They Found Him Dead and A Blunt Instrument – Georgette Heyer

They Found Him Dead

From the Publisher:

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 he 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, raises obvious suspicion, and the redoubtable investigative skills of Superintendent Hannasyde prove critical once again.

My thoughts:

Lots of things going on in this mystery.  Long list of suspects, lots of quirky characters (of course), lots of action, great dialogue, and typical British dry wit, all wrapped up in the traditional English country setting.  Oh, and let’s not forget the humour provided by the youngest character.  I liked a lot of the characters, and even the ones I didn’t like I found entertaining.  Good mystery overall.

A Blunt Instrument

From the Publisher:

When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would want to kill him? Enter Superintendent Hannasyde who, with consummate skill, begins to uncover the complexities of Fletcher’s life. It seems the real Fletcher was far from the gentleman he pretended to be.

My thoughts:

I know that Heyer is the queen of eccentric, self-absorbed characters, and this book certainly proves it.  It is also laugh out loud funny.  I have to say that I guessed who the murderer was quite early in the book, but that didn’t detract from the mystery for me.  The dialogue is superb, as always.  The detectives also play a center stage role all throughout the book, and they are not overshadowed by the rest of the quirky characters.  If you love ridiculous situations and ridiculous characters, this is the mystery for you.


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