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A Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver
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A Most Novel Revenge

by Ashley Weaver

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Series: Amory Ames (3)

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Well, that was almost a Greek tragedy.

1930's England and Amory's cousin begs her by letter to join a house party at the Lyonsgate Estate; the first house party the estate has seen since a tragic weekend 7 years prior and with the exception of Amory and her husband, it's the same roster of guests. They've all been brought back together by one woman who is determined to rake up all the secrets of the past and what really happened on that 'lost' weekend.

The series started with Amory estranged from her playboy husband, but instead of taking the obvious route - divorce and future romantic entanglements - the author brings Amory and her husband Milo back together for reconciliation. Frankly I didn't think I'd like it and she sure didn't do much to sell Milo's legendary charm to the reader. But three books in and I've warmed to Milo and find I don't mind him sticking around at all.

The plotting was amazing, frankly. I never had a hint of where she was taking this story until the very end and when I read it, had to do a double take to make sure I'd read the right name. I don't often trot out comparisons, but really, this was a mystery worthy of the era it's set in; very Christie-esque.

I rated it slightly lower than I usually would for such an outstanding mystery because the pacing was a bit slow; I never got bored or distracted, but neither did I feel antagonistic about being interrupted. I might, upon further consideration, up it to 4.5, but for now it's a very, very solid 4 stars. ( )
  murderbydeath | Apr 5, 2018 |
Milo & Amory are back together (he is such a playboy, despite being Amory's husband), when she is asked by her cousin Laurel to come and stay with her @ Lyonsgate (?) an old country estate where a dreadful murder took place....

Years past, a group of dilettantes were having a houseparty at Lyonsgate when one of the guests was found dead lying dead in the snow the next morning.

All but one of the houseguests, Amory's cousin Laurel, had hidden secrets, when less than a year later one of the guests wrote a true-to-life fictionalized account of the disastrous weekend, instigating the suicide of the person most likely to have been the murderer....

The authoress, who had returned from Kenya with her secretary/lover, requested that all living guests be reunited as she was writing a sequel with the shocking revelation of what really happened, retracting her original accusation of whom the murderer was.

She is later found stabbed to death and Amory & Milo are put into the dangerous position of uncovering everyones' secrets and finding out what really happened on that night so long ago....

I find this series to be very satisfying, interesting, and fast reading ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Feb 12, 2017 |
The third outing for amateur sleuth Amory Ames and her debonair husband Milo, finds them at Lyonsgate, the country house of her cousin Laurel's friend Reggie Lyons. The party gathered there consists of the same people (minus the Ames') who seven years ago were in residence when a young man was found dead in the snow.
Months later a thinly disguised novel is published by Isobel Van Allen, one of the party, accusing one of the group of murder. Unable to bear the the accusation , the implicated man kills himself.
Now, seven years later Isobel has summoned the same group of people and stuns everyone by announcing she is writing another novel - this time telling the truth. That night she is murdered and Amory swings into investigative mode. Once again Weaver has written a good mystery with a fine eye for period detail. ( )
  PPLS | Jan 10, 2017 |
Amory and Milo Ames are invited to Lyonsgate, at the behest of Amory’s cousin Laural. Laural doesn’t have a good feeling about the whole affair and with Amory being her best friend and with her recent experience solving crimes, thinks she might be the perfect friend to have at her side.

7 years previously a death happened at that same manor. After the fact, what the police claimed was a an accident, a ‘tell-all’ book, thinly disguised as fiction, came out suggesting it was murder. It also pointed the finger at one of the young men attending that night. Most of the people involved had their reputations seriously damaged, and the young man accused of the murder committed suicide, compounding the tragedy.

Now the person behind the book, has finagled Reginald Lyons into inviting everyone who was there that fateful night back for a ‘reunion’. And against their better judgement, they all show up. Amory’s cousin Laural was one of those and she convinces Reggi for the extra invitations to Amory and Milo.

Of course, you can’t have a murder mystery without a murder, so someone is murdered, and no one is surprised who met with a terrible end. But it did leave a gaping big question of WHO did it. Since it was pretty obvious one of the guests in the house was the guilty party. Amory spent a lot of time before and after the murder trying to get to know people and understand what really happened at Lyonsgate 7 years earlier. Then after the murder, she also added finding the murderer to her list of things to know.

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be great cozy mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie’s great detectives. Amory is likable and smart, but she isn’t a Mary Sue, the mystery was actually very well done and I didn’t even suspect the guilty party or the truth of the past. For those who like cozy’s this is definitely one to be added to the list. ( )
  readafew | Nov 27, 2016 |
Amory and Milo Ames, sort of a Nick & Nora Charles couple, have been invited to a house party on the coast of England by her cousin. There's lots of guests and one of them is an author who has written a scandalous novel loosely based on a real life murder. In Agatha Christie fashion, people start dying and Amory believes it's because the author has decided to write another book but this time non-fiction. Milo and Amory are very sophiscated, rich couple in a 1930s way and are more interesting than mystery. ( )
  Kathy89 | Nov 18, 2016 |
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For Allison Dodson,
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"Well Darling, who do you suppose will turn up dead this time?"
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Amory and Milo Ames are drawn into the investigation of a years-old murder by a salacious novelist in the English countryside in the latest installment in this "smart and sophisticated" (Library Reads) series from a bright new voice in traditional mysteries. With two murder investigations behind them and their marriage at last on steady ground, Amory and Milo plan to quietly winter in Italy. The couple find their plans derailed when Amory receives an urgent summons from her cousin Laurel to the English countryside. At Lyonsgate, the country house of Laurel's friend Reginald Lyons, Amory and Milo are surprised to discover an eccentric and distinguished group of guests have been invited, led by notorious socialite Isobel Van Allen. Isobel has returned to England after years of social exile to write a sequel to her scandalous first book, the thinly-fictionalized account of a high-society murder at the very country house the Ameses have been called to. Her second incriminating volume, she warns the house's occupants--all of whom were present when one of their companions was killed years ago--will tell everything that really happened that fateful night. But some bones are meant to stay buried, and when a desperate person turns to murder, it's up to Amory and Milo to sort through a web of scandal and lies to uncover the truth, and the identity of a killer-- Provided by publisher.
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"Amory and Milo Ames are drawn into the investigation of a years-old murder by a salacious novelist in the English countryside in the latest installment in this "smart and sophisticated" (Library Reads) series from a bright new voice in traditional mysteries. With two murder investigations behind them and their marriage at last on steady ground, Amory and Milo plan to quietly winter in Italy. The couple find their plans derailed when Amory receives an urgent summons from her cousin Laurel to the English countryside. At Lyonsgate, the country house of Laurel's friend Redinald Lyons, Amory and Milo are surprised to discover an eccentric and distinguished group of guests have been invited, led by notorious socialite Isobel Van Allen. Isobel has returned to England after years of social exile to write a sequel to her scandalous first book, the thinly-fictionalized account of a high-society murder at the very country house the Ameses have been called to. Her second incriminating volume, she warns the house's occupants--all of whom were present when one of their companions was killed years ago--will tell everything that really happened that fateful night. But some bones are meant to stay buried, and when a desperate person turns to murder, it's up to Amory and Milo to sort through a web of scandal and lies to uncover the truth, and the identity of a killer"--… (more)

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