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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.

©2019 Will Thomas (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-2020

So Disappointed

I have been a total fan up to the last two books . But "Lethal Pursuit" has to be my biggest disappointment. By bringing Thomas's wife into the bachelor household has changed all the wonderful established relationships that made this series so special. The special relationship between Barker and Thomas is so altered in this book. On one hand they are partners but Barker does his secretive handling of the case as if Thomas is still in training. Also the case was just stupid. I will not be continuing with this series.

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  • KMS
  • 02-03-2020

Complicated with irritating aspects

This review is for those familiar with Barker series. I found the overall mystery a bit complicated with a ridiculous number of characters. But overall I found the story satisfying. There were, however, some things I hated. 1. Rebecca- she is sickening sweet and irritating. I could live with that, but there is an absurd scene where Thomas captures a young man who intended to attack Thomas with a sword. Rebecca steps between Barker/Thomas and this man, squeaking about evidence, justice, and advocate. I could have screamed. It was stupid and positively infuriating. There is no way Barker would put up with such drivel. 2. Thomas seemed befuddled the entire book. He’s no closer to quickly solving mysteries, but now that he’s a partner, he says childish things and constantly reminds friend and foe alike that he’s no longer just an assistant. Ugh. 3. Monroe- He embarrasses Barker too many times, and even puts his hands on Thomas twice. There’s no real comeuppance, and the final chapter shows that Monroe is getting more, not less power. These little details were fairly glaring. And they impacted my enjoyment of the story.

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  • Jackie
  • 01-12-2019

Love the Series and the Characters

I have read/listened to all the books in this series and I always look forward to the next release. The characters are all interesting, even some of the minor recurring characters. The stories are interesting and seem to be well-researched. The narrator is excellent and the transition between the characters is seamless. Some of foreign accents are perhaps not perfect (e.g., the German and Austrian characters in this one). However, this doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the narration. Each time I start listening to a new book in this series, I have to remind myself that the character of Thomas is narrated with an English accent, even though he’s supposed to be Welsh. There’s no trace of a Welsh accent here. Since the narrator is an English actor, I’m assuming that he chose not to use a Welsh accent because it would have been 80-90% of the book as it’s written in the first person from Thomas’s perspective, and it might have been harder to understand for an international listening audience. So five stars from me, because the overall effect is just fine. The writer is clearly not British - I’m guessing Will Thomas is American and there are just a few Americanisms in the text which might Be noticeable for a British reader (I’m British). I’m a little surprised the American expressions weren’t removed in editing, but I can’t fault the author or narrator. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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  • dmeriweather
  • 15-11-2019

Love this series!

Yet another great storyline & performance. It’s very difficult to wait on the next one, I hope Barker’s lady is included in the next one.

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  • The Fat Man
  • 15-11-2019

Another great story on the series

I'm a huge fan of these books. They are well researched, and the narration is outstanding

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  • deDee Illa
  • 02-03-2020

Marital Discourse

don't knead the "wife's" showdown. drearily dulled the panache ‼ decidedly against future secondary performance

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  • Janie
  • 14-02-2020

Very disjointed

I adore this series, but I felt this book was very disjointed. There were a lot of places where I went back to re-listen because the segue into the next scene was non-existant and I thought I must have daydreamed or skipped ahead, but no..... The story was ok, but there were many minor subplots or “scenes” that felt like filler instead of plot enhancement and even by the end of the book I was still going “why was that even in there?”

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  • neichan
  • 30-05-2020

A good book, mostly.

Well and complete without the irritating addition to the domestic arrangements of the wife. I love strong women, but this one...is not. More interfering. However, I would like very much to continue this series. The effort made to shoehorn her in was to the detriment of the entirety. I came quite close to choosing 3 stars for the story instead of 4. If the narration and writing for the majority wasn't so good, if the camaraderie between the gents wasn't so enjoyable, I would have. Really, please tone down the ridiculous insertions of Rebecca, please. I mean, it was far more believable that her neck would be slit than how the scene played out. Suspension of disbelief is all fine and good when the scene teeters on a 50-50 edge, but not when it is 80-20 or worse. I'm in a way making a hash of this review. I did enjoy nearly all of the book and would rec the whole series with enthusiasm, even with the rankling bits.

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  • lchichkanoff
  • 18-10-2020

An addictive Series. Can't wait for the next book

The best series that I have listened to so far. The narrator made my experience so addictive that I found myself many times up until the wee hours of the morning not being able to stop listening until the end of the book and forcing myself to wait until I had some rest before starting the next book in the series. Now I am chomping at the bit in anticipation of the release of the twelfth book next year.

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  • Watson H. Rhodes
  • 10-02-2020

Subtle and Continual Humor

Out of the 11 full novels in this series to date, this is my favorite. Definitely not because it involved intrigue on an international scale--but rather because it has continual moments of subtle humor sprinkled throughout. For me, humor that arises from the nature of the characters is always best, and this novel has more than any of the novels that came before. It also has plenty of action, lots of intrigue, and a satisfying solution. Well done!

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  • Charlotte
  • 07-06-2020

Absolutely fab series

I discovered the first Barker and Llewelyn book at the start of lockdown in the UK and I have rapidly listened to the whole series during that period. Will Thomas writes so superbly that I was transferred to a bygone era with such amazing detail! Not only did I find a series full of Murder plots, drama and fast paced action, but I also found that each book taught me more about the politics and history of that time. The characters were given life thanks to the amazing narration of Antony Ferguson and he even made the comical moments shine through. This series has everything you could want from a book and I am so gutted to have just finished the last one in the series so far, I feel like I’m saying Farewell to old familiar freinds!! I can only hope that just as lockdown caused me to find this series, Will Thomas May have decided to write some more!! Stay Safe everyone :-)

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  • Joseph
  • 12-01-2020

Well done

Another well written book from Mr Thomas who continues to keep the franchise rolling Well read by Mr Ferguson

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