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Arrowood by Laura McHugh
  

Arrowood

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London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the same skies as the famous, revered detective, Sherlock Holmes and yet he can only dream of sharing the same accolades and financial rewards. The cases Arrowood and his long suffering assistant Barnett work are deadly, sleazier and of poor pay. Still carrying the ghost of a disastrous investigation that left a man violently beaten to death, they take on a seemingly straightforward missing person case. Before long a simple investigation turns into a dangerous step into the world of political violence and dealings with the very same crime boss involved in their earlier case. Anxious to keep a distance yet bound by obligation after the death of a young informant, they are soon deeply involved in something deadly.

Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes it was wonderful to revisit late Victorian London. The atmosphere Finlay creates is authentic and Arrowood’s animosity towards Holmes adds an interesting twist. Arrowood is a very different detective. Repulsive at times, yet sad and kind-hearted. I couldn’t help but warm to him. His assistant and our narrator Barnett, leads us through the case right to the thrilling climax that had me on the edge of my seat. ~ Shelley Fallows

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  • Lisa Redmond - 'The writing is furious and fast paced...This is a fantastic start to what I hope will be a longer series.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Set in 1895 London, ‘Arrowood’ is completely different from the usual thriller – not least the fact the maestro himself Sherlock Holmes, it seems has competition...a truly superb read.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Loving Sherlock Holmes, I was a little apprehensive reading this, but WOW!! no need to fear, it is EXCELLENT, I didn't want it to finish it, It has everything, carriages, mist, fog,  grubby pubs, dodgy men, hopeless coppers, and two wonderful characters you will want to meet again!'
  • Kathy Howell - 'This is a well written book that moves at a good pace with an engaging mystery and likeable characters.  When I received this book I opened it to see what it was like...and struggled to put it down!'
  • Cathy Petersen - 'A good idea that makes for a pleasant, easy read but for me lacked that extra element to make it a really great crime novel.'    
  • Rachael Anderson - 'A light historical crime novel, which is almost a pastiche of the Sherlock Holmes stories.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'Superb story of London in 1895.  Not your upper-class but the poorer street people, vividly brought to life by Mick Finlay in this tale of a missing person which turns out to be so much more.'
  • Keith Currie - '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 to an amusing and very entertaining read.'
  • Alfred Nobile - 'This is a tale I would recommend to anyone who wants to smell old London and likes a book with character and evokes the times which it is set in.'
  • Alan Gee - 'a good story, involving murder, London gangsters, Irish terrorists and a cache of stolen British Army rifles'
  • Caye Gould - 'A struggle at times to get into the story for any period of reading time.'
  • Emily Curnow - 'The novel twists and turns throughout until a satisfactory conclusion is realised...Very much enjoyed.'
  • Emily - 'This novel contained everything a 'Sherlock Holmes' inspired story should; a dark criminal underworld and grimy London alleyways, not to mention a cantankerous private detective and his loyal sidekick.'
  • J Hutchinson - 'This is far more than just a Victorian murder mystery and I would love to read more of their cases.'

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Synopsis

Arrowood by Laura McHugh

'Kept me guessing and re-guessing all the way to its inexorable conclusion' Ruth Ware, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10. `Superb and subtle psychological suspense, and a compelling mystery, too . . . I thought I knew who did it, but I was wrong-four times' Lee Child `This robust, old-fashioned gothic mystery has everything you're looking for: a creepy old house, a tenant with a secret history, and even a few ghosts. Laura McHugh's novel sits at the intersection of memory and history, astutely asking whether we carry the past or it carries us'Jodi Picoult Arrowood is the grandest of historical houses lining the Mississippi. It has its own stories and ghostly presence: it's where two small twin girls were abducted ten years ago... Now, Arden has returned to her childhood home determined to establish what really happened to her sisters that traumatic summer. But the house and the surrounding town hold their secrets close - and the truth, when Arden finds it, is more devastating than she ever could have imagined. Family lies, buried secrets and a terrifying truth lie at the heart of this brilliant and haunting crime novel.

Reviews

Superb and subtle psychological suspense, and a compelling mystery, too . . . I thought I knew who did it, but I was wrong-four times. -- Lee Child

Cool, clever and infused with a compellingly chilly melancholy, Arrowood kept me guessing and re-guessing all the way to its inexorable conclusion. -- Ruth Ware

A failed graduate student's return to the family mansion she inherited from her grandfather touches off a maelstrom of emotion, regret and memories in McHugh's poignant second novel . . . Lyrical prose and in-depth character studies examine the reliability of memory, punctuated by believable suspense and aided by a careful look at a small town. Publishers Weekly

McHugh's slow exposure of an old crime is a pitch-perfect example of a Southern gothic. Sunday Times

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About the Author

Laura McHugh's short fiction has been published in Confrontation and Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. She lives in Missouri, and this is her first novel.

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Publication date

31st July 2017

Author

Laura McHugh

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
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Crime & mystery
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099588351

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