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Death in the Stocks (Inspector Hannasyde #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,641 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
A moonlit night. A sleeping village. And an unaccountable murder...

An English bobbie returning from night patrol finds a corpse in evening dress locked in the stocks on the village green. He identifies the body immediately. Andrew Vereker was not a well-loved man, and narrowing down the suspects is not going to be an easy job. The Vereker family are corrupt and eccentric -
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by Arrow (first published 1935)
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Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first mystery featuring Inspector Hannasyde and is the first Georgette Heyer mystery that I have read. It begins with a very unusual murder – Mr Arnold Vereker, who has a weekend cottage in the country, is found stabbed to death with his body left propped in the stocks of Ashleigh Green.

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
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
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
Gail W
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ch-15, read-nook, mystery
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.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georgette Heyer is a writer I keep meaning to read more of. In the past I've enjoyed a couple of her Regency romances, most recently listening to one of the audiobooks read by Richard Armitage, but this is the first time I've tried one of her mysteries.

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

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
This reminds me a little of Marsh's Surfeit of Lampreys, with the introduction of a family not only indulging in the brittle gaiety of the time, but added a level of eccentricity of their own - though in this case the eccentricity mainly involves being openly rude to their relatives and acquaintances.

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
I am positively surprised.

I had had many doubts before I started to read it. I am not much a fan of mystery books. I always suspect that either the truth would be too obvious (consequently boring) or a writer would be unfair against a reader concealing important facts to make a story probably more engaging (but it makes me feel cheated).

I have found here a very entertaining book. All characters were suspects (at least to me). One couldn't be sure who was a murderer, almost to the end. I suspecte
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Carol Clouds ꧁꧂
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
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The first of the Hannasyde/Hemingway books -- it doesn't have enough of Sergeant Hemingway for my tastes :(

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!
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man is found dead sitting in the village stocks by a patrolling policeman one moonlit night. He has been stabbed. Superintendent Hannasyde is called in from Scotland Yard and soon finds that there are plenty of suspects for Andrew Vereker's murder.

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
Jan C
My first experience with Georgette Heyer. I will probably read more of her mysteries with Inspector Hannyside. I probably will never read her Regency books - not really up my alley.

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
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Esta es mi primera novela de Georgette Heyes, y esperaba más por los comentarios leídos sobre ella, aunque también he leído que la novela romántica e histórica es su fuerte y no demasiado las de este género, pero estaba curiosa por leer algo escrito por ella.
Esta fue una novela que me costó enganchar en principio, no tanto por su trama, finalmente el asesinato pasar a ser algo secundario con relación a los personajes principales Antonia y
Es el primer libro que leo de Georgette Heyer y me ha gustado. Había leído algunos comentarios que me hicieron esperar una gran novela de misterior pero me ha parecido más bien que el asesinato por resolver es una excusa para retratar a los miembros de la familia Vereker.

Sinceramente la mayoría de los protagonistas exceptuando a Giles Carrington y al inspector Hannasyde me han parecido muy extravagantes: seguros de si mismos hasta el punto de creerse capaces de engañar a la policía, rebeldes con
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2017
3.5 stars.

I will be forever grateful to my high school librarian who introduced me to the world of Georgette Heyer. I have read all of her regency romances but have never read these mysteries set in the 1930s, a somewhat awkward era (not quite contemporary and not old enough to be historical). However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The narrator Robbie MacNab did an adequate job but the story is filled with her trademark zany conversations and irrelevant characters that probably needed to be acted
Cameron Trost
2.5 stars for this one.
This mystery starts with a lot of promise, with the atmosphere and intrigue created in the first chapter being perfect. A body is discovered in the old village stocks by a policeman on his way home from his nightly rounds. As the investigation unfolds, we meet the horrid family of the victim. The characterisation is excellent with a dramatis personae of selfish and calculating rich relatives. But the story becomes more of a soap opera than a mystery as it unfolds. There i
John Frankham
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
A pretty good whodunnit from the 13 (?) Georgette Heyer whodunnits. I think I found the core of the book - the vituperative banter among members of the dead man's family and their entourage - more unlikeable than amusing, although it was among these relationships that the key to the mystery lay. Good fun.

The GR blurb:

'Beneath a sky the colour of sapphires and the sinister moonlight, a gentleman in evening dress is discovered slumped in the stocks on the village green - he is dead. Superintendent
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Death in the Stocks is the first of the Inspector Hannayside novels, a man is found dead in stocks and his family don't seem bothered by this event, in fact they are rather pleased, which makes things difficult for Hannayside to discover who the murderer is. Crime from the Golden Age, full of wit which makes it an unusual crime series to read.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, kindle
Unlimited free trial | This was too many pages spent with truly awful characters, for what I felt was an obvious solution, to an unimaginative murder, solved not by the Inspector that this series is named for. | If you edited out just half of the unnecessary unpleasantness of the Verekers, this book would be about 150 pages. I know I was supposed to be hoping for a particular romance, I suspect I was supposed to be hoping for another, but I thought all those people were terrible and didn't deser ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
Abby Miller
Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
#1 Superintendent Hannasyde series - Mystery

3.5 stars

Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, is found murdered in the middle of the night in a small village. He's in evening dress, his feet in the stocks on the village green.

The Superintendent discovers the dead man's family members are eccentric and odd. Many, including the family members, are likely suspects.

The characters' eccentricities and dialog are entertaining. The list of those with good motives for murder grows quickly, as secr
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readin2013
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
Anna Huber
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Georgette Heyer - and enjoy reading her mysteries as well as her Regency romances and historicals. This, one of her mysteries, was a solid read. The characters were thoroughly interesting, even if they weren't always likeable, and their biting wit hilarious. I had figured out who the killer was by a quarter of the way through the book, but that did not take away from my enjoyment. I received just as much pleasure from reading about the characters and their antics as uncovering the murdere ...more
Laura Verret
Hats off to Georgette Heyer for this delightfully crafted, ingeniously populated murder mystery. It is the greatest compliment I can give her to say that I feel my life a cheerier thing for having met her Vereker clan. :)

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
Quite a fun story in which the older half-brother with the money is found murdered in the town stocks. Of course suspicion falls on his siblings, especially Kenneth, an artist with a money-hungry fiance. Their sister Antonia is really the focus of the story, as she struggles with her own unsuitable fiance, her difficult brother, their handsome cousin and attorney Giles and assorted friends. I knew who-dunnit but it was great fun watching everything unfold.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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