The House of the Arrow (novel)

The House of the Arrow is a 1924 detective novel by British writer A.E.W. Mason that has inspired several films of the same title. It features the fictional French detective Inspector Hanaud.

The House of the Arrow
First edition (UK)
AuthorA. E. W. Mason
SeriesInspector Hanaud
GenreDetective fiction
PublisherHodder & Stoughton (UK)
George H. Doran (US)
Publication date
Media typePrint ()
Preceded byAt the Villa Rose 
Followed byThe Prisoner in the Opal 

Plot summary

When Boris Waberski, brother-in-law of the wealthy widow Mrs. Harlowe, attempts to talk her English solicitors into advancing him money on his expectations as her heir, he is ignored. Unknown to Waberski, he has been disinherited in favour of Betty Harlowe, the niece of Mrs. Harlowe's late husband. But when Mrs. Harlowe dies suddenly and Waberski accuses Betty of murder, junior partner Jim Frobisher is sent to the estate to find out what's really going on.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

The various film versions are as follows:

La Maison de la Fléche (France) (1930)

Directed by Henri Fescourt


The House of the Arrow (UK) (1930)

Directed by Leslie S. Hiscott


The House of the Arrow (UK)(1940)

Also known as Castle of Crimes (US) . Directed by Harold French.


The House of the Arrow (UK) (1953)

Directed by Michael Anderson.

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