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  • Title: Death in the Stocks
  • Author: Georgette Heyer
  • ISBN: 9780755108879
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Hannasyde s consummate powers of detection and solicitor Giles Carrington s amateur sleuthing are tested to their limits as they grapple with the Vereker family a group of outrageously eccentrBeneath 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 Hannasyde s consummate powers of detection and solicitor Giles Carrington s amateur sleuthing are tested to their limits as they grapple with the Vereker family a group of outrageously eccentric and corrupt suspects.
    Death in the Stocks 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 Hannasyde s consummate

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    1. 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 broth [...]

    2. 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 had [...]

    3. 3.5 starsArnold 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 hard u [...]

    4. 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.

    5. Georgette Heyer is a writer I keep meaning to read 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 say that [...]

    6. 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 murderer I [...]

    7. 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, b [...]

    8. 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 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 suspected this person b [...]

    9. 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 As the eldest h [...]

    10. 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 particular [...]

    11. 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 the murderer just cra [...]

    12. 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

    13. 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 in [...]

    14. 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 the company [...]

    15. My first experience with Georgette Heyer I will probably read 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 take her back t [...]

    16. Rese a en el blog perezosa69 2018 0Esta es mi primera novela de Georgette Heyes, y esperaba m s por los comentarios le dos sobre ella, aunque tambi n he le do que la novela rom ntica e hist rica es su fuerte y no demasiado las de este g nero, pero estaba curiosa por leer algo escrito por ella.Esta fue una novela que me cost enganchar en principio, no tanto por su trama, finalmente el asesinato pasar a ser algo secundario con relaci n a los personajes principales Antonia y Kenneth y es por estos [...]

    17. Es el primer libro que leo de Georgette Heyer y me ha gustado Hab a le do algunos comentarios que me hicieron esperar una gran novela de misterior pero me ha parecido m s bien que el asesinato por resolver es una excusa para retratar a los miembros de la familia Vereker.Sinceramente la mayor a 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 enga ar a la polic a, rebeldes con l [...]

    18. 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 out a [...]

    19. 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 of a soap opera than a mystery as it unfolds There is plenty o [...]

    20. 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 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 Hannasyde s consu [...]

    21. 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.

    22. 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 deserve any [...]

    23. 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 modern setting , instead of amusing, it really gr [...]

    24. Slow startI need to read this for book club, and a number of friends adore Georgette Heyerbut for me, I never could get past the first few pages.Wish me luck.Finished FinallyI 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 perpgo figure Humor I couldn t find it, but I couldn t find it in her regency romanc [...]

    25. 1 Superintendent Hannasyde series Mystery3.5 starsAndrew 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 secrets are [...]

    26. 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 time with [...]

    27. 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 murderer.

    28. 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 pg 147 D

    29. 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.

    30. 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 snarky and uncompromising characters And, I figured our who did it before the detective Yesss

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