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A Dangerous Engagement

(Amory Ames #6)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 tri
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Prohibi
Olive (abookolive)
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: olr-reviews
Review originally appeared on Open Letters Review.

In A Dangerous Engagement, the newest installment of Ashley Weaver’s ongoing cozy mystery series, British socialite Amory Ames unsurprisingly finds herself in the middle of yet another murder mystery. Though readers will recognize the trusty formula that the books consistently lean on – Amory and her charming devil of a husband Milo attend a social event that ends in tragedy – Weaver injects a dose of the unfamiliar into the sixth book. This time
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Here we are in the 6th book in this series and I'm happy to say that I'm still enjoying them. In this installment, Amory and Milo are headed to New York during prohibition to attend the wedding of Amory's friend, Tabitha. Amory suspects that there's more going on the moment they get to New York and soon finds out that she may be right. Amory and Milo find themselves embroiled in another investigation when a young man is shot and killed at Tabitha's home. Amory can't stop herself and before she k ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of witty cozies
The eponymous dangerous engagement belongs to Amory Ames’ good friend Tabitha Alden, who is set to marry American Tom Smith, whose past is pretty vague. Tabitha, the daughter of an American father and a now-dead English mother, has been living in New York for several years, and that’s where the wedding is to be, with Amory as the maid of honor.

This being New York City in 1933, there will be brushes with bootleg booze and bootleggers before the novel ends. While not as satisfying as, say, A Most
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, I recently discovered Amery and Milo Ames mysteries and was hooked.
I love this book even if I don't think it's the best in this series, I prefer those set in London and this it took quite a long time before the mystery part started.
Even it's a bit slow at the beginning I truly enjoyed this book and read it as fast as I could.
I was happy to meet again the usual characters and some new.
I liked the character development, the well researched historical setting and the engrossing
I love cozy mysteries and this Amory Ames' Mystery series did not disappoint. Amory and Milo travel from Britain to New York City - set in the 1930's tail end to the Prohibition Era. Amory's childhood friend Tabitha Alden is getting married and Milo thinks that this will be one boring trip. Of course , an unexpected murder of one of the groomsman changes everything. The victim, Grant Palmer, is shot in front of the Alden Mansion. Palmer has some shady past connections, was working with a bootleg ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc, anglophile
3.5 — This lively tale was a great addition to the Amory Ames Mystery Series! Introducing an entirely new locale/country with enticing and dangerous new cohorts, I was so excited to revisit Amory and Milo’s crime-fighting ways yet again - and I’m super-hoping for the return of a certain enigmatic gangster in future novels...

Much thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for this advance copy for review.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Amory and Milo Ames set sail for New York in 1933 from London for her to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend's wedding. They arrive to a city filled with speakeasies, though there is much talk that Prohibition will be repealed. Tabitha is excited to finalize the wedding plans and Milo is introduced to her fiancé Tom's friends. When one is killed, seemingly because of his possible underworld connections, the Ames' are drawn into the mystery by virtue of their being eyewitnesses to his murder. ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction, and light mystery series. I really enjoy following familiar characters from encounter to encounter or adventure to adventure. So a bright but prickly couple who "live the high life" but also stumble in to crime seems made to order for me and I really want to bond with the protagonists in this series. It just isn't happening.

I read for character and "place" more than plot, so the "red flag" for me was when I got an early sense that I thought I knew what was behind the c
marita lazarus
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
First thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan for my advance copy In Exchange for an honest review

I’ve come to love this series. The stories are fun and the development of the characters - Amory and Milo, have been wonderful - I love how their relationship has developed and continues to do so. Book 6 did not disappoint. I love that it took place in NY during the prohibition era with speakeassies and gangsters. Amory and Milo have to solve who murdered the best man and unravel the mystery before any
Jul 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: netgalley
In A Dangerous Engagement Amory and her husband Milo arrive in New York City to attend an old school friend's wedding. Amory senses that there is something suspicious going on, and her suspicious prove correct when one of the groomsmen ends up shot to death on the front steps of her friend's home.

Things I liked about this mystery: the setting and time period (prohibition), the gangster Leon De Lora, all the action and adventure that Amory gets herself into.

What was missing for me: While Amory a
Helen Howerton
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Dangerous Engagement ticks all the boxes when it comes to a historical mystery; characters that fit into their time and place (while testing the boundaries a bit), and an author who does her research to see that those characters and the setting are true to their time and place. Then again, Ashley Weaver has been at it for a while with the Milo and Amory Ames series, so faithful readers should expect no less at her hands.

It’s 1933, and the couple are on their way to Manhattan for the wedding of
This was just fabulous, another wonderful book in the Amory Ames cosy mystery series. I loved the change of scenery and enjoyed following Amory and Milo around 1930s New York.

As mentioned in the synopsis above Amory is excited about being a bridesmaid for her friend Tabitha. They haven’t seen each other for a while, and Amory is a bit concerned that all is not quite right between Tabitha and her future husband. Amory desperately wants to have some time to get Tabitha to confide in her, but there
Melissa Dee
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, light long weekend read!

Set in Prohibition era New York, the novel takes Londoners Amory and Milo Ames to New York for the wedding of Amory’s childhood friends. The setting is interesting, the characters are fun, and I hope that the gangster with a heart of gold will reappear in future editions.

This was my first in the series, but I’ll definitely cycle back around and catch up with the earlier books.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and o
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amory and Milo have crossed the Atlantic to attend her friend’s wedding. Tabitha Alden was a schoolmate of Amory’s but she returned to New York after her mother’s death. Her father lost a lot of money in the stock market crash but he seems to have recouped his investments, at least if the car that picks up Amory and Milo is anything to go by.
They get to Mr. Alden’s house and meet the rest of the wedding party: Tabitha’s fiancé Tom who seems to have no past beyond four or five years ago; Jemma P
Julianne Bailey
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent addition to the incredibly fun Amory Ames series. I’ve loved being on the sidelines for her and Milo’s exploits throughout the series, and this one is tied (for me) with the first as being the most fun! Taking the duo to New York was a great decision by the author. It came as no surprise that Milo was able to effortlessly navigate the Prohibition-era world of bootleggers and speakeasies. Leon de Lora was such a well-drawn character as well.

Many historical mystery series see
Ileana Renfroe
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 murder
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amory and Milo Ames are in New York City for the wedding of Amory's childhood friend Tabitha Alden. It all appears idyllic until a member of the wedding is murdered. Was it due to his involvement with gangsters or did someone closer to him have a reason to see him dead? Amory is determined to see justice done and begins her own investigation.

This latest in the series was a pleasure to read. The plot was very different from any of the previous books, but that was due in a large part to a change i
Michelle Ogden
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amory Ames and her husband, Milo, have traveled to New York for the wedding of a childhood friend. Tabitha and her American father moved to New York when her mother passed away. Amory is looking forward to staying with Tabitha, catching up and planning the wedding. They have arrived weeks in advance so have plenty of time to meet all of Tabitha's wedding party and Milo plans to look for new business opportunities.

It isn't long before Amory is asked by Tabitha to look into some mysterious visito
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I always enjoy my time spent with high society couple Milo and Amory Ames. A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT, the couple’s sixth adventure, finds the pair in Prohibition era New York City to attend a wedding. Amory is set to be her childhood friend Tabatha’s bridesmaid, but Amory cannot help but feel there is something going on beyond the betrothed couple’s happiness. When one of the groomsmen Grant is shot down in front of Tabitha’s home, Amory is sure that his rumored gangster ties are at the root of the ...more
Tonstant Weader
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A Dangerous Engagement is the sixth Amory Ames mystery, but the first one I have read in the series. Amory and her husband Milo arrive in New York near the end of Prohibition so Amory can stand up for her childhood friend Tabitha who is marrying a young man named Tom. Amory senses Tabitha is worried about something and thinks it might have something to do with one of the groomsmen who is rumored to have ties to the notorious gangster Leon de Lora. However, before she can discover what’s up, some ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Get ready to take a trip back in the time of Bogie and Bacall, Nick and Nora and Jimmy Cagney. A Dangerous Engagement is another very enjoyable mystery by Ashley Weaver. It's a fun look back to the 1930s and the world of prohibition, speakeasies and gangsters. Amory and Milo are in NYC for the wedding of Tabitha Alden, a childhood friend of Amory's, when murder makes it's appearance with the shooting death of one of the groomsmen on the front steps of Tabitha's family home. Not sure th ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

The newest entry in an enjoyable series. Amory Ames and her husband Milo are the British 1930s version of beautiful people, cultured, attractive and moneyed. But they are also interesting characters and keep stumbling across mysteries to solve. I have been a fan of this series since the beginning, and although I suppose you could read this as a standalone, I think the book would be much more rewarding if you had read the other books, particularly the first one which lays out the relati
Nichole Carrier
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
In this sixth installment of the Amory Ames mystery series we see Amory and Milo head to New York for the wedding of Amory's friend, Tabitha. Naturally, death and mystery follow Amory and before she knows it one of the groomsmen is dead on the front porch. This mystery takes her to the dark side of gangsters and smugglers in prohibition era New York.

I've been a fan of the Amory Ames series since the first novel. Unfortunately, I felt this book was a slower read than any of the previous ones. Se
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this sixth entry in the Amory Ames series, set in Prohibition NYC in 1933, Amory, and her husband Milo, sail from England to attend the wedding of Amory’s childhood friend Tabitha, who Amory hasn’t seen for nearly six years. Amory plans to explore the city before returning to England after the wedding. However, her plans are set aside when a member of the wedding party is found dead on the front steps of Tabitha’s family home.

The author takes a leisurely approach to developing her story. She
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those mystery series that has made it to my must read list and never disappoints me. Amory and her husband, Milo have sailed to New York City to attend the wedding of one of Amory's friends, Tabitha. It's October 1933 and while Amory is looking forward to the wedding festivities, Milo is convinced that he will be bored, bored, bored. To start with, no booze! Outrageous. Ah but all is not so festive and soon one of the groomsmen is found murdered and his shady dealings with bootleg ...more
Kathleen Gray
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amory's excited to be in New York for her friend Tabitha's wedding, even if her husband Milo is less thrilled. It's 1933 and NY is a stew of all sort of things. Tabitha's fiancé Tom seems a bit mysterious- he has no past to speak of. He's also got a friend named Grant who is said to be tied to the Mob. Grant's also trying to persuade Tabitha's father to do some sort of business deal. It all seems a little shady and THEN Grant is murdered. Amory of course has to investigate and this leads her to ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the growing, learning about their marriage that Milo and Amory do in this series and this book didn't let me down. They've come quite a ways. I did feel like by now Amory shouldn't be so quick to dismiss members of her "friends or "circle" as suspects with no basis but I think that was in this one so Milo could be her foil in that aspect of the detection. Surprised by the murderer honestly. I thought it was someone closer to the wedding party and now I feel bad lol.
Love this series and t
Rachel McMillan
I literally cannot get enough of Milo and Amory. They are constant rereads for me, even if I just revisit favourite scenes. It is so lovely that we are at a point in their shaky relationship where they are communicating. Milo, especially, is far more open and willing to admit how much he needs their partnership. As with all previous instalments, the dialogue sparkles and the resplendent 1930s details are to die for ( the fashion!!!!!). But what set this one apart was the sheer joy that radiates ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Another excellent Amory (and Milo) Ames mystery from Ashley Weaver! Weaver paints a vivid picture of 1933 Prohibition in NYC. Our intrepid duo arrive in the city to attend the wedding of Amory’s childhood friend, and when a groomsman is murdered, chaos ensues. All of the major players are hiding something to various degrees of severity, and Amory attempts to unravel it all, with a surprising assist from a notorious gangster.

Amory and Milo’s relationship continues to evolve, and I think long time
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