To Kingdom Come
Will Thomas
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To Kingdom Come (Barker & Llewelyn #2)

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It's May of 1884, and Scotland Yard has just been blown up, the latest attack in the Irish Republican Brotherhood's dynamiting campaign to force Home Rule. Young Welshman Thomas Llewelyn, apprentice to Scottish master detective Cyrus Barker, rushes to the scene of the crime with his mentor in this fast-paced, cleanly written follow-up to Some Danger Involved, Thomas's firs...more
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published February 6th 2006 by Touchstone (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Nancy Oakes
This book is the second entry in the Cyrus Barker/Thomas Llewellyn series, set in late-1800s London. Once again I will say that if you are into this type of story (mysteries set in Victorian-era England), then you will definitely enjoy this one. If you want a cozy-type novel, pass on this one; it's fun but not cozy material. My personal opinion is that this one is not quite up to the level of the first one, but I still enjoyed it and hung on every word. Once again the author has a surprise in st...more
Bev Hankins
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...more
Khairul H.
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
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
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.
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...more
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
(3 of 5 stars)

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...more
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
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...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...more
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...more
Joe Scholes
Jun 20, 2011 Joe Scholes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Greg Rowland
Recommended to Joe by: Connie Suttle
This was another delightful book by Will Thomas. I love how the two main characters are such opposites. Barker remains as private and elusive as ever, while Llewelyn has fleshed out considerably in this story, with physical and emotional challenges that I enjoyed. I rather felt sorry for him at the end, with his broken heart and all, but Barker doesn't delay in getting Llewelyn involved in another case so he doesn't dwell on his own miserable condition.

The story took Barker and Llewelyn in an en...more
While the series may appear to be modeled after Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, the writing pacing and style are distinctly modern, and introduces an engaging pair of “enquiry agents.” Thomas Llewelyn, who was booted out of Oxford on trumped up charges and ended up doing time, leads a life of desperation in Victorian England since no one will employ and ex-con. In a last, hopeless attempt he answers an ad for clerk, and ends up employed by the eccentric, enigmatic and dramatic Cyrus Barker, a no nonsen...more
I pretty much stumbled on to this series I am so glad I did. I am on a Victorian kick right now, To Kingdom Come is the second book in the series. In this one Barker and Llewellyn are on the case of Irish extremists who bomb Scotland Yard. The Royal Family is threatened, and our heros must go undercover to stop them. I just love the characters, especially Llewellyn. Llewellyn has found his feet so to speak even though Barker is still a puzzle to him. I am awaiting the arrival of the next 2 books...more
The 2nd of the Barker and Llewellyn series goes down even faster and better than the first. Now that the characters and setting is established, Thomas wastes no time getting our heroes into action as they attempt to locate, infiltrate, and bring down a radical Irish Republican terrorist cell before they can wreck havoc on Victorian London via explosive devices. With a schosche of willing suspension of disbelief, you are sure to enjoy the ride. Whether you are an afficionado of Victorian detectiv...more
2nd in a "noir Victorian" series. A bit of an homage to Sherlock and Watson. Enjoyed very much, and since the library doesn't own the 3rd in the series, I have actually ordered a copy!
Very enjoyable mystery (second in the series) set in Victorian England featuring a mysterious private enquiry agent and his sidekick. Cyrus Barker is a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Jackie Chan, rich in tattoos and eccentricities. His apprentice Thomas Llewelyn is an increasingly capable Welshman with a history that include both university and prison.

This book begins with the bombing of Scotland Yard by the Irish Republican Brotherhood in an attempt to force Home Rule. Barker and Llewelyn p...more
An excellent follow-up to the first. This case takes Llewellyn and his employer into the world of the Irish Republicans in the 1880s. Thomas manages to make the faction of Irishmen interesting and not thoroughly villainous, although it would have been helpful had he shown anti-Irish prejudice earlier in the novel.

One of the strengths of the book, if the reader remembers, is that the narrator is a man of his time. Llewellyn's Victorian attitudes occasionally frustrated me, but only until I rememb...more
I don't usually take well to English-style mysteries &/or period pieces, but there is something very comforting about this series. The characters are interesting and unusual, the plot is complex but not too complex, and the action (for the most part) moves along. This one starts especially strongly, slows for the middle third (otherwise, it would have been 5 stars), but finishes well. The ultimate villain was predictable but it was enjoyable seeing how the heroes would get there. I will defi...more
another in the will thomas series that began with SOME DANGER INVOLVED. i loved the 1st one. this 2nd one was also good. while it is barker's powers of observation that solve the cases, i very much enjoy the observations of llewelyn, his new assistant, as he learns about his new employer and his odd ways, his new job, his new way of life, and all about london et al in the 1880's. i enjoy the bits of dry humor. the story comes together well and the loose ends meet up at the conclusion. i look for...more
this series is really good!!! I am not typically a mystery reader, but I love these characters!
very disappointing after the excellent first book. It was way too easy to infiltrate the Irish terrorist group and find their leader. I guessed who that was early on. Almost no mystery and very little detecting. Barker hardly did anything interesting and Llewellyn ended up injured once again. Not sure if someone coming to this book without having read first would even 'get" a lot of what was going on, esp about Barker character. Hope to see much improvement in future books.
Erik Dewey
Very entertaining book. The main characters are interesting and the reader knows them well enough to predict their behavior. The foreshadowing was a little distracting and the climax was satisfying but not too surprising.

I really enjoy how the author gives you enough information about life in Victorian England without overwhelming you or bragging about how much they researched.

A fun book and I look forward to reading the next one.
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, but this one wasn't that great. The pace was very slow, a lot of characters and directions, and I was really missing the teamwork between Barker and Llewellyn. Yes, it was there, but the first was so fascinating. Thomas still hasn't figured out Cyrus, which is fine, but it was less about that this time around. I'm not sure I'll continue with this series.
The second book in the Barker and Llwelyn series is more of an adventure than a mystery, as it involves the two leads going undercover. The tension of the book comes from "will they be found out" and "can they complete their mission" rather than from "who did the crime." That said, just because it was different to not make it any lesser. The story was still engaging and the book was a fun, mindless read.
I enjoyed this book as much as Thomas's first book in the series. I was actually surprised by the ending - one I didn't see coming though I should have. The one complaint I have is that the plot took the main characters away from their normal live, losing all the interesting fun characters that surround Barker. But I imagine as the series continues, all those subsidiary characters will be fleshed out.
After a strong opening for this series, I found this one a little disappointing. Instead of solving a murder, this was a different style, involving infiltration of a group of Irish terrorists planning to blow up strategic sites in London. I still enjoyed the characters, but I'm not a fan of the 'secret organization' books. An interesting comparison to [The Secret Agent:] from last year.
Second book in the Barker/Llewelyn series. It's 1884, the Irish Republican Brotherhood is terrorizing London. Enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn go undercover to reveal the I. R. B. and save the Prince of Wales. Good follow up to the first book "Some Danger Involved".
Historically interesting, believable, lively narrator. This one's about Irish bombers in 1884. The only thing is that the atmosphere is very manly. Lots of fights, getting beaten up. The only woman mentioned in the book is dangerous to our hero's mission. I almost feel like I am threatening the male comraderie just by reading the book.
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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...more
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