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Will Thomas (1) (1958–)

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The Limehouse Text (2006) 394 exemplar
The Hellfire Conspiracy (2007) 301 exemplar
The Black Hand (2008) 287 exemplar
Fatal Enquiry (1874) 212 exemplar
Anatomy of Evil (2015) 148 exemplar
Old Scores (2017) 123 exemplar
Blood Is Blood (2018) 121 exemplar
Hell Bay (2016) 119 exemplar
Lethal Pursuit (2019) 111 exemplar
Dance with Death (2021) 87 exemplar
Fierce Poison (2022) 75 exemplar
Heart of the Nile (2023) 66 exemplar
Death and Glory (2024) 25 exemplar
An Awkward Way to Die (2017) 22 exemplar

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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Will Thomas, born 1958 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has worked as a librarian with the Tulsa City-County Library System, working on the reference desk and handling adult programming. He has done extensive research on the Victorian novel and has lectured on crime fiction of the Victorian era. His writing has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and in publications of various Sherlock Holmes societies. He lives with his family in Oklahoma.



The Barker and Llewelyn historical mystery series is an absolute delight. The mysteries always contain surprises. The cast of characters has depth both in number and in personality. I've been jumping around reading books in this series as I come across them and have never been disappointed.

Even among other titles in the series, Death and Glory, set in 1890s London, stands out because of its audacity. The plot is built around a group of US ex-pats, all former Confederates, come to England to demand the handover of a warship purportedly paid for by the Confederacy early on in the Civil War and never delivered. The premise may sound more like historical fantasy than historical mystery, but Will Thomas makes this hard-to-believe premise into a solid read.

Before Barker and Llewelyn know the Confederates goal, they're hired to help secure a meeting with the Prime Minister. This is something Barker and Llewelyn manage—and they are every bit as shocked as the P.M. when they realize what the group is demanding.

What follows is a complex web of Barker and Llewelyn trailing the Confederates as the Confederates trail the two detectives. Questions of identity arise. Are the Confederates who they claim to be or are the other historical figures, supposedly dead, who have taken on new identities?

If you enjoy substantial historical mysteries this is a series you shouldn't miss—and it's a series you don't necessarily have to read in order.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss; the opinions are my own.
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Sarah-Hope | 4 andra recensioner | May 3, 2024 |
Enquiry agents Barker and Llewelyn are hired to find a missing husband who volunteers at the British Museum cataloging mummies. Shortly there after the husband is pulled from Limestone Reach having been stabbed. The mummy he was cataloging before his death just may be that of Cleopatra. There is also the matter of a large ruby that was found inside the mummy. What was just thought to be a simple case of finding a missing husband and suddenly turned into a dangerous investigation. Can the two enquiry agents get to the truth before someone else is killed?… (mer)
lewilliams | 9 andra recensioner | May 1, 2024 |
A Confederate Challenge, 1894!

Detectives Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn have their hands full with the surfacing of a thirty year old document, a Treaty, testifying that Britain sold an iron warship to the Confederacy during the war between the North and the South.
Barker and Llewelyn find themselves ensconced in International politics. If the Treaty is legitimate, the British Government is in an unenviable position.
Survivors, ex- soldiers, have been plotting for decades to fund a war from the countries they had escaped to—Mexico, Cuba, Brazil and Columbia. The war of Northern Aggression will be redefined and the Confederacy restored.
Now they are raising money and marching on towards their goal of taking the warship which they will use as a model to build more cheaply in the countries they now reside in. An amarda of iron ships will rise and threaten the newly established United States order.
(Thomas’s research is amazing!)
We have armed insurgents hiding out in London, a group of well heeled southern gentleman pursuing ownership of the ship, a train robbery, and other measures of skullduggery. Complicit wealthy merchants and members of the ton are raising money for the cause at a by “invitation only” Ball. The Prime Minister and the shadowy parts of the government are worried! The PM has obtained the services of the partners.
Cyrus and Llewelyn have there work cut out trying to make head or tail of this politically charged investigation.

A St. Martin’s Press ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.
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eyes.2c | 4 andra recensioner | Apr 21, 2024 |
Thomas Llewelyn has worked with Cyrus Barker for ten years, and it has been a wonderful reading journey. Thomas has gone from a melancholy, down-on-his-luck, contemplating suicide young man to a confident, skilled enquiry agent with a wife. Thomas shows those skills in this book and even gets some excellent personal news.

It seems the south is rising again – in London. No, not the south of England, but the Southern United States. A delegation of Southern expatriates appears at the offices of Barker and Llewellyn on a lovely spring morning. They wish to hire Barker to arrange a meeting with the new Prime Minister, the Earl of Rosebery. Barker and Thomas immediately suspect their motives but feel they should play along until they discover what the Prime Minister and his government want to do about them.

What these Southern gentlemen want astounds the government and can create a huge political scandal/crisis. Whichever way the government decides, the fallout will happen. The civil war in the US has been over for thirty years, yet these people want the delivery of a warship promised to them just as the war was ending. Barker and Thomas think they want more and quickly infiltrate the group to see what they can learn. A Barker and Llewellyn case is always more complicated and convoluted than they first appear – and this one was no exception.

This excellently-written, well-plotted, fast-paced novel was action-packed and filled with interesting characters and enlightening obscure historical facts. Another thing I always enjoy is the Author’s Notes – Yes, I always read the Author’s Notes. This author’s notes are always educational and fun to read. I love Thomas’s wit as he gives us his first-person account of each case and we always learn more about him in each new entry in the series. Barker, of course, always leaves us wanting to know more. We’ve learned a lot about his history, and in this novel, he seemed more ‘human’, but still he is larger than life.

I recommend this book, this series, and this author. I hope you will love the book as much as I did. Happy reading!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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BarbaraRogers | 4 andra recensioner | Apr 2, 2024 |



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