Some years ago, Cyrus Barker matched wits with Sebastian Nightwine, an aristocrat and sociopath, and in exposing his evil, sent Nightwine fleeing to hide from justic ...more
I got this from Netgalley and the fine folks at St. Martin's.
This is the sixth Barker and Llewellyn book but, as the blurb on Netgalley promised, serves to reintroduce the pair to new readers and does ...more
Happily, Nightwine is nothing like Moriarty... in fact, Thomas doubles down on my previous opinion that Barker and Llewelyn are more 'Batman and ...more
I have enjoyed every book in this series to date. The novels are well written and display a tremendous amount of research on the author's part to maintain a certain level of historical accuracy. Thomas has created a interesting enquiry agent and surrounded him with an equally interesting cast of support characters.
A Fatal Enquiry, Will Thomas' first entry into the Barker and Llewelyn series after a multi-year hiatus, is at once a relief and a disappointment.
First, the good: Llewleyn returns in fine form, his narrative voice as clear as ever and, though a bit wizened from several years of working ...more
Cyrus Barker has a long history with Sebastian Nightwine going all the way back to their years in China. Was Nightwine responsible for the death of Barker’s brother? Yet now, years later, not only is Nightwine coming to London, he has received immunity from the British government and is about to do a major ...more
This time Barker and Llewellyn face off against a nemesis from Barker’s past in Asia – a man who has vowed to destroy all Barker holds dear before killing him.
The moment I brought this book into the house, my wife, who is not a mystery lover, was drooling for a chance to read it and urged me to finish it so she could have it. That says all that needs to be said about this series.
I especially liked his weaving actual historical figures into the story. (see “historical note” at the end) It made the tale very authentic, as did the different nationalities – Welsh, Scottish, Iris ...more
Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction
Brimming with wit, atmosphere, and unforgettable characters, FATAL ENQUIRY reintroduces private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewellyn, and their unforgettable world of Victorian London.
Some years ago, Cyrus Barker matched wits with Sebastian Nightwine, an aristocrat and sociopath, and in exposing his evil, sent Nightwine fleeing to hide from justice somewhere in the far corners of the earth. The last thing Barker ever ex
Barker & Thomas are quite the pair and their adventures and cases are always interesting. This book brings Barker's oldest nemesis to town and finds him framed for murder and on the lam. Poor Thomas gets put through the ringer in this story, which isn't unusual, but I really felt bad for him.
These two get compared to Holmes and Watson a lot but they do have their own personalities and traits that set them apart from the other famous duo.
I think this is my favorite book of the series, mostly because of Sebastian Nightwine. He's a smooth sociopath with a dark fixation on Barker.
My only complaint about the book is the surprise at the ending - I keep waiting for it to develop into more of a story of it's own in a later book, and maybe it will. I've read on Facebook that Antony Ferguson is going to start recording Book 10, Blood Is Blood, on October 5.
Maybe Llewelyn just forgets shit...
Still no Mac/Llewelyn. I've got my fingers crossed. On to the next book!
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