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Death Wears a Mask
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Death Wears a Mask
Amory Ames Mystery Series, Book 2
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Edgar Award-shortlisted author Ashley Weaver returns with Death Wears a Mask, the witty and stylish next installment in the delightful 1930s Amory Ames mystery series

"Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo might just be the new Nick and Nora Charles." —Deborah Crombie

It was amazing, really, what murder had done for my marriage . . .

Following the murderous events at the Brightwell Hotel, Amory Ames is looking forward to a tranquil period of reconnecting with her reformed playboy husband, Milo. She hopes a quiet stay at their London flat will help mend their relationship. However, Amory soon finds herself drawn into another investigation when an old friend of her mother's 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. But when one of the illustrious party guests is murdered, she is pulled back into the world of detection, caught up in both a mystery and a set of romantic entanglements where nothing is as it seems.

Also out now in the Amory Ames mysteries: Murder at the Brightwell and A Most Novel Revenge

Edgar Award-shortlisted author Ashley Weaver returns with Death Wears a Mask, the witty and stylish next installment in the delightful 1930s Amory Ames mystery series

"Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo might just be the new Nick and Nora Charles." —Deborah Crombie

It was amazing, really, what murder had done for my marriage . . .

Following the murderous events at the Brightwell Hotel, Amory Ames is looking forward to a tranquil period of reconnecting with her reformed playboy husband, Milo. She hopes a quiet stay at their London flat will help mend their relationship. However, Amory soon finds herself drawn into another investigation when an old friend of her mother's 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. But when one of the illustrious party guests is murdered, she is pulled back into the world of detection, caught up in both a mystery and a set of romantic entanglements where nothing is as it seems.

Also out now in the Amory Ames mysteries: Murder at the Brightwell and A Most Novel Revenge

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  • ASHLEY WEAVER is the Technical Services Coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, 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 is the author of Murder at the Brightwell, Death Wears a Mask, and A Most Novel Revenge. Weaver lives in Oakdale, Louisiana.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 27, 2015
    Set in London in 1932, Weaver’s delightful second mystery featuring British socialite Amory Ames (after 2014’s Murder at the Brightwell) finds Amory reluctantly agreeing to investigate a jewel theft for Serena Barrington, a friend of her mother’s. Possible thieves include dashing and disreputable Lord Dunmore, a charming but sinister tennis player, and a pair of impecunious sisters. When Mrs. Barrington’s hapless nephew is murdered at Dunmore’s masked ball and stolen jewels are discovered in his lordship’s pockets, Detective Inspector Jones asks for Amory’s help in gathering information from upper-crust suspects. Meanwhile, she fends off advances from Dunmore and copes with her devil-may-care husband Milo’s tabloid-fodder relationship with a French actress. Weaver peoples the novel with entertaining secondary characters, but a lack of backstory leaves questions about Amory’s relationship with Milo unanswered, and the resolution to their marital difficulties seems hasty and unconvincing. Still, readers will hope to see a lot more of the sophisticated, elegant Amory. Agent: Ann Collette, Rees Literary Agency.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 25, 2016
    Like Weaver’s Edgar-nominated debut mystery, Murder at the Brightwell (2014), this follow-up is narrated by Amory Ames, a British socialite who, with her husband, Milo, leads a charmed life in 1930s London. Here, Amory is asked by a family friend, Serena Barrington, to identify a jewel thief—a favor that eventually leads to murder as well as her and Milo’s near brushes with adultery. Reader Larkin’s use of a flippant, above-the-fray Mayfair accent for Amory flattens the characters. And Milo, though thoughtful and vaguely amused by his wife, sounds a bit too condescending, even for the 1930s. Despite being filtered through Amory’s off-putting air of constant frivolity, the novel’s murder plot and its solution make the book worth the listen. A Minotaur hardcover.

  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2015
    A second murder investigation is in the cards for a 1930s society couple. Now that the Ames' rocky relationship has been further strained by Armory's having suspected her husband, Milo, of murder (Murder at Brightwell, 2014), the couple has gone home to London, where things have improved for them. When they attend a dinner party at the home of the Barringtons, they meet a diverse group of people who suddenly intrude into their lives as suspects in several robberies. Mrs. Barrington confides in Armory that she believes one of her guests has been stealing her jewelry and comes up with a plan to trap the thief at a masked ball Lord Dunmore will be throwing the following night. The trap is baited with a paste sapphire bracelet, but disaster strikes when James Harker, Mr. Barrington's nephew, is found shot dead with some of the jewels in his pocket. Unfortunately, Milo, who begged off attending the ball with his wife in order to buy a horse, turns up with a French actress, and a picture of them kissing shows up in a scandal magazine. Armory is determined to solve the mystery even before the police, in the form of an inspector she met in the Brightwell case, ask for her help. Despite remaining deeply in love with Milo, who insists that the latest episode is all a misunderstanding, she also contemplates divorce. Clearly, this dangerous adventure will either bring them closer or put paid to their marriage. Fans with fond memories of Georgette Heyer's mysteries set in the same period will be delighted with the gallery of suspects and the edgy romance.

    COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2015
    When she's not working as technical services coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, LA, Weaver writes mysteries, debuting last year with "Murder at the Brightwell", a LibraryReads pick set in 1930s England. In this follow-up, Amory Ames hopes to catch a jewel thief at a decidedly extravagant masked ball, but then a guest is murdered, even as rumors cast suddenly agreeable husband Milo as a faithless spouse--again.

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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