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Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde…

Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1 (original 1935; edition 2014)

by Georgette Heyer (Author), Ulli Birvé (Narrator), Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (Publisher)

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Title:Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1
Authors:Georgette Heyer (Author)
Other authors:Ulli Birvé (Narrator), Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (Publisher)
Info:Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (2014)
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Death in the Stocks = Merely Murder by Georgette Heyer (1935)

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Rather clever vintage British mystery ( )
  ParadisePorch | Sep 28, 2018 |
I give this book a 2.5 rating. Too much inane dialogue make it a rather tedious read and the twist at the end didn't work. Violet's motivation to murder Arnold Vereker wasn't clear. She didn't need to kill him to get rid of him. And how did she get to know Arnold's half-brother? And btw, what exactly does "stocks" mean? No dictionary can help me put this word in context. ( )
  siok | Sep 12, 2018 |
It was a good book but the ending could have been a little bit longer. ( )
  Sam-Teegarden | Jun 2, 2018 |
The third, and best so far, of Heyer's mysteries I've read. Thoroughly unlikeable bunch of characters, but a good potboiling plot. ( )
  JBD1 | Nov 23, 2017 |
A man is found dead in the village stocks but most of the village hated him and had a motive to murder him, including his own family.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jul 26, 2017 |
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It was past midnight, and the people who lived in the cottages that clustered round the triangular green had long since gone to bed and to sleep.
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The moonlight shone on the quiet village green when an English bobbie returning from night patrol finds on a man's two motionless feet stuck through the holes of a pair of stocks. He identifies the corpse in evening dress immediately. Wealthy Andrew Vereker was not a well-loved man, and when he was found stabbed, no one seemed to be particularly disturbed. The resourceful Inspector Hannasyde found nothing unusual in the murder -- until he met the Vereker heirs. The Vereker family are corrupt and eccentric -and hardly cooperative...

Every member of his eccentric family had a motive -- money. Was it his half-sister Antonia, whose marriage he had forbidden, or Rudolph, her embezzling lover? Could it have been Arnold's half-brother Kenneth, heir apparent, or perhaps it was the delectable beauty, Violet Williams? And then there was Roger, his "dead" brother, who appeared right after the murder? Narrowing down the suspects is not going to be an easy job. The problem the inspector had to face was whether these four were the charming, intelligent, though perfectly infuriating people they seemed to be, or whether they were more cunning than any murder suspects he had ever encountered. They seemed to enjoy being suspects, which they logically were, and in proving to him how easy both in deed and in fact it would have been for any one of them to have killed Vereker. They delighted in tying nooses around each other's necks, in laying false trails, in annoying the police, and, a side issue, in driving the inspector frantic. Were they pulling his leg, or were they deliberately tricking him? The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

One cousin allies himself with the inspector, while the victim's half-brother and sister, each of whom suspects the other, markedly try to set 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 for him. It must be someone, attractive Inspector Hannasyde kept telling himself in one of his most puzzling cases ever. The solution to the baffling though perfectly plausible crimes comes through other channels and as a distinct surprise.
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A moonlit night in a sleeping village… An English bobby returning from night patrol finds a corpse in evening dress locked in the stocks on the village green. The body is that of Andrew Vereker. Not a well-loved man, so narrowing down suspects isn’t going to be easy, even for the resourceful Superintendent Hannasyde who finds himself on the trail of a killer so cunning that even his consummate powers of detection are tested to their limits.

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An unusual case begins for Inspector Hannasyde when a corpse is found in the stocks on an English village green.

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