Blood Is Blood

Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 10
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Series: Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 10
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

In 19th-century London, Cyrus Barker and his associate Thomas Llewelyn are renowned private enquiry agents, successfully employed by the highest levels of Her Majesty's government as well as private citizens. Their success, however, has led to their acquiring a powerful group of enemies, many of whom are determined to have their revenge.

At least one of those enemies is responsible for a bombing of their offices that puts Cyrus Barker into the hospital and endangers Thomas Llewelyn's rapidly forthcoming nuptials. To add to the confusion, Barker's long-lost brother Caleb turns up on the rubble of their doorstep not long after the not-quite-fatal bombing.

Unsure of Caleb and warned about him by Barker, Thomas reluctantly accepts Caleb's help both with a new case that comes in as well as trying to pinpoint which of Barker's enemies is making a move against them. As Thomas works his way through their enemy list, someone else is winnowing down that list: One by one those enemies are dying.

With time running out - and his bride-to-be reconsidering their marriage - Llewelyn must (with the sick-bedbound Barker's help) uncover the killer and the plot before it's too late.

©2018 Will Thomas (P)2018 Tantor

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Lover of the Series - Least Favourite Book

I'm a huge fan of the Barker & Llewelyn's Series - but this book is my least favourite so far. The story took off in many directions and did not explain any of the avenues very well. The story limped and was not as compelling as previous installments. The introduction of Barker's brother felt forced, and his activities with Llewelyn required suspension of disbelief.

Further, the fretting over Llewelyn's love life went on far too long for me. I consider his relationship a side story and - for me - the details of it were boring, silly and flat. Llewelyn was ready to step away from his job at any moment during this entire book rendering his change of heart & the scene at the very end unrealistic.

I've loved Antony Ferguson's narration - I've listened to half of the series and read all the books also, save this one. However, the change in accents in this installment would be hard for anyone, and sometimes Mr. Ferguson struggled when shifting. I still loved his reading overall.

I hope the next installment deals less with Llewelyn's marriage and more with Private Inquiry.



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A change in language!

I have praised Will Thomas for writing listener friendly, for those of us with sensitive ears, books. That's all changed with this book! This book has introduced Cyrus Barkers brother, who doesn't live by the same rules. He's a westernized cowboy who doesn't have the same etiquette and tact as the crew I've come to know and love! Mr. Thomas has chosen to give him language that I return books for!

Shame on you Will Thomas for changing things up in the latter part of your written series!! Now I will have to decide if I'll go on with the rest of the series! Please consider how your listeners feel, not only did you introduce swearing, but the most egregious words possible, IMHO

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Great book

I have enjoyed the entire series but liked this one best. Had the right amount of humor and mystery!

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Great Performance

this whole series is why I love audiobooks. The narrator is superb and brings the entire series to life giving the characters a depth and personality that holds your interest throughout. I highly recommend it

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Not his best effort

I've read all the books in the series, in fact, twice. This is my first listen. The reader was okay, not great, moving from character and accents with some ease, but not total skill. The story seemed a bit forced, and not as intricate and well constructed as some of the others. Not every book can be a masterpiece, but one hopes that as a series moves along, that the characters will develop depth, the reader will gain more understanding of the time and place, or the book will somehow elucidate in an entertaining way a social issue. Sometimes it seems more like an exercise in order for the author and publisher to make sales, and although I suppose that is always the goal, I don't want to be aware of it as I read (listen).

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Very good story.

The series seems to be back on track now with another solid story added to the collection. The characters, with the exception of Rebecca, were all very enjoyable and a little more was added to everyone's backstory.
I found the plot engaging and the narrator fantastic. Now I will have to wait until the next book comes out. I hate waiting for the next book as this has been such an excellent series. Enjoy!

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Another great read!

After listening to each book, it’s so difficult to wait for the next one! I love to listen to Anthony Ferguson, he has the perfect voice for reading the series!!

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Still it’s Barker an Llewelyn.

This book is ok but as good as the rest. Don’t get me wrong I love the Barker series, this one had to many villains out to get the guys and was just to busy. Still worth a listen.

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My favorite detective series!

Wow Will Thomas delivers again, these are my absolute favorite detective series! Keep them coming please!

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I needed this

I’m a Barker & Llewelyn fan I truly love these stories and I wish Wil Thomas had so many more written. I’m somewhat melancholy because even thought I thoroughly enjoyed this book I’m sad because I’ll have to reread everything until a new version comes out again. Bravo Wil keepem coming.

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Best Book Series by far

Will Thomas has style, captures Victorian Britain and the political demography of the world as was. The story’s flow beautifully, the characters feel Dickensian, and the innocence of an age before the world we now live in. Conan Doyle was genius by finding the plots in that bygone age. Thomas is equally so, by adding to the Doyle brilliant story lines and writing as a Victorian would. I further applaud Will Thomas for convincing me he must be British....