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They Found Him Dead (Inspector Hannasyde #3)

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It is the morning after wealthy Silas Kane's sixtieth birthday party - a celebration that brings to light a number of familial controversies. When Kane he is found dead at the foot of a cliff, the assumption is that he simply lost his way in the fog and fell by accident. But the subsequent death of his nephew and heir and threats on the life of the third Kane, the newest h ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published 1952 by Heinemann (first published 1937)
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Another genuinely fun Golden Age mystery by Georgette Heyer.

On a foggy evening, conservative businessman Silas Kane irritably celebrates his 60th birthday with family and business associates and then proceeds to walk off a cliff - the apparent victim of an accidental fall. However, not 2 weeks later his heir, Clement Kane, is found shot through the head in his study. Afterwards, the 2nd heir to the Kane fortune, Jim Kane, is experiencing a series of misfortunes that may or may not be "accidents"
"They Found Him Dead" is a mystery set in the 1930s in England. I think this is my favorite of the Heyer mysteries that I've read so far. The characters were nicer and less, um, neurotic, than normal, so I actually liked them rather than simply finding them interesting or amusing. The humor in this book was provided by Timothy's youthful ideas and antics regarding the murder. I found all of the characters complex and engaging.

As usual, Heyer introduced a large number of characters at the very be
I find that when I read Georgette Heyer novels, I keep on thinking; "Okay this one was better than the last one I read..." then I read this one and it's like: "Okay nevermind, this one was THE BEST one I've read so far!" I have a feeling that's going to keep happening whenever I read one of her mysteries (I still have yet to try her regency ones). I absolutely loved this one and will put this one up as one of my favorite mysteries from Heyer as of yet.

As usual, there is a rather large list of s
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Silas Kane just turned sixty and everyone has gathered for the occasion. The party is not going so well as it is marred with arguments. When money is involved nothing can ever go well. Silas decides to go for a walk in the fog and the next morning he is found dead. Everyone thinks it was just a accident, that he slipped and fell of the cliff in the fog, but then someone shoots Clement, the hier.

Now we can tell that this murder mystery is all about who will inherit, Silas Kane's money and who ha
Two big biographies in one month required a frothy little read to cleanse the palate before I dig into the February titles. So I grabbed a Georgette Heyer mystery — "They Found Him Dead" — from a stack of them prominently displayed at the Meadowridge library. The placement and the luscious colors on the cover instantly hooked me.

Over the summer, I read my first Heyer mystery, "Why Shoot a Butler," which I described as a "romp." But I have to admit that Heyer mysteries just don't have the same s
This is a classic English mystery novel from 1937. Silas Kane, principal partner of a prosperous business, falls off a cliff and dies. Is it an accident or murder? Then a few weeks later, his heir is shot. So now the business changes hands once more, much to the consternation of the extended Kane and Mansell families. Then it becomes clear that there is more murderous intent floating around.

The strength of the book is in the characters. There's Emily Kane, a cantankerous but not stupid old lady,
A better done romance than is usual for Heyer mysteries, Terrible Timothy is a wonderful secondary character & the always welcome & sparkling Sergeant Hemingway. I did feel the story got bogged down a bit towards the end though.

But the murder & solution were good!
They Found Him Dead is another Heyer mystery. Like the others I've read so far, it was an English country house murder mystery, in which there's a relatively small number of suspects, and the characters are likeable. Hannasyde and Hemingway are the detectives in this one.

I got suspicious of the culprit long before any of the characters, and spent the last third of the book yelling "WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SUSPECTS THIS GUY?!?" I was a little disappointed that I was so far ahead of the charact
An enjoyable, if at first slow-moving, mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie's non-detective mysteries. The plot is complex, the murders connected, and the characters alternately annoying and charming at this English country house in a much slower, more genteel time. There are a number of characters to keep track of at the opening dinner party, but they quickly sort themselves out as one ends up dead, and then another. Close calls abound, self-absorption runs rampant among some of the char ...more
Georgette Heyer is a reliable comfort read. Her books are breezy, light, and uncomplicated, typically featuring a murder in a country house. As usual, there are two completely different female characters: one practical and organized, and the other totally bananas; their respective love interests; a host of wacky characters/suspects; one completely nefarious character who is so terrible it's obvious that he is a red herring; and the sensible police detective. Everything gets tidied up in the end ...more
When Silas Kane is found dead at the bottom of a cliff after going for a stroll on a foggy night, the police deem it death by misadventure. Timothy Harte believes he was murdered. When Silas's heir is shot within days, the police realize they are looking at someone who has killed twice. Trouble is the main suspects all seem to have alibis for one or the other murder.
Heyer has a subplot of a Victorian romance entwined with the mystery. The characters are somewhat shallow and the dialogue lacks
It took me along time to finish this book. Usually I really, really like Georgette Heyer's mysteries but this one was not one of my favorites.
Silas Kane's sixtieth birthday ends in tragedy when he apparently walks off a cliff during a foggy evening. However, his nephew's half-brother suspects murder. As a teenage boy though, the young Mr. Harte is disregarded until Silas' heir also dies. When the third in line for the family fortune starts getting close death calls, everyone starts to take the
Another fun 1930s mystery and a very entertaining read. I loved Terrible Timothy and laughed a lot at the perfectly dreadful Rosemary and the character (whose name I no longer remember) with appallingly behaved children. I also liked the fact that Superintendent Hannasyde had a bit more to do than he did in his last outing. It wasn't hard to guess whodunnit, although a bit harder to work out how it was done. This didn't make the book less enjoyable, though. I'm looking forward to the next Heyer ...more
Sheryl Tribble
Hadn't read this before but still knew "who dun it" halfway through the book. I'm not that good at solving mysteries, I don't think -- it's just the author's prejudices seem to determine who gets to be the bad guy. *sigh*

But I don't read mysteries for the mystery anyhow, and I enjoyed the characters, so it's all good. I particularly liked that the first victim wasn't someone the reader is clearly expected to despise; on the contrary, he's a nice enough guy most people didn't realize his death wa
This was so much fun right up until the rather abrupt and not so satisfying climax. I love how Heyer creates fabulous characters and maintains suspense but I find the endings of her mysteries not quite worth the previous 300+ pages. In this book, rich businessman Silas is found dead at the bottom of a cliff; possibly he lost his way in the fog, but when his heir is found shot to death it's obviously no accident....
Alaina Sloo
Third of the Inspector Hannasyde mystery series. A very 1930s British detective series. One of the interesting things about these books is that the Inspector isn't really the main character: he plays more of a familiar supporting actor to a cast of entertainingly idiosyncratic suspects as he goes from book to book sorting out whodunnit. Heyer also does a deft job of giving you plenty of information, but leaving you with plenty of doubt about who the culprit really is right up to the end.

I don't
Although Heyer is better known for her regency romances, the eight mysteries she wrote are also enjoyable with trademark characteristics of humor and romance. They Found Him Dead is not as tightly plotted as others and depends on those farcical coincidences in which numerous people are in the same place at the same time, but no one saw the murderer. However, it is worth reading for period details from motor car design to fashion details. Also, some of the characterization of the secondary charac ...more
A well written, entertaining, light murder mystery featuring Hannasyde. First published in 1937, with one possible murder, one definite murder and two attempts, it is cleanly written without gratuitous violence, explicit sex or foul language.

Centre stage is taken by the fourteen year old Timothy Harte who has seen too many American gangster and Wild West movies. With many of the character traits of Richmal Crompton's William Brown, he latches onto various individuals, helping them in their duti
I am a big fan of Georgette Heyer's Regency romance novels, and I think they come close to the exalted level of Jane Austen books. I was told that her mysteries came close to Agatha Christie levels of brilliance. While it was a good read overall, I didn't enjoy it as much as I usually do a Christie novel. It definitely didn't have the same spirit and confidence of her Regency novels.

A blurb on the cover of the book proclaims that Heyer writes vibrant characters and witty dialogue, and I'd agree
They Found Him Dead is a mystery in the tradition of the cozy English country house whodunits, and I loved it. A birthday party is held for Silas Kane at his country home, Cliff House and a whole cast of quirky English characters attend, including his mother, business partners, young cousin, and the cousin's half brother, a rambunctious teen who loves exploring and is into everyone's business. When Silas does not come down for breakfast the next morning, family and staff look for him and he is f ...more
Kathleen Kelly
They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer is a delightful little read with an equally delightful cover. I can't say that I judge a book by its cover but I really like these cute little mysteries and their covers. The cast of characters in this mystery are a great mix. You have the two deaths at the beginning of the story Silas Kane and his cousin Clement Kane. Everyone is suspicious of everyone else and everyone comes under suspicion. Clement Kane's wife Rosemary is spending her husbands money like ...more
Linda Banche
The bodies pile up right from the start in this delightful, fast-paced 1930's British murder mystery.

As an avid Regency fan, I know and love Miss Heyer's historical romances. But I had no idea she also wrote contemporary mysteries. Contemporary, that is, when she wrote them in the 1930's. I love British mysteries from that period--art deco furniture and decorations, sleek, romantic clothes, and dialog chock-full of the idioms of the day.

The "Him" of the title is Mr. Silas Kane, patriarch of the
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I feel like Georgette Heyer is one of those authors that really isn’t as popular as she should be. Most of her books (of which there are about fifty five or so) are regency romances a la Jane Austen, twelve of them, however, are crime/mystery novels. I love murder mystery novels, I honestly do- so it’s no surprise to me that I adored this book.

Characters play a massive role in mystery novels, as does the plot- you may think this is the
(Originally read in October 2010)

This is by far my favorite Heyer mystery. It's not the most challenging; I had a pretty good guess at the guilty party through most of it. But it's certainly the most enjoyable one I've read (Footsteps in the Dark comes second). A few of her other mysteries are populated by rather nasty people who spend most of the book sniping at each other, but They Found Him Dead has a highly entertaining cast of characters, some of them maddening but still amusing, and a few
Keri Luna
"They Found Him Dead" is an enjoyable murder mystery from the brilliant-- and thankfully-- highly prolific, Georgette Heyer.
Heyer's superbly analytical Superintendent Hannasyde and humorous Sergeant Hemingway are called in to investigate, but unfortunately, the focus is less on Scotland Yard's finest and more on the drama of the Kane family. Frankly, I missed the detectives.
The characters are interesting, but I didn't love the fact that as soon as ingenue Patricia Allison gets engaged to Jim K
Jules Jones
Third of the Superintendent Hannasyde mysteries. Silas Kane is the senior male member of the Kane family, childless owner of the Kane family fortune. When he's found dead at the foot of a cliff one morning' his family are distressed, but most of them suspect nothing more than the obvious -- he insisted on having his usual evening walk along the clifftop path in spite of it being a foggy night, and must have missed his way. But when his heir is found shot dead not long after moving into the famil ...more
Bev Hankins
Even at sixty, Silas Kane is not going to let a little fog keep him from his regular nightly walk before bedtime. A family celebration of his sixtieth birthday may have tired him a bit, but he still needs his constitutional to help him sleep. When morning comes and there is no Silas and his bed has not been slept in, a search is made and he is found dead at the bottom of the cliffs near his home. A verdict of death by misadventure is brought in....with the blame falling on the foggy night.

But th
Murder mystery set in 1930s England. Another Superintendent Hannasyde story, along with his trusty side kick Sergeant Hemingway.
There's the usual large cast of quirky characters. Any one of them could have "done it", including the butler. We're even lead to believe that the old lady in a wheelchair could have been the murderer!

Although I guessed who the murderer was, I was still kind of doubtful. So, overall I rate this one a satisfactory murder mystery.
This is MY KIND of mystery! The family gathers at the mansion to celebrate the birthday of the somewhat troublesome head of the family. Of course, a suspicious death will occur! The story unfolds in a classic but not a clichéd manner; I enjoyed it all the way through.
The detectives are supporting characters in the story, although they ultimately solve the crime; the family have the leading roles. Nice characters, especially the cameo role played by 14-year-old Timothy, who delights in following
Yet another Georgette Heyer mystery I love!
This is 3rd chronologically in the Detective Hannasyde mysteries. The mystery itself is ok. When I originally read this book, I was guessing until the very end. There's a variety of characters portrayed, all of which I love.
As a bonus, these characters also appear in one of the Detective Hemingway mysteries. It's interesting to meet these characters in this novel and then see what they're like 10 years from now.
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