cover image Murder at the Brightwell

Murder at the Brightwell

Ashley Weaver, read by Billie Fulford-Brown. Dreamscape Media, , unabridged, 10 CDs, 11.5 hrs., $59.99 ISBN 978-1-63379-400-9

Voice actress Fulford-Brown turns in a lackluster reading of Weaver’s Edgar Award–nominated debut mystery, set in 1932 England. The story revolves around Amory Ames, a wealthy young woman who becomes a plucky amateur sleuth when she learns that her former fiancé is a suspect in a murder investigation. Weaver’s tremendously strong plot, fresh style, and skillfully crafted writing fades in Fulford-Brown’s presentation of it, which is dirge-like and frequently belies the text. The excellent production value is lost on her fatigued read, with its frequently off-putting intonation, pronunciation, and cadence. [em]A Minotaur hardcover. (Nov.) [/em]