Charming Period Mystery,
This review is from: Why Shoot a Butler? (Paperback)
Frank Amberley, barrister and amateur sleuth, is driving along a country road on his way to a dinner party when he comes upon a young woman standing beside a car in which sits the body of a butler, shot dead. Amberley reports the crime to the police, but does not mention the young woman, whom he believes innocent of the murder. What follows is Amberley's attempt to divine who the true murderer is, and why the crime was committed, before the killer strikes again.
This is a witty and charming light-hearted mystery in Ms Heyer's usual style. Frank Amberley makes a very personable hero, charming, debonair, always the gentleman. The story moves at a good pace, strewing clues and red-herrings as it goes, with Amberley having much opportunity to woe the leading lady and score points off the inept local police. The one draw-back is that there are so few suspects, the identity of the culprit isn't hard to guess, however the motive, both for the murder and the young woman's silence, is cleverly handled and will keep the reader guessing.