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Old Scores

Old Scores

A Barker & Llewelyn Novel

A Barker & Llewelyn Novel (Volume 9)

Will Thomas

Minotaur Books


In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries.

Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge.

Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer.

In a case that takes leads Barker and Llewelyn deep into parts of London's underworld, on paths that lead deep into Barker's own mysterious personal history, Old Scores is the finest yet in Will Thomas's critically acclaimed series.

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I suppose it all began with the garden. Cyrus Barker’s garden, I mean. It was a particularly good year for some reason. Everything came together perfectly. The gardeners were working, hard-pressed to keep the growth from...

Praise for Old Scores

"Wonderful...Thomas balances his rich historical context with a contemporary feel...nothing dull or fussy in this book." —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"The latest of Thomas’ Victorian gems (Hell Bay, 2016, etc.) is a shocker, cleverly weaving historical tidbits about Japan into Barker’s slowly revealed past." —Kirkus Reviews

"Well worth the read for historical mystery fans." —Mystery Scene


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