Anatomy of Evil

Anatomy of Evil

In London of 1888, Private Enquiry Agent Cyrus Barker takes on his biggest case ever?the attempt to find and stop the killer terrorizing Whitechapel: Jack the Ripper Cyrus Barker is undoubtedly England?s premiere private enquiry agent. With the help of his assistant Thomas Llewelyn, he?s developed an enviable reputation for discreetly solving some of the toughest, most cons In London of 1888, Private Enquiry Agent Cyrus Barker takes on his biggest case ever?the attempt to find and ...

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Title:Anatomy of Evil
Author:Will Thomas
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1250041058
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:327 pages pages

Anatomy of Evil Reviews

  • Leslie
    Sep 29, 2016

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

  • LJ
    May 09, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

  • Angie
    Sep 17, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

  • Michael
    Dec 22, 2017

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

    I really enjoy this series but this isn't my favorite book in the series. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters but it covered well known ground so you lost that sense of adventure in trying to figure out who it was or what the answer to the mystery was. Looking forward t...

    I love this series. I have read multiple fictionalized tellings of the Whitechapel murders as I like historical fiction and mysteries and it is a popular topic. This was indeed special. I love the character development, the details, the tying of history with fiction. It is all so wonde...

    I really enjoyed this installment in the Barke and Llewelyn series. this one was very good. I only gave it 4 stars because I did not care for the Jack the Ripper story. as usual we see London as it was, the working class and a little of the upper class. very very good -- soon I wi...

    Another excellent mystery with the two inquiring agents I want on my side always! Atmospheric, superb character development, and the plot, although old (Jack the Ripper), is new again! Don't miss this one. ...

    I love the Barker and Llewellyn books. Will Thomas has outdone himself this time. It was well worth the wait. I hope he keeps writing for a long time. The more he writes, the more we find out about the mysterious Cyrus Barker, and the more Thomas Llewellyn's character grows. ...

    I started this wondering how they could end a story of two successful enguiry agents tracking Jack the Ripper. They way Mr. Thomas plotted this out was very clever and the political intrigue was the icing on this - his best cake so far! ...

    Jack the Ripper Will Thomas always delivers a special mystery. He does a terrific job bringing the oft told story of Jack the Ripper. The growth of the characters through the stories I is pleasing. ...

  • Scot
    Jul 01, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

  • Meg Mims
    May 18, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

  • Kelly
    Jan 07, 2017

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

    I really enjoy this series but this isn't my favorite book in the series. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters but it covered well known ground so you lost that sense of adventure in trying to figure out who it was or what the answer to the mystery was. Looking forward t...

    I love this series. I have read multiple fictionalized tellings of the Whitechapel murders as I like historical fiction and mysteries and it is a popular topic. This was indeed special. I love the character development, the details, the tying of history with fiction. It is all so wonde...

  • Colleen
    Nov 13, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

  • Michael Austin
    Aug 18, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

  • Saturday's Child
    Aug 25, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    Feb 26, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

  • Meggie
    Jul 29, 2017

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

    I really enjoy this series but this isn't my favorite book in the series. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters but it covered well known ground so you lost that sense of adventure in trying to figure out who it was or what the answer to the mystery was. Looking forward t...

    I love this series. I have read multiple fictionalized tellings of the Whitechapel murders as I like historical fiction and mysteries and it is a popular topic. This was indeed special. I love the character development, the details, the tying of history with fiction. It is all so wonde...

    I really enjoyed this installment in the Barke and Llewelyn series. this one was very good. I only gave it 4 stars because I did not care for the Jack the Ripper story. as usual we see London as it was, the working class and a little of the upper class. very very good -- soon I wi...

    Another excellent mystery with the two inquiring agents I want on my side always! Atmospheric, superb character development, and the plot, although old (Jack the Ripper), is new again! Don't miss this one. ...

    I love the Barker and Llewellyn books. Will Thomas has outdone himself this time. It was well worth the wait. I hope he keeps writing for a long time. The more he writes, the more we find out about the mysterious Cyrus Barker, and the more Thomas Llewellyn's character grows. ...

    I started this wondering how they could end a story of two successful enguiry agents tracking Jack the Ripper. They way Mr. Thomas plotted this out was very clever and the political intrigue was the icing on this - his best cake so far! ...

    Jack the Ripper Will Thomas always delivers a special mystery. He does a terrific job bringing the oft told story of Jack the Ripper. The growth of the characters through the stories I is pleasing. ...

    Thomas Llewelyn work was superb in Anatomy of Evil. He is the best young man, warm and kind. His work with Cyrus Barker is always full of humor and sarcasm in everyday action. Each criminal case they work on is extremely well developed and written. Great work by Will Thomas! ...

  • Melissa
    Aug 21, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

    I really enjoy this series but this isn't my favorite book in the series. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters but it covered well known ground so you lost that sense of adventure in trying to figure out who it was or what the answer to the mystery was. Looking forward t...

  • Loy
    Dec 06, 2017

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

    I really enjoy this series but this isn't my favorite book in the series. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters but it covered well known ground so you lost that sense of adventure in trying to figure out who it was or what the answer to the mystery was. Looking forward t...

    I love this series. I have read multiple fictionalized tellings of the Whitechapel murders as I like historical fiction and mysteries and it is a popular topic. This was indeed special. I love the character development, the details, the tying of history with fiction. It is all so wonde...

    I really enjoyed this installment in the Barke and Llewelyn series. this one was very good. I only gave it 4 stars because I did not care for the Jack the Ripper story. as usual we see London as it was, the working class and a little of the upper class. very very good -- soon I wi...

  • Cathy Cole
    Apr 06, 2016

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

  • Monica
    Jul 24, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

  • Joe Santoro
    Aug 06, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

  • Shannon
    Oct 04, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

  • A. Lieberson
    Apr 30, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

  • Margie Nash
    Oct 31, 2017

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

  • Kathleen
    Apr 10, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

  • Quillracer
    May 25, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

  • ☕Laura
    Feb 10, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

  • Faith
    Jun 17, 2015

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

  • M. White
    May 27, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

  • Rob Solomon
    Jun 13, 2017

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

    I really enjoy this series but this isn't my favorite book in the series. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters but it covered well known ground so you lost that sense of adventure in trying to figure out who it was or what the answer to the mystery was. Looking forward t...

    I love this series. I have read multiple fictionalized tellings of the Whitechapel murders as I like historical fiction and mysteries and it is a popular topic. This was indeed special. I love the character development, the details, the tying of history with fiction. It is all so wonde...

    I really enjoyed this installment in the Barke and Llewelyn series. this one was very good. I only gave it 4 stars because I did not care for the Jack the Ripper story. as usual we see London as it was, the working class and a little of the upper class. very very good -- soon I wi...

    Another excellent mystery with the two inquiring agents I want on my side always! Atmospheric, superb character development, and the plot, although old (Jack the Ripper), is new again! Don't miss this one. ...

    I love the Barker and Llewellyn books. Will Thomas has outdone himself this time. It was well worth the wait. I hope he keeps writing for a long time. The more he writes, the more we find out about the mysterious Cyrus Barker, and the more Thomas Llewellyn's character grows. ...

    I started this wondering how they could end a story of two successful enguiry agents tracking Jack the Ripper. They way Mr. Thomas plotted this out was very clever and the political intrigue was the icing on this - his best cake so far! ...

  • John Bohnert
    Nov 24, 2016

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

  • Miss Lemon
    Sep 30, 2018

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

    I really enjoy this series but this isn't my favorite book in the series. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters but it covered well known ground so you lost that sense of adventure in trying to figure out who it was or what the answer to the mystery was. Looking forward t...

    I love this series. I have read multiple fictionalized tellings of the Whitechapel murders as I like historical fiction and mysteries and it is a popular topic. This was indeed special. I love the character development, the details, the tying of history with fiction. It is all so wonde...

    I really enjoyed this installment in the Barke and Llewelyn series. this one was very good. I only gave it 4 stars because I did not care for the Jack the Ripper story. as usual we see London as it was, the working class and a little of the upper class. very very good -- soon I wi...

    Another excellent mystery with the two inquiring agents I want on my side always! Atmospheric, superb character development, and the plot, although old (Jack the Ripper), is new again! Don't miss this one. ...

  • Cathy Bickerstaff
    Aug 15, 2017

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...

    I like mysteries and historical fiction. This is both as it involved two English private detectives who temporarily work for Scotland Yard to help find and capture Jack the Ripper. One is experienced and admired, the other an intern. I understand the Ripper murder research as depicted ...

    I really enjoy this series but this isn't my favorite book in the series. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters but it covered well known ground so you lost that sense of adventure in trying to figure out who it was or what the answer to the mystery was. Looking forward t...

    I love this series. I have read multiple fictionalized tellings of the Whitechapel murders as I like historical fiction and mysteries and it is a popular topic. This was indeed special. I love the character development, the details, the tying of history with fiction. It is all so wonde...

    I really enjoyed this installment in the Barke and Llewelyn series. this one was very good. I only gave it 4 stars because I did not care for the Jack the Ripper story. as usual we see London as it was, the working class and a little of the upper class. very very good -- soon I wi...

    Another excellent mystery with the two inquiring agents I want on my side always! Atmospheric, superb character development, and the plot, although old (Jack the Ripper), is new again! Don't miss this one. ...

    I love the Barker and Llewellyn books. Will Thomas has outdone himself this time. It was well worth the wait. I hope he keeps writing for a long time. The more he writes, the more we find out about the mysterious Cyrus Barker, and the more Thomas Llewellyn's character grows. ...

  • Amy Bradley
    Jul 27, 2017

    First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. ?Unfortunate? women are being brutally ...

    Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one. Once again, the author seamlessly blends ...

    There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. It?s a book based on Jack the Ripper. While it?s logical for Thomas to pen such a book since Barker and Llewellyn live in that era, I would have preferred he pursued another plot line. This is a serial killer novel, serial kille...

    This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper. I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to foll...

    After Fatal Inquiry, I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not l...

    I love Barker & Llewelyn, I really do. Yet when they or really their author, Will Thomas, take on the Ripper and chooses one of the actual suspects to nab, I have to put my foot down. As much as I enjoyed reading about their ways of going about the hunt and their interactions with ...

    I had been waiting for this book to come out, and author Will Thomas doesn't disappoint in this seventh and latest installment in the series set in Victorian London. As narrator (and sidekick to the enigmatic Cyrus Barker, greatest public enquiry agent in the land) Thomas Llewelyn real...

    Once again, Will Thomas offers a page-turning tale featuring his irascible pair of enquiry agents, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn. This time, Scotland Yard comes calling - it seems a killer is on the loose in Whitechapel. Yes, the Ripper - and following Mr. B and Mr. L into London's...

    Barker and Llewelyn take on the Jack the Ripper case at the request of Scotland Yard, closing the private enquiry agency for the duration, pounding the streets of Whitechapel in hopes of catching the Fiend. It's a very Boys' Book kind of story. The historical detail about the neighb...

    Another adventure with Barker and Llewelyn, but I found the story line drags with this one and there are not the usual twists and turns. ...

    I've now read the first seven novels in this fascinating series set in Victorian London. ...

    This is not a series that I knew of before I read it. To be honest the cover and title made me notice it and then the plot involving Jack the Ripper sealed the deal. I just had to read it. ...

    I'm not a huge fan of taking fictional characters and making them the hero of historical events, and in just about every take on the Ripper case I've scene, the writer can't resist the temptation to both a) name the fellow he thinks is the guy and b) have his/her hero catch him. Tho...

    A fair turn, Mr. Thomas. The only thing that could be better is a cold collation. ...

    The one killer in all of history who simply refuses to go quietly into that good night is Jack the Ripper. Crime fiction is awash with books about his crime spree and his identity. Most of them are forgettable, but Will Thomas's Anatomy of Evil manages to put a whole new spin on the ca...

    I liked it, like all in this series, but I feel like following the Ripper case slowed it down & deprived it of the series' usual joy. I did like the immersion in Whitechapel, but felt like it grew repetitive as it plodded on. ...

    Good series that continues to be good. I find the narrator mildly annoying, but if I knew or worked with someone like him, I'd probably get along. Author does a very nice job with historical detail where I don't feel like I'm reading a gritty Oliver! or anything that other authors can ...

    Actual rating: 3.5, rounding up because it held my interest all the way through...no fluff! This book surprised me, but in a good way. First of all, I never would have picked it up had I known that it was a "Sherlock Holmes" knockoff. I dislike the Sherlock Holmes stories, but even wo...

    Interesting handling of the Jack the Ripper story I have read earlier books in this series and enjoy the interaction between private inquiry agent Barker and his assistant. In this story they are temporarily hired by a frustrated Scotland Yard to assist in investigating the horrific...

    As much as I like this series and the evocative writing of Will Thomas I was disappointed that he chose to write the umpteenth book about Jack the Ripper. Most of the book was well written if overly detailed, but since it is common knowledge that the murderer's identity is unknown, the...

    I hadn't previously read any of the Barker/Llewelyn novels, but this held my attention tightly. Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are private enquiry agents. They are asked to temporarily suspend their agency and work for the Scotland Yard in trying to stop the Whitechapel Killer - or a...