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Summary

When Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are hired to find a girl from the upper classes who has gone missing in the East End, they assume her kidnapping is the work of white slavers. But when they discover five girls have been murdered in Bethnal Green, taunting letters begin to arrive in Craig's Court from a killer calling himself Mr. Miacca.

Barker fears that Miacca might be part of the Hellfire Club, a group of powerful, hedonistic aristocrats performing satanic rituals. He must track the fiend to his hideout, while Llewelyn confronts the man who put him in prison.

Dodging muckrakers, navigating the murky Thames under cover of darkness, and infiltrating London's most powerful secret society, The Hellfire Conspiracy is another wild ride that "brings to life a London roiling with secret leagues, deadly organizations, and hidden clubs" (Ron Bernas, Detroit Free Press).

©2007 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

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"Thomas cleverly develops his characters' personalities while maintaining his marvelously wrought descriptions of a bygone era." ( Kirkus)

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  • The Fat Man
  • 11-03-17

This series is addictive

I have enjoyed the first 4 audio books in the series, and am impatient for the rest to be released. The narration is superb. The historical settings vivid. All with a sprinkle of dry humor

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  • Dany
  • 12-06-17

I'm love this series!!!

I just finished listening to the third book in this series and am so happy that I discovered it! It reminds me of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson! I for one do not get bored with the observations, thoughts, musings, and conversations, that allow me to be right there with the characters! Great writing, character and story development, and what an outstanding narrator! He is amazing, and is for this series, what George Guidall is for the Craig Johnson novels, e.g.! Love this narrator!!!
Am going to look right now if there are more books in this series!
Danyelle
Audible addict in Santa Fe, NM

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  • R. OSTROFF
  • 09-04-17

Thoroughly entertaining

Will Thomas's Victorian crime solving story and characters are thoroughly entertaining. I initially didn't believe that two detectives could share or should share the same context but readers soon find themselves shaking off the "Holmes hangover" and find the Hellfire Conspiracy most enjoyable.

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  • Gregory A. Newkirk
  • 26-03-17

Excellent

This story awakens acute feelings and thoughts. It also has reasonable propositions on moral and political philosophies. The story and delivery were excellent with powerful passages.

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  • Ms Peach
  • 09-03-17

Excellent

Great story! Love the narration. Love the historical character of the books. Llewelyn does get beat up AGAIN. TWICE. However at least he fares better this time.

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  • david silverstone
  • 19-07-18

Great Entry in The Series

Like a grittier version of Holmes and Watson. A total immersion in the history and culture of 18 th century London. Great crime drama and human drama. The first person narration of Thomas Llewellyn is like a younger more naive version of Dr Watson. And there is the whole subtext of the injustices of the British class system and being a “gentleman”. Truly engaging for all fans of historical fiction, mysteries and suspense. The narrator is spot on in his voicings of many British accents from Barker’s Brogue to Llewelyn’s Oxford to guttural Cockney to the snooty “high born” gentlemen. The game is definitely afoot in this one!!!

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  • RD
  • 14-07-18

unbelievable

So, a young girl has JUST been taken from her home (presumably by a murderer), they are in hot pursuit of the perpetrator and they stop the search to participate in a boxing match????? Including the description of the ring and the boxers - Seriously unbelievable; very distracting from the main plot.

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  • Books4Days
  • 28-01-18

Here We Go Again!

Will Thomas has delivered another outstanding story, and Antony Ferguson another stellar performance.
While this story seems to have slowed compared to the first three installments, this is still an absolute must listen/read!
The story is a good one, but seemed to be a little rushed, cliched, and not as well developed as Thomas' previous efforts. For example, by the time we hear of the actual "Hellfire Club" there isn't a lot of time to delve into the mechanization of that organization, nor does it have very much to do with the central plot. Nevertheless, one cannot help but get drawn in by this narrative.
There are no loose ends and the mystery is tied up as neatly as in the earlier books.
Enthralling!

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  • Rebecca C.
  • 25-09-17

His best yet! Well done!

I have listened to all of the books thus far in the series. I believe this is the best one yet! Although they are all excellent books, this one seems to have moved to a different level. If you want to listen to a story with mystery, intrigue and no foul language, this is for you! The narrator does an excellent job as well, as usual. Being a Christian myself, I enjoy the references to Christianity and how it applies to us today as well as it did in the 19th century.

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  • BikeVON
  • 16-06-17

Does not disappoint!

Cyrus Barker and Thomas have another riveting mystery. This story features a pedophile. At that time, they used the word ravishing for rape. Even when saying ravishing, it is said with demurely to not offend. This is a crime that effects Barker hard.

Llewelyn find out more about Barker past. It is not shocking as much as it confirms his current character. Llewelyn is still being distracted by attractive women and have come to enjoy fine cooking.

All the action and friends that you have come to expect are there for your enjoyment.