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An Act of Villainy: An Amory Ames Mystery (edition 2018)

by Ashley Weaver (Author)

Series: Amory Ames (5)

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Edgar Award-shortlisted author Ashley Weaver returns with the fifth installment in the Amory Ames mystery series. An Act of Villainy is an a gem, set in 1930s London and filled with style, banter, and twists that traditional mystery fans will positively relish. "So you've gotten yourself involved with another murder, have you?" Walking through London's West End after a night at the theater, Amory Ames and her husband Milo run into wealthy investor and former actor Gerard Holloway. Holloway and his wife Georgina are old friends of theirs, and when Holloway invites them to the dress rehearsal of a new play he is directing, Amory readily accepts. However, Amory is shocked to learn that Holloway has cast his mistress, actress Flora Bell, in the lead role. Furthermore, the casual invitation is not what it seems--he admits to Amory and Milo that Flora has been receiving threatening letters, and he needs their help in finding the mysterious sender. Despite Amory's conflicting feelings--not only does she feel loyalty to Georgina, but the disintegration of the Holloways' perfect marriage seems to bode ill for her own sometimes delicate relationship--her curiosity gets the better of her, and she begins to make inquiries. It quickly becomes clear that each member of the cast has reason to resent Flora--and with a group so skilled in the art of deception, it isn't easy to separate truth from illusion. When vague threats escalate, the scene is set for murder, and Amory and Milo must find the killer before the final curtain falls. Also out now in the Amory Ames mysteries:Murder at the Brightwell,Death Wears a Mask,A Most Novel Revenge, andThe Essence of Malice.… (more)
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Title:An Act of Villainy: An Amory Ames Mystery
Authors:Ashley Weaver (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2018), 310 pages
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Enjoyed reading this British cozy mystery book. I started with this book and want to start at book 1 in this series. Throughout the book you are trying to figure out who killed the leading lady. The wealthy investor and former actor has put together a new play and has cast his mistress Flora in the lead roll but on the opening night after a excellent performance she is found dead. In this story you are following Amory and her husband Milo while the figure out who the killer is. ( )
  sharon2022 | Apr 11, 2022 |
A bucket full of meh.

It's been 5 books now, since Amory decided to take her rogue of a husband back, and frankly, I'm sick and tired of wallowing with her in her anxiety about her marriage. Trust him or don't; keep him or kick him out; fish or cut bait. I don't actually care either way, though I suspect the series would be a lot better without her lifeless husband around. That's right: the 'rogue', the ladies man apparently nobody can resist, is about as exciting as white paint.

The mystery this time around wasn't enough to distract me from the angst, as it was set in a theatre (which trope never appeals to me), and the mystery might have been clever, except it was just too ridiculous. The author set her plot for stun, but over geared it and overshot the mark, landing somewhere in between incredulous and you've-got-to-be-kidding-me.

It's not a bad book, it's just not a very good one either. Everything about it felt like an example of stretching a point too far. The series started strong, so this might just be the runt of the litter and the next one will improve. But I'm not rushing out to buy it.

I read this for the Halloween Bingo square Darkest London. ( )
1 vote murderbydeath | Feb 4, 2022 |
Amory Ames and her husband Milo find themselves involved with actors and the theatre when investor and writer Gerard Holloway invite them to view his latest play. They are asked to investigate the threatening letters that the leading actress Flora Bell has been receiving accumulating in a threat to kill her,
An enjoyable mystery, well-written, but I find it difficult to like the main couple in these stories.
A NetGalley Book ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
I liked the story, I pretty much like the series, but what I don't like and took one star off for was Armory's continual bitchy snide remarks to Milo about his past indiscretions. She seriously still never let's go nor misses an opportunity to let it go.... In this one manner she is a miserable rag and it wears me out!

A friend of the Ames is producing & directing a play, he is also having an affair with the leading lady, who is receiving threatening letters.

Milo & Amory are asked to investigate, but the actress refuses to call the police in.

All the actors have something to hide, the leading man is in love with the actress, there is something going on with the 2nd lead male, & the understudy is ugly.

During the gala which takes place immediately after the opening night performance Amory finds the actress on stage face to the curtains, hung dead by her neck.

This was a n interesting plot, one I have never come across before.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jun 4, 2019 |
Another enjoyable murder mystery from Ashley Weaver, as fashionable couple Amery and Milo get involved in the death of the leading actress in a theatrical production who had been receiving threatening letters. Plenty of twists and the usual multitude of suspects - a fun, undemanding read set in the bright lights of 1930s London. ( )
  Alan.M | Apr 16, 2019 |
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For my Mimi, Minnie Weaver

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Edgar Award-shortlisted author Ashley Weaver returns with the fifth installment in the Amory Ames mystery series. An Act of Villainy is an a gem, set in 1930s London and filled with style, banter, and twists that traditional mystery fans will positively relish. "So you've gotten yourself involved with another murder, have you?" Walking through London's West End after a night at the theater, Amory Ames and her husband Milo run into wealthy investor and former actor Gerard Holloway. Holloway and his wife Georgina are old friends of theirs, and when Holloway invites them to the dress rehearsal of a new play he is directing, Amory readily accepts. However, Amory is shocked to learn that Holloway has cast his mistress, actress Flora Bell, in the lead role. Furthermore, the casual invitation is not what it seems--he admits to Amory and Milo that Flora has been receiving threatening letters, and he needs their help in finding the mysterious sender. Despite Amory's conflicting feelings--not only does she feel loyalty to Georgina, but the disintegration of the Holloways' perfect marriage seems to bode ill for her own sometimes delicate relationship--her curiosity gets the better of her, and she begins to make inquiries. It quickly becomes clear that each member of the cast has reason to resent Flora--and with a group so skilled in the art of deception, it isn't easy to separate truth from illusion. When vague threats escalate, the scene is set for murder, and Amory and Milo must find the killer before the final curtain falls. Also out now in the Amory Ames mysteries:Murder at the Brightwell,Death Wears a Mask,A Most Novel Revenge, andThe Essence of Malice.

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