Here I am, back again with another mystery series review. When I began this blog, I honestly believed, I would be reviewing fantasy since it’s what I had been reading the most of at that point. But, I guess, tastes change. The Amory Ames Mystery Series by Ashley Weaver caught my attention a while ago, but I was rather reluctant to start it. However, this series actually surpassed my expectations and I fell in love with so much about it.
What the Series is About:
This series follows our title character, Amory as she becomes embroiled in a series of murders. Each of these murders each happen within Amory’s acquaintances who happen to be part of England’s upper class. Like another series I’ve reviewed, (Sebastian St. Cyr Series by C.S. Harris, self-serving link here), her position in society gives her an edge over the police in solving these crimes. Her social status allows her to ask questions and observe people, the police could not. Her erstwhile husband often unwittingly gets involved in these investigations as well.
Each novel in the series is a self-contained mystery. A reader could pick up any of these books and be satisfied and not feel like they are missing any information. So far there is a total of 5 books and I sincerely hope for more.
What I Thought:
Like I mentioned earlier I sincerely enjoyed this series. I was often waiting anxiously for the next book to come in the mail (yes, I am a physical books kind of gal.) I loved so many things about this series including the setting, the mysteries, and the characters. This series is set in the early 1930’s but the troubled times does not seem to affect the upper class the characters are investigating all that much. These novels take place within the high society of 1930’s England with all the glitz and glamour you’d expect. The author included many delightful descriptions of the fashion and parties. These descriptions immersed you in the setting, world and time period.
The setting definitely made this a fun read and the mysteries were also compelling. Although, I think the mysteries could be a little overcomplicated and dramatic at times, especially in the fourth book. But overall, they were definitely entertaining and engrossing. But as engrossing as I think the mysteries are, the true strength of the series belongs to characters: Amory and Milo. They are characters who are definitely not what they seem to be at first. But to say anything more would probably be a spoiler. But needless to say, their relationship is what made these books stand out and kept me wanting more.
I loved this series and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good light read. Mystery lovers and romance lovers alike will love this series.
First Book in Series: Murder at the Brightwell