The House in Lordship Lane

The House in Lordship Lane is a 1946 British detective novel written by A.E.W. Mason. It is the fifth and final novel in the Hanaud series of stories featuring Inspector Hanaud of the French police.[1] Unlike the rest of the series, the story is set in England in Lordship Lane, a thoroughfare in East Dulwich, South London.

The House in Lordship Lane
First edition (UK)
AuthorA. E. W. Mason
SeriesInspector Hanaud
GenreDetective fiction
Publication date
Hodder and Stoughton (UK)
Dodd, Mead (US)
Media typePrint
Preceded byThey Wouldn't Be Chessmen 

Plot summary

Julius Ricardo hitches a lift home across the English Channel from Lézardrieux to Dartmouth on a friend's ketch in response to an unexpected visit to London from his friend Inspector Hanaud. En route they pick up an escapee from a prison ship, who holds a grudge against Daniel Horbury, M.P. When Horbury is found dead at his home in Lordship Lane, Hanaud and Ricardo assist Scotland Yard in the investigation, which also involves Septimus Crottle, the patriarchal owner of the Dagger shipping line, and his extended family.


  1. Bargainnier p.38


  • Bargainnier, Earl F. Twelve Englishmen of mystery. Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1984.

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