Aug 7, 2017

Book Review: 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'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.

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I have enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes stories in the past so when I saw that the title character was another private investigator set in London during the same time frame I couldn't resist picking up this book.  And I have to admit that I am glad that I did but not so much because of Arrowood.

His assistant Barnett is an interesting character that does a lot of the actual investigating because of Arrowood's physical issues.  He also tends to be much more diplomatic then his boss so it's because of him that they are able to work with the police in London.  Arrowood's sister Ettie is also a spitfire who is a very intelligent and strong woman.  If she had been born today, Ettie might have taken over the world.

Their case was also very interesting with all of its twists and turns.  They were hired to investigate one thing but when something goes wrong, it becomes personal and everything becomes much more involved.

I do think that fans of Sherlock Holmes and other period mysteries will really enjoy ARROWOOD.  I know that I am looking forward to the opportunity to read the next book in the series.   In fact, I have requested this series to be added to FictFact which is a wonderful free site that notifies you when the next book is coming out in a series that you follow.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own. 


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