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A Dangerous Engagement

A Dangerous Engagement

An Amory Ames Mystery

An Amory Ames Mystery (Volume 6)

Ashley Weaver

Minotaur Books

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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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CHELSEA PIERS, NEW YORK CITY

OCTOBER 1933

I CAME TO New York for a wedding; I never imagined I would bear witness to two deaths. Strange the turns life takes when one least expects it.

A cool breeze ruffled my...

Praise for A Dangerous Engagement

“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.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Amory Ames series:

“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.”—Frances Brody

“Sparkling . . . the power skirmishes between these equally clever spouses shine throughout.”—Publishers Weekly

“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.”—Booklist

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Ashley Weaver

ASHLEY WEAVER is the technical services coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was fourteen; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She is the author of five previous Amory Ames mysteries: Murder at the Brightwell, Death Wears a Mask, A Most Novel Revenge, The Essence of Malice, and An Act of Villainy.

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