Day 1120: They Found Him Dead

Cover for They Found Him DeadThe wealthy Silas Kane is celebrating his sixtieth birthday, but the party is anything but jolly. His business partner, Joe Mansell, is trying to talk him into a deal with an American company for Australia, but he thinks it’s too big a risk. His cousin Clement’s self-obsessed wife, Rosemary, is considering leaving Clement for Trevor Dermott. Betty Pemble, Joe’s daughter, can only talk about her obnoxious children.

That night Silas goes for his customary walk along the cliff top. The next morning it is clear that his bed was never slept in. He has apparently fallen off the edge of the cliff.

Clement Kane is now the heir to the estate and company, but he doesn’t seem to be any more inclined to the business deal than Silas. His wife, however, decides to stay with him because she needs money. Emily Kane, Silas’s mother, is angry that the property is going to Clement rather than to her grandson, Jim Kane.

As the businessman from America, Oscar Roberts, appears on the scene, Joe Mansell and his son Paul pressure Clement to agree to their deal. But soon Clement is also dead, shot in his office just as Patricia Allison, Emily’s companion, was about to show in Oscar Roberts for an appointment. To Jim’s surprise, he is the next heir, not his female cousin in Australia, as the estate is entailed to the male heir.

No one knows whether Silas was murdered or not, but Clement certainly was. And soon someone appears to be trying to murder Jim.

Detective Inspector Hannasyde has a plethora of suspects and doesn’t even know how many deaths to look into. Could the Mansells have committed murder for a business deal? Is someone really trying to kill Jim, or is it a blind?

I guessed the murderer and the motive almost immediately, but the puzzle isn’t the point of an Heyer mystery. Instead, it’s the characters and the amusing dialogue. This mystery isn’t very mysterious, but it’s a pleasure to read.

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4 thoughts on “Day 1120: They Found Him Dead

  1. Helen August 22, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve read a few of Heyer’s other mysteries and I agree that the characters and dialogue are the appeal rather than the puzzle. I’ll look forward to reading this one eventually.

  2. whatmeread August 22, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    This one is clever, but I still guessed the solution. It was harder to guess how it was done.

  3. scarlett1000 August 28, 2017 / 5:08 am

    I bought Venetia by Georgette Heyer after hearing it recommended on a podcast, but I still haven’t got around to reading it yet. This one sounds more up my street!

    • whatmeread August 28, 2017 / 10:36 am

      I would say that Venetia is a good one, but not one of my favorites.

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