Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Death Wears a Mask (Amory Ames Mystery #2) by Ashley Weaver

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1191 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Oct. 13 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V36ODD0

Book Description

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.

About the Author

ASHLEY WEAVER is the Technical Services Coordinator for the Allen Parish Libraries in Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was 14; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She lives in Oakdale, Louisiana.

My Review

Death Wears a Mask is the second book in the Amory Ames Mystery series by author Ashley Weaver.  Last year I read the first book in the series, Murder at the Brightwell. It was excellent and I had been looking forward to Death Wears a Mask.

Set in 1930s Britain, Death Wears a Mask is an excellent period mystery. It reminds me of reading an Agatha Christie novel. Death Wears a Mask is entirely set in London. Amory Ames and her rascal of a husband, Milo, are members of the upper class. They are both independently wealthy and spend their days living very privileged lives. Author Weaver is able to present their lives authentically.

Due to Amory's success at Brightwell, she is sought out by Mrs. Barrington to help her catch a jewel thief who has been making off with her favorite pieces. Suspects abound. I was very caught up in this well-written mystery until the very end. I had an inkling about a few things but there were lots of surprises for me!

Great book! Highly recommend! 

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