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Arrowood

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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,185 ratings  ·  255 reviews

‘Crackles with energy and wit’ – The Times

London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.

1895: London’s scared. A killer haunts the city’s streets. The poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force stretched to breaking point.

While the rich turn to Sherlock Holmes, the celebrated private detective rarely

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Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published March 23rd 2017 by HQ
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Maria Hill AKA MH Books
So I have finished my Easter Book. An anti-Sherlock Holmes set in 1895 London at the height of the notorious detective’s fame. The tagline on the book is "London Society takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood."

Arrowood and his very capable assistant Norman Barnett investigate the seedy underside of London. Cases are brought to a conclusion (not solved) using hard graft, illegal means when necessary, amateurish psychology and a lot of luck (both bad and good). This
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I just can't resist reading a book that is set in the same time as Sherlock Holmes. And, the book did seem really promising with Arrowood being the poor man's Sherlock Holmes. However, I had some problems with the story. First, with Arrowood himself and his Sherlock envy. I mean his alias is Locksher and he can't seem to be able to deal with Sherlock Holmes being so popular. Several times does he rant about that. And, it was irritating, and it didn't get better as the story progressed. ...more
Emma
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Drunken and bitter about the 'undeserved' notoriety of Homes and Watson, this detective is not what you'd expect. He is, in fact, rather unappealing and despite the various successes in his past, i'm not sure i'd trust him to investigate any case of mine. Even more so because that would mean I was stuck in the midden that is south London in 1895. Suffice it to say that the author does particularly well at imagining this dank, dangerous, and decidedly underclass world. The criminals that stalk ...more
Keith Currie
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Down south, London town

In South London in the 1890s, William Arrowood is fat and bald (‘a potato of a man’), physically unfit, exhibits problems with alcohol consumption and has a pathological aversion to Sherlock Holmes. For various reasons Arrowood finds himself a private investigator; like Holmes he has an assistant, a working class tough with a sensitive interior called Norman Barnett. Arrowood professedly bases his deductive methods on a study of the minds of those involved in his cases.
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Nick T. Borrelli
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Lit Bitch
I absolutely love the tagline of this book: London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.

That totally caught my eye when I was scanning Netgalley in search of new books to read this summer. An anti-Sherlock Holmes sounded refreshing and new. I have been watching the TV show Sherlock (which if you haven’t watched it, go right now to Netflix and start!) and I love the modern take on it, so I thought that something like an anti-Sherlock read would be
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Blaire Benson
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-shelf
OK. So... I did not really like this book. I see what Finlay was trying to do here, but it just didn't work.
1) Arrowood is the discount, cheaply-made version of Sherlock Holmes. He is the Dollar General of private investigators. He is gross. Sweaty, fat, balding, farts all the time, messes around with prostitutes... He is cocky and always acting superior to Sherlock Holmes and most everyone else. He is not a likable character. In fact, I happen to dislike him very much.
2) The person who does
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Noodles78
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fancy a Sherlock Holmes without all the smugness? Possibly when things don't seem to be all that easy? When he's struggling to pay rent and buy food?

Well meet Arrowood.

What he lacks in manners and respectability he certainly makes up in diligence and brainpower.

What I loved most about this was the fact that Arrowood wasn't perfect, he made mistakes and got emotionally involved, was led by his heart, was down on his luck and had an extremely bossy sister.
He was believable, and likeable,
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Stewart Tame
I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I like to think that it didn't affect my opinion in the slightest, but, hey: full disclosure. Anyone who thinks that sending me a free copy of their book will guarantee a cushy review is encouraged to try.

The tagline on the front cover is too good to be improved upon: "London society takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood." William Arrowood is not Sherlock Holmes. In his eyes, Holmes is a fraud who solves his
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Aoife
3-3.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

It’s London 1894 and while Sherlock Holmes’ cases fill the headlines, another private investigator called Arrowood helps the people who can’t pay for the likes of Holmes. When Arrowood and his assistant Mr Barnett are put o the case of a missing Frenchman, they end up embroiled in something a lot more dangerous than it seems.

This is a fun, historic mystery novel set in the grimy streets of London
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Taylor
For those Londoners unable to afford the services of Sherlock Holmes, there is William Arrowood. Arrowood is contemptuous of the methods employed by his more famous rival, preferring rather to use the new psychology in his investigations. In this novel, presumably the first of a series, Arrowood and his assistant Barnett are hired by a young woman to find her brother. Their investigation leads them into London's criminal underbelly and the initial mystery turns into several.

I love a good
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Ken
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst the rich rely on Sherlock Holmes to solve their cases, the rest of London turn to William Arrowood - a self-taught psychologist and occasional drunk.

Arrowood resents Holmes popularity, he firmly believes that he's a media darling due to Watson only publishing stories that show Holmes in a good light.

I loved how grumpy Arrowood is, with him constantly being critical of Holmes.
The story as a real grubby realism to it, the poorest side of London was perfectly realized.

The story was very
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Gram
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Arrowood is a private detective and London's "alternative" to Sherlock Holmes whose clients are mostly the city's wealthier classes. Arrowood and his assistant Barnett are asked by a mysterious young Frenchwoman to find her brother who's missing after working for Mr Cream, one of London's nastiest crime lords.
Barnett is the narrator as Arrowood - who despises Sherlock Holmes - employs the writings of Darwin and the sheer force of his not very nice personality to question a number of
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Dorothy
It was an ok read. I think the author does paint a good picture of what it was like to live in the slums of London in the 19th century and the plot was interesting. The main character is somewhat unappealing and there is a lot of violence.
Sue Smith
I enjoyed this book, although there were times that I wondered why it was titled the way it was. Although the story is loosely arranged around the character, it is not really focused on him as per se and we, as the reader, get a much better view of Arrowood's assistant as he is the one the story flows through.

Arrowood was a contemporary of Sherlock Holmes and he also happened to call himself an investigative detective but he didn't have the glitz and press of Holmes, nor the connections. He just
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Samantha Ralph
I really wanted to like this book.

I love Sherlock Holmes and various Gaslight Fiction ion, but I couldn't get into this. The plot became pretty muddy towards the middle, trying to add too many sub plots and secondary characters that I had trouble keeping sight of the main case.

I really liked the dialogue between Arrowood and Barnett but got lost in the details
Roberta Bridget
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finished it. I'm free. Reading this felt like work. I don't recommend it.
Awallens
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Round up to 2.5 stars. This is my second book in a row that has gotten a bad rating. Maybe I need to stop reading books in the Sherlock Holmes offshoot. They’re just not working.
Cindy
Unpleasant main character, didn't like it enough to finish.
Jo
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Arrowood
by Mick Finlay
Synopsis
London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.
The Afghan War is over and a deal with the Irish appears to have brought an end to sectarian violence, but Britain's position in the world is uncertain and the gap between rich and poor is widening. London is a place where the wealthy party while the underclass are tempted into lives of crime, drugs and prostitution. A serial killer stalks the streets. Politicians are embroiled in
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Diane Hernandez
More like Dickens than Sherlock Holmes.

Arrowood is a private investigator in Victorian London. He is jealous of his rival, Sherlock Holmes, who gets all the rich clients while he is stuck with London's less desirable denizens. His latest client is looking for her brother, who disappeared while working at a disreputable public house owned by the criminal mastermind, Cream. Arrowood and his sidekick Barnett have had a previous run in with Cream and must solve the missing person case without
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Stephanie
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arrowood, ‘the guvnor’ is a private investigator. He solves the cases that Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t be interested in. He is overweight, drinks heavily has no social skills and detests Sherlock Holmes. But despite his many faults he is loyal to those who work with him and his clients.
The narrative is told by his assistant Barnett. Barnett has suffered a personal loss that he hasn’t discussed with the guvnor and he regularly suffers physical abuse. Some of it from the guvnor but also from the
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Christine
3.5 It isn't quite a four.

Arrowood has a problem. It isn't the fact that his sister has returned. Nope. It isn't the fact that his wife left - his fault that. It isn't that the beer has gone off.

It is Sherlock Bloody Holmes.

Finlay's book is about the anti-Holmes and Watson. Not bad guys, no, but the ones who handle those cases that are not classy enough for Holmes. Along the way, Finlay also subtley digs at Watson's martial status.

Overall the book is good. The mystery is a bit wrapped up in a
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Cherie
Quite the convoluted, busy tale and rant against Sherlock Holmes.

I listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Malk Williams. I liked his voices for the characters, after I got used to the accent. I got lost in the story several times and had to backtrack to review what happened. There were a lot of bad guys! Everyone lied. I felt bad for the characters that got beat up and tortured for information.

The characters felt like a poor version of Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin, set in 1860s dirty
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Becky
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I don't think I would trust Arrowood to solve any case of mine, he is drunken, bitter and a very angry man. His main source of rage is the success and popularity of Sherlock Holmes. Arrowood is the poor man's choice when they need a private investigator... mainly because he comes cheap. This is an interesting, if slightly confusing first case that we join him on. To be honest I am not 100% sure I managed to put together the complex story of Feinian gun runners, French sex slaves, murder and ...more
Angie Rhodes
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
BRILLIANT!! IF YOU LOVE SHERLOCK , YOU WILL LOVE THIS!! PUBLISHED MARCH 2017
Vinay Badri
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
The poor man's Sherlock Holmes, literally and figuratively

Who do you call when you need someone to explore the seamy sleazy underbelly of London - why of course, you reach out to Arrowood, a detective who works in the shadows and is everything that Sherlock isnt. Takes on the un-glamorous cases, works for the weaker sections of the society, has a belly, is balding and suffers from gout. Oh and also, he uses emotions rather than deductions for his case. Pretty much an anti-Sherlock Holmes

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Jo
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, netgalley
Arrowood
by Mick Finlay
Synopsis
London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.
The Afghan War is over and a deal with the Irish appears to have brought an end to sectarian violence, but Britain's position in the world is uncertain and the gap between rich and poor is widening. London is a place where the wealthy party while the underclass are tempted into lives of crime, drugs and prostitution. A serial killer stalks the streets. Politicians are embroiled in
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Shirley Schwartz
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a great example of the Victorian "noir" genre. It's set in England at the end of the 19 century. In the book, Sherlock Holmes is a real person who keeps making headlines with the cases that he solves, much to the chagrin of William Arrowood. Arrowood (the "guvner", as his friend and cohort Norman Barnett calls him). Arrowood despises Holmes because of his wealthy clientele, and because of his flashy ways. He knows that he never makes it onto the mean streets of London where poverty, ...more
Vicki Sylvia
2.5

Damn this took me forever to get through. Granted I was hella busy with work and went on vacation for a week, but still.

I had really high hopes for this. Mystery set in London, opposite Sherlock Holmes, but I just found myself bored throughout. I get that Arrowood was supposed to be less than fond of our favorite detective, but any mention of SH just seemed contrived and bitter. I think it was a miss opportunity for Sherlock and Arrowood not to cross paths in this book. Maybe it'll happen in
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