Hell Bay

Hell Bay

[a Barker & Llewelyn Novel]

Book - 2016
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"At the request of Her Majesty's government, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker agrees to take on his least favorite kind of assignment--he's to provide security for a secret conference with the French government. The conference is to take place on the private estate of Lord Hargrave on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. The goal of the conference is the negotiation of a new treaty with France. The cover story for the gathering is a house party--an attempt to introduce Lord Hargrave's two unmarried sons to potential mates. But shortly after the parties land at the island, Lord Hargrave is killed by a sniper shot, and the French ambassador's head of security is found stabbed to death. The only means of egress from the island--a boat--has been sent away, and the means of signaling for help has been destroyed. Trapped in a manor house with no way of escape, Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, must uncover which among them is the killer before the next victim falls"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250077950
1250077958
9781466890282
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tho
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 25 cm

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emerge
Apr 16, 2017

I’m a big fan of this series but for me, this instalment lacked a couple of things that made other books so enjoyable. I missed the mean streets of Victorian London which provided a vibrant setting for previous cases. Descriptions of gas lit back alleys & characters ranging from lords to street urchins added to the tension that brought those stories to life. This instalment also lacks the sly wit that made for great dialogue between the 2 MC’s. This is a more sober book & I missed the entertainment usually provided by Barker’s chef & valet.

As always, it’s a matter of taste & if you’re a fan of closed room mysteries like those featuring Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot (without the subtle humour), this is for you.

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merlinsilver
Feb 13, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. Lots of action, intrigue, a little romance. Look forward to going back and reading the previous books in this series.

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