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Crime | The Murder Pit | Mick Finlay

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We’re delighted to be taking part on tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts for The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay.

The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay

1896: Sherlock Holmes has once again hit the headlines, solving mysteries for the cream of London society. But among the workhouses and pudding shops of the city, private detective William Arrowood is presented with far grittier, more violent, and considerably less well-paid cases.

Arrowood is in no doubt who is the better detective, and when Mr and Mrs Barclay engage him to trace 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 . . .

The Murder Pit is published by HQ and is available to purchase in digital and audiobook formats (10th January 2019) with the paperback publishing 24th September 2019.


Mick Finlay’s second historical crime novel based on his character, William  Arrowood. Set in 1896 with Sherlock Holmes receiving all the prestige and wealth from his cases.

Alongside his sidekick, Norman Barnett, Arrowood is determined to become a great detective and has taken on a missing person’s case. Birdie Barclay has refused to see her parents since her marriage into the Ockwell family.

Arrowood and Barnett find trouble investigating the Ockwell family and consequently discover that the Barclay’s have secrets of their own.

A dark, gloomy and violent story as this missing case turns into a murder investigation. The writing is superb, wonderfully descriptive, however I found it to be too heavy reading. I may just need to read a few light hearted stories, as usually enjoy this style of writing.

It is an interesting read and I do enjoy reading about this time period,
both fiction and non-fiction. This book reflects the dangerous time for people living in London with high volumes of crime and violence.

Wonderfully written for readers who enjoy history, crime and murder mysteries.

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The Murder Pit Mick Finlay

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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.


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