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Arrowood by Mick Finlay
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really liked it
bookshelves: thrillers
Read 3 times. Last read June 29, 2017 to July 7, 2017.

by Mick Finlay
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 financial and sexual scandals. The year is 1895.
The police don't have the resources to deal with everything that goes on in the capital. The rich turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help: Sherlock Holmes. But in densely populated south London, where the crimes are sleazier and Holmes rarely visits, people turn to Arrowood, a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime. Arrowood understands people, not clues.
Arrowood is a detective whose patch is south London, where life is hard, murder is rife and gangs of thugs rule by violence and threats. Arrowood's clients are poor, so hes extremely jealous of Holmes who is his words is only famous because Dr Watson's published works are popular and nothing to do with his skills as a detective. I loved Arrowood, his rants were really entertaining. He was grumpy, impetuous, but also a very skilled detective.
Arrowood's assistant Norman Barrett was my favourite character, he was tough, thoughtful and sensitive and often deduced things that Arrowood couldn't because of his quick temper. This mystery was a very tangled webb, but one I enjoyed immensely. Hopefully there will be more books to come. 3.5 stars
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Kindle Edition)
April 4, 2017 – Shelved
April 4, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
June 29, 2017 – Started Reading
July 1, 2017 – Started Reading (Kindle Edition)
July 1, 2017 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
July 1, 2017 – Shelved as: thrillers (Kindle Edition)
July 1, 2017 – Finished Reading (Kindle Edition)
July 7, 2017 – Shelved as: thrillers (Kindle Edition)
July 7, 2017 – Shelved as: netgalley (Kindle Edition)
July 7, 2017 – Finished Reading
June 7, 2018 – Shelved as: thrillers

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message 1: by Adina (new)

Adina Great review, Jo. I think I might like this one.

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