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Lethal Pursuit

(Barker & Llewelyn #11)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  38 reviews

London, 1892—Cyrus Barker is brought into a game of international espionage by the Prime Minister himself in the newest mystery in Will Thomas's beloved series.

Private enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn receive in the mail an unexplained key stamped with the letter Q. Barker, recognizing it for what it is, uses the key to unlock an anonymous door in the alleyway, w

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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This is my first read of what is the 11th in the Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn series by Will Thomas set in the Victorian era in 1892 and it works reasonably fine as a standalone. Cyrus and the much younger Thomas are enquiry agents, detectives that handle a wide range of cases, much to the displeasure of the London Police Commissioner, James Munro. A high ranking Foreign Office agent operating in Eastern Europe, Hillary Drummond, arrives in London having stolen a religious relic in a satchel ...more
The Vatican desires it, the Germans need it, secret societies will kill for it & the British PM…..well, he just wants it gone. What are they squabbling over? A little scrap of paper covered with faded words. Hardly impressive until it’s identified as a previously unknown first century gospel.

The year is 1892 & there are whispers of growing xenophobia in Germany. The new government craves international respect & owning the new gospel will get the world’s attention. But before they ca
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
In this book, Cyrus Barker and his newly-minted partner Thomas Llewelyn are tasked by the Prime Minister with the delivery of a religious relic. One courier has already been murdered and the enquiry agents find themselves followed, and sometimes attacked by “CID men, Home Office Gents, members of a German fencing club, a German Agent and at least one suspect”. This was a relatively entertaining entry in the series. It will work as a standalone, but the first few books in the series were better s ...more
Dee Arr
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A work of historical fiction can fall on many points in a spectrum. When it encompasses many aspects of the chosen era, readers are in for a treat. “Lethal Pursuit” by Will Thomas certainly succeeded in wrapping me in the sights and sounds of late nineteenth century London.

This book was my introduction to private enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn, and my only dismay was that I had missed the first eleven books. Whi
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
After injuries to Barker in the last book, we find him still in the healing stages with a leg brace. By the end of this book he is ready to remove it. Llewelyn and his bride have happily adjusted to living in Barker's house after the renovations allowing them their own space on the fist floor.
A new set of problems brought to these inquiry agents result from a manuscript thought to be another gospel that has been stolen and is in high demand. The interested parties include the German govern
Enthralling fast paced read!

London 1892, a man is stabbed to death just near Whitehall. Various packs of mysterious young men dressed uniformly in blue coats and caps with swords have been seen.
Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are led via a convoluted route to visit the Prime Minister. As part of that journey involves tunnels, Thomas is not enamored. “Down the rabbit hole,” he jokes, but it appears he has a fear of enclosed spaces and is not so sanguine about this part of things. ...more
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

I received a copy of Lethal Pursuit from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Barker & Llewelyn series, set in Victorian London, has been on my radar for some time but I’ve never gotten around to reading it. Lethal Pursuit is the eleventh entry in the series and, when I saw it on Netgalley, I decided it was as good a time as any to dive in. Starting so late didn’t affect my understanding of the main characters or their relationship, but I think starting at the beginning would
Barbara Rogers
Series: Barker & Llewelyn #11
Publication Date: 11/12/19
Number of Pages: 320

Enigmatic Cyrus Barker and novice Thomas Llewelyn are partners in the most loved, hated, respected, disreputable enquiry agency in London. The description all depends on who you ask. Cyrus Barker doesn’t suffer fools gladly and those who try to manipulate him soon come to understand that when it comes to wily, smooth and sly manipulators, Barker is king. Barker is always three steps ahead in an
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic copy of this British PI novel from Netgalley, Will Thomas, and Minotaur Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am more than pleased to recommend Lethal Pursuit to friends and family. It is a historical British spy and PI tale to keep you guessing. Will Thomas is a spymaster to keep you coming back for more.

Lethal Pursuit is the 11th novel written b
Sue Plant
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this quaint book

this is book 11 in this series...and even though its my first in the series i soon fell into it and got to know the characters really well...

barker and llewelyn are private enquiry agents and in this story they get tasked with taking a document that will ultimately be taken and handed over to the vatican who will authenticate it and keep it safe

along the way there are character
Danielle - BookishRhetor
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Minotaur Books, for sending me an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.

I must say I absolutely loved this book! Thomas is a modern day Doyle in my opinion, and you can tell he did hella research while writing this piece of detective fiction. There’s a lot of rich history woven into the story, like the tension between Britain and Russia over gaining control in Central Asia, also known as the Great Game. However, this largest historical event Thomas writes on and immers
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am always sad when I finish a Barker and Llewelyn book, and always happy when there is a new one. Will Thomas spins an excellent yarn, and I have yet to read one of his, and I have read them all, which I haven’t liked. “Lethal Pursuit” is the latest, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Cyrus Barker and his former assistant, now partner, Thomas Llewelyn, are private enquiry agents in late Victorian England. This particular book starts with a bang, not an explosion like the last one, but a p
Melissa Dee
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barker and Llewellyn are back in their 11th series outing. I continue to enjoy this series, as Barker gets more crotchety, and Llewellyn gains gravitas and experience. In book #11, they are on a mission to outsmart the British, German, and Austrian governments, not to mention the Vatican and to discover the secrets behind a possible missing gospel.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent book!!!
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Barker and Llewelyn are hired by the Prime Minister himself to transport an ancient manuscript to Calais. Sounds easy enough! Except Barker seems more interested in investigating the death of the man who brought the manuscript to England in the first place…

January! 1892! Hillary Drummond, recently arrived to England from Germany (somewhat newly united! Kind of!) is on the run from some blue uniformed youths after the satchel he’s ca
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Changes are afoot in the lives of Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. Barker is still healing from the injuries he received in the previous book and can’t pound the pavement like he once did, while our narrator Llewellyn, is still adjusting to a new living situation. Though this has made him immensely happy, there is still a degree of awkwardness that surely cannot continue forever. But even more changes are in store for the two detectives once a note arrives from a mysterious source that leads t ...more
Sue F
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge historical mystery fan, and I’ve had my eye on the Cyrus Barker/Thomas Llewelyn series by Will Thomas for quite a while. So I was happy to receive an advance review copy of the latest title in the series, Lethal Pursuit, in exchange for my honest review.

I was a little bit nervous starting out with the 11th title in the series, but it worked out okay. Thomas does a good job of weaving enough backstory into the narrative that I didn’t feel lost or as if I were missing anything too much
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Lethal Pursuit is the 11th book in the Barker & Llewelyn series by Will Thomas. I haven't read the first ten books, but I'm a new fan of historical mysteries and this one sounded quite intriguing. I thought I would be totally lost, but this book stood alone extremely well. I will admit I enjoyed this one so much I want to read all the prior ones; I'm very interested in seeing how the relationship between Barker and Llewelyn developed.

The story starts with a bang as a British spy is on the run, pursued by
Jessica M
Thank you to Minotaur Books for sending me a review copy of Lethal Pursuit by Will Thomas.

I feel like I should start by explaining my three and a half star rating. I definitely enjoyed this story, but it did take me almost half the book to really get into and I found some of the language a little too dense with words that have fallen out of use — while I understand that they were probably all the rage in the 1800s, I found that context was often lacking, and so the language forced me
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The Prime Minister enlists Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn to return a satchel containing a controversial gospel to the Vatican's emissary. The agent who brought the document to England from Germany has been murdered, but his satchel containing the document has been recovered by the government.

England doesn't want the document, fearing an exacerbation of its situation with Germany. An obsessive collector of an Austrian count would wants it as part of his collection. The Vatican wan
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Barker & Llewelyn series by Will Thomas.

This story is told from the perspective of Thomas Llewelyn in much the same way as Sherlock Holmes is told via the perspective of John Watson. Except Thomas here is much more an active part of the story. The Prime Minister wants Barker and Llewelyn wants to return a gospel thought to be what prompted Mark and Luke’s account in the Bible to be given back to the rightful owner.

Cathy Cole
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Will Thomas' Barker & Llewelyn mysteries from the very first book, Some Danger Involved. I always learn something about Victorian London, the slalom course of action and mystery is often hair-raising and always enjoyable to read, and the characters are just plain fun.

While Cyrus Barker is a larger-than-life character, young Thomas Llewelyn is our narrator. He's learned a lot over the years he's been with Barker, and I love his tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Th
Colour Me Purple
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lethal Pursuit, Book 11 in Mr. Thomas’ highly enjoyable Barker and Llewelyn series, finds this pair of intrepid Private Enquiry Agents tasked with what would appear to be a reasonably simple task. Deliver a briefcase across the channel and into the hands of representatives of the Vatican. However, as readers of this series will understand, nothing is ever simple when Cyrus Barker is involved. His sole purpose, it would seem, is to confuse those who crave the contents of the case. Everyone, it se ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Barker and Llewellyn are back. I have read all the books in this series and this one did not disappoint.
Barker and Thomas are asked to help the British government deliver a satchel to France. The last person with the satchel was killed. They must outwit the British, the Germans, the Vatican, not to mention old adversaries.
Barker is still recovering from the last mission and is his same crotchety self. Llewellyn has matured and is married to Rebecca.
The first part of the books sets up the
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this thrill ride, it's the first book in a long time that kept me up at night wanting to see what would happen next. The story read like a cross between Dan Brown, Arthur Conan Doyle and Clive Cussler. The two main characters were entirely relatable, witty and engaging. The writing was so well done, the layers upon layers of detail in each scene made it easy to put yourself right in the room with the characters without being overwhelming. Just when I thought I had it figured out there wo ...more
Jamal Ford
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imaginative and engaging by Rodimus

Lethal Pursuit may be the best Barker & Llewelyn novel out of the series.
What stands out the most is the complexity of story. Having read the entire series one gets to know the characters well, you begin to predict how the main characters Barker and Llewelyn will respond or react in any given situation. That being said until the very end of the novel you realize that not only did Barker masterfully keep his partner slash protege the humorous and und
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The only reason I gave this endless book is the fact that I really like the characters. All their faults, their foibles, their pomposity, the humor, their honor, and the fact that they support, love, and protect each other. It was endless reading. I skipped about 80 pages but they were not missed, I arrived at the same endless discussion I left 80 pages ago. The only reason I finished this book is that I won it as a "giveaway" on the Goodreads site. Boring...unfortunate.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
1892 London. Enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and his partner Thomas Llewelyn are employed by the Britsh P.M. to act as couriers and deliver a stolen satchel and its contents, to Calais and there hand it over to Monsignor Bello of the Vatican. But the package is wanted by various people who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Can Barker succeed.
A very enjoyable well-written historical story, a well-plotted mystery with its well-developed characters.
A NetGalley Book
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was the first book I read in this series and was more than happy I got this ARC because it was a great discovery.
It's an engrossing and entertaining read with a well crafted plot that kept me hooked till the end.
I loved the well researched historical setting, the well thought cast of characters, the humor, and the fast paced and action packed plot.
I can't wait to read the next instalment.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions a
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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 often feature

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