My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Summary: Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo take on a murder at a masked ball in this Christie-esque traditional mystery set in 1930s England
Ashley Weaver established herself as a bright new voice in the tradition of Deanna Raybourn and Tasha Alexander with the first in her witty and stylish Amory and Milo Ames mystery series, Murder at the Brightwell.
Following the murderous events at the Brightwell Hotel, Amory Ames is looking forward to a tranquil period of reconnecting with reformed playboy husband Milo. Amory hopes a quiet stay at their London flat will help mend their dysfunctional relationship after their unexpected reconciliation. However, she soon finds herself drawn into another investigation when Serena Barrington asks her to look into the disappearance of valuable jewelry snatched at a dinner party.
Amory agrees to help lay a trap to catch the culprit at a lavish masked ball hosted by the notorious Viscount Dunmore. But when one of the illustrious party guests is murdered, Amory is pulled back into the world of detection, enlisted by old ally Detective Inspector Jones. As she works through the suspect list, she struggles to fend off the advances of the very persistent viscount even as rumors swirl about Milo and a French film star.
Once again, Amory and Milo must work together to solve a mystery where nothing is as it seems, set in the heart of 1930s society London.
A worthy addition to the series and I'll definitely be continuing with the series. Amory is still a delightful heroine and I do enjoy she & Milo working together to solve these mysteries. I do wish their personal problems could abate a bit. They mystery in this book was a bit predictable but the return to the state of Amory and Milo's marital woes wore on me. Hopefully in the next it'll be resolved one way or another because Amory's dithering is already as tiresome suspected cad behavior. I'm still hoping he's working for the Foreign Office as a spy. Overall, this was a light, quick read and worth the time.