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The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris

The Arnifour Affair

by Gregory Harris

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Poorly written, very hard to follow, inaccurate historically, poorly edited. I could not bring myself to finish this book no matter how much it cost. The characters were poorly written and I found it difficult to feel anything for them. Also, I buy a mystery to read because I want a mystery. If I wanted sex in my books I'd buy a romance. I like my protagonist to have relationships but why does this writer (and some others) believe that this requires sex scenes or allusions to? ( )
  lakbear | Apr 3, 2019 |
Well I quit because ths writing was just terrible. There was no back story, no background on the setting or people or anything. Also, the writing did not flow well together and i did not care for the dialogue. Also, I got to page 47 I believe it was, to the part about taking a bath and I quit. I have no problem with what people choose to do in their own house but there are some things I dont want to read about and two guys taking a bath together is one of them. ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
Tailor-made for Sherlock Holmes fans; this is one for those who've powered through all of Conan Doyle's detective's outings and are bemoaning the fact that there's no more to read. The detective here, Colin Pendragon, is clearly Holmes, and his sidekick/lover (the relationship is tastefully and obliquely referenced) is clearly Watson.

I think a lot of fans will enjoy it, although some purists will, of course, have objections.

Myself, I found it to be an enjoyable but fairly standard murder mystery. A renowned investigator is hired to look into the death of a wealthy woman's husband. Lady Arnifour's main concern seems to be clearing the name of the chief suspect, her groundskeeper. However, she seriously underestimates the investigator's abilities, and soon all manner of family dirty laundry is brought into view. Add in a subplot, a few quirky characters, and a hefty dose of 19th-century London atmosphere, and there we go. None of the revelations are anything we haven't heard before (scandal, drugs, exploitation of children), and the story succumbs to the temptation to have the detective deliver an overly long revelatory monologue at the denouement.

I received my copy through the Goodreads First Reads program. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book!

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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Pendragon and Pruitt, detecting extraordinaire!

A mystery set in the latter part of Victorian times à la Sherlock Holmes with Dicksonian overtones.
Colin Pendragon is a talented detective channeling the shade of Sherlock Holmes' arrogance and abilities. His companion Ethan Pruitt plays Watson to Pendragon's Sherlock persona.
It took me some time to realized that their relationship was discretely different to that of Holmes and Watson. And then there's the strange landlady, Mrs Behmoth who is both alarming and endearing. Certainly a far cry from Mrs Hudson. (A strange household indeed. In fact, I was quite enamoured of this quirky little group. Future novels I hope will divulge the story of how they came together. There are hints along the way.)
Disgruntled by Scotland Yards enquiries, Lady Anifour comes demanding that Pendragon take her on as a client. Her husband has been murdered, her niece beaten and left in a coma. She demands that Pendragon find the culprit.
The Anifour household is a hot bed of dissatisfaction, a dissolute son, an up-tight, pinched lip housekeeper, a distant daughter, a gardener whose more than a gardener and the gardener's son. (one can sense D.H.Lawrence looming in the background)
Then we have the appearance of an interesting young ragamuffin from the bowels of the London stews asking for help to find his younger disappeared sister.
That search takes Pendragon and Ethan deep into the underbelly of criminal activity, the opium dens and brothels, and for Ethan, into a tragic past he has fought to conquer.
These visit's are poignantly dark moments for him. The reader has hints of Ethan's former life without Pendragon. We witness his very personal struggle against the seduction of opium and the hints of what his old life might have entailed. His coming realization of the thin line between succumbing or not to the lure of the poppy is heartfelt. These scenes elicit our sympathy and understanding as he fights the temptation.
The murder trail, like that of Hansel and Gretel's, is littered with breadcrumbs. It leads to places unexpected and I for one was left wondering right until the end.
I'm looking forward to the next adventure in the series!

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In turn-of-the-20th-century London, aristocratic gay sleuth Colin Pendragon and his partner Ethan Pruitt try to solve the murder of Lady Arnifour's husband, as well as the disappearance of a street urchin's sister.

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