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The Prisoner in the Opal (Inspector Hanaud #4)

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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? Reade ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published February 14th 1993 by Carroll & Graf (first published 1928)
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Dfordoom
Sep 25, 2012 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
A. E. W. Mason (1865-1948) is best remembered today as the author of the classic adventure novel The Four Feathers. He also wrote five detective novels featuring Inspector Hanuad of the Sûreté. The Prisoner in the Opal was the third in this series, appearing in 1928, and is probably the best-known.

It’s an interesting combination of the golden age detective story and the occult. The occult elements take quite a while to become apparent but the fact that the most widely available paperback edition
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Kathy
Jun 17, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Mason at his best. The French detective, Hanaud, is at once eccentric, insightful, and unpredictable. Great twists and turns; everyone seems to be guilty! There is some of the occult, so if you don't like that, this book isn't for you. But I couldn't put it down!
Anita
Jul 29, 2011 Anita rated it liked it
I'll definitely be reading more from this author.
Phil Syphe
Didn't think this was as good as the previous books in the series but still enjoyed it. It has a similar formula to the other Hanaud tales but feels like a weaker imitation.

The author uses much more humour than usual, too, mainly in terms of the French inspector annoying his English friend by mixing up idioms.
John
Jun 26, 2013 John rated it liked it
Whilst the plot was quite good, I find Mason's style overly wordy. The explanation by Hanaud to the others at the end seemed to go on for ever. Despite it being too long, I did enjoy it.
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Alfred Edward Woodley Mason (7 May 1865 Dulwich, London - 22 November 1948 London) was a British author and politician. He is best remembered for his 1902 novel The Four Feathers.

He studied at Dulwich College and graduated from Trinity College, Oxford in 1888. He was a contemporary of fellow Liberal Anthony Hope, who went on to write the adventure novel The Prisoner of Zenda.
His first novel, A Rom
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