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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
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Sara on 08-12-15

Slow Sleep Inducing Narration

I have had this book in my library for almost a year, tried repeatedly to listen and failed miserably. In the end, I have heard the first chapter (really the beginning only) about six or seven times. The voice of the narrator is so hypnotic and slow that listening puts me to sleep in minutes. It does not matter what time of day it is, my intake of coffee or my desire to enjoy the book. It is a recorded knock out drug--both amazing and disappointing. I give up. I will have to read the book in print. I strongly suggest you listen to the sample before buying the book.

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By Becky Price on 10-16-14

The Speed of a Glacier

Typical of Georgette Heyer, the story was great. The performance was an ordeal. The reader read the story at the speed a glacier migrates. This very slow speed resulted in weird pauses throught out the book and very S L O W, irritating progress. The slow delivery ruined Georgette Heyer's witty style. I finally put my I-pod on faster play mode to listen to this book. Once in a while, the performer would speed up to a more normal, natural speed. This meant that in faster play mode I missed some words and sentences. If there is another audio version of this book, get that one, not this one.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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By Hannah on 10-01-14

A murder mystery murdered by the narrator

What would have made Why Shoot a Butler? better?

I may be biased in that I love Georgette Heyer's murder mysteries more than her period novels. However this woman read the novel as if she had never encountered English before. I have never *ever* come across reading out loud as bad as this - and I help out in primary schools listening to under 10s reading books. Please, do not leave her in a recording studio without her carers ever again.

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

I gave up after an hour. I tried. I love the book so stuck with it as far as I could. I even resorted to a glass of wine after the first half hour but that didn't help either.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ulli Birvé?

My cat would make a better job of it.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is brilliant. The audio-book makes diabolical seem positively heavenly.

Any additional comments?

I want my ears cleaned.

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By Janey on 05-02-15

Good story spoilt by narration

This is a good story but, was spoilt by the narrator. The local police and residence of the English town all seem to have been born in Australia. The narration is very stilted. The narrator has no idea about punctuation, pausing in the middle of sentences etc. Nor does she know how to pronounce certain words. Data is pronounced darter and pince-nez she pronounced pin snares. This was not a cheap audio book so I would have expected the narration to have been checked by someone before it was offered for sale. The narration really affected the pleasure of listening to this audio book. It was not relaxing to listen to just annoying.

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