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Murder at the Brightwell
Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery | Ashley Weaver
26 posts | 29 read | 17 to read
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 fianc, 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.
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JazzFeathers
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Mehso-so

In the end, it was disappointing.

The mystery was never very engaging. It was always quite a mess and that's exactly how it ended.

I really liked the difficult relationship between the two main characters. That's what kept me reading into the night. But in the end it risolvere a bit too easily, after the situation became very entangled.
I was happy for them, but it still felt a bit too convenient.

I still enjoyed it. Mostly.

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JazzFeathers
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#WeekendsReads
@rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book... and not very impressed so far ☹
2. I haven't read a lot in November. But as always, l've enjoyed Tolkien. So l'll say, Sauron Defeated
3. Depth by Lev Rosen. I've had it on my TBR shelf for a year.

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JazzFeathers
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I abandoned the last two novels l attempted to read. Let's see whether this new one will shatter the spell.

Murder mystery set in the 1930s. My hoped are high.

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Dolly
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t read books this fluffy. Is it a murder mystery with a side of romance? I can see its value for others but not my thing.

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JazzFeathers
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#24B4Monday
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

I've been debating whether to try this, especially considering the summer theme. But then l thought, why not?

TheReadingMermaid Remember that the theme is just a suggestion. You can take part in the read-a-thon but you do not have to take part in the theme 😉 4mo
JazzFeathers @TheReadingMermaid Oh, l hadn't realise that. But then, l have found a holiday-themed novel 😆 4mo
Andrew65 We‘re happy whatever books you read. 😊👍 4mo
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JoyBlue
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Panpan

Most people seem to find this a charming cozy mystery, and many compare it to Agatha Christie‘s style. I thought it far from charming—instead clunky, irritating, and pretty much ridiculous. Instead of being a smart amateur sleuth (as billed), Amory reminded me a bit of Lucy Ricardo in I Love Lucy—a major bumbler.

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CarolynM
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Pickpick

I liked this one very much. Amory Ames makes a smart and sophisticated amateur sleuth and Milo is just the sort of roguish hero I most enjoy. The period setting and the witty banter was very well done. I'll definitely be reading the next one in this series. This makes a total of 7 books for me in #cozyinthesun

Librarybelle I liked this one too! Thank you for participating! 5mo
ferskner Thanks for joining in!! 4mo
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IndoorDame
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Pickpick

Book 6 of #24B4Monday is likely to be my last #cozyinthesun this July. I've loved seeing everyone's posts and have added so many new titles to my tbr I'll have brand new slueths to last me all winter. I'm definitely planning to keep reading the Amory Amos series. The 30s is such a fun setting! And the writing here was really sharp.

jb72 Awesome time! 🎊🎉 5mo
Andrew65 Fantastic time! 👏👏👏🙌 5mo
Librarybelle This is a fun series! 5mo
ferskner You did great! 5mo
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CoffeeK8
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Pickpick

Armory Ames, a socialite in an unhappy marriage, gets invited to a beach resort by her former fiancée. She ends up getting embroiled in the murder investigation of another guest. A great start to Armory‘s mystery series.

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Pamwurtzler
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Pickpick

This was a fun read! I loved Amory and am interested to see where this series goes. #CozyInTheSun

Librarybelle I gave this one a 4 star and have book two ready to read during the #24in48 #readathon 5mo
ferskner I've been eyeing this series. I'm glad it's good! 5mo
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Librarybelle
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Pickpick

Absolutely delightful! A mystery with a few twists set in 1930s, this is a good start to the Amory Ames series. I‘m not 100% sure Weaver has the 1930s language down quite right, but it‘s definitely a different language pattern from today. I did get slightly annoyed with the love triangle, but happy am happy with the resolution at the end.

RaimeyGallant Nice review! 6mo
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Librarybelle
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My mystery book discussion group is discussing this one Thursday night. I‘m loving it so far! It‘s perfect fluff. And, #CozyInTheSun participants, this is a cozy. I may have to look for book two to read in July!

ferskner I have this on my list too! 6mo
MaureenMc I just started the third one in this series. So much fun! 😊 6mo
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SharonGoforth
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Pickpick

More like Georgette Heyer than Agatha Christie, this was a slightly fluffy, yet entertaining mystery. Perfect for the beach, or an ugly gray winter‘s day in the Midwest. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MaureenMc
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Pickpick

Loved this! First in a series following an aristocratic woman and her husband as they solve murders and deal (or not) with their complicated marriage. It‘s like if Agatha Christie wrote an episode of Downton Abbey.

Pamwurtzler Looks good! 10mo
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SharonGoforth
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I‘m in the mood for a mystery. Thought I would give this series a try!

JazzFeathers Golden Age style mystery? Good one? 10mo
SharonGoforth @jazzfeathers I‘ve just started it, but so far, so good! 10mo
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deirdrebeecher
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Bailedbailed

This started well, interesting character, intriguing hook, a feeling that the author had done her research into the period. But once the murder is discovered it all went a bit turgid. There was a lack of energy and direction to the investigation. I have tried to finish it several times now and it just can't keep my attention.

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beaconhillbooks
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Pickpick

I have been all about the historical mysteries as of late...found the humor in this 👌🏻

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shanaqui
Pickpick

I basically wanted something a bit like Mary Stewart, a bit like Kerry Greenwood, that sort of thing. This worked: it's not exactly astonishing in any way, but I enjoyed it. Amory isn't as distinctive as Phryne and I doubt she'll stick with me, but she wasn't bad to spend the time with. I am curious about Milo and what his issue is/was. Amory might not have noticed he didn't explain his absences, but I did!

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lucylovestoread
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kspenmoll
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#AprilTBR #ReadingResolutions
This stack includes current read, book club pick, #whodunitbymail #LMPBC, #BOTMBuddyRead. 6 prescribed. Any others my choice. Hubby having surgery tomorrow so plan to read while there. Not sure how much reading will get done when he is home recovering. ❤️📚💉🌡

FlowerFairy Wishing him a speedy recovery 2y
dariazeoli Good luck to him! 2y
merelybookish Hope everything goes smoothly. 2y
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batsy All the best to him and a speedy recovery. 2y
Nute It looks like you‘re all set for the hospital wait. Praying that everything will go well for your husband and he will recover quickly.💕 2y
Suet624 Yikes! I will be thinking of you both. 2y
kspenmoll @Nute @FlowerFairy @dariazeoli @merelybookish @batsy Thanks for your well wishes & prayers. It is kidney surgery; stones so big they have to go into kidney itself. Takes A radiologist & urologist. Happened 5 yrs ago- technique better now. He actually may only stay one night or even better, be discharged tomorrow. Have to be there at 5:30 a.m.so latest we can leave is 4:40. 😊😱😴 2y
kspenmoll @Suet624 Thanks; will keep you posted! Appreciate it! 💕💕 2y
readinginthedark That mug is so fun! Thinking of you and your husband! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope he is recovering well!! ❤️❤️ 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Wife Love that cover art ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen These covers are so similar in style to Beatriz Williams- really grabs your attention 😍 3y
Lizpixie Oh wow, is this another cozy crime series like Daisy Dalrymple? You guys are killing me here. #gottohaveallthebooks🤗 3y
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LeeRHarry @Lizpixie this author was on my radar for you too! 😊 3y
KarenUK Pretty covers😍 3y
Dragon Cool 😎 covers 😀 3y
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robinb
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this first in the series! It was nice to start over at the beginning since I inadvertently read the third one before I realized it was a series. 😜 Looking forward to reading more....#romantsy #osrbc

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Amie
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Pickpick

Good mystery. Not quite the caliber of Agatha Christie, but similar in setting and plot: 1932 English seaside resort. I also love the style of the cover art.

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Amie
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Reading is hard work! We both took a cat nap 😴😴

Tanzy13 🐱 3y
DebinHawaii Sweet! 🐱❤️ 3y
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Amie
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Starting this book with a cuddly cat 😻

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Soscha
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Mehso-so

It's the author's first novel so I can forgive some clunkiness, but the real problem is with core of the series: the relationship between the protagonist & her husband. He's supposed to be a charming cad but he's nowhere near as charming as the author expects you'll find him. Not terrible, just meh.