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In London of 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy in London. 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 leads 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.
|Title||:||Old Scores (Barker & Llewelyn, #9)|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
August 06, 2017
Can I start with how much I love these covers? Each is a work of art with shadowy figures, unmistakably Victorian, shrouded in foggy gaslight. The tone is set. You know you’re in for a clever, atmospheric mystery full of colourful characters.
It’s 1890 & at the home of Cyrus Barker, s...
September 29, 2017
I really enjoyed that this book was titled Old Scores as it was indeed a book about settling old scores. Cyrus Barker was an enigma of a man and in this installment readers will learn more about Cyrus’s history and how his past and present collide in a drastic way. In addition, there is also a ni...
June 23, 2017
Another interesting case for Barker and Llewelyn in Victorian London.
I've now read all nine novels in this series.
October 07, 2017
First Sentence: I suppose it all began with the garden.
A delegation of Japanese diplomats is in London to discuss opening an embassy. Enquiry Agent Cyrus Barker, who lived in Japan, is asked to show the gentlemen his garden. When Ambassador Toda is murdered later that night, and Barker found acro...
October 24, 2017
3.5 stars for me - not my favorite book of the series
I continue to enjoy the relationship between Barker & Llewelyn and their household. We are signaled early on that there are dark and difficult buried events of the past that will feature in the main action simply by Llewelyn's reading of Ba...
October 16, 2017
4.5 stars - I love this series, which seems better with each outing. In this case we learn more about the dour and mysterious Cyrus Barker’s past as he and assistant Thomas Llewelyn try to track down the assassin of the Japanese ambassador.
The mystery was very interesting and I was pleased to lea...
October 30, 2017
I was going to give this book the customary 4 stars I gave to the others in the series, but I realized that I really, really liked the book - they are getting better and better. I love the characters and the way they are ripening and shaping themselves...so, 5 stars. I highly recommend this histo...
August 24, 2017
Thank you to Minotaur Books, St. Martin Press for a review copy of this novel.
Oh, how lovely it was to be back in London spending time with Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn as they tackle the problem of the murdered Japanese Ambassador. The date is 1891 and there is a delegation of Japanese offic...
November 07, 2017
Engaging, intelligent mystery with insight into the ancient Japenese culture. Llewelyn's sardonic wit is a welcome bonus to these intense stories. It was also enlightening to get some of Barker's background. The series simply gets better with each successive story. The characters are meaty and th...
October 14, 2017
Love this series, and got this book as soon as I could from my library. After the sensational Ripper story the mystery here returns to the roots of Barker’s history and history of the time crossing paths and murder again.
Japan is working on getting an embassy in England and the ambassador is mur...