Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1 : Inspector Hannasyde

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Ulli Birvé
  • Series: Inspector Hannasyde
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the dead of the night, a man 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?


What the Critics Say

"Death in the Stocks is that rare and refreshing thing – a clever problem stated, developed and finally solved in terms of character." (The Times)
"Miss Heyer's characters act and speak with an ease and conviction that is refreshing as it is rare in the ordinary mystery novel." (The Times Literary Supplement)
"Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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What did you like best about Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1? What did you like least?

This is my favourite Heyer. Its fun and fast, a great read BUT the narration is just not up to the job.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1?

What I find amusing is the running theme of the hated half brother and give us the dosh! it is handled very well and most amusing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

in this book I found Ulli trying too hard to be too upper class. For me it did not work a, after a while all the voices seemed to be the same. This is the third Heyer mystery from this narrator and I have enjoyed the other two but this one did not gel for me.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Most very definitely

Any additional comments?

Would have liked to hear this by Sian Phillips who, for me, always made the regency romances such fun. That is what is lacking I think. The sense of mischief and fun that runs through the book despite the deaths.

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- Mrs S

More for Christie fans than Heyer

Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1 by Georgette Heyer. 2/5 story. Narrator Ulli Birvé 5/5. It's a detective novel and the plot's fine, in fact if you like Poirot, this maybe a good one for you. However, apart from the detectives (who aren't actually in this one very much) and the hero, who is OK, I didn't really like anyone very much. Some of this is due to differing social ideas between when the book was written and now but all the wit, humor and that great sense of timing which most fans love about Heyers' writing, has been left out. Ulli Birves' performance is brilliant for all the reasons I raved about in my review of the 4th book in this series. I haven't read it yet but book 3 in this series has had good reviews while I've read book 4 and it's a gem. For most Heyer fans, there's nothing you really need here. Skip ahead, unless you are a Christie fan,or prefer detective stories to Heyers' more popular regency romances, in which case I'd actually recommend you give it a try.
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- nicole

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-11-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd