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Title:
Old scores : a Barker & Llewelyn novel

Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn mysteries ;

Barker & Llewelyn novel.
Title:
Old scores : a Barker & Llewelyn novel
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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
Physical Description:
294 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn mysteries ; [book 9]

Barker & Llewelyn novel.
Abstract:
"In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries. Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge. Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer. In a case that takes leads Barker and Llewelyn deep into parts of London's underworld, on paths that lead deep into Barker's own mysterious personal history."-- provided by publisher.

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Summary

In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries.

Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge.

Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer.

In a case that takes leads Barker and Llewelyn deep into parts of London's underworld, on paths that lead deep into Barker's own mysterious personal history, Old Scores is the finest yet in Will Thomas's critically acclaimed series.


Author Notes

WILL THOMAS is the author of the Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn series, including Hell Bay , Anatomy of Evil, and Fatal Enquiry , as well as The Black Hand, The Hellfire Conspiracy, The Limehouse Text, To Kingdom Come, and the Shamus and Barry award-nominated Some Danger Involved . He lives in Oklahoma.


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Thomas's solid ninth Victorian historical (after 2016's Hell Bay), private detective Cyrus Barker and his sidekick, Thomas Llewelyn, meet the members of a Japanese diplomatic delegation who are in London to consider establishing an embassy there. Since the diplomats are also interested in horticulture, they come to view Barker's private garden one morning. That night, Llewelyn discovers that his colleague is missing. He later learns that representatives of the Foreign Office have taken Barker into custody on suspicion of assassinating the Japanese ambassador, Toda Ichigo. The circumstantial evidence is certainly convincing: that afternoon, Ichigo was standing at an open window at the home of Lord Arthur Diosy, the wealthy Orientalist hosting the delegation, when he was shot to death. Barker was found outside the Diosy residence facing the building and in possession of a revolver with one spent casing. The path toward the truth reveals some startling secrets about Barker's past, but the mystery's solution isn't the author's cleverest. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Cyrus Barker is back in form, in this ninth series mystery, after his disastrous trial as a bodyguard in Hell Bay (2016). This time a Japanese delegation arrives in 1890 London, ostensibly to open an embassy. After the death of the ambassador, however, Barker suspects ulterior motives on the part of the diplomat's replacement and his strangely militaristic security team. Unfortunately, Cyrus is accused of the murder and imprisoned, leaving his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, afloat in suspicions and directionless. One of the most intricately plotted of the entire series, this puzzler is both obvious (the title) and obscure (the politics, subtlety, and story lines). Series fans will rejoice to learn more about Barker, whose past life has thus far been murky. As always, the author draws out personalities to enlighten and entertain: even the dog, Harm, comes to life, along with inimitable servant Mac, the short-lived victim, and the series leads, who change with experience. Collusion is under scrutiny here a particularly timely topic and old scores run deep. Those who enjoy Victorian mysteries with a gruff, brilliant detective-and-sidekick team should also try Oscar de Muriel's Frey and McGray series and Alex Grecian's Walter Day novels.--Baker, Jen Copyright 2017 Booklist


Library Journal Review

In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy, and Cyrus Barker, a private enquiry agent connected with the Foreign Service, is asked to display his Japanese garden to the visiting legation. When the Japanese ambassador is murdered later that night, Barker becomes the prime suspect as he was spotted watching the ambassador's office and holding a pistol. Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, move through the London underworld and between two cultures to solve the dangerous case. Verdict The ninth (after Hell's Bay) entry in the critically acclaimed historical series features an engaging dynamic duo, pithy historical detail, and grand cultural clashes. The emerging personal notes about Cyrus Barker tantalize and make for a grand escapade. This is bound to attract readers who enjoy such authors specializing in Victorian crime fiction as Alex Grecian and Claude Izner.-Ann Chambers Theis, Henrico Cty. P.L., VA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.