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They Found Him Dead (Inspector Hannasyde #3)

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The sixtieth birthday party of Silas Kane was marred by argument and dissension among his family. And then, the morning after the celebrations, Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff. When Kane’s nephew is also murdered, all clues point to an elderly lady of eighty as the killer. But as the redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde discovers, nothing is quite as it seems.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Arrow (first published 1937)
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This kept me guessing!

One of Heyer's better mysteries IMO, the characters are enjoyable if not all likable and the plot clips along at a good pace. I did have pretty good idea as to who the murderer was, but it didn't spoil the story for me.

The romance was rather sudden starting in chapter one, but it worked and I liked the two of them. I really did enjoy this and you can't beat the imp Terrible Timothy, who goes about getting into mischief and helping the detectives solve the case.

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"
Abigail Hartman
I enjoyed The Grand Sophy so much that I keep returning to Heyer's novels, hoping for such another light, fun read. So far - with Regency Buck, Why Shoot a Butler?, and now They Found Him Dead - I've been pretty disappointed. The Grand Sophy has brilliant characters, crackling wit, and just the kind of romance I enjoy; the others, especially the two mysteries, have either unlikeable or unremarkable characters and more banter than real wit. Jim Kane and Patricia Allison are nice enough, but since ...more
The only other Heyer mystery I've read (No Wind of Blame) reminded me of Wodehouse. This one made me want to read Wodehouse instead.
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
"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
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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
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,
One of Heyer's weakest mysteries, with the culprit painfully obvious from around a third of the way through. There is some leavening humour, from Timothy's exploits to Rosemary's incredible narcissism. The (already-settled) romantic relationship falls flat for me, since Jim switches from dismissing and not taking Patricia's concerns seriously to taking them seriously and trying to hide all developments from her. I really can't take "protect the fragile woman" stories.
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
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
There is a death following a family celebration of Silas' 60th birthday. In fact, it appears that Silas accidentally fell off a cliff and died on the rocks below.

His heir is Clement. Clement and his greedy wife move into the family mansion and shortly after that, Clement is found dead in his study.

What in the world is happening here? When Scotland Yard's Inspector Hannasyde and Sgt Hemingway arrive, they find too many suspects and nothing makes sense.

This is a wonderful example of a British mano
It takes quite a while for Superintendent Hannasyde to make an appearance, in my estimation about half the novel has passed before he is called in, and then only after the second death.

Meanwhile the reader has explored the Kane family. I may have found this less confusing if I had been reading with my eyes rather than my ears. The author has the tendency to refer to characters sometimes by first name and sometimes by surname. It took me quite a while to work out they were not two different peopl
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....
☆ Carol ☆
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!
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
A 2 because I forgot to write a review when I read it and forgot entirely what it was about or who did the dire deed, or deeds.

ANOTHER family-centric plot. Although with a bit more interesting personalities. But still, 3 of the 4 mysteries I have read so far by the author were built around family (a birthday, christmas and a smaller family unit).

Timothy turns up in a later book as does his 1/2 brother - which is what twigged me on the fact that I had actually read this one.

Of the 3 others about
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
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
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
(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
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

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“I just told them that dear Uncle Silas has gone away on a long journey," she said. "They're such mites, you know, and I've never let them hear about Death, or have ugly toys or stories about ogres and things. I mean, I do frightfully believe in keeping their little minds free from everything but happy, beautiful things, don't you?” 2 likes
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