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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 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 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 notoriously handsome--gangster Leon De Lora, and soon she and Milo find themselves drawn into another mystery. While the police seem to think that New York's criminal underworld is at play, Amory feels they can't ignore the wedding party either. Tabitha's fianc� Tom Smith appears to be a good man, but he has secrets of his own, and the others in the group seem strangely unaffected by the death of their friend . . . In an unfamiliar city, not knowing who they can trust, Milo and Amory are drawn into the glamorous, dangerous world of nightclubs and bootleggers. But as they draw closer to unraveling the web of lies and half-truths the murdered man has left in his wake, the killer is weaving a web of his own.


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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 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 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 notoriously handsome--gangster Leon De Lora, and soon she and Milo find themselves drawn into another mystery. While the police seem to think that New York's criminal underworld is at play, Amory feels they can't ignore the wedding party either. Tabitha's fianc� Tom Smith appears to be a good man, but he has secrets of his own, and the others in the group seem strangely unaffected by the death of their friend . . . In an unfamiliar city, not knowing who they can trust, Milo and Amory are drawn into the glamorous, dangerous world of nightclubs and bootleggers. But as they draw closer to unraveling the web of lies and half-truths the murdered man has left in his wake, the killer is weaving a web of his own.

30 review for A Dangerous Engagement

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    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 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 Prohibition and how dull parties will be as a result. When a member of the wedding party is found murdered, the time spent in NYC is set to be anything but dull. The dead groomsman has ties to a gangster, Leon De Lora, and Amory and Milo are drawn into the fray of investigating. A Dangerous Engagement has the fun historical backdrop of glitzy nightclubs and bootlegging during Prohibition. I adored Amory and Milo and their banter, and the mystery kept me guessing. There’s also some clever humor sprinkled in that keeps it from being too serious. Overall, A Dangerous Engagement is an engaging and suspenseful historical mystery, and I hope to read more of Amory and Milo’s escapades soon. I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olive

    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 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 around, the Ameses find themselves traveling across the pond to New York City for the wedding of Amory’s childhood friend turned pen pal, Tabitha. But when someone in the wedding party turns up dead ahead of the big day, many questions linger. Not the least of which is whether or not the wedding will go on as planned. The shift in location provides a much-needed challenge for Amory. She’s been an underhanded investigator in so many mysteries back in her home country that, by this point, her former adversary Detective Inspector Jones seems to practically consider her an honorary member of the force. But not only does she not know much about the city of New York, there are also cultural differences to contend with as she subjects everyone involved to her usual barrage of questions. Americans are far more forthright than the tight-lipped set to which Amory is accustomed. This may assist her in her snooping, but only if she can learn to use it to her advantage. The book takes place in the early 1930s, so Amory and Milo disembark into a country still shackled by Prohibition, although everyone is starting to feel the tingle of its impending repeal. Amory is surprised to see how brazenly the law is ignored as she tags along with Tabitha to various venues ahead of the wedding. But, as Milo correctly notes, “They ought to have known that telling people they mustn’t have something only makes them want it more.” It’s this fact that attracts bootleggers and gangsters to the lucrative trade; their exploits are not only printed on the rap sheets of their minions, but all over the newspapers. It just so happens that Amory’s bubbly lady’s maid Winnelda considers gossip her scripture and can update her employer about the hustlers turning profits off of the Eighteenth Amendment. One of these notorious characters, Leon De Lora, rumored to be as dashing in looks as his name suggests, runs an eponymous speakeasy in plain view and is known to turn to violence if crossed. Between tips from the wedding party, convenient funds funneling into accounts previously wiped out by the Crash, and odd encounters caught by eavesdropping, it seems likely that De Lora, or another equally dishonest character, had a hand in the crime. Not content to accept any one possible explanation, Amory takes turns suspecting each member of the wedding party. She’s playing catch-up, trying to glean as much information about the unfamiliar crowd while also attempting to be discreet. She finds that she doesn’t even entirely know how individuals within the group became acquainted with one another and no one would expect her to procure their entire history in such a small window of time. For this, she’ll rely on her somewhat-reluctant other half to use his charm to win over the men and maybe even temporarily go back to his former rapscallion ways for the good of the cause. While this is helpful for Amory’s investigation, it proves to be a painful reminder of the early, less happy days of their marriage. Through this series, we’ve seen the pair begin to mend all that was previously broken and enter a much better phase of their relationship, but that doesn’t mean that every wound has closed over. In this book, Amory worries about how well she and Milo have learned to keep one another out of the loop. In fact, she’s about had it with the lack of transparency in the world in general: I felt suddenly very weary. Why must there always be so many secrets? It seemed no matter where I went, people were always hiding things and making them worse with their deceit. Lies never worked out well in the end; they always managed to hurt people more than the truth might have. Perhaps inspired by frank nature of the Americans they’re surrounded by, Milo and Amory resolve to be honest with one another, regardless of the personal cost. It marks another step forward for the pair who seem to have used these first six books of the series as a form of pre-marital counseling they never got to enjoy. They have always knows they are crazy about one another, but, no doubt through lack of example, don’t entirely know how to be good partners. Yet the end of this book very much feels like one last element has clicked into place to allow Milo and Amory to graduate to a whole new level. Though the mystery is not the most sophisticated Weaver has crafted, this installment was clearly intended to highlight relationships and their importance to the characters. Finally meeting Tabitha, a character often referred to in previous books, will likely be a treat for readers and the chemistry between the married pair is as electric as ever. Most importantly, this book sets up exciting changes in the future our main characters, giving readers probable cause for elation that Weaver is far from done writing these delightful mysteries.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    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 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 knows it she's meeting gangsters, getting involved in wedding drama, and wondering what Milo is up to. I love the characters of Amory and Milo. Their relationship is natural--sometimes loving, fun, sweet, and complicated. The mystery was good, of course. I can't wait to see what happens next because Amory and Milo's lives are about to change and we know Amory won't stop getting involved in another investigation! *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    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 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 Novel Revenge or the series’ debut novel, Murder at the Brightwell, A Most Dangerous Engagement, the sixth in this series, proves a most delightful read. In the spirit of full disclosure, I received this book free from NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books in return for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    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 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 plot. The mystery was ok and the solution came as a surprise. I look forward to reading the next instalment. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andree

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    (view spoiler)[Yay, Amory's pregnant! I mean, I'm terribly inconsistent because I also want more heroines who don't have or want kids, but it seems right for them and I'm excited to see how it works with the series. (hide spoiler)] 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    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 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 days), intelligent, and modern. In fact, I've always gotten a sort of British Nick & Nora vibe from the books with the witty repartee and clever plotting, with a little dash of a more serious Tommy & Tuppence, and something all their own. The books aren't derivative at all, the author's talented and the characters stand quite well on their own. This book sees them heading to New York for the wedding of Amory's childhood friend Tabitha. Hidden motivations and underhanded lucrative business dealings within the wedding party leave Amory less sure of her footing than on her home turf in England. Although this is the 6th book in the series, it does work quite well as a standalone. There's enough backstory woven into the narrative that readers new to the series won't have any trouble sorting out who's who. This entry was well paced (if a trifle slow at the beginning) and solidly plotted. The dialogue is witty and rings true to the period. The setting was novel change for the main characters and seeing them in the USA and in much less formal surroundings than usual allowed for some interesting insights into their marriage and the way they worked together. Four stars, solidly entertaining. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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 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 this series). Milo continues to be ridiculously alluring, at least if you like aloof, mysterious men (apparently I do.) The mystery wrapped up in a way I had not expected (though maybe I should have), and I found it all delightfully satisfying. Highly recommend this series if you like breezy historical mysteries and audiobook narrators with a skill for accents. I am a bit apprehensive about (view spoiler)[Amory's pregnancy (hide spoiler)] and how that will affect the direction of the series. I am not particularly interested in reading a lot about (view spoiler)[pregnancy and parenting (hide spoiler)] , so I hope it doesn't take over the story too much. But on the other hand, these series can sometimes get stale if nothing changes, so this may turn out to be a good direction.

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 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 bootlegger Leon De Lora, and it may be too easy to blame the mob for this hit, or is it? Amory poses as a reporter to probe into this strange murder where nothing seems to be what it is, This story leads to some unexpected and surprising ending. I love the setting of New York City during that time with all the glamour of the night clubs, speakeasies and theater. I am definitely going to be reading the other books in this series as I absolutely love Amory and Milo as the sleuthing couple, and I am a fan! Thank you to St. Martin's Press/ Minotaur Books and Netgalley for the electronic ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest and objective review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    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 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 throughout due to the author’s obvious love for gangster-controlled New York in Prohibition. Stakes here are the highest the couple has wagered yet and the result is a mystery worthy of blocking off an afternoon and falling headfirst into without looking up. It dazzles!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    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. 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. ⁣ ⁣

  13. 5 out of 5

    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)[The heavy handed foreshadowing of Amory's pregnancy. Considering how obvious it was to readers, it seemed anticlimactic when Amory actually figured it out. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    The mystery in this was very whatever for me, but I am always charmed when my mystery book ships (view spoiler)[have a baby (hide 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)

    A filler book. Enjoyable enough but nothing to write home about.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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. 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. But could this all be a cover to disguise the real killer? I wanted to like this book, the sixth in the series, much more than I actually did. I was encouraged by a new setting and I enjoy books set in the 1920's and 30's. The Prohibition theme also was a draw. It just was a slow read and Milo's character is going nowhere for me. All the references to him gambling, carousing, and allusions to his present or past mischievous behavior have worn thin. I am really hoping that the next book in the series will reflect some changes in that--for reasons that I won't mention in this review as to not be a spoiler. Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur for an ARC. My review is voluntary.

  17. 5 out of 5

    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)[finding out that Amory's preggo made me roll my eyes. Especially 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)[finding out that Amory's preggo made me roll my eyes. Especially because there were such heavy hints at her condition from the first chapter onward. I was equally disenchanted with how the book pushed aside the mystery to focus on the BABBY because BABBY was all that mattered. (hide spoiler)] . Suffice to say that I wasn't thrilled about it but it hasn't entirely put me off the entire series either. TL;DR: It took until the 6th novel for the series to get back on track (imo) after the so-so vibes from Books 4 and 5. I liked most of it except for one thing that made Muppet!face. I borrowed this book from the library and, if there's any more after this one, I might continue reading the series. Though I don't think I'll be rushing out to read it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Maxwell

    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 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 guessing to the end, and then thoroughly surprised!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Dee

    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 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 opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    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 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 criminal activity in this book. That is definitely not something that happens to me and although it didn't directly relate to my reaction to this novel, it is symptomatic of the lack of other stimulus in the book. New York City during prohibition is an environment full of opportunity for fun and for villainy and I felt like Ms. Weaver spent far too many pages talking about "how much work" and how time consuming it was to plan a wedding. If she was going to bore the reader with so many allusions to the planning, the least she could offer up was a luscious description of the elegant Society wedding----maybe she realized that by the time it happened we couldn't care less. I wanted to enjoy this book, but the principal characters got in the way. The brightest light in the book was Weaver's attractive mob boss and his female associate. They had more depth and more nuance as characters than anyone else i the book. NetGalley provided me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    marita lazarus

    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 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 anyone else gets hurt. The murderer surprised me - I did not suspect this one. This book has a little surprise for the readers and I won’t say more on that subject. Hopefully for book 7 or maybe 8 there will be a story development with the gangster and accountant - keep fingers crossed author takes our hints. Another great read

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    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 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 problem and investigates. Milo, more concerned with maintaining his social activities and a new business proposition, leaves the quest for justice mostly up to Amory. I adore Amory and Milo. They represent everything that is suave and elegant about the 1930’s. Their relationship is not perfect, and they are flawed, but these differences make them all the more appealing. Amory is gutsy, intelligent, and has a good gut instinct that rarely fails her. The characters central to this mystery, the wedding party and gangster Leon De Lora, are captivating, providing suspects and other minor mysteries, and help round out the story. I do hope De Lora and his songstress make another appearance in future books. They are compelling and mysterious. The mystery itself is also interesting, but it lagged a bit. However, I was completely surprised by whodunit. I also wonder how the series, particularly Milo and Amory roles, will change after the revelations of this installment. A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT is an entertaining, stylish addition to the Amory Ames Mystery Series. I hope there are many more books featuring Amory and Milo. Recommended to any historical mystery reader. Gratefully, I received and ARC of this title through NetGalley from Minotaur Books and voluntarily shared my thoughts and opinions here.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    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 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 and Miles are certainly charming, I was never really invested or interested in the mystery at hand. A Dangerous Engagement is the sixth book in the Amory Ames series, and I suspect fans of the series will really enjoy this installment and some of the personal developments between Amory and Miles. This book can certainly be read as a standalone - this was my first book in the series and I did not feel like I was missing anything - and I think fans of mysteries like the Miss Fisher series will really enjoy this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Helen Howerton

    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 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 a long-time friend of Amory’s. Well, such a happy occasion is no bar to trouble, and Ms. Weaver doesn’t waste any time letting us know that some such is a’coming amongst the players. Is it the groom, or perhaps one of his groomsmen? Or should we be worried about the bride’s father and his associates? Because the United States is still in the midst of Prohibition (although readers are told it’s about to be repealed), and Prohibition means bootlegging is still quite the thing. Are some of the men involved in that? Then one of the bridal party is murdered, and we’re off. Amory gets to try on bridesmaid dresses, go to speakeasies and flirt with gangsters. And find out whodunnit, of course. For, as she puts it so eloquently, “I had to know what lay at the roots of acts of evil.” (Pretty much sums it up for any detective out there, amateur or otherwise.) There’s double-crosses, shifty characters, and plenty of information about pretty dresses, all that we’ve come to know and love about an Amory Ames book. And quite the exciting finish, with an unlikely ally that helps her unmask a killer and save someone very close to her. In between it all we get Amory’s thoughts and feelings on her marriage. She also gets some very exciting information in this particular book, underscoring the partnership of these two, in more ways than one. There’s a big reveal -- which I don’t plan on revealing in this review. You’ll have to read the book to find that one out. One last thought: as I finished the pages, I felt I was almost getting an “ending,” that “all’s well that ends well.” I hope I’m wrong. Nick and Nora Charles continued to sleuth, after all. Do hope we’ll see more of Milo and Amory, and in England, where they belong. Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for a copy of this book, in exchange for this review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    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 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 is always something wedding related going on. Things come to a head though when a murder takes place on the front steps of Tabitha’s home! Just when Amory thought this was going to be a murder free holiday, the inevitable happens, plunging her and Milo into another mystery, but in a very unfamiliar place. This time they’ll be no help from Inspector Jones, Amory’s contact at Scotland Yard, and the New York police don’t seem very approachable. So, as to be expected Amory does a little detecting of her own. Was the murder related to gangsters, or could it be someone closer to home? I’m not going to say any more except that as usual Amory and Milo find themselves in some tight places, making this a super mystery, with a few hilarious moments and surprises along the way. I love this series and highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy historical fiction and cosy mysteries. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Allison and Busby for my digital copy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I really enjoy this 1930s series featuring husband-and-wife detectives Amory and Milo Ames. In this outing they visit New York City to attend a wedding and Amory will be a bridesmaid. But there are undercurrents among members of the wedding party. After a murder occurs they all come under suspicion, and it also appears that there might be underworld connections. Amory and Milo visit a speakeasy to investigate. I enjoy spending time with this stylish, very civil British couple and seeing the I really enjoy this 1930s series featuring husband-and-wife detectives Amory and Milo Ames. In this outing they visit New York City to attend a wedding and Amory will be a bridesmaid. But there are undercurrents among members of the wedding party. After a murder occurs they all come under suspicion, and it also appears that there might be underworld connections. Amory and Milo visit a speakeasy to investigate. I enjoy spending time with this stylish, very civil British couple and seeing the development of their relationship.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    While this is #6 in a series it reads well as a stand-alone. 1933 – British socialite Amory Ames and her husband Milo travel to New York to attend the wedding of a dear friend whereupon, shortly after their arrival, a murder takes place. A whodunit ensues leading Amory and Milo deep into the gangster underground of prohibition NYC. This is a fun caper with many suspects and many leads and a surprise ending.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    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 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 Petrie, a friend of Tabitha’s and the only other bridesmaid; Rudy Elliot, a friend of Tom’s who is in marketing, most recently for a salad dresssing, his father was one of the men who committed suicide after the crash; and Grant Palmer, a confident man who is rumored to be in with the mob. In a quiet moment, Tabitha confesses to Amory that she believes that Grant is trying to lure her father into the mob business. When Amory overhears the two men talking, it seems they know each other better than they pretend. Amory also witnesses Tom fighting with Grant; it seems Tom doesn’t want his past to come up again. But that could be for any reason, really. Perhaps he thinks his Midwestern past won’t fly with the high social group that is the circle Tabitha moves in. And with Grant being the most unpleasant person in this book, it isn't hard to believe that he’s the one who ends up dead, shot several times outside the Alden house. Milo and Amory are dragged into the underworld. Another great book in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Schilling

    I enjoyed this installment of the series.

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