Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who questions her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband Milo. Looking for a change, she accepts a request for help from her former fiance, Gil Trent. Amory accompanies Gil to the luxurious 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. 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.
©2014 Ashley Weaver (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"This debut novel by a librarian lays the foundation for a stylish series with Milo and Amory channeling Nick and Nora Charles." (Booklist)
"Fans of plucky female amateur sleuths will welcome Amory Ames, the heroine of Weaver's pleasing debut set in 1932 England... the affable Amory could carry a series." (Publishers Weekly)
"A witty and charming debut mystery with a believably spunky sleuth and a compelling story of love that never runs smoothly." (G.M. Malliet, Agatha Award-winning author of the St. Just, and Max Tudor mysteries)
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I bought this book because it was an Edgar nominee for best novel or best first novel. Also looking for something like The Royal Spyness mysteries. Big Mistake. This lady keeps pausing or putting the periods behind each word, like she is reading from a paper where she hasn't practice her speech. Annoying. I can't take it. I returned.
honestly, i couldn't listen to more than 3 minutes of this person reading. i have no idea about the story. the narrator made me want to run away from my phone.
Yes, I would recommend the book to anyone who likes Agatha Christie type mysteries - but in book format, not audio. It's not the best or most gripping mystery, but if you like the genre it's a pleasant read.
The narrator over pronounced her lines, made strange pauses and inflections, and gave annoying voices to many of the characters. Enough to make me want to stop listening to the story.
Write a review. I don't do that often, but I bought the book despite another reviewer's comments about the narration and deciding to add my hearty agreement when it really was so stilted that it detracted from the story.
I am an avid reader of mysteries. I dwell in the golden years of English mysteries and the well written words by master story tellers.
The story was cute and kept moving. It is a lighthearted mystery/romance story.
Yes I would. Easy story to drive to. It doesn't take a lot of concentration. But the book was fun.
To be honest the narrator ruined the book for me. I almost stopped listening several times.The cadence of her speech was way off. It was painful to listen to, my mind would reconstruct each sentence after she spoke. Too hard to explain here but the good news is that the next book that follows has a different narrator. I will never buy another book read by her. Too bad really.
No, not that gripping. Just. Lighthearted story. Just what I need sometimes when I am multitasking.
So glad to see a new narrator was hired for the next book, this one does not do the story justice.
A story is in the details: NO details in this story. Every gown has a color, but not a picture. I knew how many of the sentences would end before I heard them. The characterization was based on the reading voice, but not on the depictions of the people.
Huge Frasier reading Agatha Christie. What a relief. This book seemed as if it were an imitation of Agatha Christie, but didn't quite make it.
The reader's voice is very irritating. Her British accent is extreme. Her imitations of the men's voices is terrible.
The German actor pretending to be British. He seemed extraneous to the story, even as a might-be murderer.
Well, it was something to listen to. Perhaps the author's next novels will be better.
Different narrator. This one spoke slowly and haltingly, as though reading for the mentally impaired. Her narration robbed the story of all humor and life. The story shows such promise, but I couldn't get past the second disc.
Yes, it's an ok 1930s English mystery, but I suspect better enjoyed as a book than listened to.
A different narrator. I'm not usually picky; this is the first time in having listened to many Audible books that I've reacted so viscerally and negatively.
The narrator's performance is so annoying that it interferes with enjoyment of the plot. Why in the world she drags out every sentence, puts strange emphasis on the odd adjective or verb, and can't produce a soft female voice that doesn't sound insipid, to name a few of my objections, I do not know. Is it the narrator's responsibility or that of the producer to ensure the delivery isn't weird? Probably both.
nice agatha christie type novel.
a little irritating trying to speak the male parts. over-exaggerated in a few other parts as well.
The author has woven a spectacular tale. The narrator makes the story come alive. Together they are an unbeatable team. I highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed listening, for the most part, to this first installment in the Amory and Milo Ames series by Ashley Weaver. Murder at the Brightwell is a Cozy British Mystery with a murder plot that is not so predictable and written from the view point of a likeable, easy to identify with heroine (Amory) and her future-uncertain relationship with lackadaisical husband (Milo).
Although I have no complaints about the story, the narration of it will require patience on the listener's part. Billie Fulford-Brown has a pleasant enough voice, however she is hesitant and stiff throughout the reading of the book.
Still, it's worth a listen as it sets the stage for the next two books in the series, both of which have much improved narration.
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