Murder at the Brightwell

Written by Ashley Weaver

England, 1932. Five years ago, Amory Ames dumped her dependable fiancé to marry a charming playboy – and lived to regret it. So much so that, when Gil Trent, the dumped fiancé, turns up with a request for help, Amory doesn’t pause to think before following him to a seaside hotel, and represent to his younger sister the evils of hasty marriage. Then the peaceful (or is it?) atmosphere is shattered by murder, and Gil quickly falls under suspicion… But Amory is not one to sit by, and starts an investigation of her own – further complicated when her husband waltzes in, to unclear purpose. Can Amory trust him? Or anyone at all, for that matter? The blurbs describe this novel as “Christie-esque”, and the comparison is deserved. With its blend of mystery, social mores (although Amory seems a little casual about her reputation), and romance, this is a good, solid, well-written whodunit after Dame Agatha’s own fashion.