The Essence of Malice: A Mystery Audiobook, by Ashley Weaver Play Audiobook Sample

The Essence of Malice: A Mystery Audiobook

The Essence of Malice: A Mystery Audiobook, by Ashley Weaver Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Alison Larkin Publisher: Dreamscape Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Amory Ames Mysteries Release Date: September 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781520079325

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Longest Chapter Length:

28:35 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

34 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:16 minutes

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Publisher Description

Edgar Award finalist Ashley Weaver returns with the fourth installment in the Amory Ames mystery series. The Essence of Malice is filled with her trademark style, wit, and clever plotting, sure to delight and charm traditional mystery fans.

“For pity’s sake, darling, let me finish my coffee before you begin concocting schemes.”

When Amory Ames’s husband Milo receives a troubling letter from his childhood nanny, Madame Nanette, the couple travel to Paris where they become embroiled in a mystery surrounding the death of a famous parfumier. Helios Belanger died suddenly, shortly before the release of his new, highly anticipated perfume, and Madame Nanette, who works for his 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 Madame 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

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“This novel presents an intricate puzzle to solve. It has roots in the tradition of upper-crust amateur sleuths from the era but remains fresh and unpredictable. The main characters are sophisticated, stylish, and multidimensional. Effective hooks keep the action moving swiftly, and clever dialogue paired with well-developed atmosphere make it quite entertaining.”

— Historical Novel Society 


  • “Narrator Alison Larkin deftly delivers the French, English, and Italian accents, speech patterns, and personalities in this elegant mystery…Larkin portrays Amory as sweet yet gutsy, Milo sounds worldly and cocky, and Madame Nanette sounds like the quintessential nanny.”

    — 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)
  • “The scent of murder and betrayal fills the Paris air…The climactic surprise makes this the best of her mysteries to date.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “The power skirmishes between these equally clever spouses shine throughout.”

    — Publishers Weekly

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About Ashley Weaver

Ashley Weaver is the Edgar-nominated author of the Amory Ames Mystery series and the Electra McDonnell series. She has worked in libraries since she was fourteen and the technical-services coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, Louisiana.

About Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin is a playwright, stage actress, stand-up comic, voice artist, and Earphones Award–winning narrator whose wide range of voices can be heard in cartoons and movies, including Pocahontas and The Wonder Pets.