- 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: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well paced Murder mystery with a clever French detective who was an obvious model for Poirot.Published 4 months ago by Sallie T. Guy
This was not the book I had intended to choose but since I had it I decided to ma the best of it. I found it very interesting and difficult to put down.Published 9 months ago by Patti Carlisle