The murder pit / Mick Finlay.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: 1896: Sherlock Holmes has once again hit the headlines, solving mysteries for the cream of aristocracy. But among the workhouses and pudding shops of South London, private detective William Arrowood is presented with far grittier, more violent and considerably less well-paid cases. Arrowood has no doubt who is the better detective, and when Mr. and Mrs. Barclay engage him to find their estranged daughter, Birdie, he's sure it won't be long before he and his assistant, Barnett, have tracked her down. But this seemingly simple missing-person case soon turns into a murder investigation. Far from the comfort of Baker Street, Arrowood's London is a city of unrelenting cruelty, where evil is waiting to be uncovered.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references.
    • Other Titles:
      Murder pit : an arrowood mystery.
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    • ABNT:
      FINLAY, M. The murder pit. [s. l.]: Mira, 2019. ISBN 9780778369301. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Finlay M. The Murder Pit. Mira; 2019. Accessed September 29, 2020.
    • APA:
      Finlay, M. (2019). The murder pit. Mira.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Finlay, Mick. 2019. The Murder Pit. An Arrowood Mystery: Bk 2. Mira.
    • Harvard:
      Finlay, M. (2019) The murder pit. Mira (An Arrowood mystery: bk 2). Available at: (Accessed: 29 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Finlay, M 2019, The murder pit, An Arrowood mystery: bk 2, Mira, viewed 29 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Finlay, Mick. The Murder Pit. Mira, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Finlay, Mick. The Murder Pit. An Arrowood Mystery: Bk 2. Mira, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Finlay M. The murder pit [Internet]. Mira; 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 29]. (An Arrowood mystery: bk 2). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 December #1

There's a line forming to knock the stuffing out of Sherlock Holmes, and here's the latest contender: a fat, flatulent, boozy Victorian "private investigative agent" named William Arrowood. We met him in Finlay's 2017 Arrowood, and he's still at it. Holmes works by "physical clues and his famous logic," he huffs, but sometimes there aren't any clues "and people are not logical." Arrowood solves his cases "by understanding people." He won't let up, detailing Holmes' faulty reasoning in "The Adventure of the Priory School" and his deceit in "A Case of Identity." Jealous? Yes. Holmes works in a moneyed world, and Arrowood—and his Watson, a feistier version named Barnett—labor in the miasma of South London. As their current case, an attempt to reunite an aging couple with their daughter, turns murderous, we follow them through a world reeking of open sewers, phlegm, running sores, feces, rotting teeth, and "man stink." Readers may find all this realism a bit distracting, but if they can stay focused on the exchanges between Arrowood and Barnett—witty, sometimes brutal, and, then, surprisingly moving—they'll be fine. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 December #1

Set in 1896, Finlay's enthralling sequel to 2017's Arrowood draws the investigative duo of William Arrowood and Norman Barnett into an emotionally wrenching inquiry. In London, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay hire Arrowood and Barnett to track down their developmentally disabled daughter, Birdie, who married pig farmer Walter Ockwell six months earlier and has not communicated with them since. When the detectives travel to the farm south of the city, they get a harsh reception and are alarmed to find that Birdie has suffered a head injury, which Ockwell, who has spent time in prison for attacking a man with a club, claims was accidental. The case gets even darker when the partners learn that three children have died on the farm, but only one was buried. In an inventive move, Finlay casts Arrowood as an alternative Sherlock Holmes, who, instead of relying on physical clues and logic, focuses on the psychology of the people involved. This is a welcome grittier take on a familiar genre trope. Agent: Jo Unwin, Jo Unwin Literary Agency (U.K.) (Feb.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.