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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The Wrong Narrator
I've heard THE UNFINISHED CLUE with a different reader, and it was literally laugh-out-loud funny.
Yes, with a different reader.
Georgette Heyer is known for lightness and wit---the reader, Ulli Birve, spoke far too slowly and without a sense of humor.
Good Book, Poor Narration
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.
- Catherine M.