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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (Jun. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891906479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891906476
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,799,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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"Praise for Georgette Heyer's mystery novels:" "'We had better start ranking Heyer alongside such incomparable whodunit authors as Christie, Marsh, Tey and Allingham'" San Francisco Chronicle "'Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended'" New York Times "'Sharp, clear and witty'" The New Yorker "'Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me ... I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word "Go"'" Dorothy L. Sayers

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'Sharp, clear and witty.' (The New Yorker)

'The author introduces us to enough lively and interesting people to make the book attractive even without its ingenious detective plot.' (The Times Literary Supplement)

'Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen.' (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Trigg on 2 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is another great Heyer mystery. Timothy Harte is particularly funny as the irrepressible 'helper' of poor long-suffering Sergeant Hemmingway.

But I wish reviewers wouldn't give half the plot away in their enthusiasm to say how great it was. This isn't a book club where we are all discussing what we thought about the novel. People will be reading these reviews in order to decide whether or not to read the novel for the first time - sorry to state the obvious here. The point of a mystery novel is to discover the surprises for yourself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2013
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In recent years I've come out of the closet as an unashamed Georgette Heyer fan - in my teens I bought all her regency romances, wore them to shreds, and threw them away when I thought it was time to move on to a more respectable read. But in the last decade I've bought and read them all over again, and I can finally appreciate them for the expertly researched, wittily observed and brilliantly polished historical novels that they are.
So after all these years I thought I'd give one of her detective novels a go - I'd left it so long because I always suspected that she only wrote them to ride on the Agatha Christie bandwagon, in the hope of making a few bob. After reading this one (chosen at random, so I suppose it could be the worst of the bunch) it gives me no pleasure to say that I think I was right.
It's the usual 1930s upper middle class country house murder - family gathered for a social occasion, someone gets bumped off, detective gets called in, where were they all at the time, and who will be next? etc - which fans of Poirot and Miss Marple could probably write themselves by now.
Some of Heyer's wit and wicked character assassination is in evidence, and the scene setting and dialogue (apart from the annoying teenager who talks like a 1930s American gangster) are fine. But the plot is hackneyed, the characters are sketchy, there's very little suspense, the revelation of whodunnit at the end is rushed and obvious, and there's a gaping hole at the centre: there's no protagonist, no-one to identify with or care about. Superintendent Hannasyde, who's called in to solve the murders, has no character at all, and I don't think I could pick the very dull young lovers out of a crowd, either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poldy on 24 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Everyone knew old Silas Kane went for a walk on the cliff top each night, and everyone knew about his weak heart. It came as little surprise, therefore, when his body was found at the foot of the cliffs. What did come as a surprise, however, was when his heir, Clement Kane, was found shot dead in his study. Was Silas Kane's death the accident it appeared to be, or was it something more sinister? This is something Superintendent Hannasyde is determined to discover, but it won't be easy, with so many suspects in the mix. There's the new heir, James, the partners in the family firm, the Mansells, Joe, calm and distinguished, and his son, the hot-headed Paul, as well as Australian Oscar Roberts, keen to put through a lucrative deal with the firm, which both Silas and Clement after him had blocked. And there's Clement's wife, who happily admits to being obsessed with money, and who has been conducting a non-too discreet affair with Trevor Dermott. Superintendent Hannasyde has his work cut out sifting the genuine clues from the red herrings.

Georgette Heyer is most renowned for her historical novels, but she also wrote a dozen mystery novels, many of them featuring Superintendent Hannasyde. They Found Him Dead is one of her best. While not up to the standard of Agatha Christie, they are well-thought-out and the characters are well-conceived, from the stiff matriarch, Emily Kane, to young Timothy Kane, a teenager with a keen interest in detective stories who has his own opinion on the situation, something which may be putting his own life in danger. As usual with Heyer, there is a love-interest, with young heir James Kane setting his sights on Patricia Allison. All the characters are believable, and the mystery unfolds in a very convincing manner. The twists and turns of the plot keep the reader guessing until the final revelation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Oct. 2010
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I think this is one of Georgette Heyer's best mysteries. Silas Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff on the day of his sixtieth birthday. Is this an accident or murder? He was involved before his death in a potential business deal which his partners wanted him to agree to. He had reservations about it and it seems as though he his death may be more convenient for some people. This is a convoluted plot with many twists and turns and some memorable characters. The most notable is the schoolboy Timothy Harte who decides to do some investigating himself.

I really liked Timothy and the laid back Superintendent Hannasyde and his sidekick - Sergeant Hemingway who are called in from Scotland Yard to investigate when Silas Kane's nephew and heir Clement is murdered. There are multiple suspects with a multiplicity of motives which means there are plenty of red herrings for the reader to identify. This is traditional mystery which provides entertaining reading. If you haven't read Georgette Heyer's mysteries before this would be a good one to start with. It is well written with many touches of humour and some varied and interesting characters as well as though you will love to hate. Great reading in my opinion.
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