Inspector Gabriel Hanaud is a fictional French policeman depicted by the British writer A. E. W. Mason. He was modelled on two real-life heads of the Paris Sûreté, Macé and Goron and has been described as the “first major fiction police detective of the Twentieth Century”. The inspector has been seen as one of a number of influences on the creation of Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
In this thriller by A.E.W. Mason, Inspector Hanaud goes to the Villa Rose, where a wealthy widow has been cruelly murdered for her jewels. At the Villa Rose is Mason and his cunning detective 'Hanaud' at their best. Missing jewels; high adventure some one hundred and fifty kilometres from Geneva; a casino and blind love are all factors in a difficult case for Hanaud, which ultimately involves a gang of frightened murde…Read More »
The House of the Arrow is a detective novel that has inspired movies in French in English, featuring the fictional French detective Inspector Hanaud. When Jeanne-Marie Harlowe is poisoned and her adopted daughter is accused of murder, Inspector Hanaud is called in to investigate.
The scene is the south of France. An English lady has been murdered and a beautiful American girl has disappeared. Discovered is a body with a severed hand and an opal bracelet somehow connected to devil worship. Clearly a case for Inspector Hanaud or the Surete and his English friend Mr. Ricardo. Can Hanaud solve the two mysteries in time to prevent a second murder? Readers will be kept in a constant state of mystific…Read More »
Inspector Hanaud, Mason's cunning French detective, investigates a plot to steal a priceless pearl necklace belonging to the Rajah of Chitipur. A young opera singer is involved, along with her vanished accomplice. All is not as it appears and the many characters refuse to permit themselves to be moved about like pawns by the mastermind. They Wouldn't Be Chessmen is thought by many to be the best of the Hanaud series.