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A Dangerous Engagement is the stylish, charming sixth novel in the Edgar-nominated Amory Ames mystery series by Ashley Weaver, set in 1930s New York.
As they travel by ship to New York for her childhood friend Tabitha's wedding, Amory Ames gazes out at the city's iconic skyline, excited by the prospect of being a bridesmaid. Her husband Milo, however, is convinced their trip will be deadly dull, since Prohibition is in full swing. But when a member of the wedding party is found murdered on the front steps of the bride's home, the happy plans take a darker twist.
Amory discovers that the dead groomsman has links to the notorious—and notoriously handsome—gangster Leon De Lora, and soon she and Milo find themselves drawn into another mystery. While the police seem to think that New York's criminal underworld is at play, Amory feels they can't ignore the wedding party either. Tabitha's fiancé Tom Smith appears to be a good man, but he has secrets of his own, and the others in the group seem strangely unaffected by the death of their friend . . .
In an unfamiliar city, not knowing who they can trust, Milo and Amory are drawn into the glamorous, dangerous world of nightclubs and bootleggers. But as they draw closer to unraveling the web of lies and half-truths the murdered man has left in his wake, the killer is weaving a web of his own.

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A Dangerous Engagement is the stylish, charming sixth novel in the Edgar-nominated Amory Ames mystery series by Ashley Weaver, set in 1930s New York.
As they travel by ship to New York for her childhood friend Tabitha's wedding, Amory Ames gazes out at the city's iconic skyline, excited by the prospect of being a bridesmaid. Her husband Milo, however, is convinced their trip will be deadly dull, since Prohibition is in full swing. But when a member of the wedding party is found murdered on the front steps of the bride's home, the happy plans take a darker twist.
Amory discovers that the dead groomsman has links to the notorious—and notoriously handsome—gangster Leon De Lora, and soon she and Milo find themselves drawn into another mystery. While the police seem to think that New York's criminal underworld is at play, Amory feels they can't ignore the wedding party either. Tabitha's fiancé Tom Smith appears to be a good man, but he has secrets of his own, and the others in the group seem strangely unaffected by the death of their friend . . .
In an unfamiliar city, not knowing who they can trust, Milo and Amory are drawn into the glamorous, dangerous world of nightclubs and bootleggers. But as they draw closer to unraveling the web of lies and half-truths the murdered man has left in his wake, the killer is weaving a web of his own.

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        "Enjoyable . . . Weaver pairs a lively plot with colorful glimpses of Manhattan just before Prohibition's repeal. Both longtime fans and new readers will be pleased."

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      • source: Frances Brody
      • content: "In this highly enjoyable and engrossing mystery Ashley Weaver--with her sure touch for evoking elegance and glamour--wafts her appealing and determined heroine Amory into the world of perfumers, family secrets, and the heady whiff of murder. I loved the evocation of scents, skillful shifts of suspicion and the satisfying conclusion."
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      • content: "Sparkling . . . the power skirmishes between these equally clever spouses shine throughout."
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      • content: "The Ameses make a beautiful pair, stylish and clever, and Weaver infuses her story with all of the Golden Age splendor a reader could want."
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        July 1, 2019
        An English couple resolves to enjoy their holiday in New York despite Prohibition and murder. Although Milo Ames thinks their trip may be dull for both him and his wife, Amory, he's soon proven wrong. Amory is to be a bridesmaid in her friend Tabitha Alden's wedding, and although Tabitha's father, Benjamin, has been rumored to be in financial difficulties, both his posh car and his grand house indicate otherwise. Once settled in, they meet Tabitha's fiance, Thomas Smith; the other bridesmaid, Jemma Petrie; and advertising man Rudolph Elliot, a friend of Tom's. Late for dinner is groomsman Grant Palmer, tall, dark, and handsome but with something not quite right about him. While Amory goes about her business as a bridesmaid, Milo discovers that the law against alcohol is widely ignored and samples speak-easies and gambling dens with Tom. Tabitha worries about her father's strange behavior, and Amory's shocked when Milo says he's investing in Mr. Alden's shipping business. When Palmer is shot dead on the steps of the Alden home, Amory, no slouch when it comes to solving murders (An Act of Villainy, 2018, etc.), immediately realizes that detectives Andrews and Bailey will give her nothing like the leeway that Scotland Yard's offered her. Although Milo tries to talk her out of nosing around, she feels she must help Tabitha, who's sick with worry over her father and horrified by the murder. So she goes to visit Leon De Lora, a well-known gangster who owns night clubs and may have a hand in far less reputable businesses. Affecting an American accent, she pretends to be a reporter hoping for a story and finds De Lora magnetic, charming, and intimidating. Milo, who's not best pleased when he finds out, is conducting his own investigation to protect his interests. They dig up enough dirt to put them both in danger as their always dicey marital relationship keeps them pondering the future. Though Weaver supplies plenty of suspects, this isn't one of her best, as it lacks the usual sexual tension.

        COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Weaver’s enjoyable sixth Amory Ames mystery (after 2018’s An Act of Villainy) opens in October 1933 as British socialite Amory and her husband, Milo, arrive in New York City for the wedding of her old friend Tabitha Alden. The always inquisitive Amory wonders how Tabitha’s father, who owns a shipping company, bounced back so quickly from his reversals during the stock market crash and why the prospective groom, Tom Smith, is so cagey about his past. Then Tom’s groomsman Grant Palmer is shot dead in front of the Alden mansion. A womanizer with a shady reputation, Palmer was rumored to be working with bootlegger Leon De Lora, raising the possibility that the death is a gangland hit. While Milo pursues an investigation of his own, Amory poses as a reporter to probe De Lora for clues—but he, like everyone involved in the case, is not who he seems. Weaver pairs a lively plot with colorful glimpses of Manhattan just before Prohibition’s repeal. Both longtime fans and new readers will be pleased. Agent: Ann Collette, Rees Literary.

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        April 1, 2019

        Amory Ames has sailed the seas to Prohibition-era New York for childhood friend Tabitha's wedding, where husband Milo is at loose ends (no liquor?) until a member of the wedding party is found murdered on the bride's doorstep. From the Edgar-nominated librarian.

        Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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As they travel by ship to New York for her childhood friend Tabitha's wedding, Amory Ames gazes out at the city's iconic skyline, excited by the prospect of being a bridesmaid. Her husband Milo, however, is convinced their trip will be deadly dull, since Prohibition is in full swing. But when a member of the wedding party is found murdered on the front steps of the bride's home, the happy plans take a darker twist.
Amory discovers that the dead groomsman has links to the notorious—and notoriously handsome—gangster Leon De Lora, and soon she and Milo find themselves drawn into another mystery. While the police seem to think that New York's criminal underworld is at play, Amory feels they can't ignore the wedding party either. Tabitha's fiancé Tom Smith appears to be a good man, but he has secrets of...

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