Gaz Trickband

Definately an impressive debut novel. Keeps you glued, well written.