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Publisher's Summary

In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries.

Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge.

Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer.

In a case that takes Barker and Llewelyn deep into parts of London's underworld, on paths that lead deep into Barker's own mysterious personal history, Old Scores is the finest yet in Will Thomas's critically acclaimed series.

©2017 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

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Series regulars will like the background info

I would not recommend this book as a first read. Go back, start from the beginning, enjoy each book, then read this edition. All the characters from previous stories come into their own. Looking forward to the next one.

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Wonderful!

I have loved and enjoyed all of the Llewelyn/Barker books and adore Antony Fergusons narration but I particularly enjoyed Old Scores. The insights in Oriental culture were fascinating. I highly recommend this entire series.

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I love this series

This series of books have been, for me, very entertaining. The characters are great, and the scenes and historical tidbits fascinating. The narration superb.

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Another immersion into 1890's London life

I think I'm in love with Llewellyn. Or he's my alter ego. Hilarious, historical, wonderful!

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Top Notch

Not only is this Will Thomas at the top of his game, but also, Antony Ferguson did an excellent job of an American-Japanese accent. I was impressed. (Especially after the poor job at Russian a few books ago) This was impressive and I am American. I love this narrator anyway. He makes the nuances clear as well. Well done Ferguson. Well done Thomas. I can't wait for the next B&L. <3

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Another great Barker &amp; Llewelyn book

I discovered this series a few months ago and have listened to everyone since then. The characters are great fun, the stories are interesting and unpredictable, and reveal aspects of life in 19th century London that aren't apparent in other detective books, even if you've read all of Sherlock Holmes and other favorites. But the unique characters and their personalities make the book an entertaining and captivating read, or &quot;listen&quot; if you prefer. Antony Ferguson does an outstanding performance. Without question, I'll grab the next one as soon as it becomes available as an Audible selection, because I love the narration.

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I love this series.

If you could sum up Old Scores in three words, what would they be?

Very well done





What other book might you compare Old Scores to and why?

Sherlock Holmes for obvious reasons. But, the characters are enough different to distinguish themselves.

What about Antony Ferguson’s performance did you like?

His various accents are wonderful. I have listened to a number of the books in the series and am afraid I am going to start talking with a Scottish accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing specific.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. I love the time period, the glimpses of history, the societal norms and environment. The interaction between the main characters is very well done and fun.

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Another “cant stop listening” instalment

I have enjoyed all of the Barker and Llewelyn series. The narrator does brilliant job; the author has written a lovely spellbinding tapestry of a story and together they spell pure entertainment. I can’t wait for the next in the series

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Loved it as usual!

Look forward to many more installments! It sounds like there'll be more to come!
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Santa Fe, NM