The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel

Read by David Wales

(4.2 stars; 105 reviews)

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. The Affair At The Semiramis Hotel (1917), a novella, is the second Hanaud mystery. Did the robbery/murder really happen or was it the mescal-induced hallucination of the witness? The first novel is At The Villa Rose (1910). The third is The House Of The Arrow (1924) (there are seven through 1949, available at project gutenberg Australia). 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. - Summary by David Wales (1 hr 43 min)


Part 1 21:36 Read by David Wales
Part 2 31:50 Read by David Wales
Part 3 23:53 Read by David Wales
Part 4 26:17 Read by David Wales


Very enjoyable

(5 stars)

Quite short, being a novella but the perfect length for the story being told. Well read as always.


(5 stars)

The Hanoud mysteries are amusing and the reader does a nice job.

(4 stars)

Better than I expected. Well read by Mr. Wales

Worthwhile Short Mystery

(5 stars)

I’m glad I gave this one a try. Reader is excellent. Thank you for your time volunteering sir!

Short, sweet

(4 stars)

The tale moved along at a good pace and held my interest. Recommended.

(4 stars)

The novel was just.... ok. Sure wasn't an Agatha.

(5 stars)

very good story. I like the detective.