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Lethal Pursuit (2019)

por Will Thomas

Séries: Barker & Llewelyn (11)

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. London, 1892-Cyrus Barker is brought into a game of international espionage by the Prime Minister himself in the newest mystery in Will Thomas's beloved series. Private enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn receive in the mail an unexplained key stamped with the letter Q. Barker, recognizing it for what it is, uses the key to unlock an anonymous door in the alleyway, which opens to an underground tunnel leading to Downing Street. The Prime Minister has a small task for Cyrus Barker. A Foreign Office agent stole a satchel in Eastern Europe, but was then himself murdered at Charing Cross. The satchel contains a document desperately wanted by the German government, but while the agent was killed, the satchel remains in English hands. With a cold war brewing between England and Germany, it's in England's interest to return the document contained in the satchel to its original owners and keep it out of German hands. The document is an unnamed first century gospel; the original owner is the Vatican. And the German government isn't the only group trying to get possession of it. With secret societies, government assassins, political groups, and shadowy figures of all sorts doing everything they can-attacks, murders, counter-attacks, and even massive street battles-to acquire the satchel and its contents, this small task might be beyond even the prodigious talents of Cyrus Barker.… (mais)
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1892 London. Enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and his partner Thomas Llewelyn are employed by the Britsh P.M. to act as couriers and deliver a stolen satchel and its contents, to Calais and there hand it over to Monsignor Bello of the Vatican. But the package is wanted by various people who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Can Barker succeed.
A very enjoyable well-written historical story, a well-plotted mystery with its well-developed characters.
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  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
Starting right off with a murder. Then theft and spies are soon added to the story line in an enjoyable read. Lethal Pursuit is the 11th book in the Barker & Llewelyn series but the first one I have read. I will be seeking out other books in this entertaining series. ( )
  lewilliams | Mar 22, 2021 |
A bit too complicated. ( )
  cygnet81 | Dec 28, 2019 |
I love the mash up between historic fiction and mysteries. For me, I really like the historic fiction part of it -- reading a book set in a different time is instructive and fascinating. I had always thought that the mystery part added just a little extra to keep things moving. Well in this story, I would say that the setting and the attention to details was fantastic, but the mystery plot was sorely lacking.

The story starts with Barker and Llewelyn, private enquiry agents (private investigators) who are tasked by the prime minister to deliver a satchel filled with an ancient religious document back to the Vatican, the original owners. But there is another party who want this document, so badly that they've already killed for it. Barker and Llewelyn are given a list of suspects and the list itself was fascinating including Austrian nobility, a rabbi, a American leader of a religious cult, etc. And definitely, some of the individual stories with each of the characters were very well crafted. But investigating each person on the list felt like more of a To Do list than the plot of a mystery thriller.

This is my first story by Will Thomas, but the 11th in the series, so it's possible I lost a bit being unfamiliar with the different characters, but I really struggled to finish this one. So I would give 5 stars for the historic fiction part of it and maybe 2 stars for the overall plot. ( )
  jmoncton | Dec 17, 2019 |
I've been a fan of Will Thomas' Barker & Llewelyn mysteries from the very first book, Some Danger Involved. I always learn something about Victorian London, the slalom course of action and mystery is often hair-raising and always enjoyable to read, and the characters are just plain fun.

While Cyrus Barker is a larger-than-life character, young Thomas Llewelyn is our narrator. He's learned a lot over the years he's been with Barker, and I love his tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Thomas can always make me laugh.

The story in Lethal Pursuit is a corker, one of the best howdunits I've read in a long time. You see, when the Prime Minister wants Barker to take the mysterious document to Calais, Barker will not agree until he is given the leeway to do the job as he sees fit. The Prime Minister doesn't see any particular problem in allowing this-- no one disobeys him after all-- but longtime readers of the series know that a wild ride is about to begin. And what a ride! With so many different groups after the document, Barker has to be a master of misdirection, and that's exactly what he turns out to be.

Now I'm left wondering what on earth these two private enquiry agents will get up to in the next book in this series. I can't wait! ( )
  cathyskye | Nov 17, 2019 |
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. London, 1892-Cyrus Barker is brought into a game of international espionage by the Prime Minister himself in the newest mystery in Will Thomas's beloved series. Private enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn receive in the mail an unexplained key stamped with the letter Q. Barker, recognizing it for what it is, uses the key to unlock an anonymous door in the alleyway, which opens to an underground tunnel leading to Downing Street. The Prime Minister has a small task for Cyrus Barker. A Foreign Office agent stole a satchel in Eastern Europe, but was then himself murdered at Charing Cross. The satchel contains a document desperately wanted by the German government, but while the agent was killed, the satchel remains in English hands. With a cold war brewing between England and Germany, it's in England's interest to return the document contained in the satchel to its original owners and keep it out of German hands. The document is an unnamed first century gospel; the original owner is the Vatican. And the German government isn't the only group trying to get possession of it. With secret societies, government assassins, political groups, and shadowy figures of all sorts doing everything they can-attacks, murders, counter-attacks, and even massive street battles-to acquire the satchel and its contents, this small task might be beyond even the prodigious talents of Cyrus Barker.

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