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Title:
Blood is blood

A Barker & Llewelyn novel ;

Barker & Llewelyn novel.
Title:
Blood is blood
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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York : Minotaur Books, [2018]
Physical Description:
308 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
A Barker & Llewelyn novel ; [book 10]

Barker & Llewelyn novel.
Abstract:
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 well as private citizens. Their success, however, has led to their acquiring a powerful group of enemies, many of whom are determined to have their revenge. At least one of those enemies is responsible for a bombing of their offices that puts Cyrus Barker into the hospital and endangers Thomas Llewelyn's rapidly forthcoming nuptials. To add to the confusion, Barker's long-lost brother Caleb turns up on the rubble of their doorstep not long after the not-quite-fatal bombing. Unsure of Caleb and warned about him by Barker, Thomas reluctantly accepts Caleb's help both with a new case that comes in as well as trying to pinpoint which of Barker's enemies is making a move against them. As Thomas works his way through their enemy list, someone else is winnowing down that list: one by one those enemies are dying. With time running out--and his bride-to-be reconsidering their marriage--Llewelyn must (with the sick-bed bound Barker's help) uncover the killer and the plot before it's too late.

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Summary

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 the newest mystery in Will Thomas's beloved series.

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 well as private citizens. Their success, however, has led to their acquiring a powerful group of enemies, many of whom are determined to have their revenge.

At least one of those enemies is responsible for a bombing of their offices that puts Cyrus Barker into the hospital and endangers Thomas Llewelyn's rapidly forthcoming nuptials. To add to the confusion, Barker's long-lost brother Caleb turns up on the rubble of their doorstep not long after the not-quite-fatal bombing.

Unsure of Caleb and warned about him by Barker, Thomas reluctantly accepts Caleb's help both with a new case that comes in as well as trying to pinpoint which of Barker's enemies is making a move against them. As Thomas works his way through their enemy list, someone else is winnowing down that list: one by one those enemies are dying.

With time running out--and his bride-to-be reconsidering their marriage--Llewelyn must (with the sick-bed bound Barker's help) uncover the killer and the plot before it's too late.


Author Notes

WILL THOMAS is the author of the Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn series, including Hell Bay , Anatomy of Evil, Fatal Enquiry , 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 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Thomas's first-rate 10th Victorian historical (after 2017's Old Scores) boasts plenty of detection, derring-do, and emotional drama. Private detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, are in their London offices when the floor collapses from a dynamite blast. Llewelyn is largely unharmed, but shattered bones confine Barker to the hospital. Reconstructing their scattered files, Llewelyn identifies five men with deadly grudges against the duo. He gets unexpected assistance when Cyrus's Pinkerton agent brother, Caleb, arrives without warning from America. Barker greets his brother, whom he has rarely seen since adolescence, with distrust, but Llewelyn welcomes Caleb's skills while hunting the five targets: a French anarchist, a corrupt financier, a gang leader, and two murderers. In the ensuing mayhem, Caleb's troubled past catches up with him. Always a witty narrator, Llewelyn comes into sharper focus with his boss temporarily sidelined. But the story's star is Caleb, whose vividly drawn presence brings the grit of the Wild West into the series' English milieu. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Nov.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Tenth in the Barker and Llewelyn series, set in Victorian London's East End, this intense entry starts with a bombing at Barker's office, propelling readers into a maelstrom of criminal conundrums and further attacks. More of a sidekick than a leader, and prone to wry self-deprecation (he calls himself God's whipping boy ), Thomas Llewelyn must now prove his mettle without the help of Cyrus Barker, his gruff and ingenious mentor in private enquiry. A hospitalized Barker creates space in the story to develop other characters, including Barker's brother, Pinkerton agent Caleb, and to introduce juicy details about Llewelyn's past and pose the question of whether Thomas' fiancée, Rebecca, will go through with the wedding, given what she learns about his propensity for violence. Fans of the popular series will love this one, but newbies should start at the beginning. This is similar to Oscar de Muriel's Frey and McGray series, set in Edinburgh, with its dark humor and Holmesian detective duo. Fans of Alex Grecian's Walter Day mysteries may also enjoy Barker and Llewelyn for their grim tenacity and creative problem-solving.--Jen Baker Copyright 2018 Booklist