The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris is the first book in the Colin Pendragon historical, detective mystery series (available January 28, 2014).
A genius detective and his faithful partner are sitting in their London flat having a quiet evening at home when a rich woman of a certain age arrives on their doorstep. She’s ushered in by the pair’s housekeeper and reveals that there’s been a dreadful murder that requires their personal attention.
“It’s my husband…” She hesitated. “He was murdered nearly a fortnight ago and my young niece, who was with him at the time, was savagely attacked and remains in a coma even now.”
It’s a set-up that’s been done dozens of times. And for anyone with even a passing knowledge of Sherlock Holmes, it would be easy to assume that this was another tale featuring that acerbic gentleman detective and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson.
But this is, in fact, a new mystery series starring Colin Pendragon, the genius, and Ethan Pruitt, our narrator. And what distinguishes it from the Holmes canon Harris is clearly playing with is how he subverts the original tropes.