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Hell Bay

Barker & Llewelyn, Book 8
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Series: Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 8
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

At the request of Her Majesty's government, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker agrees to take on his least favorite kind of assignment - he's to provide security for a secret conference with the French government. The conference is to take place on the private estate of Lord Hargrave on a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. The goal of the conference is the negotiation of a new treaty with France. The cover story for the gathering is a house party - an attempt to introduce Lord Hargrave's two unmarried sons to potential mates.

But shortly after the parties land at the island, Lord Hargrave is killed by a sniper shot, and the French ambassador's head of security is found stabbed to death. The only means of egress from the island - a boat - has been sent away, and the means of signaling for help has been destroyed. Trapped in a manor house with no way of escape, Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, must uncover which among them is the killer before the next victim falls.

©2016 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

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"Thomas supplies plenty of suspects and red herrings, ratcheting up the tension steadily as he winnows the targets to make this period adventure one of his best." ( Kirkus)

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  • sonia
  • 13-07-17

Another entertaining story.

Will Thomas and Antony Ferguson, perfect match!
Mr. Thomas's story, read to perfection by Mr. Ferguson.
Got off with a good start, a bit slow in the middle and great finish. Llewelyn's internal dialogue, can get a bit lengthy but there's usually so much going on, it's necessary. Barker is his usual odd self but throw in Pricilla round the clock and the pressure is on him, it's so funny, how she's got him wrapped around her beautiful pinky, plus HIS FAVORITE PIPE! I laughed more about Barker's reactions and antics in this book than Llewelyn's in this one, DAMN AND BLAST! And Llewelyn doesn't particularly care to be bait.
They're on a rock and with none of their usual resources, so it's a bit different but for those of us who enjoy Barker and Llewelyn, it's extremely enjoyable.

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  • BikeVON
  • 03-11-17

whodunit

Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn have the fortune to travel with the stylish Philippa Ashleigh. They will spend a week on a little island, Godolphin. The three has two purposes. It is an opportunity for Barker to meet Lady Celia, the friend of Philippa, to look at possible marriage partners, and a political exchange with the French Ambassador. Barker and Llewelyn were the security for the ambassador. Barker and Llewelyn will be without their usual network to help gather information.

This story takes place on an isolated island. Their method of communication has been disabled and transportation is not expected until the end of the week. People are being picked off one by one. Barker’s expertise is questioned and insulted.
Our heroes are not as physically active/fighting since much of the action is in or around the house. We get an opportunity to see Mrs. Philippa Ashleigh using her investigative skills and how her presence softens Barker
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Secrets of relationships, home and country are explored for causes of the killings. The people have been shot, poison, sphered, stabbed and blown up. There have been two previous attempts on the life of the French Ambassador. Which guests or servants are complicit? How is the assassin getting around on the island? Attempts of the guest to leave the home are met with attempts to their life.

This is a classic whodunit.

"Cyrus will have to do something. We’re running out of people on the island." Says Mrs. Philippa Ashleigh to Thomass

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  • Dany
  • 15-11-17

Wonderful!

Can't wait for the next book!
I love this series and the narrator!
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Santa Fe, NM

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  • Watson H. Rhodes
  • 06-08-17

Good read

This novel represents a solid addition to the series. While it's well written and interesting, it's also a bit ludicrous in the same sense as a B horror movie. Even so, I recommend it. It's the best of the And Then There Were None style mysteries that I've read.

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  • Jamie
  • 02-08-17

Best yet!

This entry into the Barker & Llewelyn series is the best so far. It's full of action, right from the start, and the mystery is engaging. Almost gothic in the back stories of the characters.

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  • Kenneth Corey
  • 30-07-17

Really a "locked" room premise!Yet nicely done.I love these characters and th

From the start of this series,I am believing their adventures can't become more embroiled.This did not disappoints!

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  • Katlover
  • 06-01-20

This is my favorite series!!

This book is one of the best in the series so far, looking forward to the next one! Anthony Ferguson is the perfect narrator for the Barker Llewellyn stories!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Our duo has been hired to protect a family on an island, and the mystery itself is a very good one, with a couple of twists here and there.
Two thumbs up from me!

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  • B. Rogers
  • 29-09-19

Disappointed in the Story -- Narration is fine

** Maybe 2.5 Stars **

The first book I read in this series was book #10, Blood Is Blood, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought I’d go back and catch some of the earlier books in the series to see if it was consistent, and, I have to say, I was disappointed. I always start off thinking a book is at least a 4-star read, and then it is up to the author to keep that rating, add to that rating or – detract from that rating. When I read Blood is Blood, I just enjoyed the read, but with this one, while it started out well, I soon started thinking that this author had to be an American and that perhaps he hadn’t done a lot of research. Add to that - misused homonyms such as bare rather than bear, and spelling and punctuation – not to mention all of the inconsistencies. For instance, was the cook a good one or a poor one – it depends on which paragraph you are reading.

In the previous book I read, I had come to appreciate Barker and Llewelyn’s abilities and was looking forward to adding to their legend. This book sure didn’t add to my admiration for the two. Llewellyn, who is basically the narrator in the story, comes across as a twit and Barker – well – I just didn’t like Barker and he came across as sorely incompetent in most of the book. Barker was hired to protect a French Ambassador (who was also an idiot) during treaty negotiations on a remote island. Barker shows up on the island acting more like a guest than someone providing security – he didn’t even carry his weapons. Barker and Llewelyn were certainly inept and ineffectual in this outing.

I did like the IDEA of the story, but I liked it better when Agatha Christie did it in And Then There Were None. The gist is: France and England are going to negotiate a treaty regarding their respective colonies in Africa. It needs to be hush-hush, so they decide to hold the negotiations between only two people on a remote island and they’ll cover that by having a house party under the guise of trying to marry off the son of the English negotiator. Almost immediately, the English negotiator, Lord Hargrave, was shot. After him, the bodies started to stack up – and most were murdered in different ways with different weapons. Was there more than one killer? Or, was that one killer deadly efficient and thoroughly enjoying what he was doing?

I didn’t like that Barker was so cavalier with Llewelyn’s life while he sat back and basically, did nothing but think. In general, Barker treated Llewelyn abominably and had this been the first book I read in the series, I wouldn’t even look at another one. Don’t get me wrong – Llewelyn was a putz and certainly didn’t endear himself to me, but there was no call for Barker to treat him as he did. No wonder Barker’s last assistant was killed in the line of duty!

Bottom line is – I loved Blood is Blood and didn’t care for this one, so I’ll wait for the next book, Lethal Pursuit, and see if I like it before I continue with the series. I will read the couple of other books I’ve already bought, but won’t be in any hurry to do so. Maybe the series has gotten better as it has aged.

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  • Octopus Jones
  • 18-03-19

Not up to snuff

I’ve been enjoying this series very much but this book became too tedious to complete. It lacks the charm of previous stories.
You can’t win them all and I will give the next in series a chance with the hope that the author gets his groove back. I’m so bored with this tale that I’m returning this book. Quite disappointed.

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  • bigdjunta
  • 19-01-19

Couldn't put it down!Finished at 0423.What a book!

This book was sensational. I was lying in bed in my dark bedroom completely enthralled, wondering what was going to happen next. My Husband was lying next to me(asleep I thought) when he said,"You know, this is a really good book." It was two o'clock in the morning, lol!
The narration was excellent. The narrator completely conveyed the author's vision for this book. We were on the edge of our seats all night and sleep was the furthest thing from our minds.
I strongly recommend this series. The characters are amazing, each book in the series has a fantastic plot, and the entertainment value is unbelievable. GET THIS SERIES! You won't regret it.