Why Shoot a Butler? Paperback – 4 Jan 2007
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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)
'Georgette Heyer is second to none.' (The Sunday Times)
'Heyer is an author to read ― this means you!' (The New York Herald Tribune)
'Sharp, clear, and witty.' (The New Yorker) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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She does a good job with this one. Frank Amberly is a fairly dour amateur detective, but guess what? He's better than the police! When he finds a dead butler in a car on a dark road with a mysterious woman standing alongside he can't resist investigating the case. Someone has got something someone else wants who is prepared to kill for it. Guns, libraries, secret meetings in the dark of a winter's night and an exciting climax.
One little downside: the denouement is rather wordy. However, I thought it was great fun.
However, a good escapist story with the solving of the plot being well explained at the end - by the typical Heyer-hero (languid and snooty) who has managed to do everything practically singe-handed - apparently in order to humiliate the silly old police, who for some reason seem prepared to take orders from this off-duty barrister .
Lots of different suppositions, but the true one is certainly not what you'd expect. Lots of different characters to like, dislike and suspect, and I certainly didn't guess the right one.
Very good book, a nice light read, but with plenty going on to keep you thinking until the end. Would recommend.
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.
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.
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Mid-20th century crime fiction by an author better known for her regency romances. Great characters, including the dry but compassionate Mr Amberley, who sets out to investigate... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sue
Typically entertaining light reading from Georgette Heyer, with a nice romantic aspect. Enjoyable rainy afternoon read!Published 9 days ago by rosybank
Enough to keep me turning the pages. Once I'd got used to and stopped grinding my teeth at the suave male 'lead' I quite enjoyed this! Read morePublished 2 months ago by PAMELA FLETCHER
Yet another excellent book by Georgette Heyer. I'm working my way through the set.Published 3 months ago by Av
Not as good as Agatha Christie or as Heyer's Regency novels but a nice gentle whodunit.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
My first GH and I had no idea she was another of the great 1930s crime writers until now. No Dorothy Sayers but up there with the rest.Published 6 months ago by S. Austin