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A Dangerous Engagement

(Amory Ames #6)

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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 tri
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Hardcover, 309 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
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Olive Fellows (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
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Holly
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
Victoria Thompson
Another rousing adventure for Amory and Milo. They just keep getting more exciting! You will love watching them building their relationship while they find a killer in prohibition NYC.
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
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Sarah
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
'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 notorious
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Annarella
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
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Jaclyn
Another solid addition in the Amory Ames series. While I'm not a huge fan of the narrator, Alison Larkin, the author did an excellent job creating a charming mystery, this time set in New York. My only complaint was: (view spoiler) ...more
Amy
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Hurrah, Americans!

Fun addition to the series and I wouldn't mind seeing some of these characters make reappearances. The problem with Amory and Milo mostly resolving their marital differences is that conflict feels rather drummed up because something has to keep them from perfection. So, little things are forced to become big things. But it was overall minor.
Found the mystery at least somewhat predictable but enjoyed gangsters and prohibition. Definitely looking forward to the next one
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Andree
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This one was not really a win for me. I mean, it's entertaining. I read it in one sitting. I did feel the mystery strained credibility, as did Amory's involvement in it. I get that an amateur detective must take risks, but confronting a mob boss (handily one with a heart of gold, obviously) in a speakeasy felt a bit much.

Three stars for Amory and Milo's dynamic. Really no stars for anything else.
Katie
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Overall, I liked this one! I'm not sure I entirely followed the mystery, but I really liked the settings, new characters, and the current state of Amory and Milo's relationship.
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QNPoohBear
3.5 stars

Amory and Milo Ames are visiting New York City for the wedding of Amory's childhood friend Tabitha Alden. Amory is excited about seeing her old friend and standing up as a bridesmaid with Tabitha but Milo thinks New York will be dreadfully dull since Prohibition has yet to be repealed. Amory gets the sense that there's more to her visit than just performing bridesmaid duties. Tabitha seems worried about something and wants Amory to help. Amory's suspicions are correct when Tabitha confi
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Annie
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

A Dangerous Engagement is the 6th Amory Ames mystery by Ashley Weaver. Released 3rd Sept 2019 by Macmillan on their Minotaur imprint, it's 309 pages and available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

This is a very well written stylish murder mystery series with sophisticated protagonists who are a married couple. Set in the interwar period, Amory and husband Milo are upper class (he's trying to be a good husband, reformed from his playboy d
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Nursebookie
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
Sasha
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, anglophile, arc
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. ⁣
Jess
The mystery in this was very whatever for me, but I am always charmed when my mystery book ships (view spoiler) because I am that person. Can we actually go to their country estate now, though? I don't think we've seen it and I want to. ...more
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
A filler book. Enjoyable enough but nothing to write home about.
Amy
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
Sarah
Another fantastic audio entry in this series, I absolutely love listening to these books! In this, the sixth book, we see Amory and Milo travel to New York to attend a wedding for Amory's childhood friend, Tabitha. When one of the groomsman is shot on the bride's doorstep, Amory investigates her suspicions about both members of the wedding party and notorious gangsters. I particularly enjoyed her forays into the criminal underworld, and her American accent (seriously, audio is the way to go for ...more
Rachel McMillan
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Alyssa Maxwell
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1930s New York comes alive in this book's wonderful descriptions, most especially because we're seeing it all through the perspective of the very British Amory Ames, for whom New York is new and exciting. Prohibition might have been the law of the land, but that doesn't mean Amory and her sexy husband, Milo, won't have a roaring good time, as well as encounters with a notorious crime boss and plenty of nail-biting danger. All the suspects appeared to have good reasons to be guilty, and I was gue ...more
Barbara Schultz
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.4
This is #6 in the Amory Ames series, and I just LOVE this series.
When I was a young girl I was a big fan of Nick and Nora Charles. I totally enjoy a good cozy mystery!

Amory and hubby Milo certainly are a beautiful couple and they prove that love never runs completely smooth. Although this wasn’t my favorite, still a fun enjoyable read and I look forward to the next one!
(Anyone who knows me ~ knows I hate profanity ~ I read Best Sellers which as you know are typically full of f-bombs. Some
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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
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Beth
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Filler, I think. And unsubtle filler at that.

It’s a day later and mostly I’m still surprised at what a flat read this was for me. It felt undynamic and almost like a placeholder. Not enough happened for me to consider it a bridge book, even taking into account the unsubtle-thing-that-will-happen.
Nancy
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
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Ariadna
Actual rating is 3.1

I am aware that the apparent low rating might not reflect this, but this is the book I'd been waiting for since Book 3 in the series. Amory and Milo were a team (as well as flirty with each other), the mystery was interesting despite not being super complex, and the change of setting (US instead of Britain) kept things from becoming stale.

About the one thing that annoyed me to end is a spoiler: (view spoiler)
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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
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Daniele
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
Cynthia
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
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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
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