A Most Novel Revenge: An Amory Ames Mystery
Minotaur, 2016 (2016)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
Most Novel Revenge
is the third in Ashley Weaver's Amory Ames historical mystery series that began with
Murder at Brightwell
. Leads are young English aristocrats Amory Ames and her husband Milo in early 1930s England. Amory loves Milo deeply and has learned to tolerate his playboy ways, which at times caused a rocky relationship.
hough the Ames couple had intended to winter in Italy, Amory's cousin Laurel asks her to join a house party at the country home of Laurel's friend Reginald Lyons. Seven years before, a weekend of revelry at the same mansion resulted in tragedy and death - the same individuals show up this time (the Ames being additions), including notorious socialite/author Isobel Van Allen. She announces her plan to write a shocker of a sequel to her book about the original death (which she insisted was a murder).
hat follows reads rather like an Agatha Christie novel, with further deaths, a disapproving (of Amory's amateur investigation) detective, and various social shenanigans, including young Lucinda Lyons' infatuation with Milo. It's all great fun and the crimes are solved, after which Milo and Amory resume their planned trip to Italy, where I expect they will have their next adventure.
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