A Murder in Ashwood

Scandals and Secrets in the Gilded Age - An Avenging Angel Detective Agency Mystery

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
448 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2023
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Robert Brighton is an authority on the Gilded Age, and a great believer that the Victorian era was anything but stuffy. In his Avenging Angel Detective Agency Mysteries, Brighton exposes the turbulence of the era - its passions, dreams, and disasters - against a backdrop of careful research on the places, sights, sounds, and smells of the time.

When he is not walking the streets in the footsteps of the Avenging Angels, sniffing out unsolved mysteries, Brighton is a wanderer. He has traveled in more than 50 countries around the world, personally throwing himself into every situation his characters will face - from underground ruins to opium dens - and (so far) living to tell about it.

A graduate of the Sorbonne, Paris, Brighton is an avid student of early 20th Century history and literature, an ardent and relentless investigator, and an admirer of Emily Dickinson and Jim Morrison. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their two cats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

In A Murder in Ashwood by Robert Brighton, the illustrious community of Ashwood was thrown into chaos when Alicia Miller cheated on her husband, Edward, with her attorney, Arthur Pendle. The duo exchanged love letters that revealed dirty secrets about Arthur’s boss, the District Attorney. When Edward filed for divorce from Alicia, he planned to admit the love letters as evidence, but suddenly, someone killed him in his own home. Who killed Edward Miller? Alicia, Arthur, the District attorney, or even Sarah for unrequited love? Now, the two women in Edward’s life are on the path of justice and revenge. Will they ever find the killer, or is it just a smokescreen? Find out by reading this novel.

A Murder in Ashwood by Robert Brighton is a captivating novel set in the early 1900s. It is a story of betrayals, deception, power quests, conscience, crimes, and love. I loved the world building, from the homes to transportation, currency value, attire, and the modern language. The characters were also dynamic and consistent, which gave the story depth and made it thought-provoking. Was Sarah any better than Alicia because their situations were the same? Was Edward a saint? I felt Alicia was a bright realist who went for what she wanted without apology. However, Sarah acted the naive good girl while nursing ambitions toward another woman’s husband. I liked both women differently. I also loved Annie because she was resourceful. A Murder in Ashwood is a beautiful and engaging story written by a talented writer. Please, write more, Robert.