About the book:
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.
How have I never heard of the Barker & Llewelyn mysteries before now? This is book 11, and I have just discovered them; but now I am thoroughly hooked. These “enquiry agents” are Will Thomas’ version of Holmes and Watson, and I adore them, quirks and all.
Lethal Pursuit is historical mystery at its finest. Filled with elegant detail of the Victorian era, the story transports you until you are so steeped in a Sherlockian world you find yourself never wanting to leave.
And just when I thought I’d figured it all out, just when I was sure what would happen next, the author tossed another twist in to keep me guessing and turning more pages. Love that!
If you enjoy historical mystery, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you must read Will Thomas’ Lethal Pursuit. I look forward to starting the series from the beginning! 😉
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the digital copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂