The Hellfire Conspiracy (Barker & Llewelyn Series #4)

The Hellfire Conspiracy (Barker & Llewelyn Series #4)

by Will Thomas
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Hellfire Conspiracy (Barker & Llewelyn Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Enquiry agent Cyrus Barter and his employee Thomas Llewellyn make an interesting team. Llewellyn was unjustly accused of theft by a peer of the realm who attended Oxford with him. The man¿s peer father made sure Llewellyn was sent to prison and while there, his wife died of consumption. He blames the aristocrat who accused him of theft and lives to even the score. Barker earned a living working on the China Sea. The empress gifted him with a dog Harm for services rendered and sent him theslave girl Fu Ying to take care of the dog.------------- Their latest case begins when a major if the Queen¿s Guard hires them to find his daughter who disappeared while his wife was doing charity work in the Bethel Green section of London. At first they believe she was kidnapped by white slavers until another child was found murdered in the area. Barker and Llewellyn discover from the police that other girls usually in the same manner have been snatched like the latest victim. The killer communicates with Barker via badly written poetry adding to their concern that they may be too late to save the mayor¿s daughter and must settle for catching her killer before he kills again.-------------------- This is a terrific historical mystery due to the two protagonists tracking a serial killer in a believable fashion during a time when the term wasn¿t ever coined, the methodology for catching them was non-existent and the various police departments were not communicating with each other. Barker is a cipher wrapped in an enigma and covered in a puzzle making readers curious about his past. Llewellyn is more understandable and likeable because even though he lost his freedom and his beloved wife, he created a new and respectable life for himself. Readers enjoy their escapades in an England that is no more.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
Love Will Thomas!
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Character2 More than 1 year ago
Entertaining series, best read in order. Likable protagonists.  
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Maximillian More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of this mystery series that I have read. It can be read as a stand-alone story. I did enjoy the description of goings-on in 19 C. London. It's a good read, not great, but worth the time and effort to read it if you are looking for a different centrury and different culture.
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