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At the Villa Rose

A. E. W. Mason

Book Overview: 

Harry Wethermill, the brilliant young scientist, a graduate of Oxford and Munich, has made a fortune from his inventions, and is taking a vacation at Aix-les-Bains. There he meets, and immediately falls in love with, the young and beautiful Celia Harland, who serves as companion to the aging but warm-hearted Madam Dauvray of Paris. All this is observed by Julius Ricardo, a retired financier from the City of London, who spends every August at Aix, expecting there to find a pleasant and peaceful life. Imagine his consternation when he learns that Mme. Dauvray has been brutally murdered, and imagine Harry Wethermill's consternation when he learns that every finger of suspicion is pointed at the now vanished Celia Harland.
Implored to do so by Wethermill, Ricardo asks his friend Inspector Hanaud, the great detective of the Paris Sûreté (who is also vacationing in Aix) to involve himself in the case so that the truth may come out. Hanaud agrees to do so (with the permission of the Aix police, of course), and goes to work. Will he be up to the job? And will Harry Wethermill ultimately be glad that he called in the great man? We can only wait to find out.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Leamington and the apparatus of a spiritualistic show. After all, he reflected triumphantly, Hanaud had not noticed everything, and as he made the reflection Hanaud's voice broke in to corroborate him.

"We have seen everything here; let us go upstairs," he said. "We will first visit the room of Mlle. Celie. Then we will question the maid, Helene Vauquier."

The four men, followed by Perrichet, passed out by the door into the hall and mounted the stairs. Celia's room was in the southwest angle of the villa, a bright and airy room, of which one window overlooked the road, and two others, between which stood the dressing-table, the garden. Behind the room a door led into a little white-tiled bathroom. Some towels were tumbled upon the floor beside the bath. In the bedroom a dark-grey frock of tussore and a petticoat were flung carelessly on the bed; a big grey hat of Ottoman silk was lying upon a chest of drawers in the recess of a window; and upon . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Murder at the Villa Rose (1910) opens at the gaming tables of Monte Carlo with a young, handsome Englishman in the process of breaking the bank. Our focal point for the scene, Julius Ricardo, is an observer in Monte Carlo and sees a beautiful, young woman in distress in the gardens. It soon b...more

3.5 stars (liked it)

A well written 1910 story about a detective solving the murder of a wealthy woman in the South of France.

Very good mystery with a "thinking" detective. It's an interesting crime and the detective's work to solve it is, too. Good story!

3.5 Stars, entertaining

It's a fun read with an interesting plot and characters well developed, classically non offensive. Pleasantly performed & clearly narrated. Recommended.

Un giallo abbastanza convincente dove a 3 quarti del libro gli assassini sono rivelati. L'ultimo quarto, quello delle spiegazioni , l'ho trovato un po' troppo prolisso. Da ombrellone

A very nice whodunit with (my opinion) the prototype for Colombo. Detective Hanaud is an early example of the quirky policeman that Peter Falk brought to TV so well. The guilt of one suspect is fairly obvious, but the twist in the final act is deftly done.

If you can find a copy, this book is defi...more

A fine little story with an unexpected twist.

Over-explanatory and detailed, but not more so than characterises the genre at the time of writing.

MURDER AT THE VILLA ROSE. (1910). A. E. W. Mason. ***.
This novel by Mason features one of his series detectives, Hanaud of the French Surete. Hanaud is generally considered the precursor of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He doesn’t talk about his little grey cells, but he certainly uses them. The plot...more

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