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Publisher's Summary

Cyrus Barker is undoubtedly England's premiere private enquiry agent. With the help of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, he's developed an enviable reputation for discreetly solving some of the toughest, most consequential cases in recent history. But one evening in 1888, Robert Anderson, the head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), appears at Barker's office with an offer. A series of murders in the Whitechapel area of London are turning the city upside down, with tremendous pressure being brought to bear on Scotland Yard and the government itself. Barker is to be named temporary envoy to the Royal Family with regard to the case while surreptitiously bringing his investigative skill to the case. With various elements of society, high and low, bringing their own agendas to increasingly shocking murders, Barker and Llewellyn must find and hunt down the century's most notorious killer.

Though the Whitechapel Killer has managed to elude the finest minds of Scotland Yard - and beyond - he's never faced a mind as nimble and a man as skilled as Cyrus Barker. But even Barker's prodigious skills may not be enough to track down a killer in time.

©2015 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A satisfying addition to a satisfying series. Thomas continues to contribute to the historical thriller genre by combining appealing characters with thoroughly researched historical detail." ( Library Journal)

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OMG, what a ride!!!

Let me open by stating I love historical fiction. When done correctly, one can pick up an immense amount of knowledge "second hand" from a vast array of subjects. I know it sounds silly, but I feel like I'm getting something for free. While I'm listening to a fantastic story, I'm sitting there learning about the inner workings of "Buck House" during Queen Victoria's reign at the same time.Talk about bang for your buck.(A-ha, snuck that one in there.)Thomas does a great job of creating this world, this time period and submerging you in it. I feel like I'm truly along for the ride, side by side with characters I love, and fully vested in their "lives" and whatever happens to them.
Please be aware--The subject matter can be very graphic. This is not a book for the YA crowd in my opinion as describing the murder scenes in the book can be pretty rough.
I strongly recommend this series. It is VERY entertaining, action packed, and just gets better as you go along. Enjoy.

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Non-stop action

Fantastic intrigue. Action and interaction between the characters dynamic. The book is well written and one of the best if not the best I've listened to thus far.

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What more can I say? Perhaps PERFECTION!

Would you listen to Anatomy of Evil again? Why?

Yes. I love all the nuances in Will Thomas's series. There are certain writers that go over board describing a scene, sentiment and internal dialog. Not Thomas, he is descriptive enough to pull you in but not drown you in boredom

What did you like best about this story?

How Barker and Llewelyn's relationship and respect for each other is growing and evolving. Barker is tough, no nonsense. Llewelyn is getting tougher but still kind of sweet and naïve.

Have you listened to any of Antony Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, just this series and although I got some minor characters confused, I could tell the difference between all the main ones. I enjoy his readings.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

What Thomas sees at the end and they just go back to life together as usual. I WAS PROUD FOR HIM!

Any additional comments?

The author's note at the end was very helpful, even though this is a work of fiction. My birthday is July 10th, Hell Bay will be available July 11th, it's my belated gift to myself.

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Another winner

I have the entire series so far, but have a great fondness for this one. Characters are very believable as is the premise. If you have not read or listened to this series do so, you will not be disappointed.

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Good series

I do like spending time with Barker and Llewelyn. I have been enjoying the series and plan to continue it. I was excited to see where the ending would go with Jack the Ripper since I have read many books about the killings and the writer looks at clues in a clear way. Spoiler Alert: I did have problems with a suspect who did not bath or change his cloths not having any coal or blood on him. I lived 21 years where coal was used, and every person in my neighborhood would be able to tell instantly if someone was using a coal chute to come and go. Coal is not like dirt, and anyone using a chute could be identified at a glance, and the same would be of his bedding and room - there would be clear evidence everywhere. And there had to be blood from before on someone that did not wash their hands or change their cloths, especially on someone who was taking organs from the victims. Then using some old, half tool to do the crime didn't work for me either. I just can't see some half starved lunatic always wearing the same cloths being the Ripper. And if more than one person in the Yard knew the real killer, all of London would know. I guess the writer thinks a killer like this has to be visibly crazy, but I think the Ripper would be more of a Ted Bundy type. Someone who was living what looked like a normal life, but that had killing urges he could not ignore and acted on in secret. The urges escalating until the final frenzy when the killer either moved, died, or was imprisoned. You only have to watch some of the trial footage of Ted Bundy speaking to realize that a serial killer could be well spoken and intelligent, giving every appearance of being normal, and still be a cold monster inside, killing when he got the chance. And that's what the Ripper did - killed when he got the chance.

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Great historical mystery

As with the rest of the series, a very enjoyable Victorian mystery, and great narration

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Above average, better than expected

If you could sum up Anatomy of Evil in three words, what would they be?

Three words, not enough, as with all the books in this series, the story of Barker and Llewelyn, plus the other cast of characters contribute to an otherwise well known formula. You care about what happens to them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Llewelyn, as the story is often in his voice

Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

He does a fine job with everyone, male and female

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

would prefer a tv series

Any additional comments?

This is the last book currently available on audible, still two books to be recorded. I hope the sale of this series will entice audible continue with the remaining books, and hopefully more books in the future.

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Love the series and the history

You often hear takes on Jack the Ripper, but Will Thomas puts you right on the streets. He goes over the many legends and puts the spin of the era on them. I love how the characters relationship progresses through the series. Anthony Ferguson is masterful in his narration! You hang on his every word.

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Good Book but not an easy listen.

The story is one of hundreds of narratives on the most famous killer in the world. it's a good book however the narrator seams to mix up various characters from the Low Scottish accent of Cyrus Barker to an Irish Chief Inspector. Often times one get confused as to who's Scottish, Irish, Yiddish Welch or even a South African dialect. Worth it for free but not quite as good as other Will Thomas's Barker books.

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Gripping.

I really enjoy this series. This book in particular blends fact and fiction almost seamlessly. As usual Anthony Ferguson does a great job though I wish he could vary his Scottish accents more. There are several Scottish characters and it is hard for me to distinguish them by sound alone. I especially enjoyed the epilogue giving some of the background to the plot and detailing the subsequent careers of the real people portrayed.

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  • Rozenda
  • 09-24-20

Another good book in the Barker and LLewelyn serie

Only two niggles, Thomas is counting his shillings and has £1.70 and also describes someone of looking like a matinee idol !

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  • 03-04-21

One criticism

I have just completed this, the seventh book in the series. The fact I only discovered the first book a few weeks ago is proof that I have become a fan quickly. I thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in these stories and also the historical references have lead me to further reading which I find fascinating, having already a huge interest in this period of history.
I would normally give 4 stars across the board for these books (5 stars to me should be reserved for books which are truly exceptional rather than just very enjoyable) but had to knock the performance down to three this time,
To hear Anderson 15 minutes from the end speaking in an aristocratic English accent, when he started the book with an Irish one really annoyed me. Maybe it shouldn’t have done, it didn’t ruin the book, but it felt like a very careless lack of attention to detail. This wasn’t the first book in which the character of Anderson appeared, so consistency is the very least I’d expect.
It won’t put me off of the series however, I’m just deciding whether to go straight to book 8 or alternate with the next Frey and McGrey book by Oscar De Muriel. Decisions decisions.

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  • 07-30-21

Possibly the best story in the series so far.

I am a devoted fan of this series and was delighted with this installment. It was refreshing to see our two heroes move away from their usual orbit of house, garden, Ho's tearoom, etc. Will Thomas has created exciting yet gentlemanly heroes without making either of them foppish or tediously self-absorbed. Female characters are well drawn and fully realised, not just there to model "Victoriana" and fret about the menfolk.

The narrator makes a big mistake towards the end of the book, when he uses a completely different voice for the character Robert Anderson to the gruff Irish accent used for Anderson at the start. Otherwise, the narration is as pleasant and professional as we have come to expect in the Barker & Llewellyn series.