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Lose yourself in this charming murder mystery set at an English seaside hotel in the 1930s. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's work, this witty and elegant debut novel features a strong, independent female protagonist, an engaging mystery and a bit of tasteful romance as befits its upper crust cast of characters. This is the first in what seems will be a series, and I suspect that, like me, you will be anxiously anticipating the second installment as you turn the final pages of this one.— Gail King
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
"A witty and charming debut mystery with a believably spunky sleuth and a compelling story of love that never runs smoothly." --G.M. Malliet
"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 fiance, 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 Mask and A Most Novel Revenge