Death in the Stocks (Inspector Hannasyde #1)
A bobby on his night rounds discovers a corpse in evening dress locked in the stocks on the village green. Inspector Hannasyde is called in, but sorting out the suspects proves a challenge. Anyone in the eccentric, exceedingly uncooperative Vereker family had the motive and means to kill Andrew Vereker, who seemed to have been universally disliked. One cousin allies himsel...more
As the story unfolds, we find that Mr Vereker was a wealthy man, who was disliked by his younger half sister and brother. Antonia was engaged to a man that Mr Vereker disapproved of; while her artist ...more
Arnold Vereker, a wealthy businessman, is found dead in the stocks in the village of Ashleigh Green, his weekend getaway, and no one much cares. His much younger half-sister Antonia, is the chief suspect, having spent the night alone in her brother's house unexpectedly and she was engaged to Arnold's employee, Rudolph Mesurier, whom Arnold loathed. If Tony didn't do it, surely her brother Kenneth, an eccentric artist did it. He claims he doesn't care about the money except that he's har ...more
The style of writing seems quite similar to that of her Regency novels, with a lot of witty dialogue and larger-than-life characters. The story is also laced with romance. Although this is the first in the Inspector Hannasyde series, I'd have to s ...more
A man is found stabbed to death in the middle of the night, in the stocks in the village square. His name is Arnold Vereker. Superintendent Hannasyde will face a number of problems in solving this case, not the least of them being that everybody who knew Arnold Vereker h ...more
Yes, well, it's fair to say that Georgette Heyer was not the world's best mystery writer and the plotting in this one is not particularly strong. (I say this because I guessed the culprit early in the piece. It was just a process of elimination, as there weren't that many suspects to choose from!) But I still enjoyed listening to the audiobook of this novel. Most of the characters are unlikeable, but they are quite funny. I loved their in-depth discussions about how they could have been the murd ...more
On to my review! This was my favourite of GH's mysteries when I first read it, & all these years later it still is. I probably wouldn't like Kenneth much in real life (in fact I probably wouldn't be able to stand him) but the dialogue between him & his sister as they argue that they could each of them have been th ...more
The Vereker family is what we now-a-days call a "blended" one - the (deceased) patriarch had several wives - sequentially - and there are now four adult half-siblings, most of whom dislike each other extremely ...more
His half brother and sister - Antonia and Kenneth - seem not to care that he is dead and are almost happy to be cast as first murderer. The dead man had had a row with his company's accountant - engaged to Antonia - because of the man's thefts from ...more
As for the plot, Heyer gives the reader pointers to who is the guilty party but she holds back the final proofs (a bit 'unfair' to my mind). I did enjoy the Vereker siblings' squabbles!
The mystery is one of those where you can spot your murderer by considering main characters who no-one suspects of the murder (even though there's a logical motive for that person.
A reasonable story ...more
The biggest difference comes ...more
This was okay. When I was about 80% through when I suddenly woke up and said to myself - hey, wait a minute, it has to be so-and-so. And, lo and behold, it was.
A not very well liked man is found dead in the stocks near his country place. A half-sister is found the next morning in the house. So there's her. The police ...more
I pretty much hated it - or rather I hated almost every single character - except Hannasyde and I was disappointed in his lack of perspicacity .I expected much play on class and class attitudes and am familiar with them from the Regencies, but maybe because of the more modern setting , instead of amusing, ...more
Finished! Finally...I still seem to be missing whatever it is that makes Ms. Heyer as beloved an author as she is... The mystery was so-so, and the characters I couldn't really connect with, and the one that I had just a modicum of sympathy for, turns out to be the perp...go figure.
Humor? I couldn't find it, but I couldn't find it ...more
This upon discovering that a mysterious unknown might have some involvement in the case.
"I object!" said Kenneth. "I won't have seedy strangers butting in on a family crime. It lowers the whole tone of the thing, which has, up to now, been highly artistic, and even precious." [p ...more
Ms. Heyer is better known for practically inventing the Regency romance, but she also wrote several detective novels a la Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Josephine Tey. They are perhaps more lighthearted than Christie and company but they are similar in that a small cast of characters/suspects are involved, all of whom have motive and opportunity.
In this book, Arnold Vereker is found dead in the st ...more
I think my expectations were set a little too high for this one. It's a pretty straightforward classic English mystery overly filled with Brit eccentrics. In fact, it seem there are only 2 characters intent on solving the murder.
I was a bit confused with the character emphasis -- this series is named for "Inspector Hannasyde" yet he seems to be a very minor ...more
Anyway, this was another fun mystery with more snarky and uncompromising characters. And, I figured our who did it before the detective! Yesss!
The dead man had many enemies most of which were family. They were not sad that he was gone. Everyone had motive and no ...more
I can't say that the mystery was riveting but I liked the characters and would have been curious to see more of them or more developed, at least. The solution t ...more
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.