• Arrowood and The Meeting House Murders

  • An Arrowood Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Mick Finlay
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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By: Mick Finlay
Narrated by: Malk Williams
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Publisher's Summary

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

Nowhere to hide.

London, 1879. As winter grips the city, a group of African travellers seek sanctuary inside the walls of the Quaker Meeting House. They are being hunted by a ruthless showman who is forcing them to perform in his ethnic exhibition in the London Aquarium.

Nowhere to turn.

Private Investigator William Arrowood and his assistant, Barnett, agree to help the travellers avoid capture. But when they arrive at the Meeting House, they find a scene of devastation. Two people have been murdered, and the others have fled into the night.

Nowhere to run.

The hunt for the real killer leads Arrowood into the dark heart of Victorian London. A shadowy world of freak shows, violence and betrayal, where there are no good choices and only the slimmest chance of survival....

©2021 Mick Finlay (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Finlay depicts a seedy, desperate London and vivid characters with considerable skill." (The Times)

"A riveting tale of intrigue, exploitation and danger. I felt as though I was right there in the foggy, soot-stained alleyways of Victorian London, looking anxiously over my shoulder." (S. W. Perry) 

"It really evokes the era, and Arrowood is a very interesting, flawed, sleuth." (Faith Martin)

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Lackluster

This was not my favorite story by any means. I think it was lacking the overt action the previous books had, this one has more internal conflict.
Malk was off his game here too. His voices between characters were less consistent. Arrowood lost his unique sound several times.

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I LOVE THIS SERIES!

Excellent detail of characters and time period. Great plot and was difficult to stop listening. Love the narrator. He’s perfect!!! I can’t wait for more.

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  • Charlotte
  • 07-19-21

Missed the humour

One of the things I loved about the previous Arrowood books was the humour that really made me genuinely laugh out loud at times.

Whilst the plot and narration were brilliant as usual and taught me a lot regarding our History, I found myself missing the humour that seemed to be missing in this book and as a result it felt a bit heavy.

I genuinely hope to listen to future books as I do find them very enjoyable! But perhaps Mr Finlay could inject the humour back in, which is what makes them well balanced and outstanding to listen to :-)

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  • BadMedisin
  • 03-02-22

Rumple rumple rumple

The story is ok in this one but I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of the earlier ones. It got quite irritating because the author has discovered the word “rumple” (basically meaning “rump”) and uses it in every other paragraph like when a child learns a new slang word.

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  • Brian Murgatroyd
  • 09-13-21

Enjoyable - again

I’ve enjoyed all the Arrowood books; this is excellently crafted & superbly narrated. There’s a grittiness here which brings home how unpleasant it must have been to live in that period in comparison to the comfort so many enjoy today.

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  • L. Collins
  • 08-19-21

mnot sure on this one.

overall I love this series and the characters but I struggled with the storyline on this one. it just didn't hook me as much as the previous books. narration as excellent as usual.

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  • W. Meekins
  • 08-04-21

Superb !

Another great book from Mick Finlay in his brilliant Arrowood series .
wonderful performance by Malk Williams !

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  • KAH
  • 07-15-21

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I have listened to all the Arrowood books. This latest did not disappoint. Loved it.

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  • V. O'Regan
  • 07-09-21

Excellent historical crime fiction

Once again I was riveted by the storytelling ,characters and setting of Arrowod’s London. An outstanding novel and series