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Summary

In The Limehouse Text, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn discover a pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant, leading them to London's Chinese district, Limehouse. There they retrieve an innocent-looking book that proves to be a rare and secret text stolen from a Nanking monastery, containing lethal martial arts techniques forbidden in the West. With the political situation between the British Empire and Imperial China already unstable, the duo must not only track down a killer intent upon gaining the secret knowledge but also safeguard the text from a snarl of suspects with conflicting interests. Prowling through an underworld of opium dens, back-room blood sports, and sailors' penny hangs while avoiding the wrath of the district's powerful warlord, Mr. K'ing, Barker and Llewelyn take listeners on a perilous tour through the mean streets of turn-of-the-century London.

©2006 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

Critic reviews

"A wholly satisfying twist ends this outstanding entry in what is fast becoming one of the genre's best historical-mystery series." ( Booklist Starred Review)

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  • The Fat Man
  • 24-02-17

I'm hooked on this series

Outstanding narration really makes this audio book shine.
The mix of real period evens and people with the fiction appeals both to my love of history and mysteries

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  • BikeVON
  • 29-04-17

Wonderful, exciting and enjoyable

Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are at it again. The story centers around a missing rare Chinese artifact. Cyrus gets a chance to display his wealth of knowledge about China and his with people in high places. While Thomas gets a chance to display his newly acquired fighting skills.

The usual friends are along to add spice to the adventure. Their antics reveal answers to questions that were still open from book 1. For action, deductive reasoning and a captivating story, this series still has it.

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  • Donna
  • 14-02-17

Found a new favorite series!

This has quickly become one of my new favorite series. The characters, narrative and narration are wonderful.

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  • itinerant
  • 04-02-17

lots better than Holmes

These are good gaslight-era novels. The narrator is a good head from which to observe the odd goings-on, his boss ha a character far more complex and interesting than most, and the surrounding cast of characters is well-drawn and obscure. The author seems to know the word he speaks of very well, and I learn a lot from listening to it. There's humor and intrigue and many things played against character . . . I look forward to several more.

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  • sonia
  • 27-06-17

Another entertaining listen

Llewelyn is growing and learning. He has Barker's trust. But where is that darn book!
If you've enjoyed the previous two books in this wonderful series, you will be very entertained with this one as well.

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  • Cynthia
  • 06-04-17

What a great team

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a Holmes and Watson dedicated reader and listener and find that this "Private Inquiry Agent" team is just as intriguing and the writing just as good as any Arthur Conan Doyle story. I can see the characters in my minds eye, I can see them in the time frame that they are set in and the story lines are oddly believable. I am hooked!

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  • Whovian
  • 18-04-17

I loved this book.

this was my favorite book so far in this series. Love the reader. Anthony Ferguson is amazing. I want more of the series and the reader.

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  • barbara
  • 20-08-17

Not as good as the first in series but still Good

The characters are more interesting the first time you meet them. They are broadened here but now it is time to give them some depth

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  • Chuck
  • 14-08-17

A Tightly Woven and Convoluted Mystery

An enjoyable story, including an entertaining and enlightening comparison of some aspects of 19th century Chinese cultures in Empirial England and Empirial China.

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  • bigdjunta
  • 10-01-19

So many twists and turns! Great historical fiction

l cannot emphasize what great historical fiction this series is. I have learned a great deal about Asian and Great Britain from the 1880's time period. The scences are very descriptive, the clothing exacting, and the behavior, both proper and otherwise well described.
I have stated before that despite all the other shining examples that makes this series great, it is the characters that make it outstanding. I have never seen a protagonist quite like this one. He's very much in the Sherlockian style, but with a twist. His Asian background, his life---Oh, the was he had to claw his way to an existence and a whole cast of supporting characters that are also fascinating enrich the entire experience.
I've had the flu since I've started this series and these stories have literally saved me from a completely miserable existence. In fact, they've made this time somewhat enjoyable which is something I find amazing considering the fact I feel like garbage.
Thank you, Mr. Thomas. It's been a pleasure.