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

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Series: Inspector Hannasyde, Book 1
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-11-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (90 ratings)


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?
©1935 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic reviews

"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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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs S on 25-11-14


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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By nicole on 25-11-14

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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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Glenda on 06-01-15

Hated it, loved it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone who knows the British culture

What other book might you compare Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1 to and why?

I don't know of a comparison.

Which character – as performed by Ulli Birvé – was your favorite?

The performances by Ulli Birve were all exceptional! Every character was done extremely well!!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I started off hating all but one of the characters so I thought I would hate the book but the performance was so well done it kept me interested. Before too long I was hooked.

Any additional comments?

It helps that I lived in England for several years or the characters would never have become endearing. I think people that don't know the Brits may not easily see the subtle traits that slowly allows the reader to get past the initial obnoxious appearance of the characters.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 10-12-14

The Wrong Narrator

Would you try another book from Georgette Heyer and/or Ulli Birvé?

I've heard THE UNFINISHED CLUE with a different reader, and it was literally laugh-out-loud funny.

Would you ever listen to anything by Georgette Heyer again?

Yes, with a different reader.

How could the performance have been better?

Georgette Heyer is known for lightness and wit---the reader, Ulli Birve, spoke far too slowly and without a sense of humor.

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17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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