Murder at the Brightwell
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1932, Devon. Amory Ames is glamorous, wealthy and unhappily married to notoriously charming playboy Milo. She willingly accepts her former fiancé Gil Trent’s plea for help in preventing his sister Emmeline from meeting a similar matrimonial fate. Amory accompanies Gil to The Brightwell, the sprawling seaside resort where Emmeline and her fiancé, the impeccably groomed, disreputable cad Rupert Howe are holidaying, along with the other rich and sumptuously-dressed guests.
Champagne flows but the sparkle soon fades as a dark and unresolved history between Gil and Rupert surfaces. After a late night quarrel the luxurious hotel is one guest fewer by morning. When Gil is arrested for murder Amory is determined to defend his innocence. But if she’s right, the killer is still in their midst – can she prove it before she, too, becomes a victim? And what of the unexpected arrival of Milo? Extravagance, scoundrels and red-herrings abound as Amory draws closer to discovering the murderer – as well as love.
What The Critics Said
“I didn't just enjoy it - I absolutely loved it! Amory Ames is a fabulous heroine, she's smart, not over confident, and unhappily married to the extremely wealthy Milo who she fell in love with five years ago … The writing is sublime and feels of the time, the extravagance, the glamour, the 1930's clothes (I want some beach pyjamas!) the dancing to the bands, the slower pace of life… it's all here in this charming and utterly entertaining mystery.”
'An exciting mystery is in the style familiar from the 1930s novels of the mistresses of the genre - Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy Sayers . . . a satisfying read with an appealing heroine'
'Murder At The Brightwell is a bold attempt to give new life to the country house mystery... Weaver is clearly a gifted writer. I am surely not alone in looking forward to her next offering'
'Unexpected twists and turns and a delightful cast of characters' say the Historical Novels Society... 'If you like your murder served up on a silver platter with a side of romance and an abundance of wit, this book is for you'.
Historical Novels Society
'Great escapism with enough of a puzzle to tingle the little grey cells'.