Lethal Pursuit: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel

Written by Will Thomas
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

It’s 1892, and Private Enquiry Agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are hired by the Prime Minister to deliver a satchel containing secret documents to France. Kept in the dark by Downing Street, all they know is that an English spy has been killed upon his return from Europe carrying the same satchel. Barker decides to remain in England to uncover the murderer and learn the contents of the satchel. They discover that the documents are eventually to go to the Vatican and contain an unnamed first-century gospel. The killers of the government agent are young men wearing dark clothing, who will stop at nothing to retrieve the contents.

This is the latest in the series featuring the Barker and Llewelyn crime-solving duo. Barker is the leader of this team, and his method of solving a crime is slow, meticulous, and at his own pace. Because of his unusual methods, and showing a lack of respect for authority, Barker and Llewelyn are not popular with Scotland Yard. Barker continues to anger police inspectors and politicians throughout this story. This was an entertaining read, a real pleasure. I have read most of the author’s novels and always feel like I have been transported back to Victorian England.