Arrowood and the Thames Corpses by Mick Finlay

This book is published on Thursday 2nd April 2020 in paperback by Harper Collins.  This is the third book in the Arrowood series following the publication of Arrowood in December 2017 and The Murder Pit in January 2019.  The tag line for the series is “London Society takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood”.

If you enjoy period crime thrillers, you will revel in soaking up the atmosphere that Mick Finlay creates.  The characters are further developed in this third instalment.  The author’s research into Victorian London is meticulous and you will be transported back in time to the grimier side of the capital city where our heroes, William Arrowood and his trusty side-kick Norman Barnett are never far from personal danger.

This book begins with a visit to Arrowood by Captain Moon who is concerned about the sabotage and victimisation of his business, a paddle boat steamer on the Thames.  The intrepid duo’s investigations into the damage being caused to the captain’s paddle boat lead to the discovery of skulls in the river Thames and a far more sinister investigation proceeds.  Arrowood detests his better known counterpart Sherlock Holmes who he claims gains all the credits and the best cases.  Arrowood relies on psychology, picking up on nuances in the suspects, to resolve his cases whereas Holmes follows a chain of clues to get results.  Arrowood survives hand-to-mouth compared to his more illustrious nemesis and does not appreciate the fact.

The rights for the book series have been bought by a production company for TV and I have no doubt that the books would transfer very well to this medium.


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