Some Danger Involved: Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London's Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved", he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past.
As they inch ever closer to the shocking truth behind the murder, Llewelyn is drawn deeper and deeper into Barker's peculiar world of vigilante detective work, as well as the heart of London's teeming underworld.
Brimming with wit and unforgettable characters and steeped in authentic period detail, Some Danger Involved is a captivating novel that introduces an equally captivating duo.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 28 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 29, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,280 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#146 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#657 in Vigilante Justice Thrillers
#760 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Most of the activities, whether minor skirmishes or close to lethal, are described by Thomas as he tries to negotiate an unstable path between learning what it means to be Barker's assistant and what unforeseen circumstances will actually occur. He is aware that the last apprentice met with an untimely death. It is only natural that the reader will be attracted to Thomas; we know that he is in a perilous situation - without a job and nowhere to go. It is quite possible that Barker hired him, because he realized his urgent need for a job.
Barker is the undefined character here who seems to have a preternatural ability for self defense and coming in crucial moments to the aid of his young assistant. Little is known of him except that he is a Scot, that he grew up in China and is able to speak Chinese. He is also quite well informed on different faiths in practice. Although Thomas has given an account of his life to his employer/mentor, Barker remains silent on his own. Perhaps in subsequent books the author will indulge us by filling in the gaps and more will be revealed to us. It is difficult to imagine these two as a team: Barker, tall and imposing with ever present dark glasses, Llewelyn, just 5ft4, but willing to learn all that Barker will teach him. But it is just this disparity that makes the pair so appealing.
It is almost impossible to identify the killer amidst all of the clues the duo followed with the exception of one that lead Barker to his surprising discovery. A very good mystery brimming with action and Thomas as a promising second lead.
The plot of this mystery is solid and involves a rich moment in London’s history—a growing sense of unrest and hatred towards the city’s Jewish population. And their first case comes about because a young Jewish student who also teaches is found crucified, and the Jewish community fears the growing unrest.
But that would only justify a 4-star review. This book deserves a 5 because of the rich development of the characters. Barker and Llewelyn are wonderful characters, and Llewelyn in particular is interesting; moreover his development over the book is wonderful to watch.
I read a fair number of historical mysteries, and I haven’t enjoyed one as much as this is some time. I can‘t wait to read the next installment!
The plot revolves around the murder and public crucifixion of a young Polish Jew. The details of the crime and its motive remain a mystery: was this an act designed to sitr anti-Semitism in the East End? could it have been an attempt to show the Jews the "errors" of their ways in an attempt to get them to convert to Christianity? Or was as it done to humiliate the young man without religious intent? As the story unfolds, Will Thomas takes readers on a tour thorugh the seedy and dangerous underbelly of London's East End - a part of the city awash in immigrants from east Europe and Italy as the English struggle to accomodate and assimilate these new groups. As an added bonus, a number of (admittedly minor) hisorical figures cross the paths of our sleuths as they seek answers.
I enjoyed the story - and especially the characters - tremendously, and I look forward to more by Thomas. For fans of period fiction, mysteries or Victorian England, this is a sure hit. Recommended.
The characters are well fleshed out and there are no Sherlock parlor tricks. The assistant, Llewelyn is no bumbling sidekick. He is an interesting and earnest young man, trying to learn from his boss, a man raised on the streets in China.
Barker is an excellent fighter, and has a network of people throughout the city of London and, presumably, abroad, that he makes use of in the process of solving the case before him.
I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a long while. I am looking forward to the next with cautious anticipation.
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Und die Lösung des Krimis: Na klar, hätte man auch selbst drauf kommen können.