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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Lethal Pursuit is the 11th novel written b ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The story starts with a bang as a British spy is on the run, pursued by ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A very enjoyable well-written historical story, a well-plotted mystery with its well-developed characters.
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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.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions a ...more
I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press / Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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 ...more