Sunday 5 April 2020

#BlogTour Arrowood and the Thames Corpses by Mick Finlay

Today it's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Arrowood and the Thames Corpses by Mick Finlay.

About the Author
Mick Finlay was born in Glasgow but left as a young boy, living 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 travelling 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 non-verbal communication, and disability. He now lives in Brighton with his family.

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About the book
South London, 1896. William Arrowood, Victorian London's less salubrious private detective,is paid a visit by Captain Moon, the owner of a pleasure steamer moored on the Thames. He complains that someone has been damaging his boat, putting his business in jeopardy.

Arrowood and his trusty sidekick Barnett suspect professional jealousy, but when a string of skulls is retrieved from the river, it seems like even fouler play is afoot. It's up to Arrowood and his trusty sidekick Barnett to solve the case, before any more corpses end up in the watery depths...

One of the most amusing things about William Arrowood is his obsession with his nemesis Sherlock Holmes. According to Arrowood, Holmes is all about fame and money, and doesn't mind taking the credit for crimes other people have solved. He is a thorn in Arrowood's side.

Arrowood and Barnett are the crime-solving sleuths of the poor and disadvantaged - Sherlock and Watson are the sleuths of the rich and privileged. Lines are drawn in the dirt, as the barely scraping by duo is pitted against the master of propaganda. They aren't really, but that narrative always sounds great when Arrowood is grumbling about it.

This time the two of them are tasked with finding out who is trying to destroy the business of a certain Captain Moon. Damaging his boat, trying to interfere with his ability to feed himself and his daughter. Small acts of vandalism become something more nefarious as things turn deadly.

It's historical crime fiction set in Victorian London, in the midst of mayhem, murder and squalor.

I am happy to say that Finlay keeps stepping up his game - this book is even better than the last ones. This time the reader gets to delve deeper than ever into the characters past, emotions and what drives them. It opens up so many storylines for the future, and I am hoping there will be many more books. This is the kind of historical crime series that would play well on screen. Just saying. Either way this is great read.

Buy Arrowood and the Thames Corpses at Amazon UK  or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 2nd April 2020 -Paperback £8.99 - eBook £4.99 - Audio Download £12.99. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my reviews of Arrowood and The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay.

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