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To Kingdom Come (Barker & Llewelyn #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,758 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
When a bomb destroys the recently formed Special Irish Branch of Scotland Yard, all fingers point to the increasingly brazen factions of Irish dissidents seeking liberation from English rule. Volunteering their services to the British government, Barker and Llewelyn set out to infiltrate a secret cell of the Irish Republican Brotherhood known as the Invisibles. Posing as a ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Touchstone Books (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Nov 19, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
Another excellent book in the Barker & Llewelyn series.

This time there is a terrorist attack on Scotland Yard. Cyrus and Thomas go undercover for the Home Office to infiltrate and destroy a band of rabid Irish.

Set at a time when London was being targeted by the Irish, indeed, the attacks by Irish homerulists resulted in the setting up of the Special Irish Branch, which later simply became Special Branch, "To Kingdom Come" is a thought provoking read in many ways. Especially now when the worl
Mar 16, 2015 Ioana rated it liked it
2.5 stars, rounded up
This series has the potential to be everything that I love in a light-read: it's a mystery novel, it's historical and the setting and characters are believable Victorians, it's well written, and it doesn't skirt around "politics" as most mystery novels do: it tackles the actual issues of the times without apology (first novel: discrimination against Jews in Europe in 19th century; second novel: Irish fight for independence, terrorist methods of the IRA and related factions).
To Kingdom Come is the second book in Will Thomas's Barker and Llewellyn historical mystery series set in Victorian England. Thomas Llewellyn has been in the employ of enquiry agent Cyrus Barker for a mere two and a half months--only one month has passed since the events in their debut novel, Some Danger Involved, and already the stakes have gone up dramatically.

Two bombs have gone off in London--destroying a portion of Scotland Yard and the Junior Carlton Club. Members of the Irish Republic Bro
Aug 27, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it
TO KINGDOM COME (Private Investigators-Europe-1884) – VG
Thomas, Will – 2nd in series
A Touchstone Book, 2005- Hardcover
The Irish Republican Brotherhood has blown up part of Scotland Yard and the blast does damage to the offices of Investigator Cyrus Barker and his young Welsh assistant, Thomas Llewelyn. Barker volunteers their services to the British government, and they infiltrate a branch of the IRB whose aim is to blow up the main sites in London and the citizens around them.
*** A very intere
Khairul H.
Dec 28, 2009 Khairul H. rated it it was ok
This is the 'difficult' second novel. I didn't find this as enthralling as the debut, Some Danger Involved. Is it because of my little knowledge and interest in the history of the Irish struggle for independence? Or is it because of the big, whopping clue midway through the book that practically shouted to the reader who the brains of the operation (and therefore, the murderer) was? A bit of both. A bit more on the latter, perhaps. I don't expect a brain teaser in my mystery novels but I don't l ...more
Nov 28, 2008 Beckiezra rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book but I figured out the culprit early on so I don't know if that means it was cliche or I was just more observant because I read it over a shorter period of time. The Irish/English conflict was something I was a bit more familiar with so it wasn't quite as interesting as the cultures explored in his other books. There were definitely some great action scenes and character development for Llewelyn and Barker.
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
This one starts out with Llewelyn in a bit of a sticky situation of sorts as he is in a lot of danger and thinks he might not make it out of this one. Then he starts to tell the story of how he ended up like that and we learn that a bomb blows up a recently formed Special Irish Branch of Scotland Yard. So Barker and Llewelyn are recruited to go and try and infiltrate the group that calls themselves the Invisibles. Posing as a reclusive German bomb maker and his anarchist apprentice, Barker and L ...more
I found myself eager to read this sequel after finishing Some Danger Involved. I was kind of surprised that I went straight to my Audible credit and bought it.

It was too short, but well written and interesting. I like it that the author takes the time after the mystery is 'solved' to rehash the case and explain any details. There were some things that I thought were fairly obvious, but other aspects that were surprising. I am reminded of the Charles Lenox series, though I think these take place
Pam Bales
May 14, 2017 Pam Bales rated it really liked it
This is a good series for Sherlock Holmes fans. It's set in the middle 1880's. The Irish want Home Rule and aren't afraid of blowing London up with bombs to help get their way. Scotland Yard is in shambles and Inquiry Agent Barker and his intrepid helper Llewelyn are on the case. The characters keep evolving, the settings are great and the plots are intriguing. Give this series a try.
Dwight Quarles Jr
Jun 12, 2017 Dwight Quarles Jr rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this period detective/spy novel. There is clearly some value into starting the series at the first book (which I did not) but it wasnt hard to get a beat on the overall world and characters inside of it. I do like the narrative differences when compared to other period detective pieces (i.e. Sherlock). Certainly worth a read if you are into detective novels.
Feb 25, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-copy
While I don't enjoy the topic of Irish vs English much, this was an action packed adventure.

There is still some danger involved in this second of the series.

I borrowed a copy from the public library and have scheduled this series for my mystery reading groups March discussion.
David G. Burrell
Kingdom Come is a Blast of a Good Read! (Pun Intended)

This second book in the series is fabulous. Intrigue, spy work, love, betrayal, dramatic tension, humor; all told with exquisite description and detail.
Barker and his assistant Thomas are off to infiltrate a faction of Irish bombers to stop them from blowing up London. I enjoyed this book. I like the style it is written in and both Barker and Thomas are interesting characters.

To Kingdom Come wasn't personally as interesting as the first book in Barker and Llewelyn series. Still I enjoyed Barker and Llewelyn work. Ending was logical. There wasn't a mystery in who was the mastermind behind the group of bombing terrorist. Only the young Llewelyn couldn't accept the truth.
May 10, 2017 Loy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is the second book in this series. I really enjoyed it.
I liked the first person account of the assistant. It is
placed in late 1800s and I really enjoyed the descriptions of
London and the history of the times.

The inquiry agents solved another case
will definitely read the next one
Jul 15, 2017 Ellen rated it it was amazing
An excellent follow up to the first installment of Barker and Llewelyn adventures.
Jun 08, 2017 Dave rated it liked it
victorian era inquiry agent and his assistant infiltrate and irish terrorist group intent upon bombing London
Jun 12, 2017 Dkolacinski rated it it was amazing
The series now moves to the Irish freedom movement.
Cherie Bush
Jun 11, 2017 Cherie Bush rated it really liked it
Fun series.
April Wilson
Mar 24, 2017 April Wilson rated it liked it
Victorian enquiry agent, Cyrus Barker, and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, are determined to find out who set off the bomb that destroyed their office and part of Scotland Yard. Fingers point in the direction of Irish groups seeking liberation from English rule. Time for the young men to go undercover so they can uncover the culprits. Another quick, entertaining read. Explosives. Secret initiations. Vicious stick fighting. Thomas has his hands full trying to keep pace with his employer!
Mar 16, 2017 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
To Kingdom in, "blown to".... this series is set in Victorian England so it's been enjoyable seeing London from that view. In this story Barker and Thomas set out to find a faction of Irish rabble who plan to blow London to kingdom come. There is Lots of detail about making nitroglycerin, street fighting of all sorts, and the ins and outs of being under cover. I found some of the details of this to be a bit long winded, but overall I enjoyed the ending pages filled with suspense and th ...more
Mar 03, 2017 Hart rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this as much as I did the first book in the series. The plot dragged at times, and there wasn't as much humor (or the humor didn't appeal to me).

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Jan 26, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

It's been a month since the end of his first case with enquiry agent Cyrus Barker & Thomas Llewelyn is still recovering from an attempted crucifixion. A few days of quiet paperwork at the office along with Cyrus' regimen of rehab is just what the doctor ordered. Then the bomb goes off...literally.
With their office in tatters, they race into the smoky streets to find the Home Office has taken a direct hit. It's one in a series of explosions that has rocked the city lately, courtesy
Lillian Carl
This is the second book in a series, after Some Danger Involved. It's set in the world of Sherlock Holmes, with the main character, Cyrus Barker, being an all-wise, all-seeing version of Holmes.

The point of view character is not at all Watson, though. He's Thomas Llewelyn, a young man with a difficult past who signed up to be Barker's assistant in the first book. He's an engaging character, whose occasional bewilderment helps to balance out Barker's neverending perfection.

In this volume, Barker
This one was just average - passable, but without the spark that made the first book, Some Danger Involved , so much fun.

Danger was strongest when exploring London's geography and history, and as a result was almost more travelogue than mystery novel. Here, To Kingdom Come tries to mix this up a little: though the plot again ties in real historical events (the rise of the IRB, the bombing of Scotland Yard), this time most of the action takes place outside of the city, as Barker and his assistan
mari dewitt
Feb 19, 2017 mari dewitt rated it it was amazing
Great books, well written.
May 27, 2014 Scot rated it really liked it
This is the second in Thomas’s Barker & Llewelyn series. Part of what I enjoyed so much in the first book was the narrator, the scrappy young Welsh sidekick Llewelyn, getting to know his enigmatic and multitalented employer Barker, an expert at “private enquiry,” and watching their relationship develop as we become acquainted with the home and office settings and some central supporting characters. This time around we’re already past that, so this second novel does drag a bit at the beginnin ...more
Roughly as enjoyable as the first. It's a flawed but fun adventure story. Thomas is a touch too fond of telling rather than showing, and has a tendency to force the narrative to move from A -> B a bit artificially. As is usual the endings are the worst part, well, second worst part in this one.

It started out strong, and remained fairly satisfactory, but I don't think Thomas is living up to his promise yet. I believe there are currently five books in the series, and I hope that he gets better
Dec 21, 2009 Peg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book quite by mistake. It was in the clearance pile in a bookstore at the shore. I am pleased to report that it was a very nice surprise. The two main characters, Victorian enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his young assistant Thomas Llewelyn, find themselves posing as an expert German bomb maker and his apprentice. Their goal is to infiltrate a secret cell of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, which is responsible for bombings in London. There is fear that they may try again, in hopes ...more
May 25, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first book of this series with the introduction of all the unique and appealing characters (Some Danger Involved). The set of problems requiring resolution in the first book was really interesting to me. Perhaps I had higher than normal expectations as I opened this second book, but I just couldn't get into the extensive bomb making theme and found the Irish "radicals" rather unbelievable. Cyrus Barker certainly comes up with dangerous schemes for an enquiry agent, so it ser ...more
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Will Thomas, born 1958 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is a novelist who writes a Victorian mystery series featuring Cyrus Barker, a Scottish detective or "private enquiry agent," and his Welsh assistant, Thomas Llewelyn. The Barker/Llewelyn novels are set in the 1880s and o
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Barker & Llewelyn (9 books)
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