Advance Galley Reviews
I was caught up in the newest Amanda Quick book, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, in the first paragraph and held from beginning to end. What a great snow day read! Wonderful characters in a plot with many twists and turns, and a surprise ending. I love all of the author’s work, whether she is writing as Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle, or Amanda Quick. Superb storytelling at its best: murder, mystery, suspense, romance, captivating characters, and twisty plots. Subtle yet masterful strokes build the characters to become real people that we would like to meet, and craft a different time (Packard coupe, no cell phones, no dusting for fingerprints) and place that come alive. All the clues are there to solve the mystery if you can find them - A Great Read!
This was the first book that I had read from Amanda Quick, however will not be the last. The book starts with the murder of Anna Harris' boss who she finds out was not what she seemed. She is drawn to California and ends up at the burning cove where she must solve the mystery with the owner. There are more murders and she somehow is connected to each one. This book had the perfect blend of mystery, thriller, and romance. Everything is not what it seems and it is up to Anna to figure out who she can trust and to save herself.
All I can say is: WOW!! I feel so privileged to have received an advance copy of Amanda Quick’s new book, The Girl Who Knew Too Much! This was another great read by the talented Jayne Ann Krentz! Ms. Quick has ventured into a new era - pre World War II - and weaved a wonderful story. The first 50 pages pretty much sets the stage for the mystery, or should I say mysteries. The writing is superb and the story just seems to get better and better as you get further into the book! By about the 75th page, I could not put the book down until I finished it. I thought I had the one mystery solved early on, but was completely wrong! The surprises just kept coming. I definitely recommend this book!
This was my first Amanda Quick book. I loved it. Many twists and turns. Lots of mystery with just the right amount of romance. The setting was early Hollywood. A time when signing an acting contract meant ownership. The Girl Who Knew Too Much catches your attention before you turn the first page and holds it until you turn the last page. A definite must read.
I loved this book! Please tell me this is the first entry in a new series set in Burning Cove. The town is on the California coast and seems to be supported mainly by the luxurious hotel owned by ex-magician Oliver Ward and by an exclusive nightclub owned by a man with ties to the mob. Inexplicably the two have become friends in the short couple of years the hotel has existed. They both cater to the rich and famous, allowing wanted publicity and preventing intrusive snooping. This story centers on Oliver and newcomer/reporter Irene, who appears on the scene to conduct an interview she was invited to. Unfortunately her subject is past interviewing, floating in the pool. Irene is investigating a movie star who is somehow connected to a string of unfortunate accidents, the last one having just happened. Oliver teams up with her to find the murderer. The situation becomes more complicated when the studio tries to protect their star. And even more dangerous when Irene's past catches up with her. The mysterious nightclub owner steps in to help find a killer (or two) and protect his friends. This tale begins on the east coast and is resolved on the west coast. Hopefully the next book will answer some questions about the nightclub owner.
I'm a big fan of Amanda Quick and have read all her books. This book had all the elements that make her books so good! I love mysteries with a touch of romance. I will say I was a little confused in the very
beginning, just trying to keep the story straight. That quickly changed and I had to make myself stop reading and go to bed. I will be waiting patiently for her next book!!
Thanks for the opportunity to read it first!!
I was so excited to be able to read an Amanda Quick novel before it was published. I have read so many of her book, Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick aka Jayne Castle. There has not been one novel that I didn't enjoy...until now. The characters were not developed, the plot was slow and there was no mystery. If her (Amanda Quick) next novel is similar to this one, I don't think I will be reading any more of them.
Personal Assistant Anna Harris discovers her murdered boss one evening and takes the warning her boss wrote in blood - Run - as very good advice. When she goes to her stash of cash, she discovers that her boss had added more cash and a notebook written in code to it.
It's the 1930s and many people are reinventing themselves in Los Angeles, California. Anna - now Irene Glasson - has traded in her secretarial skills and now works as a reporter for a Hollywood gossip paper. When her mentor is found drowned in her bathtub, Irene is determined to investigate. Her investigation leads her to the Burning Cove Hotel which caters to the rich and famous. Many actors and actresses go there and are protected from unwanted publicity. When Irene arrives, budding actress Gloria Maitland is floating dead in the hotel pool and Irene hears stealthy footsteps coming her way. Irene's immediate thought is that Gloria's former boyfriend Nick Tremayne is involved.
Oliver Ward is the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel. He was a former stage magician but a magic trick gone wrong has left him with a permanent limp and the need for a new career. He is determined to discover who is killing guests at his hotel and is eager to team up with Irene. The two are attracted but neither is quick to trust. The two begin their investigation and have to deal with still another mysterious death which almost caused the deaths of the pair of them.
There are a variety of suspects including a deluded fan of Nick Tremayne who wants to help him out when it looks like he might be accused of murder. Then there is the man who killed Irene's boss and who really needs the notebook that came to California with her. Also throwing their weight around are movie studio fixers who will do anything to protect the reputation of Nick Tremayne.
This was an engaging story with interesting characters. Irene was smart, independent, and a modern woman. Oliver was a nicely mysterious hero. I liked the romance that developed between Irene and Oliver. I liked the time period and setting. Hollywood in the 1930s was a fascinating time period.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This book was a fun read and I had a hard time putting it down. The plot takes place in the 1930's in Hollywood, which is an era that I've always been fascinated with, so I had a feeling I would already love this book for that very reason. I found the story to be well-developed and intriguing throughout the entire book. There were a lot of characters to keep up with, but I found each character's backstory interesting and when the murderer was revealed towards the end I was surprised at who it was. I thought the author did a clever job leading us to believe it was one character who the primary suspect when in fact it was someone more unexpected. I also enjoyed the banter between the main character and the ex-magician and that their romance wasn't the primary focus of this story. Overall, it was a great story and I want to read other books that Amanda Quick has written.
Quicky, dangerous, and full of passion!
Thanks first to read.com for this ARC.
Irene and Oliver's love story is full of passion, adventure, and danger with truly great scenery in the background. you'll want to visit Burning Cove if you could.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much is set in 1930s Hollywood, with the glitz and glamour of the rich & famous and all-powerful movie studios that can make or break the next big star. Anna Harris has fled upstate New York, with a killer on her heels, and heads to LA to escape and hide. She changes her name to Irene and gets a job as a gossip reporter for a small society rag. Working on a story about up and coming star Nick Tremayne, Irene gets involved in a murder mystery, centered in the fashionable Burning Cove Hotel. There, Irene meets Oliver Ward, a former magician and proprietor of the exclusive resort. They decide to join forces to solve the mystery - Irene so she can get her story, and Oliver so he can protect the reputation of his hotel... and protect Irene as well.
This is a different time period than other Amanda Quick books and I liked it. In 1930s Hollywood, the movie studios really could do anything they wanted in order to make a buck. I felt the story really worked whenever Irene and Oliver were together. They made a great team and you could see their romance growing. As in most recent Amanda Quick books, the sex scenes are mostly glossed over and assumed, rather than showing the details. The secondary characters such as Uncle Chester and Luther Pell were very interesting and entertaining.
I will say that it was very hard to get through the beginning of the book because so many new characters were introduced and even had their own POV storyline. This made it very confusing to figure out who was who. However, once the story focused on Irene and Oliver, it really started to get very good. I like how all the loose ends were tied up at the end of the book but also left open some thoughts for a sequel with some of the characters.
I received an advanced galley of this book from the Penguin First to Read program. All thoughts are my own.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much was a fun read that captured the glamor and the gangster side of the 30s in Hollywood. The story twined two mysteries surrounding the heroine in and out throughout the book, one stemming from the heroine's past and one in the present. This duality added to the action and suspense in places, but only one plot line was fully developed although both were resolved.
I had slightly mixed feelings overall about this book. The characters and scene were very well handled, but the dual plot line diluted the focus of the story somewhat (in my opinion). The main characters fell into agreeable partnership with less strain and conflict than I would have expected for two strangers, one of whom was hiding some pretty significant secrets. However, I did enjoy the story and will certainly continue to devour anything coming from the pen of Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz as soon as it becomes available!
I thank Penguin's First To Read program for the early access to this fun book by one of my favorite authors.
I really, really enjoyed this book, even more than I thought I would. I've never been a big mystery reader, but I think this book may change that. The story was fast-paced, exciting, suspenseful, and romantic, and I didn't want it to end. And the ending! I didn't see it coming at all. Amanda Quick is clearly a talented writer, and I look forward to reading more from her. Highly recommended.
Another wonderful historical from Amanda Quick. With her usual flair this time she evokes the mystic of 1930's Hollywood. The suspense builds as the bodies start piling up and our heroes are caught in the thick of things. A great read overall.
I loved this book! While it still had the same theme that her other novels have, it is a new time period and new characters. I particularly liked that it is set in 1930s Hollywood. I can easily see a second novel coming our way and I have to say I can't wait.
This is a new time and new set of characters for Amanda Quick. Set in the 1930's there is mystery, tension and of course romance. I loved Irene and Oliver, the two main characters. Irene is an independent woman who finds herself in the middle of two mysteries. She has to reinvent herself to survive. She meets Olive who has also had to make a new life. The two are a perfect match. While solving the two mysteries there are several side characters introduced who look like they will have their own story sometime in the future. Like all Quick stories look for great characters, a interesting story line, and fun dialog.
Thank you to First to Read for the copy of The Girl Who Knew Too Much! What a Read. This book is a rapid read from the beginning. The action never stops and you find yourself hunting for a dull moment just so you can get yourself a drink! Doesn't happen! Murder, girl on the run, more murder, actors, magician, mob connections, a book filled with calculations, all keep you flipping the pages as fast as possible. If this is the way this series is going to continue....count me in. Burning Cove may just be the place to be for a very long time. LOVED it!
I have read other books by Amanda Quick. She made a time jump from previous novels and this one is set in the 1930s. I rooted for Anna/Irene to get out of danger, and I enjoyed the romance with former magician Oliver. His background in magic comes in handy when he partners with Irene to solve a series of murders. The mystery aspects of the story were intriguing, and I appreciated the glimpses into the movie studio system of that era. I did not mind the shifting points of view as it was interesting to read the story partially from one of the villain's perspectives. I would be interested in reading other stories set in Burning Cove following some of the supporting characters.
I love Jayne Ann Krentz (and all her alter egos, Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle, & etc), she is one of my go-to writers for a good solid, enjoyable storyline.
I did really like this book. My one problem is that there were so many different POVs that it seemed to take a lot of time (and pages) away from the main characters. I would have liked it even more if the focus had stayed on them, the MCs.
Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle) writes historical romantic thrillers and is one of my read-everything-of-hers-as-soon-as-it-comes-out authors. The Girl Who Knew Too Much is set in a different period than Quick's usual milieu: 1930s Hollywood - well, actually, at a posh resort a bit north of Hollywood, where the movers and shakers of the entertainment industry of that era, and its hottest stars, go to unwind and party. Irene, running from a murderer, disappears from New York and reinvents herself as a Hollywood gossip rag reporter. On the job, she stumbles upon a murder at the resort and comes up against Oliver Ward, former star magician who had been badly injured in his last act and who has reinvented himself as a hotel magnate and owner of the resort. They join forces to solve the murder and, in the best tradition of the genre, find themselves romantically, if reluctantly, attracted to each other. I'd have liked a bit more humor in the story and wished more had been made of the magician's props, but otherwise found the novel - which I read in two sittings - a lot of fun. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic thrillers and is looking for a light, easy read, especially if they are drawn to the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Having read most of Amanda Quick's(Jayne Ann Krentz) novels, I was
concerned about the jump to the twentieth century. My fears were all for nothing. The characters were complex and carefully constructed. I did not expect the identity of the killer and the details of the secondary storyline were neatly tied up in the final chapters. I highly recommend The Girl Who Knew Too Much.