The Thames Corpses (Arrowood 3)

Arrowood and the Thames Corpses (Arrowood book 3) is now out in the UK/Ireland and other English-speaking territories. You can bu here (UK) on Hive Amazon Waterstones. It’s coming out in USA and Canada in June, 2020 – you can pre-order at Barnes and Noble. I’ll put put up the dates for other territories and translations as soon as I know them.

Originally I wanted it to be called ‘Gravesend‘ but William Boyle published a book with that name in 2018 when I was half way through writing it. So then I named it ‘The Gravesend Queen‘. My publishers suggested ‘Arrowood and the Thames Corpses‘.

Here are some pictures taken while collecting information for the book. The photos below are an important location in the book. Old Swan Pier used to be here – you can still see the struts in the water and a bit of the entrance. In place of the new buildings would have been warehouses and wharves. It’s right next to London Bridge and Fishmongers Hall.

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From the pier, you would have been able to see Tower Bridge (looking under London Bridge) and Pickfords Wharf opposite.



Here are some photos from the London Docklands Museum.

Copper searching a docker


Limehouse Salvation Army Hostel


Family in Bethnal Green


Inspecting bales of cinnamon in the docks


London Docklands


This is St Saviour’s Dock in Bermondsey. It would have been busy with Thames barges, tugs and lighters back in the 1890s.



Some useful books:

Scenes from Gravesend – all will feature:

Some extracts from The Daily News – 1893 and 1896. Thanks to the British Library.