Why Shoot a Butler? (Country House Mysteries) (Paperback)

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

"Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me." —Dorothy L. Sayers

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?


"If genteel mysteries are your cup of tea, you have here a steaming teapot just waiting to be poured."— Bestsellers

"Georgette Heyer is second to none."— Sunday Times

"Heyer is an author to read ? this means you!"—New York Herald Tribune

"Sharp, clear, and witty"— New Yorker

Georgette Heyer's novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades. English Heritage has awarded Georgette Heyer one of their prestigious Blue Plaques, designating her Wimbledon home as the residence of an important figure in British history. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. A very private woman, she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or personal life. Her work included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.

Product Details ISBN: 9781402217951
ISBN-10: 1402217951
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: April 1st, 2009
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Country House Mysteries
"[A] delightful and pleasant read with plenty of clever dialogue and witty humor..." — Reading Extravaganza

"The appeal of cozies has always included well-drawn characters as well as a crime-puzzle. As befits a writer justly renowned for characterization, Georgette Heyer delivers with a vengeance in Behold, Here's Poison." — Book Loons

"This was all I could have wanted in a mystery and... there was even a bit of romance." — We Be Reading

"...[D]raws the readers into the upper class world of the English country house." — Reading Adventures

"[A] witty and funny novel. " — Grace’s Book Blog

"[A] clever, witty romp, the whole upstairs/downstairs thing going on, with even a touch of a romance thrown in." — A Lovely Shore Breeze

"[I]t's the characters that really shine. They're varied, interesting, and entertaining... I enjoyed every minute I spent reading the book." — Genre Reviews

"Why Shoot a Butler? demonstrates once again the acclaimed Queen of Regency's deftness in juggling a large cast of well-defined characters and a tangled plot-web. " — Bookloons.com

" While many of the plot elements in Why Shoot a Butler? are familiar, Heyer’s light, stylish touch makes them feel classic. " — Word Candy