Monday, November 16, 2015

Review: Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver

Description (from cover):

'Amory Ames is looking forward to a tranquil period of reconnecting with reformed playboy husband Milo after an unexpected reconciliation following the murderous events at the Brightwell Hotel. Amory hopes a quiet stay at their London flat will help mend their dysfunctional relationship. 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.

Unable to say no to an old family friend, 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 word 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 1930's society London.

Death Wears a Mask is the second novel in Ashley Weaver's witty and stylish Amory and Milo Ames mystery series.'

My thoughts:

This book series keeps getting compared to the Nick and Nora Charles mysteries by Dashiell Hammett. I wouldn't know if this is an apt comparison having not read that series. But what I can tell you is that Amory Ames is a society lady in 1930's London society and has a keen sense for rooting out mysteries. With the help of her friends and her charming playboy husband, Amory has found herself in yet another murder mystery. I enjoyed the first book in this series, Murder at the Brightwell and have to say that this one was a good read too. 

I liked the characters and the mystery in this book, it just was a little hard for me to keep up with all of the characters. Sometimes they ran together and it was confusing to keep up with who was who and who was related to who and all that. It seems that I had this exact same problem with the first book in this series. I felt at times that there were too many characters to keep up with and it kind of took a little something away from this book for me. Nevertheless, the plot is a good one and the characters are strong and I can tend to overlook the abundance of characters.

I will say that I enjoyed the first book in this series better than this one. There is some mystery surrounding the relationship between Amory and her husband, Milo, and I think that I have a feeling that I know where it is going. Of course, I could always be wrong. I am curious to see if I am right in my guess and will continue with this series as more books are released. I am curious to see if other readers enjoy this series and whether the Nick and Nora Charles comparison is apt or not.

Overall Rating: 4 stars

Title:  Death Wears a Mask
Author:  Ashley Weaver
Series:  Amory Ames Mystery #2
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Publication Date:  October 13, 2015
Pages:  336
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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