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At the Villa Rose
     

At the Villa Rose

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by A.E.W. Mason
 

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BOOK 1 IN THE INSPECTOR HANAUD SERIES.

The place: Aix-les-Bains, a lakeside town in southeast France, popular for vacations of the well-to-do.

The players:

(1) The young Englishman, Harry Wethermill, who, after a brilliant career at Oxford and at Munich, had applied his scientific genius and made a fortune for himself at the age of

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BOOK 1 IN THE INSPECTOR HANAUD SERIES.

The place: Aix-les-Bains, a lakeside town in southeast France, popular for vacations of the well-to-do.

The players:

(1) The young Englishman, Harry Wethermill, who, after a brilliant career at Oxford and at Munich, had applied his scientific genius and made a fortune for himself at the age of twenty-eight.

(2) Mr. Ricardo, approaching the fifties in age; a widower — "a state greatly to his liking, for he avoided at once the irksomeness of marriage and the reproaches justly leveled at the bachelor; finally, he was rich, having amassed a fortune in Mincing Lane, which he had invested in profitable securities."

(3) Celia Harland, the beautiful, free-spirited 19-year-old English traveling companion of wealthy Mme. Dauvray, and recently romantic companion of Wethermill.

(4) Inspector Hanaud, the cleverest of French police detectives, on vacation at Aix-les-Bains.

The newspaper article: "Late last night, an appalling murder was committed at the Villa Rose. Mme. Camille Dauvray, an elderly, rich woman who was well known at Aix, was discovered on the floor of her salon, fully dressed and brutally strangled, while upstairs, her maid was found in bed, chloroformed, with her hands tied securely behind her back. ... Mme. Dauvray's motor-car has disappeared, and with it a young Englishwoman who came to Aix with her as her companion. The motive of the crime leaps to the eyes. Mme. Dauvray was famous in Aix for her jewels, which she wore with too little prudence...they have disappeared."

With Ricardo's help, Wethermill beseeches Hanaud to take up the case and help the local police find the missing Celia and solve the murder. He believes Celia will be exonerated once she is found. Hanaud considers the evidence and agrees to proceed, but warns Wethermill that he will see the case to the end, even if the outcome is not liked by Wethermill.

Quote, Ricardo to Wethermill:

"You are going out of your way to launch the acutest of French detectives in search of this girl. Are you wise, Wethermill?"

Wethermill sprang up from his chair in desperation.

"You, too, think her guilty! You have seen her. You think her guilty — like this detestable newspaper, like the police."

"Like the police?" asked Ricardo sharply.

"Yes," said Harry Wethermill sullenly. "As soon as I saw that rag I ran down to the villa. The police are in possession. They would not let me into the garden. But I talked with one of them. They, too, think that she let in the murderers."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148695745
Publisher:
Tower Publishing
Publication date:
06/04/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Alfred Edward Woodley Mason (7 May 1865 Dulwich, London – 22 November 1948 London) was a British author and politician, writing under the name A. E. W. Mason. He studied at Dulwich College and graduated from Trinity College, Oxford in 1888. He was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament in the 1906 general election. Mason served in the First World War, being promoted to Captain in 1914. His military career included work in naval intelligence, serving in Spain and Mexico, where he set up counter-espionage networks on behalf of the British government. Mason was the author of more than 20 books, including At The Villa Rose (1910), a mystery novel in which he introduced his French detective, Inspector Hanaud. His best-known book is The Four Feathers, which has been made into several films. Many consider it his masterpiece. (Source: Wikipedia)

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It had taken me a long while to finally finish my food, I hated McDonalds but what else was there when your in the middle of nowhere, with only one fast food place and a gas station yeah pretty hard. <p> My parents were busy talking to some guy getting tips on the best ways to get to Alaska, "Meh," i mumbled tapping on the window indicating they needed to shut up before i went insane. <p> "Mom! Dad shut up!" <br> Clarity hold on! They yelled <p> I gave them the finger rubbing my face, looking at the rip in my jeans picking at it. I hate this but you need to do what can, nobody ever said it was going to be easy. My dad slid into the drivers seat and pulled out heading down the busy highway. I blasted my earbuds not wanting to listen to them. I finally fell asleep, not caring where we were. <p> Several hours later my mom was nudging me awake. We were at a Hotel. I blinked and stumbled inside still very tired i ended up asleep on the lobby floor. <p> Continud tomrrow