Murder at the Brightwell Murder at the Brightwell
Book 1 - An Amory Ames Mystery

Murder at the Brightwell

A Mystery

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Publisher Description

Shortlisted for the Edgar Awards

Ashley Weaver’s debut mystery, Murder at the Brightwell, is a delicious, stylish novel in which murder invades British polite society and romance springs in unexpected places, and a wonderful testament to the enduring delight of the traditional mystery.

“An elegant Christie-esque 1930s romp.” —Deborah Crombie

“If you love Downton Abbey, you'll adore Ashley Weaver’s charming debut.”—Susan Elia MacNeal

“It’s more terrible than you think, Mrs. Ames. It appears that Mr. Howe was murdered.”

Amory Ames, a wealthy young woman questioning her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo, is looking for a change. She accepts a request for help from her former fiancé, Gil Trent, not knowing that she’ll soon become embroiled in a murder investigation that will not only test her friendship with Gil, but also 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. There is more than her happiness at stake, however, when Rupert is murdered and Gil is arrested for the crime. Matters are further complicated by Milo’s unexpected arrival, and as 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.

*BONUS CONTENT: This edition of Murder at the Brightwell includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide

Also out now in the Amory Ames mysteries: Death Wears a Mask, A Most Novel Revenge, The Essence of Malice, An Act of Villainy, and A Dangerous Engagement

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 14
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

New Mexico girl ,

Great first mystery

Excellent first book by this talented new author. It's a "light" part mystery and part romance with a lot of period background in the mix. I found it engaging and enjoyable to read, well-constructed plot. Will definitely read next in series.

Val Sal ,

The ending seemed sloppy

Although it did surprise me a bit, it was as if everything got tied up in a neat bow at the end. Amory and Milo’s relationship is toxic and it was hard to connect with the characters.

MA2674 ,

Seaside holiday turns murderous

Amory Ames is at a crossroads. Five years ago she was swept off her feet and married the ever charming Milo. Yet their marriage has become distant and frequently featured in the gossip columns. When the man she passed over Gil comes asking for a favor Amory decides to take a trip to the seaside. The holiday turns into a nightmare when not one but two murders occur. Amory and the rather unexpected Milo set out to investigate much to the chagrin of Detective Inspector Jones. Danger seems to lurk around every corner and secrets are everywhere. Amory has quite the task if she’s going to unmask the murderer at the seaside.
A delightful period mystery. The world of the past comes alive through the enjoyable and rag tag group of characters. Amory is a wonderful combination of upper class Brit and modern woman. I absolutely adored this story!

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