The essence of malice / Ashley Weaver.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Traveling to Paris with Milo to investigate the death of a famous parfumier, Amory discovers that the victim was about to release a highly anticipated new fragrance and had been targeted by industry rivals and heirs vying for control of his empire.
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    • ABNT:
      WEAVER, A. The essence of malice. First edition. [s. l.]: Minotaur Books, 2017. ISBN 9781250060464. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Weaver A. The Essence of Malice. First edition. Minotaur Books; 2017. Accessed September 21, 2020.
    • APA:
      Weaver, A. (2017). The essence of malice (First edition.). Minotaur Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Weaver, Ashley. 2017. The Essence of Malice. First edition. An Amory Ames Mystery: [Bk. 4]. Minotaur Books.
    • Harvard:
      Weaver, A. (2017) The essence of malice. First edition. Minotaur Books (An Amory Ames mystery: [bk. 4]). Available at: (Accessed: 21 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Weaver, A 2017, The essence of malice, First edition., An Amory Ames mystery: [bk. 4], Minotaur Books, viewed 21 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Weaver, Ashley. The Essence of Malice. First edition., Minotaur Books, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Weaver, Ashley. The Essence of Malice. First edition. An Amory Ames Mystery: [Bk. 4]. Minotaur Books, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Weaver A. The essence of malice [Internet]. First edition. Minotaur Books; 2017 [cited 2020 Sep 21]. (An Amory Ames mystery: [bk. 4]). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 September #1

The fourth in Weaver's cozy 1930s Amory Ames series finds Milo and Amory cutting short their Lake Como vacation to investigate a mysterious death in Paris (such a hard life!). Milo's former nanny calls upon the sleuthing couple to uncover whether or not her current employer (and former lover), the famous perfume magnate Helios Belanger, was murdered. Motives are plentiful (a betrayed wife with a new baby, two grown siblings fighting for control of the parfumerie, while a third worries he's about to lose his playboy lifestyle), and business rivals abound. The Ameses make a beautiful pair, stylish and clever, and Weaver infuses her story with all of the Golden Age splendor a reader could want. Who killed the passionate parfumier and why? What are all of the family members hiding—and where is the secret formula for the next big perfume launch? This is an excellent entrée into a delightful (librarian-penned) series. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 August #1

Bright socialite Amory and her devastatingly handsome husband, Milo, are called to Paris by Milo's former nanny, who now works for the noted parfumier Belanger family. The suspiciously sudden death of their patriarch, Helios, has complicated the family business since there is confusion over the will, and the formula for a fragrance scheduled for launch is missing. Motives for murder abound and Amory, always adept at devising schemes, insinuates herself into the Belanger clan by commissioning a perfume for herself while Milo disappears to conduct inquiries of his own. The spirited bickering between Milo and Amory will amuse readers, who will also be relieved to learn that Amory is no longer so insecure in her marriage. VERDICT The fourth addition (after A Most Novel Murder) to this lively historical series is one of its best with an evocative 1930s Parisian setting and an unexpected surprise climax. [See Prepub Alert, 3/23/17.]—ACT

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 June #4

The demise of famous French parfumier Helios Belanger, who dies shortly after surviving a small plane crash, drives Weaver's sparkling fourth 1930s historical featuring British socialite Amory Ames and her husband, Milo (after 2016's A Most Novel Revenge). Though the death is ruled a heart attack, Milo's former nanny, now employed by the Belanger family, asks Milo and Amory to investigate what she insists is murder. Shortly after arriving in Paris, the couple learn that confusion over Belanger's will has left his son and daughter battling for company control, the formula for their groundbreaking soon-to-be-launched fragrance is missing, and Belanger's young second wife may have a lover. Amory commissions a customized personal fragrance to insinuate herself into the family's lives and business, while Milo creates some mystery of his own by disappearing for inquiries he won't explain. Weaver so thoroughly assigns everyone in the victim's orbit a motive that her plotting feels mechanical at times, but the power skirmishes between these equally clever spouses shine throughout. Agent: Ann Collette, Rees Literary Agency. (Sept.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.