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Publisher: HQN / Harlequin Books
Release Date: September 1, 2004
ISBN: 0373770065
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre:   Regency Romance
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Brenda Weeaks

Reviewer Notes: Explicit love scene

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The Butler Did It
By Kasey Michaels

    Years ago, when his first and only Season ended in a duel with his best friend Perry, Morgan Drummond quit London. Now blaming the dangerous deed on his temper, the Marquis decides a complacent wife is what he needs, so he heads back to London and his Grosvenor Square mansion in Mayfair. Morgan hasn't been to the mansion in years, but having left it in the care of his trusty butler, Thornley, Morgan sees no need to send an announcement of his impending arrival.

   After selling what little her family had, Emma Clifford arrives in London for the season. She's looking for a husband to provide for her family, which consists of a lazy brother, a mother who speaks in all caps, and a nosey, rabble-rousing grandmother. Emma and her family have rented rooms in a mansion. Others in residence are Sir Edgar, an adventurer and inventor, and Mrs. Norbert, a seamstress and possible killer. Accepting their money and taking care of them at the mansion is Mrs. Timon, the housekeeper, Riley, the footman, Claramae, the ladies maid, and Thornley, the butler.

   When Morgan arrives to discover his butler rented the mansion out to a group of society wannabes harboring hair-brain ideas and illicit schemes, he wants them ALL gone - GONE! But Emma and her grandmother have the gift of blackmailing.

    What an unexpected treat! I can't remember the last time I laughed so much at others getting their just desserts! The Butler Did It is a madcap, fast- paced romance with a one-of-kind, riotous ending. There are so many situations and characters; the dialogue is witty, and humor clean. Grandma, aka Fanny, is a hoot! And here's the best part, it isn't over! Readers can expect to read Perry's story in Shall We Dance ? (April 2005) .