Old Scores

Barker & Llewelyn, Book 9
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Series: Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 9
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (608 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Another great Barker & 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 "listen" 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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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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Different feel but still our friends.

Thomas is definitely “growing up.” This story was different in the telling, more resembling “a day in the life...” however still enjoyable. We learn more of Barker’s past. A few jumps in facts, a marriage, a death, but not disrupting the timeline. Definitely don’t read this first. Start at the beginning. Oh, one error? All weights are usually in stones. This guy outweighed Barker by “60 pounds.” Was that intentional? Very out of character for Will Thomas to write. But no big deal.

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Excellent series!

Highly recommend this series about Private Investigative Service Agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. The clients they work for, their involvements with Scotland Yard and the characters who work with them on solving problems make each book in this series evolve beautifully in making a family of sorts. The plots are interesting and the work dangerous. Each book ends with me reaching for another.

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Another great installment!

Will Thomas has become my favorite go to writer! I very much enjoyed this audio book! He writes complex mysteries and creates laugh out loud scenarios, which, by the way, could not be nearly as good without Antony Ferguson as his narrator!! Please keep them coming Mr Thomas!! These novels are crazy good, I don't care what anyone else thinks😉

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Please, No More Foreign Cases

Old Scores is another competent novel by Will Thomas. All his hallmarks are present: intrigue among a foreign delegation, run-ins with the London authorities--both Barker and Llewellyn wind up in jail, twice--a few more puzzle pieces from Barker's past are revealed, and the murders are solved. If you like this series and these characters, then you will like this book. It is not my favorite historical fiction series For one, there are no fully formed, complex women in the series. The female characters only show up to fulfill some plot point, and then they're out. That said, Ive enjoyed the books enough to keep reading the series. The one fly in the ointment for me is the narrator's foreign accents. He voices both Barker and Llewellyn well. His women....not so great. They all sound alike, and they all sound like a man who is trying to sound like a woman. Even worse, all of Antony Ferguson's foreign accents also sound alike. Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French, Russian, etc. all sound the same: a vaguely foreign voice that makes me wince. And the worst of all are foreign women. The Russian lady in book 9 is an interesting character (and Will Thomas missed a fabulous opportunity to flesh out this complex character, and make her into something more than a plot point), but Ferguson's narration of her lines made me cringe every time she spoke. So I'm crossing my fingers that book 10 only involves the good folks of the British Isles.

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Scored high but....

I wish American authors, when setting a novel in the UK, would remember that it is Autumn and not Fall !