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Death Wears a Mask

(Amory Ames #2)

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Amory Ames is looking forward to a tranquil period of reconnecting with reformed playboy husband Milo after an unexpected reconciliation following the murderous events at the Brightwell Hotel. Amory hopes a quiet stay at their London flat will help mend their dysfunctional relationship. However, she soon finds herself drawn into another investigation when Serena Barrington ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Minotaur Books
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Phrynne
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
I really enjoyed the first book in this series so it was an easy decision to move on to #2. It turned out to equally good so I was happy!

Amory and Milo continue to fall out and make up. Milo does seem to be out of line but maybe that's how the rich lived in those days. Of course someone is murdered at a house party attended by Amory and she is asked to help solve the crime. The investigation becomes quite involved and confusing but Amory solves it all in the end.

It is easy to become involved wit
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Sarah
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I cannot for the life of me figure out why Amory hasn’t fired Winnelda or sent Milo packing.
Jaclyn
Death Wears a Mask is the utterly charming follow-up to Ashley Weaver Murder at the Brightwell (which I also loved). This second installment continues the momentum of the first, throwing it’s amateur lady detective, Amory Ames into another investigation and into more relationship drama with her husband, Milo.

Asked by a family friend, Serena Barrington, to look into the apparent theft of her jewels during a dinner party, Amory finds herself looking at the motives of the dinner guests. Amory’s re
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Linda
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Agatha Christie
Death Wears A Mask took up two months after Murder At The Brightwell. I enjoyed this mystery and DI Jones was once again along for the ride.

I will leave it to other readers as to how they feel about Amory’s and Milo’s relationship. As for me, I needed to remind myself that the married couple were part of the British upper class and the 1930s retained a rigid social structure. There was a constant push/pull with a dose of unwillingness to listen to each other- i.e., marriage mind games. At one po
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Bryn
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
After enjoying the first book in the series, this was a big disappointment, mainly because of the continuing dysfunctional relationship between Amory and Milo. They are both such potentially likeable characters, but I got so, so tired of Milo's cluelessness about the effect of his behavior on his wife and Amory's unwillingness to discuss it.

I just don't understand why he thinks he can just come and go with no explanation and dine with women who aren't his wife, and then he is surprised that Amo
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Lisa
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this light-hearted mystery with a major amount of glamour!
Set in London in 1932 Amory and Milo Ames become involved in another high-class murder which is carried out during a masked ball no less.
This is written from Amory's POV and she is a naive but charming and intelligent high society lady.
Don't think too hard about this one, if you can allow yourself to enjoy it it is very rewarding - fast-paced, funny and intriguing.
I will certainly be reading more in this series.
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
Level of obsession: high to very high
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie and Sayers fans
Pity poor Amory Ames, a bright, young thing who has just reconciled with her devilishly handsome and charming (but philandering) Milo. Even in August 1932, the couple doesn’t want for money, and they’ve been working on their five-year-old marriage since it almost died along with two murder victims in the series’ debut, Murder at the Brightwell.

Amory believes that the bad times are finally over, but no such luck! Now that they’re back in London, Milo Ames appears once again, to be straying, and
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Beth
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm a little amazed at how much I'm enjoying what's a fairly thin series. The atmosphere is the selling point here: it's a unique look at the 1930s upper class. (It's not a Sayers sort of atmosphere, though - I can't see fitting Lord Peter into this scene.) Which might mean that part of the appeal of this series is its rarified air, that it plays on wish fulfillment, that there's something escapist about someone who wears beautiful dresses and goes to parties and doesn't need to work. Or maybe t ...more
Nicky
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, crime
Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

Death Wears a Mask is another competent cozy-ish mystery in the same vein as the first, with the side plot of Amory’s playboy husband being, well, a playboy. There’s a fair bit of relationship drama here, where he gets into compromising situations and she refuses to quite believe he’s faithful to her. Plenty of misunderstandings on her side, while he’s actually mostly perfect (cares about her, acts wild but is faithful, etc). Spare me. I hope the oh-no-is-he-cheati
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Veronica
I listened to the audiobook for this reread. Overall, I found the narrator's voice for Amory didn't match what I had in my head. This voice was too high and pinched. She did better with some of the other female character voices.

Original review - read in January 2016: This was a fitting follow-up to the first book in the series,Murder at the Brightwell. While the mystery aspect of it isn't the strongest, the charged dynamics between amateur sleuth Amory and her rakish husband, Milo, are what intr
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Kirsten
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable and fun historical mystery with Amory and her ne'er-do-well husband, Milo. I have to say that Milo grows on me in this one. Once again, she goes to a party and - gasp! - death occurs. (After a point, wouldn't you stop inviting the Ames?)

These books are written with a light touch, but they are no lightweights. Real issues are confronted and dealt with intelligently.

We also have jewel thieves, abusive partners, and discussion of divorce.
Sarah
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who regrets her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo. Looking for a change, she accepts a request for help from her former fiancé, Gil Trent, not knowing that she’ll soon become embroiled in a murder investigation that will test not only her friendship with Gil, but will upset the status quo with her husband.

Amory accompanies Gil to the Brightwell Hotel in an attempt to circumvent the marriage of his sister, Emmeline, to Rupert Howe, a d
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QNPoohBear
Amory Ames is looking forward to rekindling her romance with her rakish husband Milo but agrees to attend a dinner party at the home of her mother's friend Mrs. Barrington. Mrs. Barrington has an ulterior motive for inviting Amory; Mrs. Barrington wants Amory to discover what has happened to her missing jewels. Amory isn't sure the jewels were stolen in the first place but agrees to help. The suspect list includes the Barrington's nephew, James Harker; a famous tennis player, Mr. Foster; the han ...more
Gerry
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is 1932 and Amory Ames and her (supposedly) reformed playboy husband Milo are exchanging friendly banter (as they often do) in their London flat prior to going for an evening meal at the Barrington's home. 'Remind me why we are going to the Barrington's tonight?' asks Milo. The best reason Amory can offer is, 'She's an old friend of my mother's' to which Milo sardonically replies, 'All the more reason to avoid her.' But avoid her they don't and the evening is a prequel to an enticing mystery, ...more
Alyssa Maxwell
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Weaver has made me fall in love with 1930s England! Through her narrative and dialogue, she captures the sophistication of British society and even the debauchery that often went along with it. I felt completely immersed in the period and enjoyed the references to the clothing, jewelry, slang, and pastimes that marked the era. But mostly I adore the characters of Amory and her husband Milo. We're often kept guessing whether Milo can be trusted, but even when he appears to be at his worst ...more
Linda Baker
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Death Wears a Mask begins about two months after the events of Murder at the Brightwell. Milo and Amory Ames have retired to their country estate, mostly to avoid the press, but also to try to repair their faltering marriage. Things on the relationship front seem to be proceeding well and they hope the tabloid furor has died down. However, when you are young, rich and beautiful in 1930s London, the press is always on hounding you. Milo's well-deserved reputation as a playboy doesn't help.

Upon th
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Amy
3.5 stars
Almost a 4 star read, but the culprit was just a tad too obvious for me. He/she had a predictable motive that I guessed before the murder even took place.
I do love Amory Ames, though. She is strong, feminine, and not stupid. I like her relationship with the Inspector. It is so refreshing to have an understanding policeman! (view spoiler)
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Sherry
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-this-year
If you'd like to escape real life and enter into a world filled with intrigue and colourful characters, this series is for you. Set in England during the 1930s, this mystery series stars a spunky amateur sleuth and her charming husband. Plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing and a stylish atmosphere add up to a most satisfying read.
Katie
On the one hand, Amory and Milo need to sit down and have a long conversation about what they each expect from their marriage. On the other hand, I am okay if it's all (fairly) smooth sailing for here on out.
Jess
Okay, I have a teensy tiny note and while I get why Amory thinks she can't change Milo, she's not wrong to want him to be a better husband!! I wish she didn't think she was asking for too much because she does.

Regardless, still super charming and I can't wait to read more.
Grace
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Milo and Amory very much need to sit down and just talk to each other already.

That said, I am very much enjoying this series even as they hurt me, on a deep personal level.
Samantha
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It was amazing, really, what murder had done for my marriage.

Ashley Weaver begins Death Wears a Mask with another great opening line. Amory and Milo Ames are back, in another riveting mystery adventure. They're still serving up Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven vibes from The Philadelphia Story.

The second installment in this series is once again the perfect blend of mystery, romance, humor, and glamour. It's easy to read and a lot of fun.

It's two months after the events of Murder at the Brig
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R.L.
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is set during a period I seldom get a chance to read, the roaring twenties, when ladies wore gowns to fancy balls, alcohol is illegal in America but not England, and they enjoy the modern conveniences of telephones, elevators and cars. The author paid close attention to bring out these details in such a way so as to not draw attention. I also appreciated learning a few good words like quidnunc. What a wonderful way to describe a busybody.

The main character Amory is married to Milo, a
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Jessi
Oof. I am loving this series as much for the exploration of Amory and Milo's marriage as the mysteries that Amory keeps tripping into. After the reconciliation of the last book, Milo (seemingly?) continues his amorous ways after only a couple of months.
But the book doesn't start out that way. It begins with a dinner party. One where the hostess, knowing of Amory's involvement in solving a murder, pulls her aside and asks for help discovering who is stealing her jewels. The group that is gathered
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Lorraine
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of 1930s British mysteries.
Mr. & Mrs. Ames are successful again! In Death Wears a Mask (Amory Ames Mystery, #2), by Ashley Weaver, Amory is requested by a friend of her mother’s to assist in finding a criminal who is taunting her in a very particular way. Amory agrees, but has her doubts. After spending a couple of months in the country with her husband, Milo, the move back to London & the social scene has Amory uestioning her marriage again. What did Amory see that has shaken her confidence in her marriage? Of course, it ...more
Roman Clodia
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another light and charming cosy mystery from Weaver set in 1930s upper-class London where a jewellery thief strikes at a masked ball. Amory Ames and her deliciously wayward husband Milo are a delight, and the tensions in their marriage are what lifts this away from other cosy mystery series: there's a frisson of sensuality and real chemistry between them in a genre which tends to shy away from sex.

The story itself is, of course, improbable with a flurry of revelations at the end, and more than
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Marta
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is classic mystery done ala Dame Agatha. I found it a bit too traditional in both pacing and characters who seem to exist to be suspects, but don't have lots of dimension. The tension between Avery and her husband Milo, which was wonderful in the first book, felt a bit like it was dragging on in this one. I will give book three a shot, hoping for a more interesting puzzle and some change in their dynamic.
Stephanie
This series is my new addiction. Before I'd even finished this one, I'd already checked out the other three books that are out so far (and bought the ebook novella that comes between Books 3 and 4). Really, isn't that all I need to say? :)
Louise
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one as much as the first one in the series.
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