Why Shoot a Butler? by Georgette Heyer

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The inimitable Georgette Heyer here gives us a murder mystery stuffed with family secrets and dark doings, with sinister servants and a host of humorous characters and situations.
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Every family has secrets, but the Fountains' are turning deadly?

On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her?at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up?

In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled. Fortunately, in ferreting out a desperate killer, amateur sleuth Amberley is as brilliant as he is arrogant, but this time he's not sure he wants to know the truth?

PRAISE FOR WHY SHOOT A BUTLER?

"If genteel mysteries are your cup of tea, you have here a steaming teapot just waiting to be poured."
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"Georgette Heyer is second to none."
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"Heyer is an author to read ? this means you!"
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"Sharp, clear, and witty"
New Yorker

 

About Georgette Heyer

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Georgette Heyer's historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers. She wrote over 50 books, including Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.
 
Published April 1, 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 341 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Romance, Action & Adventure, History, Crime. Fiction
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Historical Novel Society

Above average
Reviewed by Fiona Lowe on May 01 2007

The inimitable Georgette Heyer here gives us a murder mystery stuffed with family secrets and dark doings, with sinister servants and a host of humorous characters and situations.

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Below average
on Aug 14 2006

The mystery itself wasn't too difficult to figure out -- I was briefly diverted by some of the red herrings, but had the correct solution before it was revealed.

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