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Murder at the Brightwell

By Ashley Weaver


Hello to all my friend and readers!! I know Halloween is over, but I enjoyed the last mystery so much that I decided to pick another one!! I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did!!

Published October 13, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. This is 325 pages long. There is a free preview on Goodreads if you want to feel out the book first. What you are not a member of Goodreads? Sign up it is free!! This is Ashley Weaver’s first novel.

Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who regrets her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo. 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 test not only her friendship with Gil, but will upset the status quo with her husband.

Amory accompanies Gil to the 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 (NetGalley).

I found this book a quick and interesting read. The wealthy 1930s couples on holiday and then boom a murder happens. These characters and this book reminded me of the Great Gatsby and the Fitzgerald’s. The wealthy behaving badly on holiday.This is another book that was unpredictable. The ending was not what I was expecting. It was easy to read and easy to follow. Not exactly packed with edge of your seat action, but it keeps you reading. Amory plays the role of private investigator with her husband Milo sneaking around and meddling to try to clear her friend Gil of murder accusations.  I think that we will be hearing more from Ashley Weaver that this will maybe be a series. I plan to keep a look out for her in the future. I think she is on the right track!! I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.






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