Ava attends London Fashion Week for the launch of the PÖ fashion line, one of the major investments she and her partners in the Three Sisters - May Ling Wong and Amanda Yee - have made during the last year. With the exponential expansion of the luxury-brand market in China, Ava and her partners are determined to see a young Chinese designer break out in Europe and North America, and they go full out in London.
The show is a success, but perhaps too much of one. It attracts the attention of Dominic Ventola, the principal partner in the luxury fashion conglomerate VLG. The women are invited to Milan to meet with Ventola and senior executives in his company. VLG offers to buy the Three Sisters’ stake in PÖ. Ava and her partners decline. A few days later, PÖ comes under attack in the fashion media, and a large part of their customer base is pressured by VLG to abandon them.
Ava decides to strike back and turns to Xu for assistance, leading to a confrontation between two of the world’s biggest global crime syndicates: the Camorra and the Triad.
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Great performance if it’s little slow
Narrator does great capturing Ava’s calm but it felt a little slow. I listened at 1.25 speed and it was perfect.
Excellent Narration of Ava Lee
This is the ninth Ava Lee book, and an intriguing look into the world of high priced fashion. With action in London, Milan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macao and Toronto, we have Ava and the Three Sisters on the move supporting their nascent design business.
The new narrator, Grace Lynn Kung is a good fit for Ava, and handles the Chinese place names well, an important improvement.
If you’ve never read an Ava Lee book, don’t worry. Just jump right in and have fun! If you have read earlier books in the series, you’re in for an excellent addition.