The Essence of Malice

A Mystery

The fourth Amory Ames Mystery takes our amateur detective to France.

By Ashley Weaver Read by Alison Larkin Cozy Mystery / Detective / Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers English, Unabridged 9h 58m Sell Sheet Also available on
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Part 4 of the An Amory Ames Mystery series.

							When Milo Ames receives a troubling letter from his childhood nanny, Madame Nanette, he and Amory travel to Paris where they are soon embroiled in a mystery surrounding the death of a famous parfumier. Helios Belanger died suddenly, shortly before the release of his newest, highly anticipated perfume, and Madame Nanette, who works for the family, is convinced that her employer's death was not due to natural causes. 

The more Amory and Milo look into the motives of industry rivals and the Belanger heirs who are vying for control of his perfume empire, the more they are convinced that Nanette may be right. When secrets unfold and things take a dangerous turn, Amory and Milo must work quickly to uncover the essence of the matter and catch a killer before the scent goes cold.

"Narrator Alison Larkin deftly delivers the French, English, and Italian accents, speech patterns, and personalities in this elegant mystery. A clever conclusion adds satisfaction with this mystery." - Audiofile

"The fourth addition to this lively historical series is one of its best with an evocative 1930s Parisian setting and an unexpected surprise climax." - Library Journal, Starred Review

"Sparkling...the power skirmishes between these equally clever spouses shine throughout." - Publishers Weekly

"The scent of murder and betrayal fills the Paris air...Weaver, a librarian, has a deft touch with the 1930s' upper-class repartee. The climactic surprise makes this the best of her mysteries to date." - Kirkus Reviews