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Why Shoot a Butler? | [Georgette Heyer]

Why Shoot a Butler?

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1933 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Nanellen Sammamish, WA USA 09-16-14
    Nanellen Sammamish, WA USA 09-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One of Heyer's Best Mysteries"
    Where does Why Shoot a Butler? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed Why Shoot A Butler so much I believe I have to rank it near the top of my list. Ulli Birve is perfect for the period and style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Shoot a Butler??

    I loved the chase to the sea. Being a fan of Georgette Heyer for many years and having read her historical fiction of the Regency period, there seemed to be an intentional reminder of the races to the rescue in the past. She even makes a reference that to Frank Amberley's urging the Bentley forward like springing the horses.


    Have you listened to any of Ulli Birvé’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first experience listening to Ulli Birve. I will want to check out other books she's read, especially if they are by Georgette Heyer.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was surprised that Frank Amberley's aunt became such a wonderful addition in the audio book. There were several lines that made me laugh with delight. Of course, I had read the book and knew that he valued her uncanny ability to zero in on the critical points while maintaining a perfect lady's demeanor. But Ullie Birve brought that quality to sparkling clarity.

    And the Sergeant also had lines that made me laugh. He gave voice to a lot my own reactions to Frank Amberley's often annoying lack of transparency. Amberley kept his thoughts to himself and I was drawn into the story wondering as one of the characters "what was he thinking? And why would he do that?" The Sergeant's responses were wonderfully human.


    Any additional comments?

    This story and the reader are a pleasure to listen to. Georgette Heyer had the ability to paint the scene and create atmosphere with her words. If you enjoy movies and novels from the 30's and 40's, you will enjoy this story. There are undercurrents going on that require the reader to pay attention. No red herrings here. Just sinister and dangerous going-ons, murder, a damsel in distress who isn't sure who can be trusted and a hero whose calm arrogance is quite off-putting, especially at the beginning. I loved this mystery more than any Agatha Christie story I've read. More complex and more satisfying in the end.

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    Sharon Hood River, OR, United States 09-09-14
    Sharon Hood River, OR, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Baaaaad narration is ruining this book!"

    If you are a Georgette Heyer fan, skip these new ones until they are released with a different narrator. Ulli Birve is sleepwalking her way through - I am one hour in, and unless the plot can overcome her narration in the next hour, this one is going back.
    What is going on? Doesn't anybody at Audible listen to these productions before they are released? Not only is her voice a deadpan monotone, context and punctuation are blithely ignored as she stutters her way through the sentences. Example: "Fountain looked annoyed, and shook his head." The narration: "Fountain. Looked Annoyed. And shook his head."
    It's extremely distracting, and definitely not what Georgette Heyer's books deserve!

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