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About the Author

Alfred Edward Wooley Mason was born in 1865. He was educated at Dulwich College before going up to Oxford University. Once his formal education was completed, Mason went on to become an actor, which had been an ambition since schooldays. He began his writing career with historical fiction, but then moved into the arena of politics, becoming a Liberal Member of Parliament for Coventry in 1906. However, his love of writing stayed with him and Mason further developed his repertoire and style to incorporate detective fiction, introducing one of the earliest fictional detectives, Inspector Hanaud, the Gallic counterpart to Sherlock Holmes. His detective fiction contains material clues and spontaneity. Throughout the course of his life Mason produced over thirty titles. The most enduring work is ‘The Four Feathers’ which is the most filmed work of any writer in the 20th century, with seven versions in all. There have also been many other films and plays based on his novels, including the Hanaud series. A.E.W. Mason died in 1948.

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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Hanaud (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: House Of Stratus; New edition edition (August 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755107373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755107377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Roberge on June 12, 2011
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The first part of this novel present a fast-paced, suspenseful story of murder and detection, with effective surprises. I would give that section of the novel 5 stars. Unfortunately, the murderer is unmasked two-thirds of the way through. The rest is anticlimactic, the retelling at length of the story of the murder before its discovery, a story that we already know for the most part. The retelling is (for my taste) too detailed, beginning with plot-irrelevant information on the origins of one of the characters. The retelling does go on to explain some of the details of the crime, but these are usually slight: such as why was one sofa pillow was found wrinkled and the other marked by a drop of blood.

Unless you're interested in the back-story, I would recommend skipping Chapters 15 (Celia's Story) through 20 and going straight to Hainaud Explains (Chapter 21, location 2750).

Generally, the writing is good, the characters are credible, and the plot holds interest. Hainaud the detective has an ambivalent personality that flips between kindliness and biting sarcasm, often at the expense of a happenstance sidekick named Mr. Ricardo who repeatedly states the obvious as if he were making brilliant deductions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K on September 25, 2011
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The detective in this story has a little bit of an attitude but he is good. Not much of a surprise ending though.
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