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Series: An Arrowood Mystery #2
Title: The Murder Pit
Author: Mick Finlay
Published: February 1st, 2019
Arrowood is a contemporary of Sherlock Holmes but his clients are considerably less newsworthy or rich. Instead of Doctor Watson, William Arrowood has Norman Barnett as his assistant and the narrator of this story. Arrowood is also certain that he is the better detective . . . .
In this case, parents request him to discover just what has happened to their daughter, Birdie. However, this supposedly simple investigation turns into a murder investigation with the intrepid duo placed in danger as they uncover a money making scheme and conspirators with murderous intentions.
This is a journey into the back streets and villages of Victorian Britain, visiting some of the less salubrious establishments and giving an insight into the care and treatment (or lack of it) of those less mentally astute in those times. It is a story filled with secrets to be revealed, perils to be avoided and conspiracies to be terminated. It is an intriguing mystery with great characters and Arrowood’s rivalry with Sherlock Holmes adds humour to the events.
If you enjoy mysteries set in the Victorian era, with danger, detectives and daring, I recommend you take a look at this book and series! I hadn’t read anything by this author previously but I’ll certainly be looking out for more by him in future.
I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.
1896: Sherlock Holmes has once again hit the headlines, solving mysteries for the cream of London society. But among the workhouses and pudding shops of the city, private detective William Arrowood is presented with far grittier, more violent, and considerably less well-paid cases.
Arrowood is in no doubt who is the better detective, and when Mr and Mrs Barclay engage him to trace 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 . . .