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 fiancÃ©, 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.
Also out now in the Amory Ames mysteries:Death Wears a MaskandA Most Novel Revenge
It's all very Downton Abbey?. Weaver lays the foundation for a solid series in her first novel as she channels the ambience and spirit of British society during the post-World War I years.- Associated Press "This debut novel by a librarian lays the foundation for a stylish series with Milo and Amory channeling Nick and Nora Charles." -Booklist "Fans of plucky female amateur sleuths will welcome Amory Ames, the heroine of Weaver's pleasing debut? the affable Amory could carry a series."- Publishers Weekly
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