The Hellfire Conspiracy
When Barker and Llewelyn are hired to find a girl from the upper classes who has gone missing in the East End, they assume her kidnappin ...more
It was, for example, a city of great wealth, of cultural significance, and the seat of a vast empire.
It was also, however, a place where hundreds of thousands of people lived in dirty, dangerous, unhealthy conditions; where politicians and the police turned a blind eye to corruption and even murder when the victims were poor and uneducated.
In this city of such great contrasts, little girls are being kidnapped, violated, a ...more
He also added real historical figures into this one , actually discussing the issues of the time in raising the age of consent from 13-16, and making William Thomas Stead a central figure in the story.
As far as I can see, the fiction story was weaved ...more
At the start of Thomas's well-crafted fourth Barker and Llewelyn mystery to feature a London detective duo clearly modeled on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (after 2006's The Limehouse Text), a distraught guardsman, Major DeVere, consults Cyrus Barker, a smugly intellectual private enquiry agent, and his young apprentice, ex-con Thomas Llewelyn. The major's 12-year-old daughter has disappeared, and DeVere fears she has fallen victim to white slavers, though the sleuths suspect a serial kill
While I'm not an expert on this historical period I'm of the belief the author is loyal to the facts.
Thus far the plots revolve around major social issues that continue to be of concern to this day. Additionally, there is almost a moral framework that exists but isn't jammed down your throat. ...more
Someone is stealing young girls and their bodies are found floating in the river. It appears they have been kept alive for awhile before their death.
This appears to be similar to the events of a former club called the Hellfire Club. But that group is long dead. Isn't it?
I found the murderer to be less than convincing.
I borrowed a copy from the public library.
In The Hellfire Conspiracy Thomas Llewelyn finally met, again, with, his school nemesis - the guy who got him locked up for two years. Thomas could even beat him up in a ring! The dialogues between Cyrus Barker employers are so comical and extremely well written, its simply a pleasure to fallow their progress of discovery each new case along.
Great work by Will Thomas!
If you want a book weighed down with pages of police procedure descriptions, you'll be disappointed. This moves along at a ...more
As usual, I appear to have jumped into the middle of a series, and will now have to go back and fill in the with the previous adventures of these two London based "Inquiry Agents".
This volume has no issues standing on its own, no need to have the others prior.
A Good read.
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