Murder at the Brightwell – Ashley Weaver

19561924

5/5 Seaside Holidays

On The Back:

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.

My Thoughts:

Amory is a rich socialite whose husband is famous for cheating on her, so when an old flame comes back asking for a favor she decides to give her husband some of his own medicine. But little did she know that a body would turn up on this seaside holiday, and then her husband shows up, simply complicating things. I had heard nothing but good things about this book, so the last time I was putting in a request to my library I requested this one. It came on Friday and I must say, I absolutely loved this book. It was all good.

I absolutely loved Amory, she was a strong character dealing with a lot in her life, but yet she was raised to be strong and not show many emotions, so much of what she feels ends up inside of her. She proved to be a resilient, at times funny, and extremely smart character with tons of common sense. Even though her husband, Milo, was famous for cheating on her I found that I also really liked him. He was slick, sure, but at the same time you could see where he tried to impress Amory. I really hope we see more of them as a couple in the next book coming in October.

The mystery was also very good. I had a slight guess of who the killer turned out to be, and I was right, but it was nothing more than a lucky guess on my part, because the mystery was wonderfully plotted.

Overall a superb, above-average book. I really can’t wait for the next book in October. With great characters, laugh out loud moments, and a superb mystery Murder at the Brightwell gets 5/5 stars.

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