They Found Him Dead

They Found Him Dead

It is the morning after wealthy Silas Kane's sixtieth birthday party - a celebration that brings to light a number of familial controversies. When Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff, the assumption is that he simply lost his way in the fog and fell by accident. But the subsequent death of his nephew and heir and threats on the life of the third Kane, the newest heir...

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Title:They Found Him Dead
Author:Georgette Heyer
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They Found Him Dead Reviews

  • Teri-K

    This book would be a good choice for those who want to make the transition from Heyer's romances to her mysteries, as it focuses on mostly likable people and has a fair amount of clever dialogue. Terrible Timothy and his parents provide nice comic relief, which some of her other mysteries lack. Plus there's a romance, charming though low key.

    As a mystery goes there are plenty of suspects. The reader may hit on the culprit early, but plenty of red herrings keeps you guessing. I don't care, person

    This book would be a good choice for those who want to make the transition from Heyer's romances to her mysteries, as it focuses on mostly likable people and has a fair amount of clever dialogue. Terrible Timothy and his parents provide nice comic relief, which some of her other mysteries lack. Plus there's a romance, charming though low key.

    As a mystery goes there are plenty of suspects. The reader may hit on the culprit early, but plenty of red herrings keeps you guessing. I don't care, personally, if I figure it out (or remember) because I read these books more for the characters and dialogue than anything. But Heyer, like Christie, knows how to pack her stories with lots of potential murderers so you never find yourself thinking that there's really only one viable suspect. In fact, I'd rate this up with Christie's best as a puzzle.

    The only weakness is that I felt the case was solved, not because of some event pushing the story to completion, but because it was time for it to end. So our detectives suddenly reasoned their way to the correct solution. The first time I listened to this - instead of reading it - I actually got my print copy and looked to see if I'd missed some clue as to why they solved it when they did. There was no clue, Hannasyde just suddenly knew where to look. That spoils the ending just a bit for me, as I like the detectives to use their brains to solve a case, not just finish running down all the possibilities. Still this is really fun to read and reread and over the decades has become a favorite of mine.

    NB - You can see a grown-up Timothy in

    , where his fiancé becomes a suspect and he decides to clear her name, meeting up with his old friend Hemmingway.

    The audio version is all right, but not excellent. Unfortunately. The narrator does an adequate but not great job. She speaks so slowly I have to really speed it up a lot, and her men and women's voices can be hard to tell apart.

  • Gardener0126

    This is a mystery by an author who is much better known for her regency romances. It turns out that she is also an accomplished writer of mysteries. I really enjoyed this easy to read, old fashioned, country house mystery. This book actually introduces a few characters (members of the Kane and Harte families) who reappear in a later novel, Duplicate Death, which I read before I read this one. It was interesting to meet them when they were younger. The detective duo of Inspector Hannasyde and Ser

    This is a mystery by an author who is much better known for her regency romances. It turns out that she is also an accomplished writer of mysteries. I really enjoyed this easy to read, old fashioned, country house mystery. This book actually introduces a few characters (members of the Kane and Harte families) who reappear in a later novel, Duplicate Death, which I read before I read this one. It was interesting to meet them when they were younger. The detective duo of Inspector Hannasyde and Sergeant Hemingway are featured in this novel.

    I found this novel to be well plotted, and sprinkled with red herrings, causing me to suspect first one character, then another. Although the motive seemed to be fairly obvious, I had a hard time ffiguring out who was actually behind the murders.

    Generally speaking, the writing is a bit slower than that which we have come to expect from more recently published mysteries. Heyer doesn’t rely on overt violence or non stop action for effect. And being Georgette Heyer, she has included just a bit of romance in this novel as well.

    Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a gentle, easy to read novel.

  • Dana-Adriana B.

    It is my first Georgette Heyer's book and the plot and even the characters reminds me of Agatha Christie's stories. Silas Kane is missing only to find him later death. Who was it? Lots of suspects and Superintendent Hannasyde is going to tell us which one was it. I really enjoyed the book and I will continue the series.

  • Tweety

    This kept me guessing!

    One of Heyer's better mysteries IMO, the characters are enjoyable if not all likable and the plot clips along at a good pace. I did have pretty good idea as to who the murderer was, but it didn't spoil the story for me.

    The romance was rather sudden starting in chapter one, but it worked and I liked the two of them. I really did enjoy this and you can't beat the imp Terrible Timothy, who goes about getting into mischief and helping the detectives solve the case.

    Recommend

    This kept me guessing!

    One of Heyer's better mysteries IMO, the characters are enjoyable if not all likable and the plot clips along at a good pace. I did have pretty good idea as to who the murderer was, but it didn't spoil the story for me.

    The romance was rather sudden starting in chapter one, but it worked and I liked the two of them. I really did enjoy this and you can't beat the imp Terrible Timothy, who goes about getting into mischief and helping the detectives solve the case.

    Recommend if you like cozy mysteries that don't leave you confused if you need to put it down for other things.

    A few swears, murder and that's about it.

  • Sophia

    Slowly, but surely I've been making my way through Heyer's mysteries. Earlier this year, I read Duplicate Death and encountered Jim and Pat Kane along with Jim's half-brother, Timothy Harte. Chief Inspector Hemingway indicates that he had earlier dealings with the family. I was tickled to discover that They Found Him Dead was the story of those dealings.

    While many of the author's mysteries lean more toward solving the case, this one read almost like one of her light and sparkling Regency Romance

    Slowly, but surely I've been making my way through Heyer's mysteries. Earlier this year, I read Duplicate Death and encountered Jim and Pat Kane along with Jim's half-brother, Timothy Harte. Chief Inspector Hemingway indicates that he had earlier dealings with the family. I was tickled to discover that They Found Him Dead was the story of those dealings.

    While many of the author's mysteries lean more toward solving the case, this one read almost like one of her light and sparkling Regency Romance Comedies. The family members are color and eccentric and the story of their doings seems more focal than the investigation. This became especially true when Jim Kane's step father and mother made an appearance (they turned out to be my favorite characters in the story).

    Though, that said, the murders are definitely on everyone's mind including the police. I admit to spending most of the book wondering if the first murder was even a murder at all. And, the truth is that everyone either had motive or opportunity or both.

    I feel like the cat that got into the cream because this was one I had no trouble fingering the killer, the motive, and the method right away (its all that Agatha Christie reading). This took a bit of the shine off the story, but not much.

    And, I don't mean to sound disloyal here, but between having Superintendent Hannasyde or Chief Inspector Hemingway as the leads for the police investigation, I think I prefer Hemingway. This is mostly because he cracks me up and seems more present. He was Hannasyde's sergeant in this one and his 'psychology' remarks had me smiling.

    All in all, it was a moderately good outing and I had a good time slipping into an English Country House Murder set in the 30's, I think. The author never fails to pull me in with her overall storytelling or her characters.

  • Janet

    The morning after the celebrations for Silas Kane’s 60th birthday he is missing then is found dead at the foot of a cliff. The theory that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog is confirmed when the coroner returns a verdict of death by misadventure. then Kane's nephew and heir is murdered and threats are made on the next in line to the fortune. So Scotland Yard are called in & as the redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde delves further into the case he discovers that nothing is quite as

    The morning after the celebrations for Silas Kane’s 60th birthday he is missing then is found dead at the foot of a cliff. The theory that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog is confirmed when the coroner returns a verdict of death by misadventure. then Kane's nephew and heir is murdered and threats are made on the next in line to the fortune. So Scotland Yard are called in & as the redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde delves further into the case he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems.

    The author is my all time favourite for Historical romances so I had to read her mystery novels & I haven’t been disappointed, there are plenty of red herrings & as always Hannasyde is his unflappable self, ably aided by Hemingway. The novel was written in the 1930’s & is evocative of the period. A well written story with well fleshed characters & a murder mystery that kept me engrossed from cover to cover

    My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    I actually didn't guess the murderer in this one, so I'm being generous in my rating. As usual the plot is slightly thin but there's a wonderful cast of characters which make up for it. Unusually in a Heyer novel, there was absolutely no romance to even root for.

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  • Hannah

    Another genuinely fun Golden Age mystery by Georgette Heyer.

    On a foggy evening, conservative businessman Silas Kane irritably celebrates his 60th birthday with family and business associates and then proceeds to walk off a cliff - the apparent victim of an accidental fall. However, not 2 weeks later his heir, Clement Kane, is found shot through the head in his study. Afterwards, the 2nd heir to the Kane fortune, Jim Kane, is experiencing a series of misfortunes that may or may not be "accidents"

    Another genuinely fun Golden Age mystery by Georgette Heyer.

    On a foggy evening, conservative businessman Silas Kane irritably celebrates his 60th birthday with family and business associates and then proceeds to walk off a cliff - the apparent victim of an accidental fall. However, not 2 weeks later his heir, Clement Kane, is found shot through the head in his study. Afterwards, the 2nd heir to the Kane fortune, Jim Kane, is experiencing a series of misfortunes that may or may not be "accidents". Scotland Yard Superintendent Hannasyde arrives on the scene to determine what's going on in the Kane family that seems to be striking down each heir apparent. There's no shortage of suspects, and no solution within easy grasp. It takes the combined efforts of Hannasyde, Sargent Hemingway, and Jim Kane's prococious 15 year old step brother to solve the case and unmask the killer.

    As usual, Heyer provides plenty of sparkling dialog and scatters enough red herrings within the plot to make this an enjoyable read.

  • Ivonne Rovira

    Silas Kane, the rich bachelor who heads the successful firm of Kane & Mansell, literally walks off a cliff during a walk on the foggy night of his 60th birthday party. Police rule the death a terrible accident — until, not a month later, Kane’s great-nephew and heir is murdered. Who benefits from the deaths? And is the next heir the perpetrator? Or the next victim?

    While

    is the third of the four novels Georgette Heyer’s Hannasyde series, readers can enjoy the novel without

    Silas Kane, the rich bachelor who heads the successful firm of Kane & Mansell, literally walks off a cliff during a walk on the foggy night of his 60th birthday party. Police rule the death a terrible accident — until, not a month later, Kane’s great-nephew and heir is murdered. Who benefits from the deaths? And is the next heir the perpetrator? Or the next victim?

    While

    is the third of the four novels Georgette Heyer’s Hannasyde series, readers can enjoy the novel without reading earlier books. In fact, having read the novel immediately before this one, Behold, Here’s Poison, I recommend skipping that stinker altogether. In contrast,

    is a breezy, fun read for fans of Dorothy L. Sayers or Patricia Wentworth. Sure, the characters here are somewhat less than believable, and readers will have figured out the culprit halfway through the novel; however, Heyer’s novel still includes enough thrills and clever wordplay to make the ride worth taking.

  • Rebekah

    Enjoyed this very much on Audible. I had read this many years ago, and was reminded of who the murderer was early on. Jim Kane's mother and stepfather were a hoot. Rosemary was a well drawn type and suitably contemptible. All the other characters, except "Terrible" Timothy were bland: vaguely likable or unlikable as the case maybe. I look forward to reading Duplicate Death with features an adult Tim as the lead.

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