The Butler Did It

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
256 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2016
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Author Biography

Yes, I was born.

Taurus is the sign, Brooklyn, NY is the birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados is the roots, and Decatur, Ga is the residence.

I first graduated from H. I. S. Knocks high school. That’s Hard Knocks, In-between Knocks, and Soft Knocks for the uninitiated.

My education continued with my acquisition of a B.S. in ‘B.S.’. This was followed by my Masters in H. D. L. A.

‘Honey Do List Avoidance’ is a new, but burgeoning field of study, with endless possibilities.

Completion of my studies culminated with a P.H.D. in Nothology. For my laymen, that’s the study and mastery of nothing and doing nothing. As a noted Nothologist, I have the time to do what I truly enjoy!

Diving into an ocean of words is my favorite pastime. Mysteries, humorous novels, urban, military, action and adventure, and sci-fi are some of my preferred reading choices.

Some have witnessed me reading non-fiction, but they’re no longer around to spread such lies! The same goes for the rumors of my reading comics and Mad.

Another passion is classic movies. Nothing like seeing Poitier, Powell, or Bogart, showing how it should be done.

My sports accolades are too numerous to list. Many remember my 33 straight loses in ‘strip poker’, which is still a Georgia record. Or my triumph as Putt-Putt Champein of 87’. And my loaded dice game can't be touched!

Everything mentioned above is my story and I’m sticking to it!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Butler Did It is a humorous murder mystery novel written by Andre Boyce. His name is Dick Privates, but mind you remember that the final 's' is silent, and his embarkation upon his career as a private eye could be considered divinely inspired in much the way that a storm or a particularly well-aimed bolt of lightning could be considered an act of God. Dick was sheltering in the breezeway of the mall where he had been doling out his last few coins for a bit of the hair of the dog, when it hit him. He had been going through some pretty rough times what with being fired from his latest job, losing Sandy, his beloved pet, and being evicted by his landlord who just happened to be his mother, not that that really made any difference to his now homeless state. Then, as he was sheltering in the breezeway from the sudden storm, a bolt of lightning struck the metal handrail he was holding. It would take some time before he was fit to leave the hospital. But that momentary pulsing of voltage through his body set the stage for his greatest burst of inspiration: he would become a private investigator and build his office in that very same breezeway.

Andre Boyce's humorous murder mystery, The Butler Did It, introduces a zany and original new private eye into the pantheon of literary detectives, and his debut novel will tantalize mystery fans with the possibility of a new mystery series to look forward to. Dick Privates was born to be a sleuth -- even if it did take him some time to get the succession of aborted and spectacularly boring career alternatives out of his system before turning his attention to what he was born to do. His partner in crime, Sonny Moon, breaking and entering expert by night and building foreman by day, is the perfect foil for this erstwhile detective who will find his man, no matter how long, how many misadventures or how many guesses, it takes.

Those readers who enjoy Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot will be as thrilled as I was to watch Privates assemble his suspects and proceed to make everyone in the room decidedly uncomfortable when faced with his direct and even pointed questions, even if the procedure doesn't go down quite as smoothly as Christie's detective's usually does. I can't wait to read all about Dick Privates' next client and will be watching for the sequel to The Butler Did It. This offbeat and very funny private investigator mystery novel is tightly plotted and chock-full of red herrings, and it’s most highly recommended.

Rosie Malezer

The Butler Did It is written by Andre Boyce. Sonny Moon and Dick Privates are questioned by Officer Shades after committing a break and enter. With only trivial items being found in the back of the car during a search, both men are permitted to leave the scene of the crime. Dick drives Sonny to a breezeway (a covered alleyway between two buildings) in the city and tells of how he’d lost his job, had been evicted, and had been struck by lightning, which had given him the idea to start his own detective agency and build his office in the breezeway. Sonny agrees to help him build the office on the provision that he is made a partner. When the front wall is built, giving the illusion of an office, Dick earns his first client whose life is in danger. One of the wealthiest men in the city, Phil Waters had been missing for three weeks (hiding out of fear), but is determined to attend his father’s funeral. He retains the services of Dick Privates to find out who wants him dead and why. The resulting investigation is quite shocking yet comical, with the added bonus of the reader discovering that dead bodies fart long after death.

The humor and wit factors alone in The Butler Did It really hit the spot. Andre Boyce has truly hit a home run with his writing talent; with Dick being serious and Sonny being flippant (and quite possibly stoned), the conversations between the two during a crisis are possibly the funniest I have ever read. From having to watch your back in prison to discovering the shocking truth about the old lady to whom you had delivered a pizza, each interruption from Sonny Moon is sure to leave you in stitches in this hard-hitting, hilarious tale of how being hit by lightning turns a criminal into a crack detective who dedicates his life to solving crime ... while breaking as many laws as he can to do so. I recommend this book to readers 15 years and over who enjoy their mystery and sleuthing doused with a major dose of rib-tickling, laugh-out-loud humor.