Monday, November 30, 2009
It's impossible to say how much I enjoyed this mystery. All I can say is when I came to the last page I wanted to read another book by the same author. "Death in the Stocks" by Georgette Heyer takes place in England. Arnold Vereker, the half brother of Kenneth Vereker, Roger and Antonia Vereker. Arnold is discovered stabbed in the back at Ashleigh Green seated in the stocks. His death is treated very oddly by the family. No one is overly upset about the death because Kenneth is not a likable guy. Plus, he has been a womanizer.
The way Arnold's death is treated by the family is the best part of the book. The funniest statements come out of the mouths of these people as they discuss Arnold's death among themselves or as they answer questions asked by investigators. Although the smell of a dastardly death is hanging all around the place and a friend of the family or family member had to be the murderer, Black humor steals the day. I think the only serious person is Hannasyde. He is from Scotland Yard and is doing the investigation along with the Vereker's cousin, Giles.
Another reason I loved the book, "Death in the Stocks" is because an especially unsuspected event happens during all the chaotic events in the household. I would never have guessed in a million years. Well, it is a great book. What else can I say???