Murder at the Brightwell

Murder at the Brightwell

A Mystery

eBook - 2014
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"Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who questions her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo. Looking for a change, she accepts a request for help from her former fiance;, Gil Trent, not knowing that she'll soon become embroiled in a murder investigation that will test not only her friendship with Gil, but will upset the status quo with her husband. Amory accompanies Gil to the luxurious Brightwell Hotel in an attempt to circumvent the marriage of his sister, Emmeline, to Rupert Howe, a disreputable ladies' man. Amory sees in the situation a grim reflection of her own floundering marriage. There is more than her happiness at stake, however, when Rupert is murdered and Gil is arrested for the crime. Amory is determined to prove his innocence and find the real killer, despite attempted dissuasion from the disapproving police inspector on the case. Matters are further complicated by Milo's unexpected arrival, and the two form an uneasy alliance as Amory enlists his reluctant aid in clearing Gil's name. As the stakes grow higher and the line between friend and foe becomes less clear, Amory must decide where her heart lies and catch the killer before she, too, becomes a victim. Murder at the Brightwell is a delicious novel in which murder invades polite society and romance springs in unexpected places. Ashley Weaver's debut is a wonderful testament to the enduring delight of the traditional mystery"--
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9781466846531
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library


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Nov 03, 2017

An easy and enjoyable read, much in the style of Christie. I particularly like the writing style of this author. She is not overly wordy or descriptive, and uses a good mix of dialogue to scenario setting.

Sep 26, 2017

First in the series and I can't wait for the next one. This is very reminiscent of The Thin Man with its snappy dialogue and settings. Just has a very 1930's feel to the plot and characters. It's always refreshing to have a smart heroine!

Jul 18, 2016

This is a good British mystery with an Agatha Christie feel about it. Everyone seems to have a motive for the killing and you are never sure who did it.

CMLReads_Robin Jun 21, 2016

If you are looking for a fun and gentle mystery this might be your cup of tea. Amory Ames tries to help out an ex but gets herself embroiled in murder while at a lovely seaside resort.

classic English “house” mystery with diverse players, most of whom fall under suspicion. Taking place in 1929, the story takes advantage of a “between wars” setting amongst the English elite at the English seaside. Amory, the main character, is somewhat estranged from her husband Milo, who has been gone to the Cote d'Azur for several weeks. She agrees to attend a seaside gathering with her former fiance Gil at the exclusive Brightwell Hotel. Gil wants her to help him dissuade his sister from marrying a rake, Rupert. In addition Gil has designs upon Amory. Once everyone arrives, including Milo who shows up unexpectedly, things get interesting.

LoganLib_Adults Apr 18, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the writing style. Very typical upper class British mystery.

Mar 30, 2016

For a first novel this was great. I kept picturing Nick & Nora Charles in the old black and white movies. Have already ordered the second novel!

Feb 13, 2016

Fabulous, interesting, well written, by far the best book I have read in a long time. If you are a Phryne Fisher fan, you will enjoy Amory Ames. I have read both books by Ashley Weaver and I am looking forward to more. If you like this book, I suggest the Anglela Marchmont series by Clara Benson.

Dec 27, 2015

Very entertaining mystery in a Downtown Abbey setting only this story takes place in the early thirties.Story is about Amory and her cad of a husband. We know nothing of her previous life, except that she has a former fiance. A great read.

Nov 16, 2015

This is a totally charming mystery set in 1930s England -- fans of Rhys Bowen, Deanna Raybourn, and other historical mystery authors are bound to enjoy this. While the book itself is nothing groundbreaking, sticking closely to genre conventions, and I guessed the murderer with a fair amount of certainty about 2/3 of the way through, Amory makes an engaging protagonist and the subplot between her and her charming reprobate of a husband made for a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish.

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