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Murder at the Brightwell

  • Murder at the Brightwell

    A serialized novel by Ashley Weaver exclusively for AARP members

    Illustration by Dongkyu Lim

    A serialized novel by Ashley Weaver exclusively for AARP members

Dear Reader,

I’m thrilled to be able to share Murder at the Brightwell, the first of my Amory Ames mysteries, with you! Amory, a wealthy young woman living in 1930s England, finds that her troubled marriage to Milo, a notoriously handsome playboy, has left her at loose ends. When her former fiancé Gil shows up and asks for help convincing his sister not to marry a disreputable young man, Amory agrees to accompany the group on a seaside holiday to the Brightwell Hotel. Things take an alarming turn, however, when the young man in question is murdered and Gil is suspected of the crime. Determined to clear Gil’s name, she sets about trying to sift through the likely suspects and catch the real killer. When Milo unexpectedly arrives to complicate matters, Amory must confront not only a mystery but also her feelings about where her heart truly lies.  

Murder at the Brightwell pays homage to my love of Golden Age mysteries, black-and-white films, and the ambiance of 1930s England. I hope you enjoy Amory’s first adventure!

Thank you,

Ashley Weaver

A Slow Burn Mystery

Serialization — releasing a book in sequential installments, often in magazines and newspapers — has been used to build suspense for hundreds of years. Every day until April 16, two new chapters of Ashley Weaver's Murder at the Brightwell will be released here. Serialization takes advantage of the book's natural chapter arcs — and helps build the mystery before unraveling it. 

Click on the table of contents below to access available chapters and the upcoming schedule, or scroll down the page for a profile piece about the author and brief introductions of the chapters already released, with beautiful illustrations by Dongkyu Lim. 

 

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Chapters 1 & 2

Chapters 3 & 4

Chapters 5 & 6

Chapters 7 & 8

Chapters 9 & 10

Chapters 11 & 12

Chapters 13 & 14

Chapters 15 & 16

Chapters 17 & 18 

Chapters 19 & 20 - available April 11

Chapters 21 & 22 - available April 12

Chapters 23 & 24 - available April 13

Chapters 25 & 26 - available April 14

Chapters 27 & 28 - available April 15

Chapter 29 - available April 16

 

 

    

Meet Ashley Weaver 

Get to know the writer behind 'Murder at the Brightwell,' and learn more about what influenced her delightful debut mystery and the creation of its dauntless heroine, Amory Ames

Chapters 1 & 2

It is an impossibly great trial to be married to a man one loves and hates in equal proportions. It was late June, and I was dining alone in the breakfast room when Milo blew in... Continue reading

 

 

Chapters 3 & 4

I had our driver drop me at the station early the next morning. I’d had a wire from Gil saying that he would take the morning train from London and meet me when I changed trains... Continue reading

 

Chapters 5 & 6

Morning dawned, bright and cheerful. I had not slept well and had been troubled by unpleasant dreams, the details of which I could not recall upon waking. As I readied myself for the day ... Continue reading

Chapters 7 & 8

My husband smiled at me, his white teeth glinting in the moonlight. “Weren’t expecting me, I see.” I never know when to expect you,” I answered lightly. Remembering my manners ... Continue reading

 

Chapters 9 & 10

Outside I was met by a blast of warm, salty air that I was sure would carry away any lingering traces of Gil’s aftershave. I stood there for a moment, drinking in the sight of the sea  ... Continue reading

Chapters 11 & 12

The following morning, the day of the inquest, was suitably gloomy. The rain splattered against my window as I rose and dressed. I had tea and toast in my room, for I was in no mood ... Continue reading

 

Chapters 13 & 14

I gasped, completely stunned by this latest and completely unforeseen development. “You can’t possibly mean it, Inspector.” He regarded me coolly. “I’m afraid I never jest ... Continue reading

Chapters 15 & 16

My first course of action after parting ways with Milo was to visit the police station to see Inspector Jones. I didn’t feel he had dealt fairly with Gil, or with me for that matter, and I intended ... Continue reading

Chapters 17 & 18

If I worried that Milo might have questioned my sudden show of affection, I needn’t have. He responded very readily indeed. In the space of a moment, he had embraced ... Continue reading

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