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review 2019-09-03 02:34
Brief Thoughts: Death in the Stocks
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer

Death in the Stocks

by Georgette Heyer
Book 1 of Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemmingway



A Moonlit Night, a Sleeping Village, and an Unaccountable Murder...

In the dead of the night, a man in an evening dress is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green.  Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members.  The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction.  The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

I don't know what to say about this one.  I enjoyed it and found the mystery interesting.  The writing was excellent and gave the book a nice British mystery vibe... if that makes any sense.  But the characters were all terrible people and I had a really hard time relating to them.  And it wasn't like they were monstrous people or anything... they were just all very unlikable characters.

The suspects were all jokey and flippant about their own situations.  Witnesses were belligerent and rude.  The entire Vereker family were entitled, spoiled, and over dramatic.  The one character I ended up even liking ended up being the culprit.

And then there was a strange attempt at a romance, which... I'm not familiar with Georgette Heyer and this is the first book I've read of hers...  But are all of her romances as detached, instantaneous, and barely significant as this?

Anyway, I was considering the next book in this series for Halloween Bingo 2019, so it'll give me another look at Georgette Heyer's writing.  On the other hand, while I had a lot of things to complain about, the writing was rather fun to follow and the book was just so that I couldn't really look away and never really felt the need to stop reading.

So I was entertained even if I didn't like the characters.



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/09/brief-thoughts-death-in-stocks.html
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text 2019-02-09 20:20
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer

'But I don't like policemen. Some people feel the same about cats. Always know the instant one comes into the room, and begin to get creepy. Not that I've any objection to cats, mind you. Far from it. In fact, if I had to be bothered with any sort of animal, I think I should choose a cat.' 

'Well, I wouldn't,' said Antonia, who had happened to listen to this. 'They're inhuman things - though I suppose there are cats and cats.'


I hear you, Antonia, I'm the same way. There are cats and cats. Although, it probably has more to do with their decision than mine.



Kenneth laughed, and said with a good deal of delight: ''A touch, a touch, I do confess.' You know, I'm beginning to like you quite a lot.' 

'I might return that compliment, if it occurs to you to stop trying to hoodwink me. You are fond of quoting from Hamlet (though not always sure of your source), so I will give you one more line to digest: 'Take care that you don't become as a woodcock to your own springe'.'

Bless your heart, Kenneth. Don't try to win a sassy Hamlet quoting war with Superintendent Hannasyde, it won't end well.

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text 2019-02-09 15:32
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer

"Regular old cough drop she is, too. Name of Murgatroyd."


Named Murgatroyd and described as a "regular old cough drop", if she's the murderer, I'd say she had her reasons.

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text 2019-02-09 05:47
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Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer

"Your half-brother, miss, died as a result of a knife thrust through his back," said the Inspector.

"Oh!" Said Antonia. "Rather beastly."




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text 2018-11-08 15:15
24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 - Diwali, Task 4 (Book Covers: Young Women Holding Flowers)
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy,John Bayley,Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon - Jorge Amado,James L. Taylor,William L. Grossman
The Third Wedding - Costas Taktsis
Cousin Phillis - Elizabeth Gaskell,Joe Marsh
The Virgin in the Garden - A.S. Byatt
The Bride Wore Black - William Irish,Cornell Woolrich
The Rose Rent - Ellis Peters
Goldengirl - Peter Lear
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer
The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford

Bookshelves: Classics, Women Writers, International (resp. various country / language shelves), Mysteries, Historical Fiction


I'm not a romance reader at all, but I've found ladies holding flowers (actually more than I could attach to this post) in unexpected places ...


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