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They Found Him Dead

(Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemingway #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,924 ratings  ·  224 reviews
One heir after another turns up dead...

Silas Kane's sixtieth birthday party is marred by argument and dissension amongst his family, and then the next morning, Kane is found dead. The coroner's verdict of death by misadventure would seem to confirm that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog. But then his heir is shot, and threats are made against the next in line to i
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1937)
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Rebekah You should read this one before Hemingway #3: Duplicate Death. One of the main characters, Tim, the precocious stepbrother, is in that one, all grown…moreYou should read this one before Hemingway #3: Duplicate Death. One of the main characters, Tim, the precocious stepbrother, is in that one, all grown up. Just read the Hannasydes before the Hemingways. but after that, in no particular order.(less)
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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.

Slowly, but surely I've been making my way through Heyer's mysteries. Earlier this year, I read Duplicate Death and encountered Jim and Pat Kane along with Jim's half-brother, Timothy Harte. Chief Inspector Hemingway indicates that he had earlier dealings with the family. I was tickled to discover that They Found Him Dead was the story of those dealings.

While many of the author's mysteries lean more toward solving the case, this one read almost like one of her light and sparkling Regency Romance
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read-2017
Enjoyed this very much on Audible. I had read this many years ago, and was reminded of who the murderer was early on. Jim Kane's mother and stepfather were a hoot. Rosemary was a well drawn type and suitably contemptible. All the other characters, except "Terrible" Timothy were bland: vaguely likable or unlikable as the case maybe. I look forward to reading Duplicate Death with features an adult Tim as the lead.
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"
Ivonne Rovira
Silas Kane, the rich bachelor who heads the successful firm of Kane & Mansell, literally walks off a cliff during a walk on the foggy night of his 60th birthday party. Police rule the death a terrible accident — until, not a month later, Kane’s great-nephew and heir is murdered. Who benefits from the deaths? And is the next heir the perpetrator? Or the next victim?

While They Found Him Dead is the third of the four novels Georgette Heyer’s Hannasyde series, readers can enjoy the novel without
This book would be a good choice for those who want to make the transition from Heyer's romances to her mysteries, as it focuses on mostly likable people and has a fair amount of clever dialogue. Terrible Timothy and his parents provide nice comic relief, which some of her other mysteries lack. Plus there's a romance, charming though low key.

As a mystery goes there are plenty of suspects. The reader may hit on the culprit early, but plenty of red herrings keeps you guessing. I don't care, person
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.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a mystery by an author who is much better known for her regency romances. It turns out that she is also an accomplished writer of mysteries. I really enjoyed this easy to read, old fashioned, country house mystery. This book actually introduces a few characters (members of the Kane and Harte families) who reappear in a later novel, Duplicate Death, which I read before I read this one. It was interesting to meet them when they were younger. The detective duo of Inspector Hannasyde and Ser ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
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
Abigail Hartman
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
Leyla Johnson
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is fabulous to have these Georgette Heyer mystery books re introduced to the mystery genre. Georgette has a wonderful grasp of the times, more well known for her romance novels, she does a brilliant job with the mysteries. This one is probably not my favourite, as it goes around in circles a bit and the ending was not as good as it could have been. But having said that, this book was very enjoyable very much of the golden age type, with a little bit of romance and fun thrown in for good measu ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
We all know the story: patriarch of an old, rich family is found dead; one heir after another ends up the same way, and the most likely suspect is a distant relative who hasn't been seen in years. Throw in a family that starts turning on each other, a little boy meddling and enthusiastically trying to help the police, and you get a solid, old-fashioned, amusing, and comfy mystery. Add in the fact that this was written by the wonderful Georgette Heyer, and you can't go wrong. The pages turned eas ...more
Barbara Monajem
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read, but it was so long since I read it the first time that I had forgotten whodunit. It's one of my favorites of her mysteries -- a good puzzle and a lovely romance as well.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good, but I had it worked out quite early on......
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed this for the reasons I enjoyed the previous two Inspector Hannasyde mysteries, and my frustration was the same too. I'd say I spent the first fifty pages or so just constantly referring back to the first chapter when the entire cast of characters was introduced to try to keep them straight (especially how they were related to each other). I would say that these aren't the type of books to read in bits if you want to keep track of what's going on. It's best to read it all through at onc ...more
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
"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
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, anglophilia
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,
Pamela Shropshire
This book is set in the Golden Age of British detective fiction: between the two world wars. The events occur at a country house of a solidly upper middle class family; at stake is a fortune of a quarter of a million pounds.

The head of the family dies in a presumed accident when he falls from a cliff path on a foggy night during his customary bedtime walk. A cursory investigation doesn't reveal any evidence of foul play; indeed, at the end of the story, we still don't know for certain that he wa
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
It pains me to give two stars to anything by Georgette Heyer but after an initial stab at it I did only find myself picking it up when I woke up too early and couldn't get back to sleep. It got better towards the end, but it wasn't very gripping. Heyer does really like to dwell on her characters foibles, often through long bits of dialogue, and it wasn't really doing it for me this time. Inspector Hannasyde felt like just one of a large cast, not anyone particularly compelling in his own right. ...more
Oct 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
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
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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.


Other books in the series

Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemingway (8 books)
  • Death in the Stocks (Inspectors Hannasyde and Hemingway #1)
  • Behold, Here's Poison (Inspectors Hannasyde #2)
  • A Blunt Instrument (Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemingway, #4)
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“My dear girl, don't talk nonsense to me! You're lazy, that's all that's wrong with you. Why don't you take up social work?” 13 likes
“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?” 3 likes
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