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Why Shoot a Butler? [Paperback]

Georgette Heyer
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4 Jan 2007
It is a complete mystery why anyone would choose to murder the trusted old butler of Norton Manor. Barrister turned amateur detective, Frank Amberley, has reason to suspect that the shooting involves the nervy young lady discovered at the scene of the crime, a snooping gentleman in the halls of Greythorne and then a second dead body. A dramatic tale of upstairs, downstairs and family secrets.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; paperback / softcover edition (4 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099493721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099493723
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,383 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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Georgette Heyer's brilliant and highly acclaimed series of detective novels, now in a handsome new package

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A dead butler. A sly, creeping valet. Nerve racking assignations in lonely woods. And a village policeman who though loveable, is totally inadequate at dealing with murder. A rich assortment of characters come alive in this gripping story. Frank Amberley, brilliant, watchful and unbelievably rude; Shirley Brown, mysterious, sulky and desperate; Sir Humphrey and Lady Matthews, providing real comedy; and Basil Fountain, the sort who would 'drink his own bath water'. The plot is masterly, the suspense is real. As the plot thickens and the race to the truth intensifies you will be unable to put the book down. The Heyer magic at its best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, disappointing production 26 Dec 2008
By pjs
Gripping plot, engaging characters, wry humour, and a touch of romance too. But do modern publishers not employ proof-readers? There must have been half a dozen or more silly typographical errors. I bet they weren't in the first edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars . . . . why indeed 4 Nov 2010
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Frank Amberley - visiting his uncle and taking an ill advised short cut - finds a man dead in his car on a country road. Naturally, being a respectable citizen - he informs the police. But he omits to tell them that there was a woman - Shirley Brown - standing beside the car.

What follows is a complex plot with many twists and turns which reveals some secrets which many people would prefer to keep hidden. Amberley is asked to investigate the murder by the Chief Constable as he has had some success unravelling a previous criminal case.

I found the book intriguing and I didn't guess exactly what was going on. The characters are interesting and believable and the villains are suitably creepy. The ending was exciting as it was a race against time. A very enjoyable detective story of a traditional type and I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHO DUN IT? 25 Feb 2014
By Dorothy
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I love Georgette Heyer's Regency Romances and was delighted to find that she has also written detective novels. They make great reading. Detection with a sense of humour and not too grizzly. They would make great tv instead of the same stories that are repeated time and time again. I would recommend them to anyone who likes detective stories and wishes to have a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer 20 Feb 2014
By Zarrina
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Bought this book to complete my set of Georgette Heyer novels I have read most of them more than once, they are a great form of relaxation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Georgette Heyer whatever she writes 28 Jan 2014
By elly
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I have a complete set of her books belonging to my Mother so in very small print. I was delighted to find reprints in larger format. They are all as good as the last 3 times I have read them.
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