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Summary

London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.

The Afghan War is over, and a deal with the Irish appears to have brought an end to sectarian violence, but Britain's position in the world is uncertain, and the gap between rich and poor is widening.

London is a place where the wealthy party while the underclass are tempted into lives of crime, drugs and prostitution. A serial killer stalks the streets. Politicians are embroiled in financial and sexual scandals.

The year is 1895. The police don't have the resources to deal with everything that goes on in the capital. The rich turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help: Sherlock Holmes. But in densely populated South London, where crimes are sleazier and Holmes rarely visits, people turn to Arrowood, a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime. Arrowood understands people, not clues.

©2017 Mick Finlay (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Almost .. but not quite

As a fan of Victorian, London fiction of all kind I was looking forward listening to another entertaining crime story with good reviews.
Once I had got used to the narration style I thought I would enjoy the tale of a “not” Sherlock Holmes tale.
However this one is not quite there.
It is a a great plot, but unravels at a linear and plodding pace with little to like about any of the characters involved. I appreciate the attempt at a more vicious and gritty Holmes and Watson to reflect the harsh time period, but without any lighter themes or humour the result feels staid and unsatisfying.
But .. the author has introduced us to an interesting cast who may find themselves in a truly great novel in the future.

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Great debut of a new detective

Excellent story, with interesting characters. Good plot. Really nice to find a detective who is both flawed and humane. Told through the eyes of his assistant develops the characters through the relationship. The resentment that Arrowood feels for the celebrated Sherlock Holmes is a great sub-plot. The ending is very satisfying, without the overblown and unbelievable endings of so many detective stories. I would recommend this to anyone who is bored with the usual, jaded detective stereotype or of unrealistic heroics. I was gripped from beginning to end and look forward to Arrowood's next case. Oh, and the narration is excellent.

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Atmospheric

Vert interesting characters and brilliantly narrated.Really enjoyed it.
Look forward to future books. x

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Love love love

This is like the home from home
feeling. We know these characters so well because of the brilliant writing but also because of the brilliant narration. I’ve listened to both books twice and still enjoyed the wonderful, colourful language of the author and then the narrator. Can’t wait for number three.

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Brilliant atmospheric story

Absolutely great story. Very well read. I purchased book 2 in the series before I finished book 1.

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Very Good

There is nothing bad to say about this enjoyable yarn. Cannot fault the narrator, nor the story. Characters were very realistic and the story was well performed. Just the right length too.

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Poor man's Sherlock

Arrowood clever cunning as was I think a line in the hustler a student of human moves and not as brave as he thinks he is hence need for trusty assistant Barnett.
A great ensemble cast and sense of time and place a great listen the narration is amazing
I really enjoyed it

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Straight out of the top drawer - a cracking story

Where does Arrowood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there with the best

Who was your favorite character and why?

Barnet. Long suffering but still with humour.

Any additional comments?

This is a great detective story with the bonus of a well described period setting.

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Excellent story

Good narration, and the story certainly gives an insight into the late 1800s.
Give it a go!

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Brilliant !

Wonderfully written , engaging from start to finish .
Mick Finlay is a superbly descriptive storyteller and his characters live and breathe .
Malik Williams could be the best narrator on audible . His voices and understanding of the characters make this a drama to be reckoned with !
In Arrowood we have a gritty detective who really is a worthy rival to Sherlock Holmes !