Audiobook review of Some Danger Involved

February 2, 2017 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 4

Audiobook review of Some Danger Involved

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Historical, Crime, British
Published by Touchstone Pages: 290
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Antony Ferguson
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An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London's Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved," he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past.

As they inch ever closer to the shocking truth behind the murder, Llewelyn is drawn deeper and deeper into Barker's peculiar world of vigilante detective work, as well as the heart of London's teeming underworld. Brimming with wit and unforgettable characters and steeped in authentic period detail, Some Danger Involved is a captivating page-turner that introduces an equally captivating duo.

   

Here is what I thought

They are no Holmes and Watson, but it was still a decent book. I find I really enjoy historical mysteries and I am glad I found this series to add to my list as it was interesting enough to listen to the next one.

Cyrus Barker is a freelance detective of sorts and takes certain jobs and works with the police at times. He needs a new assistant sinces his last one had been killed. Thomas decides to answer the add that says, Some Danger Involved, but I don’t think he knew exactly what he was getting himself into.

Cyrus isn’t a bad character, I just haven’t made up my mind what I think of him yet. He gets the job done and for back then the way he does it was probably the way it happened. Thomas is very out of his league as he knows nothing about detecting but I am sure he will learn if he survives. I liked him the most out of the two.

I really liked the mystery of the case and I was really surprised at who the killer was in the end. I thought this was a good start to a series especially for a debut novel. I am interesting to see how it goes as the series progresses.

Recommend if you like

Historical mysteries, crime-solving duos, and British reads.

Author Bio

Will Thomas, born 1958 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is a novelist who writes a Victorian mystery series featuring Cyrus Barker, a Scottish detective or “private enquiry agent,” and his Welsh assistant, Thomas Llewelyn. The Barker/Llewelyn novels are set in the 1880s and often feature historical events, people, and movements. Martial combat is a recurring theme throughout this hardboiled series.

Prior to writing novels, Will Thomas wrote essays for Sherlock Holmes society publications and lectured on crime fiction of the Victorian era.

Will Thomas’ first novel, Some Danger Involved, was nominated for a Barry Award and a Shamus Award, and won the 2005 Oklahoma Book Award. In 2015, he won the Oklahoma Book Award a second time for Fatal Enquiry. Will Thomas has been featured on the cover of Library Journal, and was the Toastmaster at the 2007 Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave in Manhattan, Kansas. His fifth novel, The Black Hand, was nominated for a 2009 Shamus Award. He is married to Julia Thomas, author of The English Boys.

The Narrator

I have listened to Antony Ferguson one other time and I enjoyed his narration. He does a great job with this one as well. I must admit I could listen to this man all day…lol.

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