Book Launch for FATAL ENQUIRY

Hi, friends! The book launch for the sixth Barker and Llewelyn book, FATAL ENQUIRY, published by Minotaur Books, will be this Wednesday, May 14th, at the Tulsa Retro Den, (12th and Harvard, 7 PM.)   I hope to see you there! Also, be sure to join me on my Facebook page, Barker and Llewelyn Novels by Will Thomas. The boys are back and raring to go! See you this week.
Cheerio,
Will

Add comment May 11th, 2014

Upcoming Book Release

I am very pleased to announce the arrival of the new Barker and Llewelyn book in early 2014 by Minotaur Books. I want to thank you for the many kind emails asking about the next book and for making the series so successful. It’s a pleasure living in Barker and Llewelyn’s Victorian London world and creating it for all of you.

Cheerio,
Will

Add comment December 9th, 2012

Alexander McCall Smith

This week, I had the great pleasure of meeting author Alexander McCall Smith. He was just as kind a fellow as one could possibly imagine. I took a photo of him (which you can see on facebook). The only problem with it is that you can’t see his kilt.

Here’s the article I wrote about McCall Smith’s character, Bertie, which was published last week in the Tulsa World: http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=67&articleid=20120415_67_G4_CUTLIN346150

Cheerio,
Will

Add comment April 21st, 2012

Downton Abbey

I don’t know why I’ve taken such a voyeuristic pleasure at the doings of Downton Abbey. Family dramas have been around at least as long as when John Galsworthy penned The Forsyte Saga. And yet, I was hooked by the tale of a typical English aristocratic family and its servants below stairs as they barely survive the trauma of the First World War.

While waiting for the next installment doled out like pheasant consomme every Sunday evening, I took the opportunity to order in and watch Manor House, a PBS series produced in 2002, in which a family and several volunteers set up house in Yorkshire at an estate and tried to live according to Edwardian rules. It was the closest I’ve seen on a so-called reality show to a complete disaster. The butler bent the rules and still the young footmen, kitchen maids, and other staff could not adjust to eighteen hour days, primitive working conditions, and calling someone else “sir.” And this was England, no less. How would Americans react to such indignities? What do you mean, I can’t bring my iPad?

Anyway, they had their share of servant troubles at Downton Abbey, but at least they knew how to deal with a corpse found in the eldest daughter’s bed. You just can’t find help like that anymore.

Cheerio,
Will

Add comment March 5th, 2012

Why Scotland?

Readers have often asked me why Cyrus Barker is a Scotsman. As I stood this year at the Tulsa Scottish Games, I reflected on the thought that my earliest memories were of being at just such a Scottish festival. I grew up in an enclave of Scottish relatives in Bucks County, PA, and from an early age was introduced to Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and George MacDonald. It seemed natural to make my protagonist a Scot. Detective work was one of those professions that brought eager Scotsmen south of the border, to the aptly, if unofficially, named Scotland Yard, or to Craig’s Court next door, which was well known as the home of most of London’s private detectives. Detective work required little education but a certain Scottish canniness, at least until Conan Doyle came along and made murder quintessentially English with the advent of Sherlock Holmes. But then, Conan Doyle was a Scot himself. How canny is that?

Cheerio,
Will

Add comment September 19th, 2011

Writer’s Workshop

This Friday, March 4th, I will be a guest of Rose State College as a speaker at the High School Writer’s Workshop. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to talk with aspiring writers. Here is the link:

http://www.rose.edu/write-of-spring

Many thanks to all of you who have written asking about the sixth Barker and Llewelyn novel. I am working on it as we speak! You can also find me on facebook for more updates.

Cheerio,
Will

Add comment February 28th, 2011

Scene of the Crime

Sydney Jones, author of “Requiem in Vienna,” interviewed me for the Scene of the Crime blog. You can find it at this link: http://jsydneyjones.wordpress.com/

Cheerio,
Will

Add comment October 5th, 2010

Fall in Missouri

This Saturday, October 9th, I’ll be speaking at the Joplin Public Library in Joplin, Missouri. Drop by if you’re in the area! It starts at 10 a.m.

Cheerio,
Will

Add comment October 5th, 2010

Promote Literacy in Oklahoma

I hope some of you can join me for the event “Chapters: A Casual Evening of Books, Bards, and Bites,” at the Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa on September 10th. I will be speaking, along with fellow authors William Bernhardt and Tim Tharp. Cost for the evening is $40, with proceeds going to benefit the Tulsa City-County Library’s Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service.

Appetizers, wine, and desserts are provided through a number of Tulsa restaurants. For more information, or to call to make a reservation (by Sept. 3, 2010), call (918) 596-7827. I look forward to seeing you there!

Cheerio,
Will

Add comment August 29th, 2010

facebook!

I’ve opened a facebook group for friends of Barker and Llewelyn. The group is Barker and Llewelyn Novels by Will Thomas. Today’s discussion: How many Barker and Llewelyn novels have you read?

See you on facebook!
Cheerio,

Will

Add comment July 6th, 2010

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