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They Found Him Dead (Inspector Hannasyde Series #3)

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    A Great 30's Mystery

    The bodies pile up right from the start in this delightful, fast-paced 1930's British murder mystery.

    As an avid Regency fan, I know and love Miss Heyer's historical romances. But I had no idea she also wrote contemporary mysteries. Contemporary, that is, when she wrote them in the 1930's. I love British mysteries from that period--art deco furniture and decorations, sleek, romantic clothes, and dialog chock-full of the idioms of the day.

    The "Him" of the title is Mr. Silas Kane, patriarch of the wealthy Kane family and senior partner in the firm of Kane and Mansell. The story opens at Silas's sixtieth birthday party, introducing us to the eccentric cast of characters and the story setup when Silas refuses to do business with an Australian firm his partner, Joe Mansell, champions.

    The next day, Silas is found dead, apparently having tumbled off a cliff on his nightly walk. An accident, surely. The firm, and the disagreement, passes to his nephew, Clement, who welcomes his uncle's fortune so that he can pamper his spoiled wife, Rosemary.

    Alas, Clement's riches last only a short time, because, in a matter of days, he is found shot to death in Silas's library. Murder is definitely in the picture now, and the local police summon a Scotland Yard superintendent to untangle the case.

    Who murdered Clement? Was Silas also murdered? Suspicion falls on everyone from Silas's starchy mother, Emily, to her self-contained companion, Patricia, to her grand-nephew, Jim, who is Patricia's fiancee and now the senior partner in the company. Other suspects include Trevor, Rosemary's oily would-be lover, the Mansells, father and slippery son, and even Oscar, the genial representative of the Australian firm. About the only person not suspected is Jim's half-brother, fifteen-year-old Timothy, who has overdosed on American gangster films and "helps" the police, thereby earning the nickname of "Terrible Timothy". (Hint, one of the suspects listed here is the murderer.)

    The story is a page-turner, funny, and I didn't figure out the murderer until Miss Heyer revealed the culprit at the end.

    All in all, a highly enjoyable read, and a book I couldn't put down. I look forward to reading Miss Heyer's other mysteries.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    One of Heyer's best works

    I find that when I read Georgette Heyer novels, I keep on thinking; "Okay this one was better than the last one I read..." then I read this one and it's like: "Okay nevermind, this one was THE BEST one I've read so far!" I have a feeling that's going to keep happening whenever I read one of her mysteries (I still have yet to try her regency ones). I absolutely loved this one and will put this one up as one of my favorite mysteries from Heyer as of yet.

    As usual, there is a rather large list of suspects and everyone seems to have some sort of motive for the murder. However, what's different from this book and the others is, I found there was quite a bit more action and the characters in this book have much more personality and are "fleshed" out, and they have their own distinct personalities. The action added a lot more intrigue to the book and kept me interested. I had a hunch who was behind the plot, but because of the frequent twists and the suspicion being thrown all over the place I kept on second guessing myself. However, even though my first guess was right, the way it was solved was interesting and never the way I expected it to be. The plot was engaging and intriguing. It's not a thriller per se, but it's got the feel of a classic whodunit mystery which will keep the reader interested. There's a bit of comedy included, with witty backtalk and remarks that will induce a chuckle or two.

    As I have mentioned previously, the characters in this book were one of the most interesting I've ever read from Heyer's works. Rosemary has to be one of the most annoying and most self absorbed I have ever read. Although she was extremely irritating, she also made me laugh the most because of her stupidities, and the fact that although other characters have told her to be quiet, it just doesn't faze her. I liked Lady Harte even though her arrival in the book is a little too late. She was sharp and the way she had spoken to Rosemary was funny and to the point (Eventually, I think Rosemary got the hint).

    The only complaint I had with this book is, it got a little dry towards the end of the book. You don't literally find out who was behind the murders until the last few pages. It went in a mini circle for no reason. Otherwise, this is one of Heyer's better mysteries.

    Overall, an enjoyable read filled with mystery and intrigue. Greatly recommended for Georgette Heyer mystery fans everywhere.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    Good Mystery

    Silas Kane just turned sixty and everyone has gathered for the occasion. The party is not going so well as it is marred with arguments. When money is involved nothing can ever go well. Silas decides to go for a walk in the fog and the next morning he is found dead. Everyone thinks it was just a accident, that he slipped and fell of the cliff in the fog, but then someone shoots Clement, the hier.

    Now we can tell that this murder mystery is all about who will inherit, Silas Kane's money and who has the greatest motive to kill. Everyone is a suspect, Mrs. Kane didn't even shed a tear when she heard her husband was dead. Rosemary couldn't wait to move into the bigger house and get more money. Mr. Harte was always saying something about knowing that the night looked like a great time for a murder. Joe Mansell was mad because Silas wouldn't expand the firm like he and his partners wanted. Everyone has a motive for murder, but who is the real killer and why?

    Talk about your big whodunit, Georgette Heyer lays out a great murder mystery in her book They Found Him Dead. This one the first book I have ever read by this author and its a classic (1937) I wish I could say that I had some great authors to compare her too from these early era's but I am sorry to say I have not read as much of the classics as I would like too. Shame on me I know, but I have never even read a Agatha Christy novel, but I am sure Georgette Heyer would rank up there with her in great murder mystery authors.

    It was a little hard for me to read about times, but most classics are if you are not use to them. Books from different time era's just read different. That doesn't mean that she couldn't deliver a great book. I always thought I might have guessed who had done it, but I was a bit surprised at the ending.

    The characters reminded me a bit of reading a Austen novel, the were funny and witty and loathed each other. It is always fun to read about rich families and how much they pretend to love each other as long as they get the money. Though sometimes the dialogue was hard for me to follow, it was fun and brough the characters to life.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of whodunits.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer is a delightful little read with an equally delightful cover. I can't say that I judge a book by its cover but I really like these cute little mysteries and their covers. The cast of characters in this mystery are a great mix. You have the two deaths at the beginning of the story Silas Kane and his cousin Clement Kane. Everyone is suspicious of everyone else and everyone comes under suspicion. Clement Kane's wife Rosemary is spending her husbands money like it is going out of style. Emma Kane is the crotchety old matriarch of the Kane family and really not liked by anyone so she is numero uno suspect. Stepbrothers Jim Kane, who is the next heir and "young Mr. Harte" Timmy are suspects also. Sir Adrian Harte who is the father to Timmy and stepfather to Jim is another quaint character. Lady Harte (the mother) is somewhere in the Congo but does show up eventually. Timmy insinuates himself into the investigation with his own theories and has his own mishap with a sinking boat that also makes him suspicious.So Superintendent Hannasyde and Sergeant Hemingway(characters in other Heyer mysteries) have their work cut out for them in investigating the deaths.. Miss Patricia Allison, assistant to Emma, is engaged to Jim Kane and they also have a mishap with a car so it almost looks like Jim could be next on the murderers list. Mixed in with the suspects are Silas and Clement Kane's business partners, Joe and his son Paul Mansell along with Oscar Roberts who have a scheme to what they call "the Australian deal". The Kanes, deceased, did not really like the deal that Oscar had and did not want to participate. So with this colorful cast of characters this story is a who dunnit that keeps you hooked to the end to find out who the killer is. There are other minor characters, the maid, butler and some nosy neighbors. All this comes together nicely so that I was surprised at the end as to who the murderer actually was. No the butler didn't do it..

    It is refreshing to read books that are entertaining and suspenseful and witty. I liked this book so much I have three more mysteries to read. If you want a light fun read, this is it. I highly recommend it...

    I did not get paid for this review..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is classic British mystery - and enjoyable book to read & relax with.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014


    This is the worst book by Georgette Heyer I have ever read. Her mysteries are not up to the standard of her straight novels and "They Found Him Dead" is not up to the standard of her mysteries. Try another book.

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    Posted January 25, 2014

    Good light reading

    Fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Recommended - check it out if you like old times.

    A fun read by an author I first read 45 years ago. Years have not dulled the interest. It has spanned the years gracefully.

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