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Death Wears a Mask

Death Wears a Mask

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1930s: Just who is hiding behind the mask? And will he reveal himself?

  • ISBN: 978-0749019280
  • Genre: Cosy crime, Mystery

What you need to know before your trail

Amory Ames is looking forward to spending time with her errant husband Milo after an unexpected reconciliation. Staying at their London flat should do the trick. However that’s before Serena Barrington asks her to look into the disappearance of valuable jewelry snatched at a dinner party. She’s an old family friend so Amory can’s say no.

Thee plan is to lay a trap to catch the culprit at a lavish masked ball hosted by the notorious Viscount Dunmore. But then the plan goes out of the window when one of the illustrious party guests is murdered!

Amory is pulled back into the world of detection, enlisted by old ally Detective Inspector Jones. And in a world of masked balls and disguises where nothing is as it seems

Travel Guide

1930sLondon

This is a world of masked balls, of dancing and visiting Lord Viscounts. A world where beautiful clothes beautiful people shimmy down the corridors of lavish balls. Ones where people  dress up and hide behind masks of all descriptions.

This is an era of class, of class wars, an era stuck between the two world wars. Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie. Amory herself has an errant husband who seems to be getting raather close to a French singer. Meanwhile, hiding in one of the bedrooms to catch out a killer, Amory herself has to fend off the unwarranted attentions of a Count. A grandfather clock stands and chimes in the hall, rubies have been found on the stairs and men and women in masks wander the halls trying to guess who they are passing by. Music ringing in their ears, dresses sashaying down the great staircase and a crowd of strangers with a killer amongst them.

The novel showcases regal London in all its glory – from the clubs of Pall Mall, to the luxury residential squares in the smartest parts of town. A visit to a tea shop and perhaps Liberty’s to buy a frock and mask for an evening ball should also be on your list of things to do to get further into this novel.

Booktrailer Review

Susan: @thebooktrailer

What a joy of a novel. A mystery, wrapped in another mystery, all wrapped up with a feather boa and delivered by someone in an decadent mask. Narrated by the woman who has an errant husband and who then finds herself involved in one mystery after another.

This was decadent from the word go. Just what a vintage mystery should be – and I loved the insights into the characters, all so well drawn despite their faces hidden behind masks. Who had taken the jewels? How had that young man been murdered and why? All in a house full of people….not a locked room mystery but a grand old house where guests mingle with a murderer.  I couldn’t have felt more involved in this novel if I’d had worn long gloves, smoked a cigarette from a dainty holder and quaffed champagne as I read.

It’s described as an Agatha Christie -sque romp and I think that’s an apt description. A whole lot of fun and I’m looking forward to more!

Booktrail Boarding Pass Information:   Death Wears a Mask

Author/Guide: Ashley Weaver Destination: London  Departure Time: 1932

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