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Death in the Stocks (Inspector Hannasyde #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,144 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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.
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1935)
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QNPoohBear
3.5 stars

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
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Kim

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
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Hannah
Oh dear, I'm now four books into Heyer's mystery novels, and I'm seeing a pattern of flippancy that is getting old. The characters in Death in the Stocks are too glib and sarcastic for my taste, and many of them behave in ways that are simply too unbelievable for me to swallow. Hey, I'm all for English eccentricity in small doses, but this is getting ridiculous...
Abbey
Feb 15, 2013 Abbey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of classic-style "cosy" mysteries
1935, #1 Inspector Hannasyde, London; nasty (wealthy) older brother who holds the purse strings in an odd family gets himself messily murdered whilst on a weekend get-away. Comfortable, if a bit bland, genteel mystery, well-crafted and still enjoyable although showing its age rather a lot.

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
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Katherine Clark
Definitely the best of the bunch so far. I am now 1/3 through Heyer's oevre. OK, some interesting observations. This is the first in her Superintendent Hannasyde mysteries, yet he didn't solve the crime, an amateur did. I wonder if she was uncertain about whether to make this a series or not? Also, while we had a romance that ends in marriage at the end, as in all the other books, at least this time the two people knew each other. Finally, there were some really good chapters here. I mean in par ...more
Dfordoom
Georgette Heyer is best remembered today as having been virtually the inventor of the Regency Romance genre but she also wrote a dozen or so detective novels. Her fourth detective novel was Death in the Stocks, published in 1935.

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
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***Carol***
This is the cover picture of the copy I read but it was a cheap edition - small font, closely spaced, only 174 pages. Through no fault of GH's, this made it quite a tiring read.

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
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Barbara
I'm a huge fan of GH's regencies and historicals, - and remembered with some affection the whodunnits which I hadn't read for years. So I got Death in the Stocks on Kindle, execting a fun read.

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,
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William
Once again I have no path forward in reviewing a new mystery writer but to compare her to Agatha Christie. I had read from others that they sometimes read Heyer and forgot that they weren't reading Christie. I'm not certain I can agree entirely, but it's easier to see the comparison here than with Sayers, Tey, or Rinehart. The narrative is almost completely focused on the crime, the cast of suspects is sizeable but closed, and the length is roughly that of a Christie.

The biggest difference comes
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Abby Miller
May 06, 2010 Abby Miller rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Coley.
Slow start...I need to read this for book club, and a number of friends adore Georgette Heyer...but for me, I never could get past the first few pages....Wish me luck.

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
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Becky
Death in the Stocks may just be my favorite Georgette Heyer mystery so far. I really enjoyed Why Shoot A Butler, and, Envious Casca had its great moments. But. Death in the Stocks was so enjoyable throughout. Some murder mysteries take too long to introduce the corpse, that is NOT the case in Death in the Stocks! Readers get a chance to know all the suspects and work alongside the detectives in solving the mystery. Of course, not all the characters were lovely people that you'd want to spend tim ...more
Gail
I liked it. First time reading this author, can't believe I had never heard of her even though she wrote in the 30's. As I read, I kept thinking it would have made a great black and white movie, in the syle of the My Man Godfrey, etc.
Anna
"But I don't like policemen. Some people feel the same about cats. Always know the instant one comes into the room, and begin to get creepy."

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
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Julie
How come cousins marry each other so often in Heyer books? Ok, he's handsome, smart, and charming. You've known him forever. Because you're related! Don't do it! Marry someone else's cousin!

Anyway, this was another fun mystery with more snarky and uncompromising characters. And, I figured our who did it before the detective! Yesss!
Cindy
I loved the opening line of this story. It was just past midnight, and the people who lived in the cottages that clustered around the triangular green had long since gone to bed and to sleep. A full moon sailed in a a sky the color of sapphires. You just knew something was going to happen. A man was found dead in that triangular green, his feet were put in old Medieval stocks.

The dead man had many enemies most of which were family. They were not sad that he was gone. Everyone had motive and no
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Pat
In the dead of the night, a man in an evening dress is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is c ...more
Fhordon
You don' t read Heyer for the literary or intellectual challenge. She is a lively, intelligent writer to enjoy....yes her books, including her detective novels are romances but her humour, her characters and her dialogue lifts them above the norm. While her Regency novels are her real forte, this was an enjoyable romp requiring quite a lot of disbelief). It is also dated ....dago! but then what would one expect. Read it in one sitting and you will give yourself an enjoyable couple of hours but d ...more
Debbie
"Death in the Stocks" is a historical cozy mystery set in 1930's England. (It was written as a contemporary mystery.)

Though a detective is involved, we mostly followed the lives of the prime suspects--an eccentric family. They were odd and sometimes thoughtless about other people's feelings, but they weren't trying to be cruel. They treated the crime as an intellectual game and logically (as a group) tried to figure out how various people with motives--including each other--could have pulled it
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Kaye
As P.C. Dickinson was riding his bicycle across the village green, he sees a man in the stocks. Thinking it is some drunken prank, he investigates only to find it is a dead man. When he calls the police station to report the death, he tells the sergeant he knows the identity of the dead man. It is Arnold Vereker, a man who is not well liked; in fact, some of his family admit to actually hating him.

And what a family Arnold leaves behind. The main suspects include Arnold's half brother Kenneth an
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Silent Reader
A wealthy mine owner is found dead in a little village. It's a neat crime that leaves even Scotland Yard all at sea. When a man has had many enemies and no one seems to moan him nobody is a fit suspect. But then there is motive and detective Hannasyde has his hands full trying to prove a member of Vereker's family guilty.

It's a rather typical who-done-it mystery, with quite enough dust thrown, not only in the investigators' eyes but in the eyes of the reader as well. I thought the plot was quite
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Sensitivemuse
I thought this mystery was very different from the previous Heyer mystery (No Wind of Blame). I seemed to have enjoyed this one more as both Antonia and Kenneth were so quirky and eccentric they got me into fits of giggles because they were just so annoying to Hannasyde. However the plot still kept me guessing. They were eccentric and funny yet there’s an underlying almost sinister like quality that made you think: just because they’re joking about it doesn’t mean they didn’t really kill Arnold ...more
Lori
This was my first Georgette Heyer novel and my first impression is that Ms. Heyer's mysteries read very similarly to Agatha Christie's. And as a fan of Ms. Christie's stories, such a comparison is a compliment from this reader.

Ms. Heyer weaves an interesting and complex murder mystery, with a relatively small cast of characters, plenty of clues and, naturally, the obligatory red herring. The victim is presented as a non-pleasant sort of man, with an excess of girlfriends and with plenty of reaso
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Shelli
In Murder Mystery dinner games, you go in and find that the majority of the characters - if not all of them - are either guilty of trying to kill the victim, or had a large enough motive to make them awfully suspicious.

In my first Georgette Heyer mystery, I couldn't help but draw similar conclusions. Each absurd family member and friend of Arnold Vereker, seems to have a not only a motive (all related to money, since they all spend much more than they make), but also the gumption to stab him in
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Susan Ferguson
The first Inspector Hannasyde mystery. I went on a binge of Georgette Heyer's mysteries and decided to read them in order.
Inspector Hannasyde is called in when a body is found in the stocks in a village between London and his weekend house. But no car is found. The man's half-sister is found at his weekend house, having washed her skirt to get rid of the blood caused by her bull terrier getting in a fight. The local police take her into custody. She admits she was going down to "have it out with
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Harini Padmanabhan
I guess I'm going through this phase of discovering new authors. I'd heard of GH as a historical fiction author so had never really gotten around to reading the books as that's one genre I don't read usually. When I saw this book in time out, I decided to give it a try and I was glad.

This is a murder mystery which follows an eccentric family whose head, the eldest brother is found dead in the stocks of the village he frequents in the weekends. His half siblings, a corrupt junior and his former
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Gardengirl1964
I am a big Georgette Heyer fan when it comes to her regency romances, like most people, considering her to be the standard by which all other authors in that genre are judged. This is the first of her mysteries I've read, so I found the change in tone a bit disconcerting at first. Her writing is beyond reproach, as always, but the mysteries lack the humor which many of her romances enjoy. Some characters are ridiculous, a thing she does very well, but in the mysteries the author seems less incli ...more
blindmouse
Golden Age mystery. Arnold Vereker, rich and disliked by his family, is found dead, in full evening dress, locked into the ornamental stocks on a sleepy village green. Suspicion immediately falls on his half-brother, Kenneth - a decidedly eccentric and brilliant young artist who stands to inherit his fortune and who seems to take delight in proving all the ways in which he might have committed the crime - and on Kenneth's sister Antonia, who was found by police staying in Arnold's house not a mi ...more
Choi Tang
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Bev
Synopsis: The moonlight shone on the quiet village green and on the man's two motionless feet stuck through a pair of stocks. Wealthy Arnold Vereker had been murdered, and every member of his eccentric family had a motive--money. Was it his half-sister Antonia, whose marriage he had forbidden, or her embezzling lover? Could it have been Arnold's half-brother Kenneth, heir apparent, or perhaps it was the delectable beauty Violet Williams? Or Kenneth and Antonia's faithful servant, Murgatroyd, wis ...more
Leslie
A cheery little book about people who fancy themselves charming eccentrics but are actually irritating egomaniacs (that's me talking--I think Heyer wants me to me to be thoroughly charmed by their eccentricities) who toss around wittily egocentric banter about murder while policemen twinkle at them (the investigating policeman is thoroughly charmed by their eccentricities so his eyes always start twinkling when they launch into them). Charming stuff, if you like that sort of thing.
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