• Fierce Poison

  • A Barker & Llewelyn Novel
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (335 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The next thrilling installment from the Barker and Llewelyn series, masterfully narrated by Antony Ferguson.

London, 1893, there is a poisoner loose in the city, with deaths piling up, and private enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are apparently his next target in Fierce Poison by Will Thomas.

Private Enquiry agent Cyrus Barker has just about seen it all—he's been attacked by assassins, his office has been bombed, and evil-doers have even nearly killed his dog. But never before has a potential client dropped dead in his office. When Roland Fitzhugh, Member of Parliament arrives to consult Barker and his partner Thomas Llewelyn, he falls to the floor, dead, upon entering. As they soon learn, he's been poisoned with a cyanide laced raspberry tart, and the adulterated tarts also take out an entire family in the East End. Labelled the Mad Pie Man by the press, Barker and Llewelyn are hired by former Prime Minister William Gladstone to find out who has targeted the House of Commons's newest member.

But before they can even begin, they find themselves the latest target of this mad poisoner—with Barker's butler poisoned with digitalis and dozens of diabolic traps discovered at their home. On the run from their unseen adversary, Barker and Llewelyn must uncover the threads that connect these seemingly random acts and stop the killer before they and their closest friends and family become the latest casualties.

©2022 Will Thomas (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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After waiting for months, I quit!

While I adore Cyrus Barker in every way, Llewellyn is getting increasingly grating and dense. It is nearly impossible to tell whether he has grown or learned anything over the course of the novels. Rebecca's continued presence is a lead weight to the dynamics of what used to be an interesting partnership, and generally, she sucks all of the air out of the plot. Nearly every new supporting character is a shrill, two-dimensional, Victorian cliche. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm not sure the series can be saved - it's been written into a corner.

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I love these characters

I binged in a day, one of the best in the series. The progression of the characters and their individual stories is excellent. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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Phenomenal series!!!

Hands down the best series I’ve ever read and/or listed to!!! Amazing character development!!! A multitude of interesting, fun, and uniquely endearing personal and interpersonal relationships… To say this series simply “gets you invested in the characters” would be a gross understatement and might not even be something that our dear Mr. Llewelyn would have the words for ;)

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In keeping with the series

I enjoy the Barker and Llewelyn series, having listened to each book. It makes for clever, light reading. I love when fictional characters interact with historical ones. In this one, we get to meet Gladstone. Antony Ferguson is a superb narrator, fantastic with accents. I finished this story in about 2 days.

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Enjoyable Series

I enjoy these stories. They address some of the social issues of the time (issues that are in actuality timeless) yet remain entertaining without preaching.

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Will Thomas, I beg of you to continue this series!

In my opinion, my Audible authors of choice and narrators are of the highest caliber. I would have bet my last farthing that there would never be another series I’d love as dearly as Agatha’s Poirot, but Will Thomas’s characters of Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn have stolen my heart and highly likely due to Anthony Ferguson’s unequivocal narration skills for this series. I can only hope, pray and plead for Will Thomas and Anthony Ferguson to continue this series into perpetuity.

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Keeps getting better and better

I binged this and finished it in a day. I think this was the best of the series.

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Another outstanding story by Will Thomas

The Barker and Llewelyn series by Will Thomas are perfect for anyone who enjoys historical, British,
mysteries with excellent character development. There are many ins, outs, ups and downs in the plot, keeping the reader’s interest at every stage. Even if one has never tried such a book, it would be surprising if Will Thomas’ skill at the British mystery did not suck you in.

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Another favorite

I truly love this series. Always intriguing and they keep you thinking throughout the story.

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Another great novel by Will Thomas.

I really enjoy Will's world building and also the subtle nods and call backs to Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe.