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.
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Vert interesting characters and brilliantly narrated.Really enjoyed it.
Look forward to future books. x
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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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A gripping and fantastically well told story. Wonderfully complex and satisfying. Thoroughly recommended if you like great characters, twists, turns and surprises!
This is an entertaining excellently narrated Victorian tale.
Hope this is the start of a series.
A new star in the detective firmament. Arrowood and Barnet are a double act more reminiscent of Shardlake and Barak than Holmes and Watson, whom Arrowood hates so much. This is the seedy side of London in the 1890s. Holmes visits this world but Arrowood lives in it. Flawed characters making the best of the situations they find themselves in - this is a cracking tale, well read by Malk Williams. The best recommendation is that I look forward eagerly to the next instalment.
Mr Arrowood, the book's namesake, feels in direct competition with a detective he considers inferior: Sherlock Holmes. I assume and certainly hope the latter sentiment is meant as dramatic irony on the author's part because there could be no comparison between the rendering of the character of Conan Doyle's Holmes and this detective. The former has stood the test of time, Arrowood, in my opinion, will not.
Having said that, the characters and their relationships have elements of originality and have the potential to be improved on in subsequent stories with less ponderous plot lines, more plausible dialogue and with tighter historical accuracy.
Fundamentally, there are too many 'rookie errors' in this book. Arrowood says, 'O.K.' at one point, another character says, 'Sex pictures' and a middle-aged, Christian evangelist throws herself on top of a friend wielding a knife after giving him an Indian-head massage. This is supposed to be Victorian England. Yes, frankly, laughable, not remotely plausible and not really forgiveable - even for the most historically naive reader.
The narrator does an alright job with lower-than-average material.
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