THE STORY: The scene is the set where Anthony J. Lefcourt, writer and director, is rehearsing his new play, a classic whodunit (in which all the characters are named Butler) with which he hopes to regain the success that has eluded him in recent
Roy Fontaine, also known as Archie Hall, was a butler to Britain's aristocracy, and a rumoured lover of Prince Charles' great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten. He was also a serial killer whose modus operandi was to gain the confidence of his wealthy employers before taking their jewels and then their lives. The Butler Did It is the dark and strange story of an unusual friendship between screenwriter Paul Pender and Roy Fontaine, who considered Pender an ally and asked him to write his life story. In a chilling twist, Fontaine then threatened to kill Paul. In The Butler Did It, Paul Pender reveals the secrets of Roy Fontaine's double life and describes his often terrifying, yet blackly humorous, encounters with a convicted serial killer.
In 1906 two carriages arrive at Oddsen End, the estate of Lord and Lady Pilkington, each bearing an orphaned infant girl. In the first, Houndstooth, the butler, arrives with Pandora, daughter of the Pilkington’s oldest son. Her parents died in Africa. In the second is Lady Pilkington with Minnie, from a convent in Bavaria, to be a companion for Pandora. The tiny infants bear strong resemblance and skullduggery abounds! Members of the household switch them in their cradles for various reasons until no one knows who’s who. The girls grow up, Pandora the heiress apparent, and Minnie apparently the maid. Lady Pilkington lost her estate through a forced marriage. If Lord Pilkington dies first, the estate is hers and she names her heir. If she dies first, he does. Their second son, Henry, is their “spare,” but he holds no hope of inheriting. Then, during a wedding party, Lord Pilkington takes a catastrophic fall down the main staircase and later, Lady Pilkington is found dead on the floor of the wine cellar. Were they pushed? Who died first? Enter Detective Inspector Gotchas of the Flitwick Police. He and Houndstooth will sort things out and set things straight. Or will they?
The Butler Did It! is a collection of twenty short plays with music written for the One-on-One Program, conceived as a means to create an opportunity for a child to star in his or her own play. Some of the authors included in this volume are Craig
Like every noble in the London peerage, Morgan Drummond, Marquis of Westham, expects his butler to be awaiting his return home—even when that return follows a five-year absence. But he didn't expect the horde of strangers who've taken up residence in his house, courtesy of that enterprising butler and a discreet classified ad. Morgan's plan to toss his unwelcome tenants into the street is thwarted by a beautiful but indomitable debutante, Miss Emma Clifford—who's not averse to a bit of blackmail for a good cause. Now Morgan finds himself squiring the lovely Emma to the ton's most fashionable events—and what's more surprising, he's beginning to enjoy it. Surely he's not falling for such an infuriating woman, even if she does have a way of making him forget his own name? That butler has a lot to answer for—but then again, it's so hard to find good help….