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?
"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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This is my favourite Heyer. Its fun and fast, a great read BUT the narration is just not up to the job.
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.
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.
Most very definitely
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.
- Mrs S
More for Christie fans than Heyer