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- Publisher: HQ (2 April 2020)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07XCSPVQY
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Arrowood and the Thames Corpses: A gripping and escapist historical crime thriller for fans of C. J. Sansom (An Arrowood Mystery, Book 3) Kindle Edition
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A gripping and escapist historical crime thriller for fans of C. J. Sansom--This text refers to the paperback edition.
A crime novel of thrilling intricacy … Arrowood is a terrific creation, and this book wins five rosettes’ The Tablet
‘Think Sherlock Holmes is the only detective working in Victorian London? Meet William Arrowood, the hero of Mick Finlay’s series of absorbing novels … Finlay depicts a seedy, desperate London and vivid characters with considerable skill’ The Times
‘A good belting read … a gripping historical crime novel … book clubs will love it especially fans of C J Sansom’ NB Magazine
‘Mick Finlay, the new master of gritty, gruesome and gripping historical crime fiction … Brimming with dark humour, fast-paced action, intriguing twists and turns, and a cast of characters that could well have been conjured up by the late, great Mr Dickens, this is a top-class series that grows in stature with every new book’Lancashire Evening Post
‘Loved it – the sights, sounds, smells, and horrors of Victorian London are so vividly portrayed’ Roz Watkins
‘Mick Finlay’s richly told story evokes the bustling all-encompassing worlds of CJ Samson and Charles Dickens. I loved it’ Lesley Thomson
PRAISE FOR MICK FINLAY:
‘Another brilliant read from Mick Finlay . . . even better than [Arrowood]’ B.A. Paris
‘Gripping’ Daily Telegraph
‘astounding … If you crave Victorian age murder mystery, love darkly gothic atmospheres and want your detective rather tattered and torn at the edges Arrowood is your man.’ SHOTS
‘Enthralling’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)
‘Arrowood is a flawed but engaging hero and the plot spins from peril to twist and back with real panache’ The Times
‘A fantastic creation’ The Spectator
‘Richly inventive’ Daily Telegraph
‘Compelling’ Seattle Times
‘Strongly reminiscent of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels…a memorable detective who can stand among the best’ Harrow Times--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Ettie returns from a trip away with a baby - and seems to have had something of a personality change for me, which I wasn't keen on. She's a great character but I had felt her religious leanings made a good foil for her brother's lifestyle and work. Now she's 'fallen' into single motherhood, that seems to be gone, and she suddenly becomes an expert assistant in jail-breaking. Hmm. Barnett's confession at the end about his previous lifestyle also felt a bit unexpected - not that this was uncommon, but it felt to me to be added into the story without adding anything to Barnett's character somehow.
The story is fast-paced and exciting. I would have liked to see more description of the river and the life around it, but it is all invoked well by what description there is. My only hope for the next story is that Arrowood and Barnett can have a case that involves less muck, guts and filth. A number of reviewers have said that they admire Finlay's research into Victorian life, but I am not sure I agree. Yes, he knows his stuff, but it is an easy option, IMHO, to simply describe everything in terms of dirt, sewage, blood, smells and general grime, soil and refuse. Yes, Victorian London was pretty yacky from the modern perspective, but not all of it was of the degenerate nature described here. There was some attempt at cleanliness even amongst the poorest sections of society, but all we see here are the worst bits. Again, I am probably being picky. Rat-killing and the likes were pretty awful, as seen here, but did Arrowood really have to be thrown into the blood and guts? Did this add anything to the story other than focus even more on the filth? Not to me. By the time I reached the end of the book - wishing it would last longer - I came away with the thought that what had been described by others as good research on the part of the author was more appropriately described as an over-reliance on the use of muck to invoke place and atmosphere. It was the only aspect of the story that wore thin on me.
Having said all that, Arrowood et al are great creations and I can't wait for the next instalment.
This is the third in his Arrowood series set in Victorian London. I have read the previous two books and enjoyed both very much. The books are narrated by Norman Barnett, who serves as assistant to William Arrowood, a down market ‘private investigating agent’.
In the summer of 1896, Arrowood and Barnett are approached by Captain Moon, the owner of The Gravesend Queen, a pleasure steamer moored on the Thames. He complains that someone has been damaging his boat, putting his business in serious jeopardy. However, what seems to be a case of professional jealousy becomes more serious when a shocking discovery is pulled from the river.
No further details in order to avoid spoilers though I found it well plotted and very exciting. Its main characters were further developed, which is one of the benefits in reading a series from its beginning. However, enough background is provided for new readers.
It’s quite a dark and grisly tale though some humour is provided by Arrowood’s irritation at the continuing adulation directed at Sherlock Holmes. He and Norman even pay a visit to 221b Baker Street!
This is a series that continues to go from strength to strength and I felt that this was the best to date. Finlay has done an excellent job of evoking London of the period, focusing mainly upon members of its working class and the poor. Given the subject of this case special attention is given to the Thames, which was a busy working river during the 1890s.
In the closing Historical Note he includes a list of sources for those readers who might be interested in investigating the social history of the late Victorian period in more detail.
A highly recommended novel and series.
The best part of the novel for me, was Mick Finlay's description and turn of phrase imbued with humour which I thought was fabulous. In addition, the two flawed protagonists grow upon you when progressing through the book to the point that you feel a real connection with them.
I would certainly recommend 'Thames Corpses' as an engaging and absorbing read. I'm looking forward to reading others in the series. Well done Mick Finlay - best read for ages.