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Hell Bay

por Will Thomas

Séries: Barker & Llewelyn (8)

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. At the request of Her Majesty's government, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker agrees to take on his least favorite kind of assignment-he's to provide security for a secret conference with the French government. The conference is to take place on the private estate of Lord Hargrave on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. The goal of the conference is the negotiation of a new treaty with France. The cover story for the gathering is a house party-an attempt to introduce Lord Hargrave's two unmarried sons to potential mates. But shortly after the parties land at the island, Lord Hargrave is killed by a sniper shot, and the French ambassador's head of security is found stabbed to death. The only means of egress from the island-a boat-has been sent away, and the means of signaling for help has been destroyed. Trapped in a manor house with no way of escape, Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, must uncover which among them is the killer before the next victim falls.… (mais)
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I enjoy this series, however, Hell Bay is an okay read. The story is to drawn out in the middle, however the beginning and end kept me turning pages. Since the story takes place in a manor house where the family and guests are trapped, there was non of the Victorian London history as in Thomas's previous Barker & Llewelyn books. ( )
  lewilliams | Oct 14, 2021 |
Two isolated murders on the English mainland, of what is their significance if any? But soon Barker and Llewelyn are off to Godolphin Island in the Scillys. To visit the private estate of Lord Hargrave to provide security for a conference under the guise of a house party, to match-make various young people. Unfortunately it is not long before the killings start. But they are now cut off from help.
Barker and Llewelyn must determine the motive, and stop the killer before all the house guests are murdered.
This is my first reading from the series and I liked the portrayal of the characters and a surprising good mystery. Look forward to reading some more.
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  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
Fun! Reminds me of Robert McCammon's swashbuckling historical thrillers. I was sorry to see several typos and a couple of misused words that the author's editor didn't catch. I hate when that happens—throws me right out of the story. Enjoyed this one nonetheless. ( )
  NatalieSW | Feb 8, 2017 |
This is a well-plotted suspense story. It's set in 1890 or so on an small island estate off the shore of Cornwall in southern England. A negotiating session between England and France is held under the guise of a family meeting. The guests quickly become a target for a sniper and several are killed. The hunt for the killer occupies most of the book.

The protagonists are a pair of "enquiry agents", Messrs Barker & Llewelyn, who muddle through in typical British fashion. They are an odd pair who have a history together which is covered in previous books in the series, none of which I have read. There are many annoying references to the characters' past cases and adventures which assume the reader knows about them when they may not. Other authors manage to address this and perhaps this author could deal with this better in the future. I have however no plans to read others in the series out of a need to explore their prior exploits. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Jan 8, 2017 |
Very good book. Waiting for more. ( )
  Philip100 | Nov 6, 2016 |
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. At the request of Her Majesty's government, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker agrees to take on his least favorite kind of assignment-he's to provide security for a secret conference with the French government. The conference is to take place on the private estate of Lord Hargrave on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. The goal of the conference is the negotiation of a new treaty with France. The cover story for the gathering is a house party-an attempt to introduce Lord Hargrave's two unmarried sons to potential mates. But shortly after the parties land at the island, Lord Hargrave is killed by a sniper shot, and the French ambassador's head of security is found stabbed to death. The only means of egress from the island-a boat-has been sent away, and the means of signaling for help has been destroyed. Trapped in a manor house with no way of escape, Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, must uncover which among them is the killer before the next victim falls.

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