A moonlit night A sleeping village And an unaccountable murderAn 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 and hardly cooperative It s another case for the resourceful Superintendent Hannasyde, who sets off on the trail of a killer so cunning that even his consummate powers of detection are tested to their limits


10 thoughts on “Death in the Stocks

  1. Susan Susan says:

    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 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 brother Kenneth is in debt, and wants to marry the beautiful Violet Williams, who makes no secret of her desire for a good life Both Kenneth and Antonia treat the matter of Mr Vereker s murder flippantly, to the despair of both Inspector Hannasyde and their, considerablysensible, cousin Giles Carrington This mystery has a relatively small amount of possible suspects and a lot of humorous conversations between the characters as to who could be guilty The characters are eccentric, rather than unlikeable, but it is easy to see how the generation divide leads to misunderstanding I liked this enough to want to readby Heyer, with a fun storyline, some good plot twists and turns and a likeable amateur sleuth in Giles to aid the Inspector


  2. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    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 all good I did notice a real dearth of likeability I suppose that makes sense in a story where you have to have multiple viable suspects to work.I kind of hoped we d 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 all good I did notice a real dearth of likeability I suppose that makes sense in a story where you have to have multiple viable suspects to work.I kind of hoped we d seeof 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 his efforts Hannasyde is competent, at least, but he does get the wrong bull by the horns in the end and has to be straightened out by Giles It s the start of a series, so we ll see if he improves I hope so We already picked up the next for our listening.I m calling this 3 stars that I m rounding up because Toni and Giles were just that fun.A note about Chaste This isn t a romance so there s no explicit anything Some very minor kissing once Toni dropped the loser and admitted that Giles is awesome


  3. Dfordoom Dfordoom says:

    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 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 an excellent motive for wanting to murder him Even worse, not one of the suspects has an alibi.An even bigger problem will be the Vereker family To say they are eccentrics is putting it mildly Both Arnold s half sister Antonia and his half brother Kenneth are not only delighted he is dead, they are absolutely thrilled to be considered suspects Antonia is engaged to be married to Rudolph Mesurier, who also had a very strong motive for killing Arnold There are several other suspects and the case is already shaping up as a major challenge when yet another suspect arrives on the scene, and this new suspect also has no alibi Despite the best efforts of their cousin Giles Carrington who is acting as their solicitor Antonia and Kenneth insist on making no serious effort to clear themselves being far too busy sorting out their complicated love lives.Heyer s husband apparently wrote the plot outlines for her mystery novels while Heyer herself wasinterested in the characters And it s the characters and the sparkling dialogue that are the strong points of Death in the Stocks Judged purely on its plotting it s nothing special As a witty social comedy though it s highly successful.An enjoyable and very amusing read


  4. Trin Trin says:

    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 highly in favor of cousins marrying This is the type of book that makes one worry about the English upperclass being terribly inbred.I got it fo 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 highly in favor of cousins marrying This is the type of book that makes one worry about the English upperclass being terribly inbred.I got it for free and mostly read it in between splashing around in the ocean, and for those purposes, it was all right But honestly, there s no other reason to read this while inhabiting the same universe in which Dorothy L Sayers exists which, whatever else one might rightly say about our universe at the moment, fortunately, we do


  5. Anne Anne says:

    I was in the mood for this book after 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 quite good too, though I ve read better The murder in the stocks of Arnold Vereker sparks a series of hilariously convoluted conversations among his eccentric family members, who all had motive and opportunity to murder him, and all seem eager to show how cleverly they each could h I was in the mood for this book after 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 quite good too, though I ve read better The murder in the stocks of Arnold Vereker sparks a series of hilariously convoluted conversations among his eccentric family members, who all had motive and opportunity to murder him, and all seem eager to show how cleverly they each could have contrived his 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 Stocks.While I greatly enjoyed the way Superintendent Hannasyde and Mr Carrignton handled the Verekers, I was hoping for a fewclues and twists to happen, and for them to better manage to corner the suspects view spoiler The reveal of Miss Williams as the murderess fell incredibly flat because it was only them two talking about it It would have been so much better if they revealed in front of her and everybody else too hide spoiler All in all, a very fun, relaxing mystery to read while enjoying the Holidays at home, but I ve read better ones, and certainly better books by this author


  6. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    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 har 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 up right now He just wants to go on being a bohemian artist and marry his fiance, Violet Williams The rest of the family all hate Violet for being a gold digger Tony s cousin Giles Carrington acts as solicitor and friend to his eccentric cousins and right hand man to the baffled Inspector Hannasyde who is on the case When an unexpected person shows, another suspect is added to the growing list Arnold was clearly murdered for his money but which one of them did it The mystery in this novel is engaging The mystery is not as obvious as her Regency mystery type plots I was certain I knew who the murderer was right away and then there were so many red herrings that I only figured it out just before the characters did It came as a bit of a surprise but the clues were there I had a hard time putting the book down but managed to make it last two nights I enjoyed all the twists and turns but this is a very intellectual story and there isn t a lot of action It s not a traditional murder mystery in that sense The writing style isn t bad but not as lively as her Regency novels She inserts some period slang that is just as archaic as her Regency slang but readers familiar with the time period will recognize some of the words My favorite is pimple I had no idea there were so many different ways of saying drunk in the 1930s The contemporary 1930s setting is very much in evidence in this novel It s a good thing they aren t American subject to Prohibition or the story would be a lot different and lose some of the color that makes it good The characters are unlikeable at first but they grow on you Heyer seemed to have a set of stock characters to populate her mysteries and this unloving family is no different from the rest but they re a biteccentric and likeable once you get to know them I did like Tony, being a fellow dog lover, I think we would get along She s a bit impetuous but she s young I liked her story though it seemed a little out of place Her fiance Rudolph is not as likeable He s weak and cowardly He s hiding secrets but it quick to spill when confronted and is the most bizarre person of that sort I ve ever encountered Kenneth, Tony s brother, is the least likeable of the bunch He s supposed to be an eccentric artist but I would label him as mad He s temperamental and has really bad taste in art and women His fiance Violet seems like a do gooder but she has hidden depths that her fiance can not see The other characters think she s a gold digger and that may be, but she s also struggling to get by during the Great Depression and she is engaged to Kenneth, who is not wealthy I did really like the surprise character who wasn t much of a surprise to the reader He She was charming and added some humor to the story Giles is a good man but a little on the boring side He doesn t have a larger than life personality like his cousins but I liked him This is the first of the Inspector Hannasyde mysteries and Inspector Hemingway makes an appearance too Hannasyde didn t strike me as very bright but he has a wry sense of humor I liked this mystery the best of the three Heyer mysteries I ve read but it doesn t compare with her Regency novels


  7. Judy Judy says:

    Georgette Heyer is a writer I keep meaning to readof 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 Georgette Heyer is a writer I keep meaning to readof 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 quiet professional Hannasyde is totally overshadowed by glamorous amateur detective Giles Carrington, who has hints of Wimsey or Campion about him.As the title suggests, the book starts with a man s body being found in the stocks on a village green The victim, Arnold Vereker, soon turns out to have been a thoroughly unpopular character, who had a weekend cottage nearby The action soon moves to London, where Arnold s younger half sister and brother, Antonia Tony and Kenneth live in Bohemian splendour Kenneth is an artist who has cultivated amazing rudeness as his normal mode of conversation Solicitor Giles is their cousin and struggles to keep them out of trouble Tony and Kenneth are both awful, but I rather loved to hate them There aren t very many suspects to choose from, but the mystery is still puzzling, with several twists to keep readers guessing.One character who I do find a bit much is Tony and Kenneth s housekeeper, always referred to just as Murgatroyd she is something of a sub Dickensian eccentric But in general I enjoyed this a lot and will look forward to readingHeyer mysteries


  8. Gail Gail says:

    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.


  9. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    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 murder 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 crackles with wit Only a writer as gifted as GH could have made their callousness appealing There is one general criticism I have 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 her hide spoiler My only other criticisms are that the solution is quite poorly written there isn t enough Hemingway But just put your brain in neutral enjoy


  10. Kim Kim says:

    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 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 also loved Roger he reminded me of one of the stock characters in Georgette Heyer s Regency romances the disreputable but entertaining younger brother I don t think Heyer s mysteries are anything like as good as her Regency romances, but for someone who grew up reading and loving those romances or for someone with an interest in period mysteries they still make rewarding reading