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The Murder Pit: A gripping escapist historical crime fiction thriller for fans of Andrew Taylor: Book 2 Paperback – 16 January 2019
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London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.
1896: A missing daughter. Three dead children. A sinister connection between a farm and an asylum.
Arrowood must catch the killer before he strikes again – and before Sherlock Holmes or the police take the credit…
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PRAISE FOR THE MURDER PIT:
‘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)
‘A gripping novel with an adept sense of place as well as a clear-eyed examination of the dark exigencies of human behaviour’ Crime Time
PRAISE FOR MICK FINLAY:
‘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
‘Arrowood feels… like he's always existed, we're only now being treated to an introduction. Mick Finlay's atmospheric, detailed, singular London is a terrifying place I hope to return to again and again.’ Ross Armstrong, bestselling author of The Watcher
‘If you ever thought the Sherlock Holmes stories might benefit from being steeped in gin, caked in grime and then left unwashed for weeks…Mick Finlay’s 1895-set detective debut is for you.’ Crime Scene
‘A book with enough warmth, charm, humour, and intrigue to signal the start of an excellent new series.’ Vaseem Khan, author of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
‘Stunningly dark and atmospheric crime debut. This is a story that packs a powerful punch. With murder, intrigue, dark humour, compelling characters and an extraordinary backdrop, it’s to be hoped that Arrowood is just the opener for a thrilling and original new series.’ Lancashire Evening Post
A gripping escapist historical crime fiction thriller for fans of Andrew Taylor
- Publisher : HQ Fiction GB; First edition (16 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008214794
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008214791
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 195,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Finlay has a sound grasp of this particular aspect of Victorian social history, and a good enough knowledge of 19th-Century London, to make the setting and the action entirely authentic and plausible.
I could go on and on about how outstanding this novel is (the interplay of drama, action and comedy, for instance, or Barnett's narrative, or the poignancy surrounding him), but other reviewers have covered all the bases, Highly recommended if you love this 'genre' (I hate that word).