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Blood Is Blood

(Barker & Llewelyn #10)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  115 reviews
A bombing injures private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker, leaving it up to his soon-to-be-married junior partner—Thomas Llewelyn—to find the person trying to murder them both before it's too late.

In 19th century London, Cyrus Barker and his associate Thomas Llewelyn are renowned private enquiry agents, successfully employed by the highest levels of Her Majesty's government as
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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L S Hardy Actually I read the last one first and seem to be reading them backwards for some reason. Each book is a story in its own right and the plot is resolv…moreActually I read the last one first and seem to be reading them backwards for some reason. Each book is a story in its own right and the plot is resolved within the book. The characters are recurring however and their stories are continuing so probably reading them in order would work best. (less)

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Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
Thomas Llewelyn is a young private enquiry agent who has worked for Cyrus Barker for 6 years. Thomas is to marry his fiancé Rebecca in two weeks, when an explosion destroys Barker's office and puts him in the hospital with serious injuries. Accordingly, most of the detective work in this book is done by Thomas, and I missed having more of Barker. Soon after the explosion, Barker's long lost brother Caleb suddenly appears and occasionally tags along with Thomas as he tracks down all of the people ...more
First Sentence: I detest Mondays with all my soul.

Cyrus Barker and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn have become highly successful enquiry agents. But with success comes enemies. With only a fortnight before Thomas is to marry Rebecca, a bomb destroys their offices. With Barker in a coma, it is up to Thomas to uncover the villain. When a contractor goes missing, his wife comes to Barker & Llewelyn for help. Help appears unexpectedly in the shape of Barker's brother, Caleb who has been in America as
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this series very much, and this latest book was most satisfying on several fronts. We are introduced to Barker's older brother Caleb who has come over to England on some Pinkerton business, but Cyrus warns Thomas that his brother is not to be trusted. They had not seen each other in years, in fact. His appearance coincides with the bombing of Barker's offices that causes grave injuries to Barker, leaving Thomas in charge of the investigation to discover who was trying to kill his ...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: Barker and Llewelyn #9
Publication Date: 11/14/18

How in the world have I managed to miss this author and this series? This is basically the tenth book in the series because I think one of the others was a .5 book. I loved the characters of Barker and Llewelyn as well as the other members of the ensemble cast. The book is well plotted and well written and even has a bit of humor.

Cyrus Barker is a self-made man whose parents were missionaries. They died during a cholera epidemic in China wh
Judy Lesley
Thank you to Minotaur Books and the Amazon Vine Voices program for an ARC of this novel.

The tenth entry in the Barker and Llewelyn series finds me just as satisfied with this series as I was following my reading of all the others. Will Thomas writes these two characters in such a way that they are both realistic and their relationship throughout the series has matured and developed at an even pace. This story has Thomas Llewelyn solving a case by himself after six years of working with Cyrus Bar
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF. Not very good, not enough suspense, the characters are parodies, behaving ridiculously. Seems like a YA novel, trying to be funny but isn't much.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the British would say, a bloody good classic detective novel! If I heard one of them saying that, I'd agree.

It all started with an assistant who despises Mondays. Things always go wrong on that particular day of the week for him. Sure enough, he's stressing about his upcoming wedding, his office gets bombed, causing his employer to be seriously injured. While Llewelyn tries to clean up and assess the damages, his employer's long lost American brother shows up unexpectedly causing them to have
John Bohnert
I've now read all ten novels in this series.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blood Is Blood
Will Thompson

What it's all about...

Llewelyn and Barker...they are turn of the century private detectives. This book is one of the later books in this series. In this one their office is bombed and Barker is hurt while Llewelyn is left to figure out how all of this happened. Then...out of the blue...Barker’s rough and tumble brother shows up...from America. He wants to help find the bombers, too!

Why I wanted to read it...

I love books like this and I immediately grew fond of Llewe
Susan in NC
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t know how I missed this 2018 entry into one of my favorite historical mystery series! The action starts off (literally) with a bang - an explosion at the offices of Cyrus Barker’s detective agency. Barker is badly injured, and Llewelyn spends the book trying to find the culprit. He and Rebecca are also supposed to be married in a couple weeks, and Barker’s long-lost brother pops up from America. Barker leaves Llewelyn in charge, acting as a sounding board and telling him not to trust his ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy historical mysteries and you aren't reading this series, you REALLY need to change that. These books are such a fantastic combination of history, intrigue, and humor. I know I said this last time, but this book really is the best of the series so far. A mysterious relative shows up (!!!), there are fights and explosions, a house fire, a standing arm-wrestling match, two visits to an insane asylum and maybe a wedding! And everything takes place in London in the 1880's. I highly recom ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series continues to grow and improve with each story, and Blood is Blood is no exception. I was surprised where Will Thomas took the series in this episode--Barker has a brother!--but I found the result very satisfactory. This story can work as a standalone, but a lot of the richness of the characters will be lost. Thomas Llewelyn has come so far! Here, he gets to test his mettle and see what he has learned after Barker is gravely injured. It is a difficult time for Thomas, but I don't thin ...more
Robin Mandell
There were some great moments, big emotions and intriguing mysteries, but, overall, this just wasn't as satisfying a read as previous entries in the series.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Challenges for Thomas Llewelyn are two fold. He is preparing for his wedding and he is left on his own to solve a bombing. This is a Sherlock slash Watson clone story which is my favorite duo crime team. Beginning of the story is well described with an office bombing that leaves their detection agency in shambles and Cyrus Barker, Thomas' boss in the hospital. Many avenues are traveled to get answers. Many turns and close escapes make the story a must read. "A copy of this book was provided by S ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Blood is Blood” is the latest chapter of the marvelous Barker-Llewelyn series by Will Thomas, and it is as excellent as the earlier books. This is one of my favorite series, and I always eagerly look forward to the next book. Will Thomas has never let me down. Thomas must do exhaustive research for his books. I never find anachronisms, nor does he put a foot wrong writing about Britain, although Thomas himself is American.

I don’t like spoilers so I am not going to give any. But I am not giving
This is the tenth book in this wonderful Victorian murder, romance, and mystery series. The romance is sparse, but keenly felt. The characters that I have come to love are well fleshed out. This book added another character, in the short term , Cyrus has an older brother names Caleb. He and Cyrus have not seen each other most of their adult lives. One is from America, with a sharpshooter, and a cowboy hat, and Cyrus is a mixture of Asian, and England. The book was well plotted, and started with ...more
Susan M. Hagadorn
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoy this series, mostly for the Victorian setting and the characters. The author has done his historical research, and the books often have interesting bits of Victoriana in them. But the books’ plots sometimes don’t hold together well, and that is to some extent the case with this book too. Still an enjoyable, light read.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
The "plot" was flimsy, the women, as usual, were hysterical, and Llewelyn's injuries continue to be treated as comic fodder. I recognize that Thomas is writing in a particular context, Victorian England, but I still think that's no excuse for the women to simper.
Is Harm okay? That episode was treated VERY lightly.
Lynn Horton
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This latest involvement in Thomas' ten-book series is a little different from previous books. In Blood is Blood, the assistant enquiry agent, Llewelyn, must take the lead because his boss, Barker, has been seriously injured. The witty dialogue that marks their relationship continues in Blood is Blood, but it seems heavier with introspection and description—not necessarily a good thing because it slows the read.

This book contains more strong female characters, and their interactions with their m
Someone has bombed Cyrus Barker's private enquiry agency, leaving Barker badly injured. His assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, is fortunately unhurt and can start investigating the crime, hoping to beat Scotland Yard to the solution. He lists all the people who have a grudge against Barker, and sets out to interrogate them, accompanied by Barker's not long-lost enough brother Caleb, who has been working for the Pinkertons in America. Caleb's ideas on crime investigation do not fit in well with English ...more
Melissa Dee
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Barker and Llewellyn” is a delightful series. Don’t be afraid to dive in at #10. Thomas gives you enough context to understand the detectives’ history, but not so much that it is a tedious rehash of past stories if you are up to date.

Thomas Llewelyn is about to be married. Trouble is, his office with Barker has been blown to bits, with Barker in it, and it is up to him to find out who from their past wants them dead. There are almost too many candidates to consider. In addition, Barker’s brothe
Joe Santoro
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven't checked in with Barker and Llewelyn for a while... so it was nice to visit them again. This was one of those books that was written mostly as a reward for long time readers... the continuity from other adventures was heavy.

It was fun to see some old bad guys (all the more to make my comparison to Batman and Robin more apt)... they even had a asylum for them. All we need is for them to start coming back from the dead (maybe at the next wedding?) and we'll have full Superhero mode ;)

I wa
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Hope the next is back up to the usual standard.
Daniella Bernett
A diverting cat-and-mouse chase for a sinister killer intent on revenge. Barker and Llewelyn are an engaging sleuthing team.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Definitely not one of my favorites in this series.

Ratings (1 to 5)
Writing: 4
Story: 3
Characters: 3
Emotional impact: 3
Overall rating: 3.25
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Have you ever had one of those friends that you can go for months without seeing, but once you meet up again it’s like no time has passed at all and you pick up right where you left off? That’s how I feel when I open a new volume of Will Thomas’s Barker and Llewellyn series. This has been my favorite mystery series since I came upon the second book, To Kingdom Come, on the New Releases shelf at my local library. Suffice to say that I was thrilled when NetGalley approved my request for a digital ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly enough, I didn't actually listen to the audiobook of this one. I read an ARC of the upcoming hardcover, but Minotaur hasn't managed to put it up on GR yet and I just don't feel like doing it this morning, so here we are.

Not my favorite of the series—can't say I particularly cared for the insertion of Cyrus's long-lost brother—but still a fairly enjoyable mystery.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
In Victorian London, a bomb is set off below the office of Cyrus Barker and his trainee (of six years) Thomas Llewelyn. There is no lack of suspects because Barker is a successful enquiry agent and has be instrumental in putting many men behind bars. However, Barker is seriously injured in blast while Llewelyn suffers a momentary hearing loss. Llewelyn decides he must solve the both the bombing case and a new missing person case.

This book wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be. While the writin
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*CHOMP.* MORE! *looks around* wait...wait, what do you mean this is all there is? 8 books, 1 novella, and an ARC of Blood is Blood? But...but...but...there has to be more! I need at least five more books, Will Thomas, and I needed them YESTERDAY. Aaaackgh. This is what I get for reading all of the books, one after the other, nonstop. How long until book 11? Will we be getting another novella soon? And when are we going to meet Thomas's family?! 10 books and we've never met his parents or any of ...more
Sheila Stone
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Just finished Blood is Blood (Barker and Llewellyn) by Will Thomas. From the previous nine books, I know Thomas can get a bit quirky with his story lines, but I think he went a bit off the deep end with this one. Keeping Barker in the background for most of the book left me feeling flat and a wee bit bored. The characters he chose to feature weren’t strong enough to carry the story, just MHO and the book veered more towards the realm of fairy tale than mystery.
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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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