The House Of The Arrow

Read by David Wales

(4.4 stars; 82 reviews)

A young English girl is accused in Dijon of murdering her French aunt. Hanaud to the rescue! Inspector Hanaud is a member of the French Sûreté. He is said to have been the model for Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, as well as the opposite of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. In 1910, Mason undertook to create a fictional detective as different as possible from Sherlock Holmes, who had recently been resuscitated after his supposed death by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1903. Inspector Gabriel Hanaud was stout, not gaunt like Holmes; a professional policeman, not a gentleman amateur; from the French Sûreté, not Victorian England; and relying on psychological insights rather than physical evidence. His "Watson" is a retired London banker named Mr. Julius Ricardo, though he appears only briefly in this novel. (David Wales ) (10 hr 0 min)


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(4 stars)

I fell for the false trail like a mystery novice. Admittedly, I suspected the the person the writer chose as a red herring before they laid the trail which made me follow it all the more willingly. Overall the story is well written and adequately read.

(5 stars)

A touch of the gothic to an enjoyable mystery read by a favorite reader, David Wales.

(5 stars)

The detective had quite a personality! The mystery kept me guessing.

(4 stars)

Long twisted story. Better make time to listen carefully

Interesting Story, Quirky Detective

(5 stars)

A good story.

(5 stars)

Another jewel by Mason, wonderfully read

Excellent manor house mystery

(5 stars)

This is a full length novel featuring Mason's police investigator, Inspector Hanaud. The story is densely populated by suspicious characters, and I found myself having to go back to relisten to some of the short chapters just to keep everyone straight. It's very clever and very original. In the introduction Inspector Hanaud is compared to Christie's Poirot, but I think of him more as a predecessor to police detective Maigret. Mason is the author of The Four Feathers, one of the all time great "ripping yarns," so it's not surprising that he could create a character as interesting as Hanaud, who is not as well known to mystery lovers as he should be.

Terrible reader!

(1 stars)

Terrible reader, sounds like he is in an echo chamber.