Tuesday, June 13, 2017
WHY SHOOT A BUTLER? - Georgette Heyer
It is a complete mystery why anyone would choose to murder the trusted old butler of Norton Manor. Barrister turned amateur detective, Frank Amberly, has reason to believe 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.
Published in 1933 this is a run of the mill whodunnit and the first I've read by Ms Heyer, who was better known at the time for her historical novels.
The motive isn't hard to figure out and the the killer isn't either, its just a wait to see what some part minor characters play in the whole thing. The detective Amberly isn't particularly likable either being a bit of a smart arse without any humour.
Not a great tale but the dialogue was sharp enough to warrant reading more of Heyers crime books.