16/04/2003

Death in the Stocks (by Georgette Heyer)

Having enjoyed Georgette Heyer's historical romances for many years, I've been very pleased to find another set of books that she wrote - albeit not many - in the crime fiction genre. I read 'Why Shoot a Butler?' aloud to my teenage sons, and we all enjoyed it so much that we decided to try another of Heyer's crime novels.

'Death in the Stocks' is about a wealthy young man who is found murdered, with his body, bizarrely, in some traditional village stocks. His relatives don't seem all that bothered...

There are some very well-written strong characters in this book, and a plot that keeps us guessing almost until the end. Some dry humour too, that works all the better for being read aloud, and even a hint of romance.

Recommended for anyone who likes the Agatha Christie style of crime fiction.

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