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At the request of Her Majesty's government, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker agrees to take on his least favorite kind of assignment - he's to provide security for a secret conference with the French government. The conference is to take place on the private estate of Lord Hargrave on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. The goal of the conference is the negotiation of a new treaty with France. The cover story for the gathering is a house party - an attempt to introduce Lord Hargrave's two unmarried sons to potential mates.

But shortly after the parties land at the island, Lord Hargrave is killed by a sniper shot, and the French ambassador's head of security is found stabbed to death. The only means of egress from the island - a boat - has been sent away, and the means of signaling for help has been destroyed. Trapped in a manor house with no way of escape, Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, must uncover which among them is the killer before the next victim falls.

©2016 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Thomas supplies plenty of suspects and red herrings, ratcheting up the tension steadily as he winnows the targets to make this period adventure one of his best." ( Kirkus)

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Another entertaining story.

Will Thomas and Antony Ferguson, perfect match!
Mr. Thomas's story, read to perfection by Mr. Ferguson.
Got off with a good start, a bit slow in the middle and great finish. Llewelyn's internal dialogue, can get a bit lengthy but there's usually so much going on, it's necessary. Barker is his usual odd self but throw in Pricilla round the clock and the pressure is on him, it's so funny, how she's got him wrapped around her beautiful pinky, plus HIS FAVORITE PIPE! I laughed more about Barker's reactions and antics in this book than Llewelyn's in this one, DAMN AND BLAST! And Llewelyn doesn't particularly care to be bait.
They're on a rock and with none of their usual resources, so it's a bit different but for those of us who enjoy Barker and Llewelyn, it's extremely enjoyable.

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whodunit

Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn have the fortune to travel with the stylish Philippa Ashleigh. They will spend a week on a little island, Godolphin. The three has two purposes. It is an opportunity for Barker to meet Lady Celia, the friend of Philippa, to look at possible marriage partners, and a political exchange with the French Ambassador. Barker and Llewelyn were the security for the ambassador. Barker and Llewelyn will be without their usual network to help gather information.

This story takes place on an isolated island. Their method of communication has been disabled and transportation is not expected until the end of the week. People are being picked off one by one. Barker’s expertise is questioned and insulted.
Our heroes are not as physically active/fighting since much of the action is in or around the house. We get an opportunity to see Mrs. Philippa Ashleigh using her investigative skills and how her presence softens Barker
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Secrets of relationships, home and country are explored for causes of the killings. The people have been shot, poison, sphered, stabbed and blown up. There have been two previous attempts on the life of the French Ambassador. Which guests or servants are complicit? How is the assassin getting around on the island? Attempts of the guest to leave the home are met with attempts to their life.

This is a classic whodunit.

"Cyrus will have to do something. We’re running out of people on the island." Says Mrs. Philippa Ashleigh to Thomass

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Wonderful!

Can't wait for the next book!
I love this series and the narrator!
Audible addict
Santa Fe, NM

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Good read

This novel represents a solid addition to the series. While it's well written and interesting, it's also a bit ludicrous in the same sense as a B horror movie. Even so, I recommend it. It's the best of the And Then There Were None style mysteries that I've read.

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Best yet!

This entry into the Barker & Llewelyn series is the best so far. It's full of action, right from the start, and the mystery is engaging. Almost gothic in the back stories of the characters.

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Really a "locked" room premise!Yet nicely done.I love these characters and th

From the start of this series,I am believing their adventures can't become more embroiled.This did not disappoints!

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fairly good parker-l series. jam-packed with actio

a pretty good series jam packed with action in the narrator was very good this is probably one of the best Barker Llewellyn series that I've read so far. very interesting involving multiple continents and international intrigue

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Bloody English country house mystery

Agatha Christie did it better. Put a bunch of strangers in an isolated country estate and let the slaughter begin. Even the denouement is cliche.

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Wow incredible bad

I'm a big fan of the series and have been working my way though them. This is the first one I didn't completely enjoy. As a dectective Barker performed dismally in fact the only luck saved everyone in this entire story from death. Barker and Llewelyn did next to nothing.

The entire story I kept shaking my head and their lack of action even just defensely. No guard seemed to have been posted. Things kept happening, people getting killed, but Llewelyn still thought it was a good idea to leave his guns packed away instead of carrying them. There way some very obvious clues about who the bad guy was. I knew within the first couple hours and I'm not very good at picking secret bad guys out.

Honesty though I think the fact that Barker had next to no effect on the outcome of the story that really turned me off. I would have really liked to have seen him out smarting the bad guys a little bit but they were ahead of him at every turn. Even in the end when Barker launches his surprise... I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say it ends up poorly for our good guys and it's 100% pure luck that they don't all die. I found the ending very unconvincing.

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Hell Bay

Not the Best of the series but kept me interested even though Cyrus and Thomas had their match in this one! Very good and on to Book 9.

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Blood bath.

I have been listening to the series one after the other and this is the weakest as far as I am concerned. It is an absolute blood bath and frankly I don't think it fits in well with the characters previous story lines. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy listening to it, the narrator is a joy to listen too as always I just think this story is lacking in the something from the previous ones.