Fatal enquiry

From Rosemarie Jerome

Author:  Will Thomas

Title:  Fatal enquiry

Private Agent Cyrus Barker is framed for murder and there is a reward for his capture.  With no funds, no solid leads in the case and everyone after him , he is forced to hide in the East End of Victorian London.  His assistant, Thomas Llewelyn,  must find the evidence to prove that Barker is innocent but the culprit is after him at every turn.  This sixth book in the series is a departure from the usual;  it is Llewelyn’s case with Barker lurking in the shadows.  I enjoyed the book but I missed the interaction between the two characters.  It did provide the reader with an opportunity to learn more about Barker\’s mysterious past.  Though the identity of the culprit is not a mystery, the chase, some surprises and the hunt for the truth creates a suspenseful adventure.  The cliffhangers hint at possibilities for their future exploits.

Crunch time

From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Davidson, Diane Mott
Crunch time
Crunch time by Diane Mott Davidson was anentertaining read but for the first time, Goldy Schulz really got on my nerves with her insistence on bulldozing ahead. She blithely disregards her husband’s concerns for her safety and just blunders around in his case. Her husband suggests they expand their family  but I am wondering if his ulterior or hidden motive is to ground Goldy. The book focuses mainly on the issue of Cuban refugees and their boat captains. Yolanda, one of Goldy’s support staff and her friend, and Ferdinanda, her aunt, have earned the enmity of Kurt, Yolanda’s former boyfriend turned stalker. There are various other threads woven through the story but Goldy’s insistence on forcing her nose into everything was a great irritant to me this time. I felt like tapping her shoulder and ordering her to a timeout.

The Black Hand

from Rosemarie Jerome
author: Will Thomas
The Black Hand
This is the fifth book in the Barker & Llewelyn series which includes:  Some Danger Involved, To Kingdom Come, The Limehouse Text, and The Hellfire Conspiracy.  Set in Victorian London, the series contains all the elements for an enjoyable read; it has action, romance, humor, intrigue and quirky characters that you just love reading about.  Each book deals with a different ethnic group, so you discover a part of London society that is not often covered in historical thrillers.  Thomas Llewelyn gains more shocking insights about his elusive employer with each book, so that adds to the fun.  The Black Hand takes you into the mirky world of the Mafia.  Baker & Llewelyn, who are private enquiry agents, are asked to assist the Thames Police with their murder investigation.  When it is discovered that each victim received a cryptic Black Hand message prior to their death, the Mafia becomes a suspect and our heroes become a target.