Arrowood: Sherlock Holmes Has Met His Match

By Mick Finlay
Read by Malk Williams

The Arrowood Series: Book 1

9.50 Hours 07/18/2017 unabridged
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London, 1895. A serial killer stalks the capital’s streets. The underresourced police force cannot be expected to solve every crime, and the rich increasingly turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help—Sherlock Holmes. But the residents of south London don’t often see Holmes in the densely populated streets of Bermondsey, where crimes are sleazier and people are poorer. They turn to a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele, and his showy forensic approach to crime. They turn to Arrowood.

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AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

A Strand Magazine Pick for top 12 mysteries of 2017

Seattle Times Best Book of Hottest Crime Titles of Summer

London, 1895. A serial killer stalks the capital’s streets. The underresourced police force cannot be expected to solve every crime, and the rich increasingly turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help—Sherlock Holmes.

But the residents of south London don’t often see Holmes in the densely populated streets of Bermondsey, where crimes are sleazier and people are poorer. They turn to a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele, and his showy forensic approach to crime.

They turn to Arrowood.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A top-notch performance by Malk Williams makes Mick Finlay’s debut novel as good as it gets…Williams makes Arrowood’s scorn palpable as he derides Holmes’ deductive crime-solving techniques…Dangerous criminals, gangs, murder, mayhem, and the arrival of Arrowood’s sister…make for entertaining (really!) listening. Here’s hoping for more from Finlay and Williams. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“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 more famous counterpart…[Finlay] gives his hero a skill that the more famous detective lacks.” Seattle Times
“Arrowood is a flawed but engaging hero, and the plot spins from peril to twist and back with real panache.” Times (London)
“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 magazine
“The author skillfully takes readers to the slums of Victorian-era South London, the seedy setting coming to life on the page, and the complexity of the characters adds to the mood.” RT Book Reviews
“Finlay does a good job of creating a plausible alternative to Sherlock Holmes in his first novel and series debut.” Publishers Weekly
“Finlay captures the filth, frustration, and dark humor of the Victorian-era slum, plopping the reader into the story among the odoriferous, life-encrusted characters.” Booklist
“Finlay debuts with a tale built on a wonderful premise: a downscale Sherlock Holmes for the rest of us.” Kirkus Reviews
“How I loved this book. Arrowood is an almost infuriatingly absorbing, awkward, and brilliant character. I wanted to start his next mystery with him as soon as I’d finished his first. More than that, Arrowood feels strangely 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, author of The Watcher

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Author Bio: Mick Finlay

Mick Finlay was born in Glasgow but left as a young boy to live in Canada and then England. Before becoming an academic, he ran a market stall on Portobello Road and has worked as a tent hand in a traveling circus, a butcher’s boy, a hotel porter, and in various jobs in the NHS and social services. He teaches in a psychology department, and has published research on political violence and persuasion, verbal and nonverbal communication, and disability.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English