Murder at the Brightwell [NOOK Book]

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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, ...

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Overview

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.


Ashley Weaver's Murder at the Brightwell is a delicious mystery in which murder invades polite society and romance springs in unexpected places.

2015 Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2014
This first novel by librarian Weaver is, in a word, charming. Set in 1930s England, at a popular upper-crust seaside resort, the story's heroine and reluctant sleuth, Amory Ames, is at best ambivalent about her marriage to flighty playboy Milo. That is part of the reason she agrees so readily to spend a week at the resort with her former fiancé, Gil Trent. Gil's reason for asking Amory is to enlist her help in untangling his sister from an unsuitable engagement—to Rupert, a man who appears to be very much like Amory's wayward husband! To the surprise of both Amory and Gil, Milo decides to show up at the resort as well, adding to Amory's problems…for Rupert is dead, and Gil is the main suspect. A second murder adds to the mystery, and Amory finds herself battling for time to solve the murder and decide whether she wants to continue in her marriage. VERDICT A pleasant debut novel, nicely evoking the 1930s with strong atmosphere and the beginnings of some intriguing characters. Readers who enjoy this period will not want to miss what is likely the first in a new series.—Pam O'Sullivan, Coll. at Brockport Lib., SUNY
Richmond Times-Dispatch

With a profound nod to the Golden Age of the British whodunit, Weaver creates a classic mystery, complete with a fashionable setting, a cast of upper-crust Brits and witty prose.
New York Times bestselling author of To Dwell in D Deborah Crombie

Murder at the Brightwell is an elegant Christie-esque 1930s romp that will delight fans of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgie series with its wit, charm, and strong independent heroine. With its dash of romance, Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo might just be the new Nick and Nora Charles.
New York Times-bestselling author of the Barry Awa Susan Elia MacNeal

If you love Downton Abbey, you'll adore Ashley Weaver's charming debut novel, set amidst the upper-crust of British society at a posh seaside resort in the 1930s. There are handsome cads, gorgeous gowns, and red herrings galore as our winsome heroine Amory Ames puts all the clues together to find the murderer--as well as love.
New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Mur Rhys Bowen

A charming mystery including all my favorite elements--a grand seaside hotel in 1930s England with a background love story.
national bestselling author of the Madame of Espio Carol K. Carr

Ashley Weaver's debut novel delivers the goods--an appealing heroine, an abundance of suspects and enough red herrings to satisfy the most demanding of readers--all rendered with an expert hand.
Agatha Award-winning author of the St. Just and Ma G.M. Malliet

A witty and charming debut mystery with a believably spunky sleuth and a compelling story of love that never runs smoothly. I was caught up by the author's subtle humor and gift for dialogue. I hope we see more of Amory Ames in the future.
author of An Heiress at Heart Jennifer Delamere

An engaging mystery that kept me guessing right up to the end. I especially enjoyed the playful and at times snarky banter between Amory and Milo, which had me rooting for them not only to solve the murder, but to realize how perfect they are for each other. I hope they will continue on in the vein of Nick and Nora Charles, for I would happily follow them on the trail of future mysteries!
Fisher Island Magazine Odine H. Cogdill

"A posh hotel that specializes in good wines, fine foods, and servants that cater to every whim in this charming period piece will appeal to Downton Abbey fans."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466846531
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 21,960
  • File size: 675 KB

Meet the Author

ASHLEY WEAVER is the branch manager at Oberlin, the headquarters branch of the Allen Parish Libraries in Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was 14; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She lives in Oakdale, Louisiana.


ASHLEY WEAVER is the Technical Services Coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was 14; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She is the author of Murder at the Brightwell. Weaver lives in Oakdale, Louisiana.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2015

    Well-written main character intends to spend a seaside holiday d

    Well-written main character intends to spend a seaside holiday deciding between her failing marriage and her former fiance, but finds herself entangled in a complicated murder investigation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings  A fantastic ga

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

     A fantastic game of clue as the reader follows wealthy Amory Ames as she puts herself into a love triangle on holiday where a murder occurs and she must help find out who the killer is - it was so good!  With quite the cast of characters, I would suggest taking a few notes so as the book goes along you can refer back to them.  I had a time with the couples and remembering their quirks!  

    I absolutely loved this book.  The twists and turns were perfectly timed and I loved the final outcome - the killer part at least.  I am not sure I loved the outcome of the love triangle, but it didn't make me like the book any less.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2015

    A fun read that reminded me of Agatha Christie

    The characters, humor and wit make this an enchanting story! I can't wait until the next one is release,

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  • Posted April 4, 2015

    A nice Agatha Christie-esque mystery. The story reminded me str

    A nice Agatha Christie-esque mystery. The story reminded me strongly of Evil Under the Sun, with murder on holiday. All told, Weaver paints a lovely picture of 30's England. I did find the narrator focusing a little too much on her relationship rather than the mystery at hand, and although it may have been intended, I liked Milo and found him far more interesting than Amory. But perhaps that's just me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2015

    Well written and atmoheric

    With a likeable heroine , a surprising ending, a nifty thirties atmosphere and witty dialogue; this debut novel is sure to please.

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  • Posted January 24, 2015

    This was a good read. The seaside hotel descripted was inviting

    This was a good read. The seaside hotel descripted was inviting and the story line kept a nice pace. I don't like ot go into any detail of the plot, read the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Too too much in blurb and reviews totally puts a reader off

    Seems uninteresting get back to the one paragraph "movie" type hype

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2014

    MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL focuses on well-to-do Amory Ames who, a

    MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL focuses on well-to-do Amory Ames who, after five years seems to find herself in a less-than-satisfactory marriage with ne’er-do-well Milo. She agrees to accompany her former fiancé, Gil Trent, to a seaside resort in an effort to dissuade Gil’s sister Emmeline from marrying the disreputable Rupert Howe. As might be expected, shortly after their arrival at the resort Rupert meets an untimely end and, in short order, Gil is suspected of having done the deed. This, of course, prompts Amory to do a little sleuthing of her own. When Milo unexpectedly appears at the Brightwell, he and Amory form an uneasy alliance to clear Gil’s name. A second murder complicates matters, leaving Amory to ferret out the real murderer, keep herself from becoming the next victim, and, at the same time, decide if she and Milo will be able to repair their faltering marriage or if her heart truly belongs to another.

    The disparate cast of likely [and unlikely] suspects is an intriguing mix --- think Clue set in a luxurious hotel circa 1932. Add the genre’s requisite secrets, a hint or two of romance, and a perfect atmospheric setting; the result is a delightful cozy read.

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    Posted December 31, 2014

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