The Murder Pit

The Murder Pit

Mick Finlay / Jun 24, 2019

The Murder Pit Where Evil Lies Buried Sherlock Holmes has once again hit the headlines solving mysteries for the cream of aristocracy But among the workhouses and pudding shops of South London private detectiv

  • Title: The Murder Pit
  • Author: Mick Finlay
  • ISBN: 0778369307
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • Where Evil Lies Buried1896 Sherlock Holmes has once again hit the headlines, solving mysteries for the cream of aristocracy But among the workhouses and pudding shops of South London, private detective William Arrowood is presented with far grittier, violent and considerably less well paid cases Arrowood has no doubt who is the better detective, and when Mr and Mr Where Evil Lies Buried1896 Sherlock Holmes has once again hit the headlines, solving mysteries for the cream of aristocracy But among the workhouses and pudding shops of South London, private detective William Arrowood is presented with far grittier, violent and considerably less well paid cases Arrowood has no doubt who is the better detective, and when Mr and Mrs Barclay engage him to find their estranged daughter, Birdie, he s sure it won t be long before he and his assistant, Barnett, have tracked her down.But this seemingly simple missing person case soon turns into a murder investigation Far from the comfort of Baker Street, Arrowood s London is a city of unrelenting cruelty, where evil is waiting to be uncovered Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 432 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by MIRA More Details ISBN 0778369307 ISBN13 9780778369301 Edition Language English Series Arrowood 2 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Murder Pit, please sign up

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and the aristocracy, where the police seek his help Working much lower down the social ladder, struggling financially, is the other private detective, William Arrowood, the guvnor , with his sidekick, Norman Barnett Arrowood believes he is at least as good as Holmes, but languishes in obscurity, taking cases that mean walking the poverty stricken foggy mean streets and slums of the city, where the desperate and destitute masses face the dangers of diseases like cholera, abuse and unemployment, where for them just to survive the day is a victory in itself Arrowood s wife, Isabel, has left him for a lawyer in Cambridge, leaving him hoping she will return, despite acknowledging that he gave her good reasons to depart Barnett is the narrator, a man from a much lower social circle than William, often treated with indifference and under appreciated by the guvnor.It is 1896 and a new case arrives in the form of Mr and Mrs Barclay, whose daughter, who they describe as simple minded, unquestioning and malleable, Bordie has married Walter Ockinell, a pig farmer in Catford To their despair, Bridie has not been in contact with them, and they are convinced that the Ockinall family is keeping her from them They want William to arrange an opportunity to meet Bridie face to face, worried that she is being ill treated It all seems straightforward, a case that will easily resolved quickly, but instead they enter territory that is to tax them to their limits, and bring great dangers The Ockinalls refuse to let him see Bridie, and they encounter a wall of silence in Catford when it comes to getting information on the family, constantly told the Ockinalls are good people and have a excellent reputation Frustrated, they begin to have concerns about the workers on the farm, and worry about the disappearance of an old tinker woman who had offered snippets of sinister information about the family The local policeman, Sergeant Root, dismisses their report of the missing woman, and seems to be in the pocket of the Ockinells William Arrowood and Barnett are to encounter individuals with mental health issues and Down s Syndrome, cruelty and deplorable exploitation and begin to tug at the threads of a conspiracy that involves an asylum in Caterham, the Poor Law Union and.Finlay has done impeccable research on the period, and makes excellent use of this in his enthralling storylines He captures the developing Victorian debate on mental health, the Mongoloids, the asylums, the preponderance of deranged theories, the proposing of eugenics and beliefs that you could identify a bad un by merely looking at their physical features and face, and the lack of voice, rights and justice of those ensnared in the asylum system The plot and conspiracy outlined in the novel is based on real life scandals of the time, incorporating financial fraud, exploitation and mistreatment of those in asylums Arrowood himself is a figure of compassion and good deeds, but can be unlikeable and disagreeable He partakes of the demon drink and laudanum, and his physical features barely inspire confidence However, you have to admire him and Barnett, determined to face down the horrors they uncover and throw light on them, particularly given the wide array of those who disparage them, and are intent on discrediting them Even when Arrowood thinks at long last they will receive favourable coverage of their activities, this does not pan out So they must continue, scrabbling for work and poorly rewarded in the near future This is a wonderfully entertaining and compelling piece of historical fiction It is the second in the series, but it worked perfectly fine as a standalone Many thanks to HQ for an ARC flag 76 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 07, 2019 Whispering Stories rated it it was amazing review of another edition Book Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesWilliam Arrowood the guvnor and Norman Barnett his sidekick, and the narrator of the book are the poor people s private detectives in the late 1800s They take on the cases that Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson wouldn t even think about investigating.In The Murder Pit, Arrowood has been asked by a Mr and Mrs Barclay to track down their daughter Birdie and bring her home or at least talk to her and make sure she is okay Birdie is apparently Book Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesWilliam Arrowood the guvnor and Norman Barnett his sidekick, and the narrator of the book are the poor people s private detectives in the late 1800s They take on the cases that Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson wouldn t even think about investigating.In The Murder Pit, Arrowood has been asked by a Mr and Mrs Barclay to track down their daughter Birdie and bring her home or at least talk to her and make sure she is okay Birdie is apparently a simple minded young girl, as her family call her, and is easily led astray Since she married farmer Walter Ockwell she hasn t been seen or heard from and her parents, though they have tried, haven t had any success in finding her and talking to her.The Ockwell family are fiercely private people and won t let anyone near Birdie The family seem to be ruled by Walter s sister and are very well know in their local area.Arrowood and Barnett take a look into the Ockwell s and find out some disturbing information which they go to the local police officer with, though he refuses to help and warns Arrowood to stay away There s also the issue of someone who helped them with their enquires going missing too.Arrowood s not easily beaten though and won t give up until he s completed what s he s been paid for.I m a huge Sherlock Holmes fan so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it At first, I didn t realise it was the second in a series, but it is fine to read as a stand alone so not reading the first didn t hinder me in any way.Arrowood works in the same field as Sherlock Holmes but his methods are completely different He studies people and their actions and emotions rather than rely on the clues to lead him to the culprit or cause He also gets paid a lot less than Sherlock s and takes on poor peoples cases He also seems to detest Sherlock.The book is narrated by Barnett, Arrowood s assistant Author Mick Finlay has certainly done his research into the Victorian era and also the plight of disabled people back in those days This comes across strong and there is no doubt when turning the pages which era in history you are within.I favour the chase in mystery detective books far than the outcome and this book didn t disappoint, neither did the finale I enjoyed it immensely and if you like Sherlock you ll love this series flag 35 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it review of another edition I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ for an advance copy of The Murder Pit, the second novel to feature Victorian Enquiry Agent William Arrowood and his assistant, Norman Barnett.When Arrowood is engaged by the Barclays to return their daughter, Birdie, to them he sees it as a quick case Little does he know Birdie is married to Walter Ockham and lives on the family farm with him but she has learning difficulties so the Barclays believe that her refusal to see them is influenced by her new fa I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ for an advance copy of The Murder Pit, the second novel to feature Victorian Enquiry Agent William Arrowood and his assistant, Norman Barnett.When Arrowood is engaged by the Barclays to return their daughter, Birdie, to them he sees it as a quick case Little does he know Birdie is married to Walter Ockham and lives on the family farm with him but she has learning difficulties so the Barclays believe that her refusal to see them is influenced by her new family.I thoroughly enjoyed The Murder Pit which is an interesting read on many levels It is narrated by Barnett rather than Arrowood which gives a nod to the conventions of the time and allows for a mostly dispassionate account of Arrowood s methods although Barnett isn t averse to commenting unfavourably on these methods if he doesn t approve It is told in a warm, inviting style which lures the reader in with honesty and a dash of humour and doesn t let go.The historical detail is amazing Arrowood and Bennett do not inhabit the high society of Holmes and Watson but grub around in the lower echelons You can feel the squalor, poverty and desperation and the fear of destitution that drives many of the characters The gulf between the haves and have nots is measured in smugness and self confidence With Birdie being slow there is much discussion of perceived mental impairment Victorian thinking on the subject is horrible, prejudiced and irrational, but fascinating in its na vet and misuse.The plot is good but slightly longwinded, allowing the author to explore the wider issues of Victorian society There are a few twists and turns but the basic plot is fairly obvious from the outset.I haven t got round to reading the first novel yet although it s lurking in my TBR, but there is no need to have read Arrowood to fully enjoy this one Arrowood is a good protagonist, smart but not always likeable He eats and drinks too much and has a tendency towards conceit but his heart is in the right place, abhorring cruelty and exploitation Barnett is apparently the straightforward character, working class and decent, but I suspect there is much bubbling under his surface than Arrowood s Only time will tell.The Murder Pit is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Lou rated it really liked it review of another edition The Murder Pit, the second novel to feature Victorian Enquiry Agent William Arrowood and his assistant, Norman Barnett, is a superb choice for those who like Victorian murder mysteries with a stunning sense of time and place Written in the same style as what became known as the golden age of crime, classics such as those by Dame Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle and has the same distinctive gothic atmosphere and gives an authentic portrayal of London in the 1900s It is described within th The Murder Pit, the second novel to feature Victorian Enquiry Agent William Arrowood and his assistant, Norman Barnett, is a superb choice for those who like Victorian murder mysteries with a stunning sense of time and place Written in the same style as what became known as the golden age of crime, classics such as those by Dame Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle and has the same distinctive gothic atmosphere and gives an authentic portrayal of London in the 1900s It is described within the book as Holmes providing services and investigations for the rich and cream of Victorian society and Mr Arrowood providing similar services to the poor after all, we all need justice.Arrowood is very much the opposite to Holmes in another respect to he s practically thrown together This rugged, slapdashness reminded me of Columbo, who made his dime tricking suspects into thinking he was a stupid, clumsy and simply clueless police investigator Arrowood very much takes inspiration from Columbo, and he is ultimately a flawed and human character who it s easy to admire He s an intelligent, solid investigator I have to admit that the historical time period of the novel was executed better than the mystery, as I had figured out what was going on particularly early on The sights, smells and noises leaped off the page and brought to life the poverty stricken inner city and shone a light on the desperation of inhabitants The sheer prejudice of the Victorians shocked and intrigued me in equal measure.Many thanks to HQ for an ARC flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Wendy rated it really liked it review of another edition Step into the world of Mr William Arrowood and Mr Norman Barnett the narrator , who voluntarily invite themselves into all manner of difficulties in order to solve a case Their methods are sometimes foolhardy and often illegal Mostly, their extensive efforts are underappreciated by the press and public alike Now this duo certainly doesn t lack aptitude as detectives But their approach, no matter how well intended, encourages people to view them with suspicion and they find it almost impossi Step into the world of Mr William Arrowood and Mr Norman Barnett the narrator , who voluntarily invite themselves into all manner of difficulties in order to solve a case Their methods are sometimes foolhardy and often illegal Mostly, their extensive efforts are underappreciated by the press and public alike Now this duo certainly doesn t lack aptitude as detectives But their approach, no matter how well intended, encourages people to view them with suspicion and they find it almost impossible to gain the same professional reputation as their competition , the unblemished Sherlock Holmes.It s their tenacity I especially liked No matter how many setbacks they endure they just keep chipping away, if only to give a voice to those who would otherwise go unheard Scene setting is particularly vivid too from the biting cold of financial hardship to anyone unable to offer resistance against exploitation.Getting anywhere near the root of the truth becomes an unimaginable struggle, as layer upon layer of manipulation and misfortune must be uncovered Still, nothing appears to deter these two physically striking individuals with personalities to match.I hadn t realised that The Murder Pit was book two of their antics No matter Although there were references to their previous cases this story flowed like a standalone Besides, I quite enjoyed getting to know Arrowood and Barnett, and the people they met along the way flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Gram rated it really liked it review of another edition In late 19th Century England, consulting detective William Arrowood tells a client When we take a case, we go on a journey into people s souls and that often a dangerous and cruel journey That statement neatly sums up the plot of the 2nd book in the Arrowood series in which the detective and his assistant, Norman Barnett are hired by Mr and Mrs Barclay, who haven t seen their daughter Birdie, who they describe as simple minded, since she married Walter Ockwell and went to live on his In late 19th Century England, consulting detective William Arrowood tells a client When we take a case, we go on a journey into people s souls and that often a dangerous and cruel journey That statement neatly sums up the plot of the 2nd book in the Arrowood series in which the detective and his assistant, Norman Barnett are hired by Mr and Mrs Barclay, who haven t seen their daughter Birdie, who they describe as simple minded, since she married Walter Ockwell and went to live on his pig farm in Catford, in the south east of London Arrowood is seen as the lower classes version of Sherlock Holmes and Barnett is his Watson He loathes Holmes with a passion and is always ready to talk about the latter s luck in solving some of his famous cases Arrowood, on the other hand, has been described by the London newspapers as an interfering busybody He sometimes uses Barnett to burgle offices in order to find proof of crimes and occasionally treats his assistant in an abominable manner Indeed, this poor man s Sherlock Holmes is often his own worst enemy and his investigations can have disastrous results During this case, he uses his own sister, Ettie, to gain inside information about the Ockwell s farm and the people living there It is Barnett a sympathetic character who narrates this unrelentingly grim tale which concerns a mental asylum, the Poor Law Union and the exploitation and torture of young men and women, described in 19th Century parlance as mongols a word still used as an insult to describe people with Down s syndrome, or anyone with special needs What begins as a seemingly straightforward missing persons case soon descends into a tortuous murder investigation after the disappearance of an old gypsy woman who had revealed gossip about the Ockwell family Walter Ockwell and his domineering sister Rosanna repeatedly refuse to let them see Birdie, while they are met with indifference by almost everyone in Catford who view the Ockwells as decent, hardworking people Arrowood is threatened with violence in a local pub as he pursues his investigation The officer in charge at the local police station, Sergeant Root, refuses to follow up any of Arrowood s leads and he has to contact Inspector Petleigh, his only friend at Scotland Yard, for help Meanwhile, he and Barnett uncover a sinister link between Ockwell s farm and the local asylum It seems that several pillars of the community may also be involved in financial fraud involving its inmates As with the first book, Arrowood , the author effortlessly captures the sights, sounds and smells of late 19th Century England especially the extreme poverty and hardships suffered by the people who Arrowood and Barnett encounter in the course of their investigation We learn about the main characters in this story Arrowood s wife, Isabel, has left him for a younger man, while Barnett harbours a sad secret about his personal life Arrowood also relates details of his and Ettie s childhood At times the plot is somewhat convoluted and the reader may be confused by the myriad of characters, some of whom are only peripheral to this story, but overall this is a fascinating insight into the seamier side of 1890 s London Much of it is based on historical fact and Mick Finlay is to be congratulated for his meticulous research which brings this Victorian detective tale vividly to life My thanks to the publishers, HQ and Netgally for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an unbiased review flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 13, 2019 Somya Sahni rated it it was amazing review of another edition This has been my first read of 2019 and let s just say I belive I am of to a good start Its also my first thriller after a year and I enjoyed it so much that I am all set to finish all my thriller novels first this really never happens because I am always on the lookout for a YA or Romance , but lets just say that this books definitely affected my reading radar Now coming to the book I will try to keep it short because I don t want to spill any beans Mr.Arrowood is a detective in the late This has been my first read of 2019 and let s just say I belive I am of to a good start Its also my first thriller after a year and I enjoyed it so much that I am all set to finish all my thriller novels first this really never happens because I am always on the lookout for a YA or Romance , but lets just say that this books definitely affected my reading radar Now coming to the book I will try to keep it short because I don t want to spill any beans Mr.Arrowood is a detective in the late nineteenth century in London As Sherlock Holmes looks after cases of the rich and the government , Mr Arrowood looks after cases of the middle class and the poor people who talk about Sherlock but can t really afford him So I am going to give you all an honest confession I have never been a fan of Sherlock Holmes maybe because he uses to much science or its just his work felt to intelligent me , so this was an underlying reason for liking Arrowood because even he doesn t like Sherlock Holmes.The case in the book revolves around parents who have just married there daughter off but have been not able to see her after the marriage and because of this they call Mr.Arrowood This book talks about psychological and mental diseases and how those patients were treated back then How even there parents didn t love them and treated them as slaves and how there were so many prejudices beliefs Though at the same time this was a period when a lot of research was happening to understand these issues and how to solve them.Mr.Arrowood is a detective who solves cases through human emotions , reactions and behaviour which was really fun to read and understand The book has been told by the point of view of Mr.Arrowood s assistant Other major characters were Mr.Arrowood s sister who was a really nice character to read about she is a strong women working for the betterment of other women through her mission and his best friend who is there forever supporter.Though Mr Arrowood and his assistant start on the lookout for Birdy the girl who is not able to meet her parents at the house and town she is married but end up stumbling on a murder , a town where no one wants to talk about the family where Birdy is married and a police officer not ready to work.The book has dealt with some heavy topics related to psychological disorders such as autism and down syndrome though the words used then were completely different and maybe a little racist too I really liked how everything was not to so easy for them and they were not the most of the polish people And though everyone was creating problems for them and questioning there capability as a detective they still managed to get everything done which just made the whole book interesting to read.Count this as a definite recommendation from my side flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Helen Carolan rated it it was ok review of another edition This was so disappointing The first book in the series was very dark with some black humour Sadly this one lacks both It s a fairly average crime thriller Here Finlay has a seemingly easy case to make contact with a young woman who has not spoken to her parents since her marriage But when a women who helps them is killed the case takes a sinister turn Predictable flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 17, 2018 Melisende dOutremer rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, mystery, reviewed London 1896 Barnett and Arrowood are detectives whom we first met the year before in Arrowood In this instalment, they are searching for a missing brideBut Arrowood and Barnett are no ordinary detectives they are literally a second rate version of Holmes and Watson, whom Arrowood absolutely and most vocally, despises These two take on the cases that Holmes won t touch those of the common folk , but for them there is no glorious write up when the cases are solved, no public acclaim, no fet London 1896 Barnett and Arrowood are detectives whom we first met the year before in Arrowood In this instalment, they are searching for a missing brideBut Arrowood and Barnett are no ordinary detectives they are literally a second rate version of Holmes and Watson, whom Arrowood absolutely and most vocally, despises These two take on the cases that Holmes won t touch those of the common folk , but for them there is no glorious write up when the cases are solved, no public acclaim, no feting from royalty, and he is tired of Holmes getting the credit for solving his cases.Arrowood is the anti hero he is at times, thoroughly unlikeable, and sees himself as a real detective, rather than the show pony Holmes But you can t help feeling that anyone would appear second rate when Holmes is in his ascendancy, and Holmes does cast a very long shadow.Having said that, our narrator Barnet, takes us through the search for the missing bride, Bridie, who is estranged from her parents how hard can it be, surely back home in time for tea However, just when you think there is resolution the story takes off again Constant plot twists and turns keep you guessing to the end.Note that whilst this is fiction, it does paint a disturbing account of the treatment of those society had labelled idiot , imbecile and lunatic flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Frankie Reviews rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves blogtours, historic fiction, hq digital uk, victorian Well, what can I say about this, but utterly brilliant It has a real Sherlock Holmes come Ripper Street feel to it, I was instantly drawn into the case and was glued right to the last page As soon as I saw the cover I knew that I needed to read it, it looked so interesting and that was before reading the back blurb and I was not disappointed I didn t realise that this was apart of a series, I read this very much as a stand a lone and going by the superb quality of this I know that I will be r Well, what can I say about this, but utterly brilliant It has a real Sherlock Holmes come Ripper Street feel to it, I was instantly drawn into the case and was glued right to the last page As soon as I saw the cover I knew that I needed to read it, it looked so interesting and that was before reading the back blurb and I was not disappointed I didn t realise that this was apart of a series, I read this very much as a stand a lone and going by the superb quality of this I know that I will be reading.What I love about this is that Arrowood and Barnett are well and truly on the side of the regular people, the working and lower classes the people who the mighty Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson would never sully their hands with The whole country is applauding the genius that is Sherlock Holmes, the cream of the aristocratic stock are hiring Mr Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson to solve their mysteries for them Yet, what about the lower classes Those that can t afford Sherlock s substantial fee s and those that aren t deemed worthy of helping In steps Arrowood It s Victorian London, William Arrowood is a Private Investigator and along with his assistant Norman Barrett they take on the cases that Sherlock Holes won t They are approached by the Barclay s who want Arrowood to find their daughter Birdie who after marrying Walter Ockwell a pig farmer, hasn t been in contact with her parents The Barclay s are worried that Birdie is in some way being stopped by her husband s family from contacting them and because she is simple minded and malleable they worry she may be being mistreated What appears to be a simple case, turns into something very different indeed, as Arrowood and Barnett find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy involving a local asylum, the murder of an old woman Mrs Gillie, plus threats and violence at every corner as they try to find the truth of what has happened to Mrs Gillie what is going on at the Ockwell farm But with the Ockwell family, the local police constable and the village all silent and protective of each other it becomes clear to Arrowood and Barnett that this case is far from easy and it will take them on a dark, violent and at times very uncomfortable journey I really like how this is written, we see the whole story play out not through the lead character Arrowood s eyes, but through the point of view of his assistant Barrett I think that is so funny how Arrowood genuinely appears to hate Sherlock Holmes, whenever the man is mentioned or another of his cases appears in the paper Arrowood just sees red, which also makes him either reach for the laudanum or whatever tasty morsel he can get his chubby hands on He truly believes himself to on par as an investigator as Holmes, personally I prefer Arrowood to Sherlock He isn t one to search and follow the clues he is a thinker, he uses his intellect in human nature to solve the crimes today he would be referred of a psychoanalyst Mick Finlay has written a brilliant story that is engaging, atmospheric and addictive reading and I can guarantee any who loves historical fiction and a good crime mystery will love meeting Arrowood I do love a Victorian set story and this is one of the best I ve read, Finley has clearly done unbelievable amounts of research into the Victorian era and so into how the Victorians used to treat those who had a disability or mental health issue Which is astounding the cruelty what they showed to them, thank heaven times have changed His meticulous attention to detail brings the story to life, it is as though the reader has been transported from their armchair to Arrowood s dark world which is full of conspiracy and lies The writing is solid, it captures the reader s imagination with absolute clarity Over this is a brilliant introduction to this authors work, imaginative, dark, thrilling, fast paced, and original Definitely one that will be pulled of the bookshelf again and again, I can t wait for the next Arrowood mystery Very highly recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Julia rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay is a historical crime novel set in 1896 It was a time of poverty, fear and darkness as Jack The Ripper loomed large in the thoughts of people This is the second instalment in the Arrowood series but can be read as a stand alone.An unlikely pairing of super sleuths fight injustice and search for the truth Where they see hurt and pain, they seek to bring security and safety They fight for the under dogs, the people whom society would rather forget.The novel has t The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay is a historical crime novel set in 1896 It was a time of poverty, fear and darkness as Jack The Ripper loomed large in the thoughts of people This is the second instalment in the Arrowood series but can be read as a stand alone.An unlikely pairing of super sleuths fight injustice and search for the truth Where they see hurt and pain, they seek to bring security and safety They fight for the under dogs, the people whom society would rather forget.The novel has the disturbing topics of cruelty and neglect of the mentally handicapped Asylums in Victorian England were places of neglect and exploitation There were few checks of those running them.The novel portrays a fight against evil Wrongs need to be righted as some really do suffer hell on earth.The characters were well drawn, rough and ready likable heroes with no frills on them A well executed plotline keeps the reader guessing to the end.Comprehensive descriptions enable the reader to walk the dark streets of Victorian England It was a time of grime, both in characters and locations Mick Finlay s words really enable the reader to see and smell the dirt and muck.The Murder Pit was a good old fashioned crime mystery, with shades of Holmes and Watson Very entertaining but heart breaking and horrifying too.I received this book for free A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 peggy rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves crime thriller, netgalley This is the second in the Arrowood series and i loved the first one and was expecting of the same.Unfortunately it was not to be Don t get me wrong i enjoyed the book but i think I was spoilt by reading the first book in this series.There is a lot to like the characters are growing and the plot is clever and of course it is a historical crime drama Personally the book felt as though it had lost it s way midway and where was the humour A good read just did not entertain.I would like to t This is the second in the Arrowood series and i loved the first one and was expecting of the same.Unfortunately it was not to be Don t get me wrong i enjoyed the book but i think I was spoilt by reading the first book in this series.There is a lot to like the characters are growing and the plot is clever and of course it is a historical crime drama Personally the book felt as though it had lost it s way midway and where was the humour A good read just did not entertain.I would like to thank the author, HQ and Netgalley for the advanced copy in return for giving an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Erin Britton rated it it was amazing review of another edition William Arrowood is a private detective of some distinction In any other place and at any other time, he might well have been considered the world s foremost consulting detective, but in London during the late 1890s that honour goes to one Sherlock Holmes While Holmes basks in the limelight after all, despite all his protestations about the folly of fame, he does manage to feature in the newspapers an awful lot and tackles lucrative cases brought to him by the great and the good of London so William Arrowood is a private detective of some distinction In any other place and at any other time, he might well have been considered the world s foremost consulting detective, but in London during the late 1890s that honour goes to one Sherlock Holmes While Holmes basks in the limelight after all, despite all his protestations about the folly of fame, he does manage to feature in the newspapers an awful lot and tackles lucrative cases brought to him by the great and the good of London society, Arrowood deals with the nitty gritty of crime in the capital, taking cases that lack glamour from clients that lack the ability to pay much for the services of a detective.That s not to say that his cases lack interest and his solutions lack intellectual rigour though For instance, in Arrowood, the first book to chronicle his deductive exploits, Arrowood and his burly associate Norman Barnett who certainly contributes to the cracking of both cases and heads than Doctor Watson ever does are tasked with tracking down Thierry Cousture, a chophouse worker who has been missing for some days Cousture s sister fears the worst, as does Arrowood when he realises that the chophouse is owned by Stanley Cream, a notorious gangster who has a score to settle with Arrowood and Barnett It was never going to be a straightforward case, but the complexity of the investigation ends up surprising even Arrowood Luckily, it ll take than Irish rebels, police corruption, political intrigue and nefarious street gangs to stop him getting his man.In The Murder Pit, his second chronicled outing, in between visits to the pudding shop, Arrowood is employed by the Barclays to make contact with their daughter, Birdie, a young women described as being good natured, malleable and rather simple minded It should be a relatively easy matter, since the Barclays are pretty certain where Birdie actually is, although they re not sure why she apparently no longer wants anything to do with them Birdie has recently married a farmer named Walter Ockwell and gone to live on his family s pig farm outside of Catford She was keen for the marriage to take place and everything should be going swimmingly for her, only when her parents attempt to make contact, either in person or by letter, excuses are made as to why they can t see Birdie.Arrowood has a nagging feeling that the Barclays are keeping something back from him, but he s been bored of late and, perhaps even importantly, he s keen to tackle and impressively solve a newspaper worthy case so that he can knock Sherlock Holmes from the headlines for a change He agrees to take the case after manoeuvring Barnett into checking that the Barclays can actually afford the fee and the pair set off for the farm It s a pretty isolated place, inhabited only by various members of the Ockwell family and their two farm workers, both of whom appear to have learning difficulties, and there s definitely something dodgy afoot there The Ockwells won t let them see Birdie, and they re not keen to explain why, while the local people of Catford quickly close ranks and make their dislike of outsiders known It appears that pinpointing the physical location of Birdie is going to be the easy bit, while gaining access to her is going to be far troublesome.William Arrowood, despite being a decidedly cantankerous, certainly frustrating, rather pompous and sometimes malodourous individual, is a great detective and a perfect rival for Sherlock Holmes Where Holmes relies on unemotional logic and deductive reasoning or pure luck, as Arrowood would put it , Arrowood approaches his cases from an emotional perspective, applying his amateur psychology to search for the motives of victims and criminals alike In Barnett s opinion, this reliance on emotions, his own and other people s, is both a strength and a weakness for Arrowood, although there s no denying that the detective perceives things that others miss Of course, he s also rather prone to blundering into places that should be approached with greater caution He s a flawed man, a man who consoles himself with food, alcohol and visits to prostitutes after having driven his wife from his life, but he s also a man dedicated to helping those in need and if a little fame comes his way because of it, then so much the better Interestingly, while Sherlock Holmes would arguably still manage to solve his cases without any input from Dr Watson, Arrowood is far reliant on Norman Barnett, even though he often fails to appreciate and sufficiently respect his associate Barnett is a complex character, less overtly troubled than Arrowood, but probably carrying a far greater burden in reality His difficult and poverty ridden childhood has caused him to project a tough exterior and he s certainly not afraid to use his fists when required, but he s also than capable of puzzling out the solution to a taxing case and sussing when someone has a secret to hide Arrowood, whether he s willing to admit it or not, would be lost without the assistance of Barnett and in The Murder Pit he also has to rely a great deal on his sister Ettie, young Neddy, best or only friend Lewis and even lovelorn Detective Inspector Petleigh to solve the Barclay case Unlike the work of the Baker Street sleuth, Arrowood s investigations really are team efforts.The Murder Pit is a dark and atmospheric tale with secrets, death and corruption at its heart In addition to having crafted an intriguingly complex case for Arrowood to investigate, Mick Finlay has done a brilliant job of researching and recreating daily life in both London and the countryside during the late 1890s The characters and the descriptions of places all ring true, and the dialogue seems pitch perfect for the time and place He works a good deal of interesting social commentary in alongside the crime related aspects of the story, which means that the events and circumstances Arrowood encounters, however distressing they may be, seem all too plausible Ultimately, The Murder Pit is an intriguing and inventive mystery featuring multilayered and compelling characters whose heads you might sometimes want to knock together Hopefully it won t be too long before the third Arrowood mystery is available flag Like see review Jan 11, 2018 Leanne Beadle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Just finished reading this light hearted murder mystery novel The characters are all great, some come across as insane to begin with but then you get to know them I definitely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Jan 07, 2019 Cheryl M M rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is the second book in the Arrowood series When I read the first book I can remember thinking what an excellent premise this is Presenting a disgruntled, a down to earth and a working class persona as the nemesis to Sherlock Holmes, albeit one he is or less unaware of, is an amusing and intriguing read.Although considered politically incorrect in our era the definitions, medical theories and treatment of people with mental health issues and deficiencies during the Victorian era, This is the second book in the Arrowood series When I read the first book I can remember thinking what an excellent premise this is Presenting a disgruntled, a down to earth and a working class persona as the nemesis to Sherlock Holmes, albeit one he is or less unaware of, is an amusing and intriguing read.Although considered politically incorrect in our era the definitions, medical theories and treatment of people with mental health issues and deficiencies during the Victorian era, are an important part of history It is pertinent to shed a light on advances in thought processes and advancements, and just as important to understand the tragedy of misunderstanding mental health in this historical and fictional context.The injustice and maltreatment, especially in the cases of women in particular, is shocking at the very least The author takes the opportunity to highlight a few infamous cases of how to get rid of someone via the overall descriptor of mania, insanity or hysteria with some of the most ridiculous and dangerous theories of that era.Which brings us to the case of Birdie, a young woman with diminished mental capacities, who has not been seen by her parents since she was married off to an equally mentally challenged young man The family she married into is reluctant to let Birdie interact with anyone outside of her new family In fact Arrowood thinks this case is than just a family disagreement.Barnett finally admits the truth about his personal situation and takes a small uncertain step towards allowing himself a break and trying to enter the inner circle At the heart of his reluctance lies a feeling of inadequacy In comparison to Arrowood he still feels like a second class citizen The fact his curmudgeonly boss and partner in crime solving has a hair trigger temper and a penchant for unpredictable bouts of violence and throwing objects at him, only serves to ingrain these emotions in him.Part of the charm of Arrowood and Co is the genuine need to help the innocent and vulnerable, regardless of the danger, obstruction and lack of payment they often face Unlike the best detective in the world, Sherlock Holmes, who as Arrowood often points out, is only in it for the fame and money.Finlay has certainly honed his craft and given due diligence to the research on mental illness during the Victorian era, which makes this an exceptional murder mystery read I would enjoy seeing this as a television version the imperfection and rough exterior would be a realistic representation of a Victorian detective and even amusing considering how disgruntled Arrowood is when it comes to Holmes and Watson.I sincerely hope this second book is one of many to come Finlay is most definitely an author to watch The second book in the Arrowood series is a captivating, and yet an equally amusing and tragic read I wouldn t hesitate to recommend this murder mystery series set in the Victorian era I received a copy courtesy of the publisher flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Vivienne rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical mystery, mental illness My thanks to HQ for an eARC via NetGalley of the second in the Arrowood series by Mick Finlay.While The Murder Pit works fine as a stand alone I had read the first, Arrowood , last week and enjoyed it very much William Arrowood is a down market private investigating agent He is quick to point out that while Sherlock Holmes handles cases for London Society, he deals with everyone else He considers Holmes a deductive agent following physical clues, while he bases his investigations on pe My thanks to HQ for an eARC via NetGalley of the second in the Arrowood series by Mick Finlay.While The Murder Pit works fine as a stand alone I had read the first, Arrowood , last week and enjoyed it very much William Arrowood is a down market private investigating agent He is quick to point out that while Sherlock Holmes handles cases for London Society, he deals with everyone else He considers Holmes a deductive agent following physical clues, while he bases his investigations on people and emotions.In this case Arrowood and his assistant Norman Barnett, who serves as his Watson and the narrator, are hired by Mr and Mrs Barclay, who are concerned about their daughter Birdie Described by them as weak minded due to damage at birth, since her recent marriage to pig farmer Walter Ockwell Birdie has not made contact with her parents They are concerned that she is being held there under duress Arrowood and Barnett encounter resistance from the Ockwells and the local community What at first seemed a simple case becomes increasingly complicated and expands into a murder investigation.In this novel Finlay tackles the subject of mental illness and cognitive disabilities during the late Victorian period As such he uses terms and descriptions consistent with the period In an Author s Note at the beginning of the novel he acknowledges that this may be uncomfortable for modern readers As someone who is put off by anachronisms in historical fiction I was glad that he remained true to the period setting while providing further notes and sources at the conclusion on the subject for those wishing information.The exploration of these social issues does slow the pace some but I felt that Finlay wanted to bring attention to them, elevating the novel beyond a historical mystery Not only is Finlay s historical research excellent but his ability to create an evocative atmosphere through description allows a very immersive experience He certainly doesn t romanticise the period so it s very gritty and smelly reading.The running theme of Arrowood s dislike of Sherlock Holmes and desire to be recognised as his equal provides ongoing humour Both he and Barnett are complex and flawed men with good hearts flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 John rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books read in 2019 I would like to thank Netgalley and Harlequin MIRA for an advance copy of The Murder Pit, the second novel to feature Victorian Enquiry Agent William Arrowood the guvnor and his assistant, Norman Barnett, the narrator of the book Unlike their nemesis, the aristocratic Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, the working class Arrowood and Barnett take on cases from the wrong side of the tracks, cases that Holmes would not touch, and cases that do not draw the public accolades that Arrowood longs I would like to thank Netgalley and Harlequin MIRA for an advance copy of The Murder Pit, the second novel to feature Victorian Enquiry Agent William Arrowood the guvnor and his assistant, Norman Barnett, the narrator of the book Unlike their nemesis, the aristocratic Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, the working class Arrowood and Barnett take on cases from the wrong side of the tracks, cases that Holmes would not touch, and cases that do not draw the public accolades that Arrowood longs to achieve In this case Mr and Mrs Barclay engage him to find their estranged daughter, Birdie, the new wife of a pig farmer, whose family refuses to allow any contact with the young woman But there is here than meets the eye, and the case soon draws The Guvnor and Norman into the dark world of mental asylums, poor houses and the neglect ad abuse of those with mental and developmental issues The author does a wonderful job of providing a historically accurate sense of time and place He also does a superb job of creating characters with depth and humor Even his most minor characters are brought to life as living breathing persons, not just wooden background figures I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Victorian mystery and a dark atmospheric story with plenty of humor flag Like see review Jan 18, 2019 Katie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, mystery crime thriller Second installment in the Arrowood mystery series Set in Jack the Ripper s era, this is a ripper of a mystery with a delightfully seedy Holmes and Watson type detective pair who resent that Holmes gets all the glory And characters, oh my goodness Packed as full as a Christmas fruitcake But the second in a series Well, of course, I had to buy the first, also titled Arrowood, and you will, too Too much fun to miss.Full Disclosure A review copy of this book was provided to me by HARLEQUIN Second installment in the Arrowood mystery series Set in Jack the Ripper s era, this is a ripper of a mystery with a delightfully seedy Holmes and Watson type detective pair who resent that Holmes gets all the glory And characters, oh my goodness Packed as full as a Christmas fruitcake But the second in a series Well, of course, I had to buy the first, also titled Arrowood, and you will, too Too much fun to miss.Full Disclosure A review copy of this book was provided to me by HARLEQUIN MIRA U.S and Canada MIRA via NetGalley I would like to thank the publisher and the author for providing me this opportunity All opinions expressed herein are my own flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Pat rated it really liked it I received a free copy of The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay, through Good Reads First Reads Giveaway Arrowood is a flawed and complex investigator who is jealous of Sherlock Holmes and feels that he never gets the credit he deserves The author s talent puts us back in time and location with many insights into the attitude of those in authority in the past I enjoyed reading the book and the clues, but it is not an easy read Many facts described in the book are raw regarding injuries and locati I received a free copy of The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay, through Good Reads First Reads Giveaway Arrowood is a flawed and complex investigator who is jealous of Sherlock Holmes and feels that he never gets the credit he deserves The author s talent puts us back in time and location with many insights into the attitude of those in authority in the past I enjoyed reading the book and the clues, but it is not an easy read Many facts described in the book are raw regarding injuries and locations, which may be upsetting to some readers Overall, I recommend the book to anyone interested in unusual mysteries flag Like see review Sep 10, 2018 Jennifer rated it liked it review of another edition I liked the characters of the two detectives the guvnor is especially humorous not only in his dislike of Sherlock Holmes, but also his physical characteristics such as his badly timed bodily functions While I enjoy the mystery genre, I was disappointed that it wasn t as scary as the cover hinted There definitely could have been murders, enough to make it a real murder pit I think the murders took of a back seat to the social injustices against mental illness and developmental di I liked the characters of the two detectives the guvnor is especially humorous not only in his dislike of Sherlock Holmes, but also his physical characteristics such as his badly timed bodily functions While I enjoy the mystery genre, I was disappointed that it wasn t as scary as the cover hinted There definitely could have been murders, enough to make it a real murder pit I think the murders took of a back seat to the social injustices against mental illness and developmental disability of that time I received a free copy of this from a giveaway and am grateful for the chance to read this I would give it 3.5 stars flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Joann Maggio rated it really liked it review of another edition Murder Pit by Mick FinlayIf you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, as am I, this author has painted such a vivid picture of London during that time The private detective Arrowood seems to be ignored by his peers but has than proven he is an outstanding detective.The descriptions of the depravity used upon the mentally ill and the handicapped is heart wrenching The bitter terminology used for these humans is unconscionable.The story had many twists which kept the readers interest and the chara Murder Pit by Mick FinlayIf you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, as am I, this author has painted such a vivid picture of London during that time The private detective Arrowood seems to be ignored by his peers but has than proven he is an outstanding detective.The descriptions of the depravity used upon the mentally ill and the handicapped is heart wrenching The bitter terminology used for these humans is unconscionable.The story had many twists which kept the readers interest and the characters were quitefascinating I enjoyed the cat and mouse of this book maybe a bit long but I would recommend flag Like see review Aug 15, 2018 Vera rated it it was amazing review of another edition I received Uncorrected Proof of this in the mail These 2 private detectives not your usualpair When the Barclay contact them for him to see talk to their daughter Figure a quick maybe 2 day case But things not what they same Why would a girl from a well to do family marry a pig farmer to begin with Now he don t want her to contact her family Lies all around and nobody seems to want to help them One that did try to help, when they go back to see her has now vanished but left anything val I received Uncorrected Proof of this in the mail These 2 private detectives not your usualpair When the Barclay contact them for him to see talk to their daughter Figure a quick maybe 2 day case But things not what they same Why would a girl from a well to do family marry a pig farmer to begin with Now he don t want her to contact her family Lies all around and nobody seems to want to help them One that did try to help, when they go back to see her has now vanished but left anything value behind Even mystery to solve.A book once you start reading, just grabs your attention Up reading longer than you expect Would recommend to others flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Kevin rated it it was amazing Shelves suspense, mystery, historical fiction, crime I received an advanced copy through Giveaways A mystery set in the late eighteen hundreds, this is the second book in the series The book stands on it s own and the reader doesn t need to read the first The lead investigator, Arrowood, is often compared to the common man s Sherlock Holmes The story begins and moves quickly while the plot and characters develop The book appears well researched with good flow Overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading other books in the seri I received an advanced copy through Giveaways A mystery set in the late eighteen hundreds, this is the second book in the series The book stands on it s own and the reader doesn t need to read the first The lead investigator, Arrowood, is often compared to the common man s Sherlock Holmes The story begins and moves quickly while the plot and characters develop The book appears well researched with good flow Overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading other books in the series, which I suspect will continue flag Like see review Aug 18, 2018 Koufitir rated it it was amazing Shelves victorian england This book was a giveaway The second Arrowood installment was all I could ever hope for and The characters continue to develop and we get a glimpse of their complexity In this segment, Arrowood is hired by Mr and Mrs Barclay who engage him to trace their daughter Birdie, he s sure it won t be long before he and his assistant Barnett have tracked her down But this supposedly simple missing person case quickly turns into a grueling murder investigation Mick Finley paints a pictu This book was a giveaway The second Arrowood installment was all I could ever hope for and The characters continue to develop and we get a glimpse of their complexity In this segment, Arrowood is hired by Mr and Mrs Barclay who engage him to trace their daughter Birdie, he s sure it won t be long before he and his assistant Barnett have tracked her down But this supposedly simple missing person case quickly turns into a grueling murder investigation Mick Finley paints a picture that is far from the comfort of upper class London I am looking forward to Arrowood 3 flag Like see review Jan 10, 2019 Susan rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 1896 London and private detectives Arrowood and Barnett are employed by Mr and Mrs Barclay to determine that their wedded daughter, Birdie, is well, having not been able to see her since her marriage But this straightforward case soon turns to murder While an interesting read, I really didn t care much for the character of Arrowood and I did hope for some deaths rather than a description of the care of the mental ill.A NetGalley Book flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Donna rated it really liked it Shelves giveaway I won this book through a giveaway This is my honest review I have to say I was not impressed in the beginning of the book It was really slow reading and to follow along I continued on and the book picked up and I figured out how the author wrote his story I finally started to enjoy reading it and wanted to find out who did it flag Like see review Jan 07, 2019 Colleen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves mystery, read in 2019, historical fiction Books like this remind me of why mystery novels were once the only thing I read This was a delightful read I enjoyed the complexity of the plot, the personal dramas and the fact that the book was peppered with some humorous moments Of course the Holmes stuff was the cherry on top Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 Kilgallen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, 2018 reads I really enjoyed this one Good pacing and interesting characters The setting was gritty and raw but carried an element of realism that was both wonderful and heartbreaking There are some sensitive topics and potential triggers, but I believe that the author has gone to great lengths to try to present an acurate portrait of a far less tolerent or inclusive time in our not so distant past flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Sherida Hillman rated it really liked it review of another edition Engaging and well researched I don t normally read either period books or murders but this was a book club choice and I liked it Great use of language both in dialogue and narration, and kept you very much in the time without constant reminders or sounding patronising Definitely pulls no punches though Liked it a lot flag Like see review Aug 29, 2018 Rachel rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 Not only was this as good as the first book in the series, but it exceeded expectation I wanted to jump into the book and personally do away with the villains The poor investigators wading through the atrocious all while dealing with their own demons flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Release date 1 7 Jan 02, 2018 08 06AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Mick used his background in psychology to write Arrowood , a historical crime fiction novel set in Victorian London It is published HQ Harper Collins in the UK and by Mira in the USA Translations are available by Harper Collins in a number of other countries e.g Japan, Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Holland, Finland, Norway and Sweden The sequel, The Murder Pit , came out in Jan 2019 UK , Feb in N America, and other countries later this year dates to be confirmed Gangsters, pornographers, drunks and Fenian terrorists abound in this Victorian noir detective novel, which crackles with energy and wit The Times of London 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        Facebook Finlay was born in Glasgow and grew up in Canada and England He now divides his time between Brighton and Cambridge He teaches in a Psychology Department, and has published social psychological research on political violence, persuasion, and verbal and non verbal behaviour Before becoming an academic he worked as a tent hand in a travelling Facebook Finlay was born in Glasgow and grew up in Canada and England He now divides his time between Brighton and Cambridge He teaches in a Psychology Department, and has published social psychological research on political violence, persuasion, and verbal and non verbal behaviour Before becoming an academic he worked as a tent hand in a travelling circus, a butcher s boy, a hotel porter, and in various psychology related roles in the NHS and social services He reads widely in history, psychology, and enjoys a variety of fiction genres including crime, of course Mick used his background in psychology to write Arrowood , a historical crime fiction novel set in Victorian London It is published HQ Harper Collins in the UK and by Mira in the USA Translations are available by Harper Collins in a number of other countries e.g Japan, Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Holland, Finland, Norway and Sweden The sequel, The Murder Pit , came out in Jan 2019 UK , Feb in N America, and other countries later this year dates to be confirmed Gangsters, pornographers, drunks and Fenian terrorists abound in this Victorian noir detective novel, which crackles with energy and wit The Times of London Top 100 Summer Books Arrowood is the Victorian workingman s answer to the higher class Sherlock Holmes a foul mouthed, hard drinking, shabby detective with a seriously bad attitude toward his famous counterpart Seattle Times 10 of the Summer s Hottest Crime Fiction Titles


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    1. Mick Finlay writes wonderfully atmospheric and richly detailed historical crime fiction set in Victorian London, a London that lauds the abilities of Sherlock Holmes, coming to the aid of the country and the aristocracy, where the police seek his help Working much lower down the social ladder, struggling financially, is the other private detective, William Arrowood, the guvnor , with his sidekick, Norman Barnett Arrowood believes he is at least as good as Holmes, but languishes in obscurity, Mic [...]


    2. Book Reviewed by Stacey on whisperingstoriesWilliam Arrowood the guvnor and Norman Barnett his sidekick, and the narrator of the book are the poor people s private detectives in the late 1800s They take on the cases that Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson wouldn t even think about investigating.In The Murder Pit, Arrowood has been asked by a Mr and Mrs Barclay to track down their daughter Birdie and bring her home or at least talk to her and make sure she is okay Birdie is apparently Book Reviewed by [...]


    3. I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ for an advance copy of The Murder Pit, the second novel to feature Victorian Enquiry Agent William Arrowood and his assistant, Norman Barnett.When Arrowood is engaged by the Barclays to return their daughter, Birdie, to them he sees it as a quick case Little does he know Birdie is married to Walter Ockham and lives on the family farm with him but she has learning difficulties so the Barclays believe that her refusal to see them is influenced by her new fa I [...]


    4. The Murder Pit, the second novel to feature Victorian Enquiry Agent William Arrowood and his assistant, Norman Barnett, is a superb choice for those who like Victorian murder mysteries with a stunning sense of time and place Written in the same style as what became known as the golden age of crime, classics such as those by Dame Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle and has the same distinctive gothic atmosphere and gives an authentic portrayal of London in the 1900s It is described within th T [...]


    5. Step into the world of Mr William Arrowood and Mr Norman Barnett the narrator , who voluntarily invite themselves into all manner of difficulties in order to solve a case Their methods are sometimes foolhardy and often illegal Mostly, their extensive efforts are underappreciated by the press and public alike Now this duo certainly doesn t lack aptitude as detectives But their approach, no matter how well intended, encourages people to view them with suspicion and they find it almost impossi Step [...]


    6. In late 19th Century England, consulting detective William Arrowood tells a client When we take a case, we go on a journey into people s souls and that. often a dangerous and cruel journey That statement neatly sums up the plot of the 2nd book in the Arrowood series in which the detective and his assistant, Norman Barnett are hired by Mr and Mrs Barclay, who haven t seen their daughter Birdie, who they describe as simple minded, since she married Walter Ockwell and went to live on his In late 19 [...]


    7. This has been my first read of 2019 and let s just say I belive I am of to a good start Its also my first thriller after a year and I enjoyed it so much that I am all set to finish all my thriller novels first this really never happens because I am always on the lookout for a YA or Romance , but lets just say that this books definitely affected my reading radar Now coming to the book I will try to keep it short because I don t want to spill any beans Mr.Arrowood is a detective in the late This h [...]


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