• The Hellfire Conspiracy

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 4
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,056 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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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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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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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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Another Good Installment

I happened on to this series by accident and have enjoyed it ever since. Great characters, good story line and the narration is done very well. This installment has an interesting case and good character development. All around, a solid effort. If you have not read the first installment, I advise you do so before diving in the middle. Things will be a lot more clear…I liked it.

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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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  • 07-14-18

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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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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Great Characters and Naration

Historical characters added to an interesting story line. Especially Stead and Potter.
Combined with period language, I learned a great deal about the history of this period.

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okay

This story dragged on slowly and the murderer wasn't particularly surprising. Fortunately it was on sale.

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  • Lucy
  • 11-01-20

great series

brilliant, I'm looking forward to the next one! I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far.