Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

After 5 years Amory Ames wonders if she made the right choice in husbands. Milo is a charming playboy, content to spend his time in pursuits other than being with Amory. When Gil Trent, the man she threw over for Milo, asks for her help in dissuading his sister from marriage to charmer Rupert Howe, she gladly accepts. What starts as a quiet week at the seaside soon turns complicated when Rupert is murdered, Gil is accused, and…oh by the way…Milo unexpectedly appears. Amory works, at times grudgingly with Milo, to solve the mystery, resulting in a potential resolution to their tentative relationship.

I really enjoyed these characters. Amory is intelligent, warm and kind. She finds herself unsure of decisions she has made and is trying to come to grips with her situation. Milo appears to be a shallow charmer…but I believe there is more to him than what we see in this book. The exchanges between these two are intelligent and witty, and reminded me of other smart and sophisticated pairing like Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, and of course Nick and Nora Charles. I truly enjoyed the realness of their relationship.

I loved the setting and dialog in this story. A weekend at a seaside resort with a group of friends and acquaintances (how very 1930’s!). The dialog was perfect for the time as were the attitudes of all of the characters. The mystery was well-plotted and realistic, and I found myself unsure of the outcome…almost until the end. 

This is such a delightful and entertaining read! Once I started reading I needed to keep reading, and I had to make myself put it down. I’m really can’t wait to read the next in this series and see more adventures with Amory and Milo!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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