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. However, she is 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, she is pulled back into the world of detection. Rumors swirl about Milo and a French film star. Once again, Amory and Milo must work together to solve a mystery set in the heart of 1930s society London.
©2015 Ashley Weaver (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC
It's similar to Rhys Bowen in style and setting. While these book series are unrelated, I felt like I was reading a spin off, told by Belinda after she had gotten married. I think Georgie's sleuthing ways rubbed off on her and this is how Belinda turns out. It's enjoyable and I looked for the third book as soon as I finished but I guess I need to wait a bit.
I did enjoy Ashley Weaver's first book but Death Wears a Mask is just a repeat of the first. Also I did get very tired of the discussion of Milo's philandering and will Amory stay or go.
She starts out a bit shrill and with a little lisp but as she reads the shrill settles down and the lisp fades. Milo and Amory Ames are very much like Nick and Nora Charles and their mysteries are similar, nice and cosy!
Initially I was disappointed in the narration - I enjoyed the first book, but the new narrator had a higher voice that grated on me a bit. She made Amory sound sillier/less self-assured somehow. In general the story was fine, but I didn't love it. I agree with some reviews I saw saying it was a bit tedious to go through all the stuff with Milo's infidelity again.
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