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?

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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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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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- Elizabeth

Good Book, Poor Narration

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

Heyer's detective fiction, like her romances, are long on humor and character. If you're looking for complex plotting and procedural details, look elsewhere, but if you're in the mood for some fun, this book will fit the bill.

Unfortunately, the narration just ruined the book for me. Way too slow (I ended up speeding it up to 1.25, which helped), and I think that the narrator really did not understand who the characters were, and how to properly interpret and perform the lines. The accents also seemed off.


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- Catherine M.

Book Details

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