a most novel revenge book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

A Most Novel Revenge is the third book in the Amory Ames mystery series and it is the first one I have had a chance to read.  I very much enjoyed it! It is a great cozy mystery set in the British countryside in the 1920’s.

Amory and Milo Ames are invited to Lyonsgate, at the behest of Amory’s cousin Laural. Laural doesn’t have a good feeling about the whole affair and with Amory being her best friend and with her recent experience solving crimes, she sees Amory as the perfect friend to have at her side.

Seven years previously a death happened at that same manor. After the fact, what the police claimed was a an accident, a ‘tell-all’ book, thinly disguised as fiction, came out suggesting it was murder. It also pointed the finger at one of the young men attending that night. Most of the people involved had their reputations seriously damaged, and the young man accused of the murder committed suicide, compounding the tragedy.

Now the person behind the book has finagled Reginald Lyons into inviting everyone who was there that fateful night back for a ‘reunion’. And against their better judgement, they all show up. Amory’s cousin Laural was one of those people and she convinces Reggi to procure extra invitations for Amory and Milo.

Of course, you can’t have a murder mystery without a murder–so someone is murdered, and no one is surprised when that person meets a terrible end. But it did leave a gaping big question of WHO did it. Since it was pretty obvious one of the guests in the house was the guilty party. Amory spent a lot of time before and after the murder trying to get to know people and understand what really happened at Lyonsgate seven years earlier. Then after the murder, she also added finding the murderer to her list of things to know.

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be great cozy mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie’s great detectives. Amory is likable and smart, but she isn’t a Mary Sue. The mystery was actually very well done and I didn’t even suspect the guilty party or the truth of the past. For those who like cozies this is definitely one to be added to the list.

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Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Minotaur Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.