Home of Mick Finlay’s Arrowood Series

London Society takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.

Chosen as:

One of the best crime/mystery novels of 2017 by The Seattle Times; The Strand Magazine; AudioFile Magazine. 

Pick of the Week (Daily Telegraph)

Debut of the Month (lovereading.co.uk)

Latest news: The Murder Pit (Arrowood 2) is out in the UK, Ireland and N. America. Further editions in translation will come out later in the year.

Arrowood 3 (currently untitled) will be out in April 2020 (UK & Ireland) and other countries later that year.


Some praise for The Murder Pit:

“gripping” Daily Telegraph

“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.” Publishers Weekly

A gripping novel with an adept sense of place as well as a clear-eyed examination of the dark exigencies of human behaviour.’ Crime Time

‘The writing and the narration enhance each other to great effect, creating a dark but compelling take on the Victorian mystery.’ Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. AudioFile Magazine

“We are off again into Victorian London’s underbelly with Mick Finlay’s colourful and intemperate William Arrowood on his second astounding adventure… Mr Finlay has a wonderful eye for those little details that bring the colour to our view… If you crave Victorian age murder mystery, love darkly gothic atmospheres and want your detective rather tattered and torn at the edges Arrowood is your man.” Shotsmag

Finlay’s writing style is absolutely wonderful. The complexity of Finlay’s characters and his descriptions of them, warts and all, draws the reader in and keeps them on the edge of their seats until the mystery has been resolved…  perfect winter reading.” Baker Street Babes


Some praise for Arrowood:

“Gangsters, pornographers, drunks and Fenian terrorists abound in this Victorian noir detective novel, which crackles with energy and wit.” The Times (of London) – Top 100 Summer Books

“Arrowood is the Victorian workingman’s answer to the higher-class Sherlock Holmes — a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, shabby detective with a seriously bad attitude toward his more famous counterpart.” Seattle Times – 10 of the Summer’s Hottest Crime Fiction Titles

“Arrowood is a fantastic creation, sweating, beetroot red of face, his stomach bulging, but he works with subtlety — decoding emotions, reading expressions and gestures, seeking evidence in the things that are said, or unsaid, understanding human psychology ..” The Spectator