Arrowood

Arrowood

Mick Finlay / Jul 19, 2019

Arrowood 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

  • Title: Arrowood
  • Author: Mick Finlay
  • ISBN: Arrowood
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  • Page: 210
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  • 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 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 the 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, US cover, 363 pages Published July 18th 2017 by MIRA first published March 23rd 2017 More Details Original Title Arrowood ISBN 077833094X ISBN13 9780778330943 Edition Language English Series Arrowood 1 Other Editions 32 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 Arrowood, please sign up

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takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes Everyone else goes to Arrowood Arrowood and his very capable assistant Norman Barnett investigate the seedy underside of London Cases are brought to a conclusion not solved using hard graft, illegal means when necessary, amateurish psychology and a lot of luck both bad and good This particular story has the classical Crime Noir storyline A beautiful Femme Fatale brings a compelling case to a down on his luck hard boiled detective Can she be trusted Of Course not The conclusion is gritty and not one Mr Holmes would have been proud of, but fool him.I would have liked a little character development but this is the first novel so there is plenty of time Recommended to anyone who enjoys a mystery with their historic fiction and is not afraid to bash the snobbery of Detective Holmes flag 26 likesLike see review Mar 20, 2017 Emma rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Drunken and bitter about the undeserved notoriety of Homes and Watson, this detective is not what you d expect He is, in fact, rather unappealing and despite the various successes in his past, i m not sure i d trust him to investigate any case of mine Even so because that would mean I was stuck in the midden that is south London in 1895 Suffice it to say that the author does particularly well at imagining this dank, dangerous, and decidedly underclass world The criminals that stalk th Drunken and bitter about the undeserved notoriety of Homes and Watson, this detective is not what you d expect He is, in fact, rather unappealing and despite the various successes in his past, i m not sure i d trust him to investigate any case of mine Even so because that would mean I was stuck in the midden that is south London in 1895 Suffice it to say that the author does particularly well at imagining this dank, dangerous, and decidedly underclass world The criminals that stalk the pages are particularly vivid and any curtailment of their actions by Arrowood and his trusty sidekick, Barnett, often seems to be luck than judgement At times this is amusing, others frustrating Overall it offered something a bit different, but i m not sure this duo had enough allure to bring me back for another helpingC via Netgalley flag 15 likesLike see review Sep 06, 2017 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it liked it Shelves read 2017 I just can t resist reading a book that is set in the same time as Sherlock Holmes And, the book did seem really promising with Arrowood being the poor man s Sherlock Holmes However, I had some problems with the story First, with Arrowood himself and his Sherlock envy I mean his alias is Locksher and he can t seem to be able to deal with Sherlock Holmes being so popular Several times does he rant about that And, it was irritating, and it didn t get better as the story progressed Thankfull I just can t resist reading a book that is set in the same time as Sherlock Holmes And, the book did seem really promising with Arrowood being the poor man s Sherlock Holmes However, I had some problems with the story First, with Arrowood himself and his Sherlock envy I mean his alias is Locksher and he can t seem to be able to deal with Sherlock Holmes being so popular Several times does he rant about that And, it was irritating, and it didn t get better as the story progressed Thankfully his trustworthy assistant Norman Barrett saves the day He is, in my opinion, the one that saved this story and made continue reading Barrett is also very clever and has not the temperament that Arrowood has Barrett may be Arrowood s Dr Watson, but Barrett is pretty clever himself and honestly, he would probably do better on his own.As for the story It was not easy to get into The first time I tried reading it did I put it away because the intro didn t grab hold of me This time did it go better, but I did feel now and then that the story just didn t hold my interest What kept me going is that I wanted to know the truth about the missing Frenchman and I also hoped that Sherlock Holmes would make an appearance All and all the mystery was OK, although I had a hard time remember all the characters that showed up And, to be honest, Arrowood isn t as clever as Holmes and without Barett would he be at a loss So, would I read books in this series Only if the author promised me that Holmes himself would be in it, otherwise I do not have much interest reading books This one was OK, but reading about Arrowood isn t something that interests me much I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review flag 16 likesLike see review Feb 10, 2017 Keith Currie rated it really liked it Down south, London townIn South London in the 1890s, William Arrowood is fat and bald a potato of a man , physically unfit, exhibits problems with alcohol consumption and has a pathological aversion to Sherlock Holmes For various reasons Arrowood finds himself a private investigator like Holmes he has an assistant, a working class tough with a sensitive interior called Norman Barnett Arrowood professedly bases his deductive methods on a study of the minds of those involved in his cases Th Down south, London townIn South London in the 1890s, William Arrowood is fat and bald a potato of a man , physically unfit, exhibits problems with alcohol consumption and has a pathological aversion to Sherlock Holmes For various reasons Arrowood finds himself a private investigator like Holmes he has an assistant, a working class tough with a sensitive interior called Norman Barnett Arrowood professedly bases his deductive methods on a study of the minds of those involved in his cases This meets with very mixed success it is hard to know whether he is incompetent or lazy but occasionally he strikes gold This is a riotous rough diamond of a novel It possesses all the elements of a Holmsian investigation, but very much rooted in the working classes of South London Irish independence fighters, forced prostitution rackets, corrupt security forces and devious business men all give the narrative a sharply contemporary flavour Arrowood s determination, Barnett s decency and drive, the cast of London characters, the presentation of living conditions of the time, the lively dialogue all contribute a to an amusing and very entertaining read This would appear to be the first in a series involving these characters I would be very pleased to follow their story flag 14 likesLike see review Sep 19, 2017 Nick T Borrelli rated it really liked it Click here to see my official review for Fresh Fiction flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 20, 2017 The Lit Bitch rated it it was ok review of another edition I absolutely love the tagline of this book London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes Everyone else goes to Arrowood.That totally caught my eye when I was scanning Netgalley in search of new books to read this summer An anti Sherlock Holmes sounded refreshing and new I have been watching the TV show Sherlock which if you haven t watched it, go right now to Netflix and start and I love the modern take on it, so I thought that something like an anti Sherlock read would be compli I absolutely love the tagline of this book London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes Everyone else goes to Arrowood.That totally caught my eye when I was scanning Netgalley in search of new books to read this summer An anti Sherlock Holmes sounded refreshing and new I have been watching the TV show Sherlock which if you haven t watched it, go right now to Netflix and start and I love the modern take on it, so I thought that something like an anti Sherlock read would be complimentary.This was an interesting one and not what I was expecting at all It was much darker and gritter than I thought it was going to be I mean yes, it s an anti Sherlock novel but I expected Arrowood to at least be somewhat likable I could never really warm up to him at all I don t know that I ever really liked him in any way shape or form In fact I felt like his assistant did most of the work while he took the credit I felt like the novel should have been called Barnett.The mystery itself was ok, it did drag on for a little too long in my opinion but I liked the gritty, darker parts of the mystery just fine I think the book itself had all the right ingredients but the mixture just didn t develop into a masterpiece It s like someone left out the yeast to make the story rise Everything was there to make it really really good, but something critical was missing and for me that was a likable, charismatic main character.The summary made it sound a lot exciting than it turned out to be It was ok, but not an overly engaging mystery which made me sad I had really hoped to like this one but I just didn t I have read a lot of other reviews on this one and I seem to be in the minority Everyone else seems to really like it, but for me it was a complete miss I would have rated it one star but I did like Barnett and I liked some parts of the mystery, plus I did keep reading the book for quite a while so there was clearly something that kept me reading If I had really disliked it, then I would have moved it to DNF, but I didn t, I kept plugging away So I figured it at least deserved two stars.See my full review here flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 21, 2018 Ana M rated it liked it review of another edition Siento que llevo una eternidad con esta lectura Esperaba algo al estilo Sherlock Holmes, siendo que adem s ocurre en la misma poca, pero ha sido dar vueltas y m s vueltas a lo mismo una y otra vez Hay un c ctel entre los fenianos, Sherlock e incluso Jack el destripador que no llega a sacarle provecho por intentar juntar todo en un mismo libro El Inspector Arrowood no ha estado mal como personaje, me record un poco a Backstrom y Barnett no ha logrado convencerme del todo flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 06, 2017 Blaire Benson rated it it was ok OK So I did not really like this book I see what Finlay was trying to do here, but it just didn t work 1 Arrowood is the discount, cheaply made version of Sherlock Holmes He is the Dollar General of private investigators He is gross Sweaty, fat, balding, farts all the time, messes around with prostitutes He is cocky and always acting superior to Sherlock Holmes and most everyone else He is not a likable character In fact, I happen to dislike him very much 2 The person who does a OK So I did not really like this book I see what Finlay was trying to do here, but it just didn t work 1 Arrowood is the discount, cheaply made version of Sherlock Holmes He is the Dollar General of private investigators He is gross Sweaty, fat, balding, farts all the time, messes around with prostitutes He is cocky and always acting superior to Sherlock Holmes and most everyone else He is not a likable character In fact, I happen to dislike him very much 2 The person who does all of the work in the case us Barnett I did like Barnett He is the equivalent of Watson But tougher Like street fighter tough But again, how many severe beatings can one man take and not tell Arrowood to get lost 3 The book drags on forever I thought it would never end And how many times was that poor boy going to get kidnapped before they stop putting him in harm s way All in all, I don t recommend the book and I m glad I m done with it flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2017 Noodles78 rated it it was amazing review of another edition Fancy a Sherlock Holmes without all the smugness Possibly when things don t seem to be all that easy When he s struggling to pay rent and buy food Well meet Arrowood.What he lacks in manners and respectability he certainly makes up in diligence and brainpower What I loved most about this was the fact that Arrowood wasn t perfect, he made mistakes and got emotionally involved, was led by his heart, was down on his luck and had an extremely bossy sister.He was believable, and likeable, terribl Fancy a Sherlock Holmes without all the smugness Possibly when things don t seem to be all that easy When he s struggling to pay rent and buy food Well meet Arrowood.What he lacks in manners and respectability he certainly makes up in diligence and brainpower What I loved most about this was the fact that Arrowood wasn t perfect, he made mistakes and got emotionally involved, was led by his heart, was down on his luck and had an extremely bossy sister.He was believable, and likeable, terribly flawed, and a bloody genius I know who I d turn to if I had a problem that needed solving, and it wouldn t be to a man in a ridiculous hat flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 01, 2017 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways won I won a free ARC of this book in a giveaway I like to think that it didn t affect my opinion in the slightest, but, hey full disclosure Anyone who thinks that sending me a free copy of their book will guarantee a cushy review is encouraged to try.The tagline on the front cover is too good to be improved upon London society takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes Everyone else goes to Arrowood William Arrowood is not Sherlock Holmes In his eyes, Holmes is a fraud who solves his c I won a free ARC of this book in a giveaway I like to think that it didn t affect my opinion in the slightest, but, hey full disclosure Anyone who thinks that sending me a free copy of their book will guarantee a cushy review is encouraged to try.The tagline on the front cover is too good to be improved upon London society takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes Everyone else goes to Arrowood William Arrowood is not Sherlock Holmes In his eyes, Holmes is a fraud who solves his cases by luck than skill, whose popularity is based on the wealth of his clientele and the literary skills of John Watson than anything else Most of his associates are less harsh in their judgment of Holmes, and view Arrowood s obsession as a quirk of personality than fact Arrowood may be set in Victorian London, but the setting is gritty, the dark underbelly of Victorian society that Holmes rarely dealt with A young French girl comes to Arrowood and implores him to find her missing brother She fears the worst Arrowood and his associate, Barnett, agree to take the case, but soon find themselves in over their heads and struggling just to stay alive.This is a very promising beginning to what I hope is a series The setting is well depicted, and the characters believable It s fun to read Arrowood s tirades about Holmes, and he points out flaws in several famous cases This was a good read that held my interest Recommended flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 26, 2018 Lauren Stoolfire rated it liked it Shelves mystery, thriller Eh, not bad, but give me Sherlock Holmes any day Sorry Arrowood flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 15, 2017 Aoife rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical, review books, mystery 3 3.5 starsI received a free copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.It s London 1894 and while Sherlock Holmes cases fill the headlines, another private investigator called Arrowood helps the people who can t pay for the likes of Holmes When Arrowood and his assistant Mr Barnett are put o the case of a missing Frenchman, they end up embroiled in something a lot dangerous than it seems.This is a fun, historic mystery novel set in the grimy streets of London 3 3.5 starsI received a free copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.It s London 1894 and while Sherlock Holmes cases fill the headlines, another private investigator called Arrowood helps the people who can t pay for the likes of Holmes When Arrowood and his assistant Mr Barnett are put o the case of a missing Frenchman, they end up embroiled in something a lot dangerous than it seems.This is a fun, historic mystery novel set in the grimy streets of London and the world inhabited by the famous Sherlock Holmes There s lots of mentions of Holmes and Watson, and of their many solved cases which Arrowood likes to discredit, so I think people who loved Holmes will loves this book I am not a fan of Sherlock Holmes and don t know the stories so I m sure there s lots of little easter eggs in this novel that I missed but Holmes fans will find and enjoy.While I enjoyed the mystery and the historic London setting, I was disappointed that the book was not in Arrowood s POV but in Mr Barett it threw me off at first for a bit and not only that but Arrowood himself was not really what I expected either He didn t seem, to me, that amazing of a detective at first though I gradually saw how he put to use his study of Darwin and human body language and reactions and I did enjoy that I didn t find any character in this book I overly liked with the exception of Neddy and I did find myself frustrated at times, particularly with the men s continuous belief of everything the French woman told them even though they kept realising she was lying to them.I did like how everything came about eventually and i did enjoy the book on a whole I m not surfier i would pick up the next one, if there is going to be books focusing on Arrowood in the shops, but I would probably picket up in the library if i saw it flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 07, 2017 Taylor rated it liked it Shelves first reads, historical mystery For those Londoners unable to afford the services of Sherlock Holmes, there is William Arrowood Arrowood is contemptuous of the methods employed by his famous rival, preferring rather to use the new psychology in his investigations In this novel, presumably the first of a series, Arrowood and his assistant Barnett are hired by a young woman to find her brother Their investigation leads them into London s criminal underbelly and the initial mystery turns into several I love a good Victor For those Londoners unable to afford the services of Sherlock Holmes, there is William Arrowood Arrowood is contemptuous of the methods employed by his famous rival, preferring rather to use the new psychology in his investigations In this novel, presumably the first of a series, Arrowood and his assistant Barnett are hired by a young woman to find her brother Their investigation leads them into London s criminal underbelly and the initial mystery turns into several I love a good Victorian mystery and this book did not disappoint The author painted a convincing picture of the time and introduced the reader to a number of interesting characters My only complaint was that the plot was a little too complex and I occasionally got lost in the many storylines Still an enjoyable read though and I look forward to the next in the series My thanks to Giveaways and the publishers for providing me this copy flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 21, 2018 Yv rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves in de kast gelezen Arrowood is een detective die zijn gemoedstoestand behoorlijk door collega Sherlock Holmes laat be nvloeden Hij vindt het belachelijk dat deze speurneus alle zaken wegkaapt terwijl hij helemaal niet goed weet waar hij mee bezig is Dat Arrowood zelf een tikkeltje lui is, heeft daar volgens hem natuurlijk niets mee te maken Op een dag komt Caroline bij Arrowood op bezoek en vraagt hulp omdat haar broer is vermist Arrowood en zijn hulpje, Mr Barnes, duiken op het mysterieMick Finlay neemt d Arrowood is een detective die zijn gemoedstoestand behoorlijk door collega Sherlock Holmes laat be nvloeden Hij vindt het belachelijk dat deze speurneus alle zaken wegkaapt terwijl hij helemaal niet goed weet waar hij mee bezig is Dat Arrowood zelf een tikkeltje lui is, heeft daar volgens hem natuurlijk niets mee te maken Op een dag komt Caroline bij Arrowood op bezoek en vraagt hulp omdat haar broer is vermist Arrowood en zijn hulpje, Mr Barnes, duiken op het mysterieMick Finlay neemt de lezer op een fijne manier mee naar het eind van 1800 Door middel van subtiele gegevens, komen we in de sfeer van een Victoriaans Londen terecht Het zijn de details die spreken de armoede, de manier van vervoer, de munteenheid en meer van zulke dingen.We beleven de zoektocht door de ogen van Mr Barnes en dit geeft het boek wat extra s Zo wordt je als lezer wat meer in het onderzoek betrokken, terwijl je tegelijkertijd meeleeft met zijn gevoelens richting zijn baas Haat en liefde liggen dicht bij elkaar Zo houdt Barnes van zijn werk en geeft hij in zekere zin om Arrowood, terwijl hij hem aan de andere kant maar een luie lelijkerd vindt waar hij niets tegen durft te vertellen De gevoelens van Barnes worden op een geestige manier verwerkt en hierdoor staat het boek vol met donkere grapjes Keerzijde hiervan is dat vooral Barnes goed wordt uitgediept, maar dat andere personages wat op de achtergrond blijven hangen.De grapjes en het subtiel aanbrengen van de sfeer zijn de redding van het boek Zonder dit was het niet meer dan een standaard detective geworden en daar zijn er helaas al te veel van Arrowood heeft een kort lontje dat snel ontvlamt en het is lastig sympathie voor de grote man te krijgen Barnes geeft affectie aan het verhaal Hierdoor zal het toch meer lezers aanspreken dan wanneer het verhaal alleen om Arrowood had gedraaid.Arrowood is een leuk verhaal voor de mensen die een langzame ontknoping waarderen en die van een Victoriaans Londen genieten Sensatiezoekers kunnen beter naar een ander boek kijken flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 19, 2017 Gram rated it liked it review of another edition William Arrowood is a private detective and London s alternative to Sherlock Holmes whose clients are mostly the city s wealthier classes Arrowood and his assistant Barnett are asked by a mysterious young Frenchwoman to find her brother who s missing after working for Mr Cream, one of London s nastiest crime lords Barnett is the narrator as Arrowood who despises Sherlock Holmes employs the writings of Darwin and the sheer force of his not very nice personality to question a number of peo William Arrowood is a private detective and London s alternative to Sherlock Holmes whose clients are mostly the city s wealthier classes Arrowood and his assistant Barnett are asked by a mysterious young Frenchwoman to find her brother who s missing after working for Mr Cream, one of London s nastiest crime lords Barnett is the narrator as Arrowood who despises Sherlock Holmes employs the writings of Darwin and the sheer force of his not very nice personality to question a number of people, leading him to uncover an Irish rebel plot to steal guns from the British Army with the aid of some unscrupulous senior Army officers.1st time novelist, Mick Finlay, marvellously captures the seamier side of late Victorian London and portrays some marvellous Dickensian type characters as Arrowood and his assistant become embroiled in an ever dangerous investigation.The plot creaks in places and the ending is a little too pat, but it seems there s of Mr Arrowood and his friends to come This book is set to become a TV drama optioned by Cave Bear Productions with British actress Kathy Burke already involved as executive producer flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2018 Sue Smith rated it liked it Shelves books read in 2018 I enjoyed this book, although there were times that I wondered why it was titled the way it was Although the story is loosely arranged around the character, it is not really focused on him as per se and we, as the reader, get a much better view of Arrowood s assistant as he is the one the story flows through.Arrowood was a contemporary of Sherlock Holmes and he also happened to call himself an investigative detective but he didn t have the glitz and press of Holmes, nor the connections He just I enjoyed this book, although there were times that I wondered why it was titled the way it was Although the story is loosely arranged around the character, it is not really focused on him as per se and we, as the reader, get a much better view of Arrowood s assistant as he is the one the story flows through.Arrowood was a contemporary of Sherlock Holmes and he also happened to call himself an investigative detective but he didn t have the glitz and press of Holmes, nor the connections He just so happened to be the guy that can solve the mystery but goes about it the long, hard way Plus his assistant also happens to be the guy that does all the legwork and gets all the beatings.It was a fun story, certainly rougher around the edges than a Sherlock Holmes mystery goes We get to be in the thick of the solving as opposed to finding out how the devil Holmes solved it at the end of the story I liked that aspect It certainly makes things believable and it was a grittier and nastier aspect that really lent itself to the times Not sure if I liked the character of Arrowood mind you, and was thankful he really had little to do with most of the story It will be interesting to see if it continues as a series flag 3 likesLike see review Feb 20, 2018 Ken rated it really liked it review of another edition Whilst the rich rely on Sherlock Holmes to solve their cases, the rest of London turn to William Arrowood a self taught psychologist and occasional drunk.Arrowood resents Holmes popularity, he firmly believes that he s a media darling due to Watson only publishing stories that show Holmes in a good light.I loved how grumpy Arrowood is, with him constantly being critical of Holmes.The story as a real grubby realism to it, the poorest side of London was perfectly realized.The story was very ente Whilst the rich rely on Sherlock Holmes to solve their cases, the rest of London turn to William Arrowood a self taught psychologist and occasional drunk.Arrowood resents Holmes popularity, he firmly believes that he s a media darling due to Watson only publishing stories that show Holmes in a good light.I loved how grumpy Arrowood is, with him constantly being critical of Holmes.The story as a real grubby realism to it, the poorest side of London was perfectly realized.The story was very entertaining with plenty of twists and turns Some really interesting characters, most notably he s sidekick Norman Barnett flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 01, 2017 Samantha Ralph rated it it was ok I really wanted to like this book I love Sherlock Holmes and various Gaslight Fiction ion, but I couldn t get into this The plot became pretty muddy towards the middle, trying to add too many sub plots and secondary characters that I had trouble keeping sight of the main case I really liked the dialogue between Arrowood and Barnett but got lost in the details flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 10, 2018 Ascari Vau rated it liked it review of another edition Arrowood machte mich ehrlich gestanden wegen seines Covers neugierig Die Silhouette des Herrn mit Zylinder und Stock und der Zusatz In den Gassen von London lie en mich auf einen Krimi schlie en, der im historischen London spielt Der Klappentext tat dann sein briges dazu, mich zu berzeugen, diesem Buch eine Chance zu geben.Der Klappentext Privatdetektiv William Arrowood ist ein Mann vieler Talente und einiger Laster Die Tagel hner und Stra enm dchen im armen South London k nnen sic Arrowood machte mich ehrlich gestanden wegen seines Covers neugierig Die Silhouette des Herrn mit Zylinder und Stock und der Zusatz In den Gassen von London lie en mich auf einen Krimi schlie en, der im historischen London spielt Der Klappentext tat dann sein briges dazu, mich zu berzeugen, diesem Buch eine Chance zu geben.Der Klappentext Privatdetektiv William Arrowood ist ein Mann vieler Talente und einiger Laster Die Tagel hner und Stra enm dchen im armen South London k nnen sich keinen besseren Detektiv leisten und kommen daher mit allen Anliegen zu ihm Voller Verachtung und Neid blickt er ber die Themse auf seinen bekannten Kollegen Sherlock Holmes und dessen betuchte Klientel.Auch Arrowoods neuester Fall scheint nicht geeignet zu sein, ihn ber hmt zu machen Eine junge Franz sin bittet darum, ihren verschwundenen Bruder aufzusp ren Doch hinter dem simplen Auftrag verbergen sich weit mehr Geheimnisse und Leichen, als Arrowood f r m glich hielt Und so f hren ihn seine Ermittlungen von den Tiefen der Londoner Unterwelt bis in h chste Regierungskreise Meine Meinung Die Idee, einen direkten Konkurrenten zu Sherlock Holmes zu schaffen, der aber offensichtlich auf andere Methoden als der bekannte Detektiv setzt, faszinierte mich von Anfang an Und ein klein wenig bedient sich der Autor auch der Methodik eines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, indem er dem kauzigen Arrowood einen Assistenten namens Norman Barnett zur Seite stellt, der aus der Ich Person die Geschichte erz hlt.Zugegeben Als Sherlock Fan zu lesen, dass jemand Sherlock und seine Methoden nicht mag, ist schon ein bisschen harter Tobak Aber gleichzeitig am sierte mich dies auch und ich war gespannt darauf, welche Geschichte uns und welchen Fall seinen beiden Helden der Autor servieren w rde Der Auftakt liest sich auch sehr gut, denn die Klientin scheint Arrowood und Barnett gegen ber von Anfang an nicht ganz aufrichtig zu begegnen.Das Problem an diesem Buch ist in meinen Augen leider die Art und Weise, wie die Geschichte erz hlt wird Es gibt immer wieder einzelne spannende Momente, aber keiner davon war f r mich sooo fesselnd, dass ich das Buch nicht dazwischen f r einige Zeit weglegen konnte.Wobei das Buch eigentlich beste Voraussetzungen h tte, eine tolle Geschichte zu erz hlen, denn der Autor hat das Talent, das fr here London in seiner ganzen Vielfalt auferstehen zu lassen Armut, Gewalt, Verbrechen dies war in einigen Vierteln der Stadt an der Tagesordnung Ein Schmelztiegel an Kulturen und Interessen trug wohldazu bei, die Stadt zeitweise in einen Hexenkessel an Emotionen zu verwandeln.Sehr gut gefallen haben mir auch die Figuren, die der Autor geschaffen hat Angefangen bei dem zeitweise recht j hzornigen William Arrowood, der zwar ein guter Menschenkenner ist, aber ab und zu auch seinen Gef hlen einmal zu oft freien Lauf l sst, ber den sympathischen Assistenten Norman Barnett, der mehr ein Partner als ein Assistent f r Arrowood ist, bis hin zu Neddy, dem Stra enjungen, der f r Arrowood und Barnet immer wieder kleine Auftr ge erledigt Auch Ettie, Arrowoods Schwester, konnte mir das eine oder andere Schmunzeln entlocken.Das Ende fand ich pers nlich ein wenig durchwachsen Zwar werden alle offenen Fragen zur Zufriedenheit des Leser beantwortet, nur kam es f r meinen Geschmack ein wenig abrupt Ein klein wenig Tempo hier rauszunehmen, w re nicht verkehrt gewesen Auch fand ich das Schicksal des Antagonisten ein wenig schade, das war f r meinen Geschmack ein wenig unspektakul r.Mein Fazit Arrowood ist f r meinen Geschmack eine Geschichte mit einer guten und witzigen Idee, die aber beim Ausarbeiten ein wenig ins Straucheln geraten ist Das authentische Setting und die sympathischen Figuren haben f r mich allerdings das Buch trotzdem lesenswert gemacht flag 2 likesLike see review May 15, 2018 Anneke van dijken rated it really liked it Bij het zien van de schitterende cover van Arrowood van Mick Finlay kan je alleen maar verwachten dat je een verhaal gaat lezen in de stijl van Sherlock Holmes Of dat ook zo is mag je zelf gaan bepalen.Het is een verhaal dat je van het begin tot het eind bezig houdt Als je er eenmaal in begint, kan je niet meer stoppen met lezen Je wilt weten hoe het verder gaat, of een bepaald persoon wordt gevonden en of de genoemde daders worden gepakt Elk hoofdstuk eindigt zo, dat je direct het volgende Bij het zien van de schitterende cover van Arrowood van Mick Finlay kan je alleen maar verwachten dat je een verhaal gaat lezen in de stijl van Sherlock Holmes Of dat ook zo is mag je zelf gaan bepalen.Het is een verhaal dat je van het begin tot het eind bezig houdt Als je er eenmaal in begint, kan je niet meer stoppen met lezen Je wilt weten hoe het verder gaat, of een bepaald persoon wordt gevonden en of de genoemde daders worden gepakt Elk hoofdstuk eindigt zo, dat je direct het volgende hoofdstuk wilt lezen Steeds als je denkt te weten hoe het verhaal gaat lopen, blijkt het anders te lopen en val je van de ene verbazing in de andere Niets lijkt te zijn wat het is Bepaalde personen blijken totaal anders te zijn dan verwacht, je begrijpt er dan niets meer van en moet dan een stukje terug lezen om te lezen of je het echt goed gelezen hebt Het is een verhaal vol mysteries dat loopt naar een deels verrassend plot Soms is het wat saai, maar dat is niet storend, want evengoed leest het boek vlot weg.Mick Finlay heeft er goed aan gedaan door niet gelijk in het begin de achtergrond van de hoofdpersonen te vertellen, maar het geleidelijk te verdelen over het boek Lees verder op flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2018 Sandra Uv rated it it was ok review of another edition 2,5 5Arrowood ha sido una novela negra con tintes hist ricos que me ha decepcionado mucho Me ha costado horrores acabarla y me he aburrido durante todo el proceso La idea es buena pero est muy desaprovechada No me ha llegado a enganchar en ning n momento y sus personajes no me han dicho nada Una novela que no ha sido para mi, me ha dejado muy indiferente No seguir con el resto de la saga La guerra ha llegado, se libra en nuestras callejuelas Rese a completa Wordpress 2,5 5Arrowood ha sido una novela negra con tintes hist ricos que me ha decepcionado mucho Me ha costado horrores acabarla y me he aburrido durante todo el proceso La idea es buena pero est muy desaprovechada No me ha llegado a enganchar en ning n momento y sus personajes no me han dicho nada Una novela que no ha sido para mi, me ha dejado muy indiferente No seguir con el resto de la saga La guerra ha llegado, se libra en nuestras callejuelas Rese a completa Wordpress flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 28, 2018 Cindy added it Shelves 2018, abandoned Unpleasant main character, didn t like it enough to finish flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 07, 2017 Jo rated it really liked it Shelves thrillers Arrowoodby Mick FinlaySynopsisLondon 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 Arrowoodby Mick FinlaySynopsisLondon 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 the 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.ReviewArrowood is a detective whose patch is south London, where life is hard, murder is rife and gangs of thugs rule by violence and threats Arrowood s clients are poor, so hes extremely jealous of Holmes who is his words is only famous because Dr Watson s published works are popular and nothing to do with his skills as a detective I loved Arrowood, his rants were really entertaining He was grumpy, impetuous, but also a very skilled detective.Arrowood s assistant Norman Barrett was my favourite character, he was tough, thoughtful and sensitive and often deduced things that Arrowood couldn t because of his quick temper This mystery was a very tangled webb, but one I enjoyed immensely Hopefully there will be books to come 3.5 stars flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 21, 2017 Stephanie rated it really liked it Arrowood, the guvnor is a private investigator He solves the cases that Sherlock Holmes wouldn t be interested in He is overweight, drinks heavily has no social skills and detests Sherlock Holmes But despite his many faults he is loyal to those who work with him and his clients.The narrative is told by his assistant Barnett Barnett has suffered a personal loss that he hasn t discussed with the guvnor and he regularly suffers physical abuse Some of it from the guvnor but also from the poli Arrowood, the guvnor is a private investigator He solves the cases that Sherlock Holmes wouldn t be interested in He is overweight, drinks heavily has no social skills and detests Sherlock Holmes But despite his many faults he is loyal to those who work with him and his clients.The narrative is told by his assistant Barnett Barnett has suffered a personal loss that he hasn t discussed with the guvnor and he regularly suffers physical abuse Some of it from the guvnor but also from the police and the people they encounter in their investigations.What appeared an easy case for the team proves increasingly baffling and dangerous I just wanted to protect Neddy, as well as give him a bath It was hard to work out who they could trust, everybody including the police seemed to have their own agenda.The description of a life in poverty in the London slums was the best that I have read in a long time Not only could I visualise it, I could also smell and even taste it Very convincing and I would love to read about Barnett s experience of a slum existence.I have said it before, about numerous books but this would make great television 19th century crime fiction, in the same city as Sherlock Holmes but could be a completely different world.With thanks to the publisher for the copy received via Netgalley flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 03, 2017 Chris rated it liked it Shelves keep calm and sherlock, historical 1700 1900, mystery english, victorian stuff 3.5 It isn t quite a four.Arrowood has a problem It isn t the fact that his sister has returned Nope It isn t the fact that his wife left his fault that It isn t that the beer has gone off.It is Sherlock Bloody Holmes.Finlay s book is about the anti Holmes and Watson Not bad guys, no, but the ones who handle those cases that are not classy enough for Holmes Along the way, Finlay also subtley digs at Watson s martial status.Overall the book is good The mystery is a bit wrapped up in a bo 3.5 It isn t quite a four.Arrowood has a problem It isn t the fact that his sister has returned Nope It isn t the fact that his wife left his fault that It isn t that the beer has gone off.It is Sherlock Bloody Holmes.Finlay s book is about the anti Holmes and Watson Not bad guys, no, but the ones who handle those cases that are not classy enough for Holmes Along the way, Finlay also subtley digs at Watson s martial status.Overall the book is good The mystery is a bit wrapped up in a bow, if you know what I mean, but the characters are engaging, and Finlay nails the period He also puts in commentary about Holmes, and quite frankly, I think he should get a bonus for the whole riff about Adler because honesty, after what Moffat did with her, I so needed that flag 2 likesLike see review May 02, 2017 Becky rated it really liked it review of another edition So, I don t think I would trust Arrowood to solve any case of mine, he is drunken, bitter and a very angry man His main source of rage is the success and popularity of Sherlock Holmes Arrowood is the poor man s choice when they need a private investigator mainly because he comes cheap This is an interesting, if slightly confusing first case that we join him on To be honest I am not 100% sure I managed to put together the complex story of Feinian gun runners, French sex slaves, murder and So, I don t think I would trust Arrowood to solve any case of mine, he is drunken, bitter and a very angry man His main source of rage is the success and popularity of Sherlock Holmes Arrowood is the poor man s choice when they need a private investigator mainly because he comes cheap This is an interesting, if slightly confusing first case that we join him on To be honest I am not 100% sure I managed to put together the complex story of Feinian gun runners, French sex slaves, murder and missing people, even after the whole thing was explained However I did enjoy the story and it is a good opening introduction to some characters with great potential flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 06, 2018 Cherie rated it liked it Shelves published since 2000, read audio, series Quite the convoluted, busy tale and rant against Sherlock Holmes I listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Malk Williams I liked his voices for the characters, after I got used to the accent I got lost in the story several times and had to backtrack to review what happened There were a lot of bad guys Everyone lied I felt bad for the characters that got beat up and tortured for information The characters felt like a poor version of Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin, set in 1860s dirty Lo Quite the convoluted, busy tale and rant against Sherlock Holmes I listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Malk Williams I liked his voices for the characters, after I got used to the accent I got lost in the story several times and had to backtrack to review what happened There were a lot of bad guys Everyone lied I felt bad for the characters that got beat up and tortured for information The characters felt like a poor version of Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin, set in 1860s dirty London I think some of the Sherlock Holmes rants were thought provoking, but I am too much a die hard SH fan to care flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 10, 2018 Evelyn Romp rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves bieb wat een tof verhaal was dit, Arrowood is een goed mens, en een beetje excentriek het verhaal is een fijn mysterie, iedereen liegt het is spannend, grappig, ontroerend en verrassend echt een dikke aanrader flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2017 Roberta Bridget rated it did not like it Finished it I m free Reading this felt like work I don t recommend it flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2017 Angie Rhodes rated it it was amazing Shelves owned BRILLIANT IF YOU LOVE SHERLOCK , YOU WILL LOVE THIS PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari One Arrowood 2 13 Dec 27, 2017 01 36AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Mick 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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. So I have finished my Easter Book An anti Sherlock Holmes set in 1895 London at the height of the notorious detective s fame The tagline on the book is London Society takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes Everyone else goes to Arrowood Arrowood and his very capable assistant Norman Barnett investigate the seedy underside of London Cases are brought to a conclusion not solved using hard graft, illegal means when necessary, amateurish psychology and a lot of luck both bad and good This So I have f [...]


    2. Drunken and bitter about the undeserved notoriety of Homes and Watson, this detective is not what you d expect He is, in fact, rather unappealing and despite the various successes in his past, i m not sure i d trust him to investigate any case of mine Even so because that would mean I was stuck in the midden that is south London in 1895 Suffice it to say that the author does particularly well at imagining this dank, dangerous, and decidedly underclass world The criminals that stalk th Drunken a [...]


    3. I just can t resist reading a book that is set in the same time as Sherlock Holmes And, the book did seem really promising with Arrowood being the poor man s Sherlock Holmes However, I had some problems with the story First, with Arrowood himself and his Sherlock envy I mean his alias is Locksher and he can t seem to be able to deal with Sherlock Holmes being so popular Several times does he rant about that And, it was irritating, and it didn t get better as the story progressed Thankfull I just [...]


    4. Down south, London townIn South London in the 1890s, William Arrowood is fat and bald a potato of a man , physically unfit, exhibits problems with alcohol consumption and has a pathological aversion to Sherlock Holmes For various reasons Arrowood finds himself a private investigator like Holmes he has an assistant, a working class tough with a sensitive interior called Norman Barnett Arrowood professedly bases his deductive methods on a study of the minds of those involved in his cases Th Down s [...]



    5. I absolutely love the tagline of this book London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes Everyone else goes to Arrowood.That totally caught my eye when I was scanning Netgalley in search of new books to read this summer An anti Sherlock Holmes sounded refreshing and new I have been watching the TV show Sherlock which if you haven t watched it, go right now to Netflix and start and I love the modern take on it, so I thought that something like an anti Sherlock read would be compli I abso [...]


    6. Siento que llevo una eternidad con esta lectura Esperaba algo al estilo Sherlock Holmes, siendo que adem s ocurre en la misma poca, pero ha sido dar vueltas y m s vueltas a lo mismo una y otra vez Hay un c ctel entre los fenianos, Sherlock e incluso Jack el destripador que no llega a sacarle provecho por intentar juntar todo en un mismo libro El Inspector Arrowood no ha estado mal como personaje, me record un poco a Backstrom y Barnett no ha logrado convencerme del todo.


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