Genre: Historical Mystery
Setting: Victorian London, approx 1890
***I received an eARC copy of Blood Is Blood from the publisher, Minotaur Books, via NetGalley***
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Review: Another fun entry in the Barker and Llewelyn mystery series. Blood Is Blood by Will Thomas takes us back to the world of Barker and Llewelyn and the setting of Victorian London. This setting is one that I just love, and I always look forward to see what adventures Barker and Llewelyn get into. This time around, the adventures are mostly all Llewelyn’s as Barker is injured early on in the book in a bombing of their office, and Llewelyn is tasked with solving the case.
Thomas Llewelyn is a likeable character. He’s an everyman who complains about his job and his employer, but when push comes to shove, he’s there for Barker and will do anything for him. Llewelyn is about to marry his sweetheart, Rebecca, and I am not a huge fan of Rebecca. She’s quite bland, but I’m hopeful that she’ll gain more personality as the books go along. Cyrus Barker is, as always, a magnetic personality, and I miss him when he isn’t on the page.
A new character we meet in Blood Is Blood is Caleb Barker, Cyrus’s brother. Caleb is a Scotsman who lives in America and has turned cowboy and also Pinkerton agent. I enjoyed reading Caleb. He’s an unpredictable character, as you aren’t sure whether he’s good or bad, on Barker’s side or conspiring against him, and I liked trying to figure it out. Along with Caleb, we meet many old enemies of Barker’s as Llewelyn digs through old cases to see who wants Barker dead. The answer is that everyone wants Barker dead, so there are many suspects, and Llewelyn travels to Paris and to various prisons in London trying to interview suspects. I liked the mystery here, and while elements of it felt a bit far-fetched, it was fitting for the series, and was a great entry in the series. I can’t wait to see what happens to Barker and Llewelyn next!
Bottom Line: Another fun adventure with Barker and Llewelyn.