Release Date: Sep 8, 2020
Series: An Amory Ames Mystery
Imprint: Minotaur Books
Life is sweet as lavender honey for Mrs. Amory Ames, who along with her husband Milo, await the birth of their first-born, while currently residing at their country estate. The year is 1934 and Thornecrest at Allingcross, Kent with its countryside charm and its cordial, friendly residents, has provided Amory a calm and pleasant respite from the chaos of before… This is the seventh book in the cozy Amory Ames Mystery series by Author Ashley Weaver.
The story sets off with an unexpected visitor claiming to be close to her husband, Milo. A bit of a diversion from the author to remind you of the tumultuous history between the couple. At this point, I naively presumed and conjured all sorts of ideas of where this story was heading. I was wrong. Intrigued by the circumstances the visitor presents, Amory must place trust in the stable relationship she currently has with Milo. The presence of the visitor remains to be answered and thus begins the first mystery.
Encouragingly, the story develops, and several new characters are introduced, and life goes on in Allingcross. With excitement towards the upcoming Springtide Festival, crafts, edible goods, along with horse racing are among the attractions featured. After a slow-build introduction, this is where the events gallop to murder.
With daring determination, and no time to spare, Amory tentatively questions her suspects while enjoying numerous cups of tea. Strong, independent, curious and smart, she decides she must once again put together the pieces of a complicated (multiple) murder-mystery. Excellently, narrated by Amory, she (Amory) consumes the narrative and the supportive characters take a turn playing suspects. I would describe this mystery as gentle, elegant, and luring with minimal suspense. The difficult history with Milo and her previous experience solving murders, I feel, gives her a confidence, perhaps lacking in a novice sleuth.
A bit unfortunate how murders seem to happen around her (Amory), but certainly fortunate for the readers and followers who enjoy this series will enjoy this book too.
When murder happens close to home and suspects abound among friends, she will have to dig deep to unravel some unpleasant secrets in order to solve this. After all, no one wants to suspect their family, friends or acquaintances. Perhaps, she’ll solve this while enjoying some rosemary tea!