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This is the latest listen with my daughter on our commute she likes mysteries I like Georgette Heyer It turned out well I think The mystery element of it was a little weak I guessed the murderer and the means they d be detected pretty early but the characters were strong There s even a romance That Didn T Suck So That S didn t suck so that s good I did notice a real dearth of likeability I suppose that makes sense in a story where you ave to Breaking Down (The Garage, have multiple viable suspects to workI kind ofoped we d see of Giles in future books in the series but that doesn t look to be the case Giles does the bulk of the work and all of the solving in this story with Detective Hannasyde for whom the series is named being almost ancillary to is efforts Hannasyde is competent at least but e does get the wrong bull by the orns in the end and as to be straightened out by Giles It s the start of a series so we ll see if Passionate Kisses Boxed Set he improves Iope so We already picked up the next f Though billed as a mystery this book is mostly a serious of long arguments between uppercrust albeit bohemian assholes The Inspector for whom this is supposedly the first book in a series scarcely features and does not solve the crime It s odd It s also got its fair share of racist nattering about dark foreigners while at the same time being ighly in favor of cousins marrying This is the type of book that makes one worry about the English upperclass being terribly inbredI got it for free and mostly read it in between splashing around in the ocean and for those purposes it was all right But onestly there s no other 35 starsArnold Vereker a wealthy businessman is found dead in the stocks in the village of Ashleigh Green My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, his weekend getaway and no one much cares His much youngeralf sister Antonia is the chief suspect The Café Book having spent the night alone iner brother s Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, house unexpectedly and she was engaged to Arnold s employee Rudolph Mesurier whom Arnold loathed If Tony didn t do it surelyer brother Kenneth an eccentric artist I liked it First time reading this author can t believe I ad never eard of Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies her even though she wrote in the 30 s As I read I kept thinking it wouldave made a great black and white movie in the syle of the my man godfrey etc syle of the My Man Godfrey etc but surely I ave been picking my way through Heyer s detective fiction and thoroughly enjoying my jaunt into er engaging blend of whodunnit with sparkling English country ouse London town settings of the forties and fifties eras Classy witty and delicious murder always await me and this earlier book was somewhat the exceptionDeath in the Stocks is the first of the Superintendent Hannislyde books Though part of a series it can easily be read standalone or out of order Heyer s method is to focus on the players in the mystery than the official police investigations so each book is separateIn this tale the Vereker family are under suspicion of murdering Arnold Vereker who is known by all to be universally disliked Hannislyde is provided a plethora of suspects and motives without much in actual clues The two alf siblings their fiances the family retainer are all Scruples Two honest about their dislike and noneave good alibis Giles the cousin to the deceased and the police must sift through wha. The moonlight shone on the uiet village green when an English bobbie returning from night patrol finds on a man's two motionless feet stuck through the oles of a pair of stocks He identifies the corpse in evening dress immediately Wealthy Andrew Vereker was not a well loved man and when e was found stabbed no one seemed to be particularly disturbed The resourceful Inspector Hannasyde found nothing unusual in the murder until Carl Hiaasen Collection he met the Verekereirs The Vereker family are corrupt and eccentric and Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command hardly cooperative Every member ofis eccentric family Explosive Acts had a motive money Was itis Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, half sister Antonia whose marriagee Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria had forbidden or Rudolpher embezzling lover Could it ave been Arnold's alf brother Kenneth eir apparent or perh. ,
Ay as The Camping Cookbook 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 1935A man is found stabbed to death in the middle of the night in the stocks in the village suare 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 I was in the mood for this book after Absalom, Absalom! having started it sometime last year and really enjoying the first few chapters Unfortunately the first few chapters are the best part of the book but fortunately the rest is uite good too though I ve read better The murder in the stocks of Arnold Vereker sparks a series ofilariously convoluted conversations among is eccentric family members who all ad motive and opportunity to murder Black Stone him and all seem eager to showow cleverly they each could On Liberty have contrivedis murder The Verekers were entertaining without being likeable and overall the story was pleasant to follow if a little slow It pretty much consists only of conversations between various people and while the wit level is cranked up to eleven from the beginning the plot was definitely stagnant towards the middle at which point I correctly guessed the culprit and kept on reading puzzled that the detective wasn t adding all the pieces together My favourite part of these mysteries is the cleverness and resourcefulness of the detectives and police which was lacking in Death in the StocksWhile I greatly enjoyed the way Superintendent Hannasyde and Mr Carrignton No Way Down handled the Verekers I wasoping for a few clues and twists to appen and for them to better manage to corner the Suspectsview Spoiler The Reveal Of spoiler The reveal of Williams as the murderess fell incredibly flat because it was only them two talking about it It would ave been so much better if they revealed in front of English Humour for Beginners her and everybody else tooide spoiler Georgette Heyer is a writer I keep meaning to read of In the past I ve enjoyed a couple of Absolutely on Music 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 ofer mysteriesThe style 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 uite a tiring readOn 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 The Ransom of Mercy Carter him but the dialogue betweenim Gone for Good his sister as they argue that they could each of themave been the murderer just crackles with wit Only a writer as gifted as GH could Lallieva (Alice Allevi, have made their callousness appealingThere is one general criticism Iave of GH s mysteries view spoiler there are always some characters usually the romantic interests that the reader just knows won t be the murderer However the disreputable but likeable Roger becoming a victim is unusual But all characters in a Christie are fair game this is one of the reasons why GH will never be considered as good a murder mystery writer as er ide spoiler. #E they pulling British Society Since 1945 his leg or were they deliberately trickingim The uestion is who in this #they pulling is leg or were they deliberately tricking im The uestion is who in this is clever enough to get away with murderOne cousin allies Reiki And The Seven Chakras himself with the inspector while the victim'salf brother and sister each of whom suspects the other markedly try to set Turning the Tide of Battle him off the scent Hannasyde's consummate powers of detection and solicitor Giles Carrington's amateur sleuthing are tested to their limits With the second murder the inspector gave up in despair admitting that the family was too much forim It must be someone attractive Inspector Hannasyde kept telling I Curse the River of Time himself in one ofis most puzzling cases ever The solution to the baffling though perfectly plausible crimes comes through other channels and as a distinct surpris.