Arrowood, the poor man’s Sherlock Holmes, is back in his strangest case yet. Paid to catch the ruffians who were damaging Captain Moon’s ship, a string of corpses and skulls are found tied to the ship. Who they were and how they are related to the captain is the enigma within Arrowood and the Thames Corpses.
Knowing, after doing a DNA kit, that I am a likely descendant of both the time period and the class depicted within the book, I find it amazing that anyone survived. The poor back then were literally dirt poor. This book is the third in the Arrowood series and the best so far!
While the mystery was intriguing, it would be difficult to be solved by the reader. Once again, this series seems more likely to appeal to historical fiction fans than mystery readers. But the characters within Arrowood and the Thames Corpses seem to be bursting with life despite their life circumstances. Even minor characters have fully fleshed out histories, feelings, and motives. Like the Dickens’ tales to which I have compared earlier books in the series, this book’s focus is squarely on the people populating its pages. Have some fun walking around Victorian London with Arrowood, Barnett, and Neddy. 4 stars!
Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.