Today I have a review of A Dangerous Engagement by Ashley Weaver, available from Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press tomorrow/ September 3, 2019.
While A Dangerous Engagement is the 6th installment in the Amory Ames’ mysteries, it was my first in the series, and it stood alone well. As with all series I jump into and enjoy, I realize I’d love to know more about the main character and have the best of intentions to go back and read the earlier books.
This book is set in New York, and Amory travels by ship to the city to attend her friend, Tabitha’s, wedding. Along for the ride is Amory’s husband, Milo, who is none-too-thrilled about Prohibition and how dull parties will be as a result.
When a member of the wedding party is found murdered, the time spent in NYC is set to be anything but dull.
The dead groomsman has ties to a gangster, Leon De Lora, and Amory and Milo are drawn into the fray of investigating.
A Dangerous Engagement has the fun historical backdrop of glitzy nightclubs and bootlegging during Prohibition. I adored Amory and Milo and their banter, and the mystery kept me guessing. There’s also some clever humor sprinkled in that keeps it from being too serious.
Overall, A Dangerous Engagement is an engaging and suspenseful historical mystery, and I hope to read more of Amory and Milo’s escapades soon.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
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 fianc� 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.
Have you read A Dangerous Engagement, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR