The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Amanda Quick

A historical romance brimming with seduction and thrills, The Girl Who Knew Too Much delivers the dangerous mystery and romance Amanda Quick's readers will love.

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Amanda Quick, the bestselling author of ’Til Death Do Us Part, transports readers to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins…

When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…
The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.
Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…
With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…

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I liked this book. I would give it a solid 4 because I found in places it fell flat, but otherwise it was an excellent read. I love the time period of which it was set.

This was a fun read, but felt a bit bland and shallow. I have read some of Quick's earlier works, and this one didn't feel like it lived up to those. The thriller/mystery aspect was really interesting, but the romance was a bit uninspired (which, given this is a romance book, is a problem). Maybe if Quick had focused more on the mystery and less on the romance, I would have liked it better.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much was an excellent easy read! Set in the 1930's it opens with Anna Harris finding her employer murdered. She reinvents herself as Irene Glasson in LA. She soon finds herself in the middle of three new murders and a new romance. Irene must work to figure out the killer before it is too late. Overall this book was fantastic. At some points I was annoyed by Irene/Anna and her decisions but that was minimal compared to the plot of the book. This definitely makes me want to read more by Quick!

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick has so many fun elements, perfect for a summer read. A heroine on the run. An handsome hero. A glitzy 1930s Hollywood setting. A mob connection. Some magic. A little romance. This is my first book by Amanda Quick who was born Jayne Castle and also writes under the name Jayne Ann Krentz. So, I cannot compare it to other books. I just know I am adding this author to my list for when I need a quick, light escape into a fictional world. Read my complete review at Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

In Amanda Quick's the Girl Who Knew Too Much, this tale takes you to the 1930s in this novel that's a cross of historical romance and romantic suspense. For Anna Harris, she had witnessed her former boss's death and discovered a secret notebook. From there, she leaves NYC to Hollywood, changed her name to Irene Glasson, and become a gossip reporter. When she becomes entrenched into a hot story featuring actor Nick Tremayne, she uncovers the truth behind the first death. Along the way, she meets Oliver Ward, a former magician and now the owner of Burning Cove Hotel in California. In an instant, there's a brewing chemistry between them. But the more she dig deeper to the truth to find a connection, she's evicted, loses her job, and threatened by others, when the past had caught up with her. When she fills Oliver in, he helps her set a trap to eliminate him as a threat, since he cares for her. In the end, she had thought she had it put together when the true culprit prepares to do away with her unless she could get to her first in a shocking ending.

You know, I felt like I was expecting more from The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick than what I actually got. It was an okay story, but I have some thoughts about this one. At first glance, The Girl Who Knew Too Much has a very interesting premise. I was interested more in how the mystery would work with the time period this book was set in. 1930s California, that’s what the synopsis said, and I did see hints of elements that alluded to the time period. This is definitely a romantic suspense novel. On top of the both mysteries, there was a heavy emphasis on the romance. It didn’t start out that way. The beginning was really good. I got the sense of urgency that the character felt, and the danger was front and center. But as the story progressed, the focus seemed to shift a little. There was a lot going on—and I mean A LOT—and I almost feel like some aspects of the story weren’t given enough time. That brings me to the conflict. The initial start of the whole thing was incredible. It wasn’t necessarily packed to the brim with action, but the opening chapters set up an atmosphere of suspense. However, the end was just okay—and a little anticlimactic—which makes me kind of sad because the beginning was so strong. Irene Glasson was an okay character. I liked her more in the beginning, some of her decisions were just kind of meh, but her character development turned out to be alright. The rest of the characters were pretty interesting, but I just don’t have anything to say about them. Overall, The Girl Who Knew Too Much was a pretty average read for me, and I would definitely consider picking up another book by this author. This copy of the book was provided by First to Read (Publisher) for this review, thank you!

I must be the odd woman/man out. I could not read this no matter how I tried. And I tried. I stopped and started about 5 times. I love historical Fiction but this just could not grab my attention. Sorry but it was a DNF for me.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much is a new novel by Amanda Quick. Ms. Quick takes us back to the 1930s. Anna Harris is checking on her employer, Helen Spencer and discovers her dead in her bedroom. On the wall written in blood is the word “run”. Anna heads to her room and pulls out the box where she stored her savings. Inside she finds a letter, a brown notebook and money that she did not put in the box. The letter is from Helen advising her to disappear. Four months later, Irene Glassen (aka Anna Harris) is on assignment in Burning Cove, California for The Whispers, a Hollywood gossip magazine. Irene is at The Burning Cove Hotel in the pool area for a late-night meeting with Gloria Maitland. Gloria told Irene that she had some juicy gossip on Nick Tremayne, an actor whose star is on the rise. Unfortunately, someone arrived before Irene, and Gloria is now floating face down in the pool. Irene hears someone else in the room and quickly escapes. Oliver Ward, former magician who owns the hotel, agrees to work with Irene to get answers. Oliver will tolerate many things, but murder is not one of them. They pair up to solve the case, but Gloria is just one in a line of victims tied to Nick Tremayne. Tremayne’s studio is not happy with Irene’s interest in their star and puts the pressure on to get her stopped. Meanwhile, the man who killed Helen Spencer has been hunting for Anna for the last four months. He wants the notebook back and will delightfully eliminate any one in his path. Ward is intrigued with Irene from the moment he laid eyes on her and will protect her at all costs—if she will let him. Will they make it through the week alive or will someone be writing their obituary? The Girl Who Knew Too Much grabbed my attention right away. This book is a departure from Amanda Quick’s normal historical paranormal novels. I found The Girl Who Knew Too Much to be nicely written and engaging. I thought the author did a good job at capturing the era and locale. The mysteries are complex (especially the one involving the brown notebook). I thought the Nick Tremayne storyline to be more intriguing and many readers will not be able to figure out the identity of the killer. I did think that the author tried to cram too much into one book (there was just one thing after another). I give The Girl Who Knew Too Much 4 out of 5 stars. There is, of course, the requisite romance (every book I read seems to have a romantic entanglement) between the main characters (a burning attraction). The story has a good ending and the author wrapped up all the various storylines (I especially loved a certain secretary’s ending). There are a couple of slow sections, but they are quickly gotten through. The Girl Who Knew Much is a good novel to read on a Saturday evening with a cool beverage.

Good but not one of my favorites. I think it had more to do with the time period it was written in. I prefer my historical before the 1900s.

I really enjoyed this book. I will admit it took me a while to get started on it but once I started reading it I found it hard to put down. The story was very interesting and intriguing. It was a mix of mystery and romance which I loved. It seemed like there was danger at every turn and you never knew where the danger was coming from. The actual killer was a surprise to me. Once I thought I had it figured out it ended up being someone I hadn't really suspected.

I really enjoyed this book; in fact I read it twice. I was a little leery, because the time period of the 1930’s is not one of my favorite eras. However, Amanda Quick has written a fun and exciting tale of a young woman on her own, who returns to her employer’s home one day to find her dead, leaving the word “run” written in blood. The heroine packs, takes a mysterious notebook she finds in her belongings, jumps in her Packard and ends up on Route 66 to California. In California, as luck would have it, she again stumbles across a murder, but this time she has the help of Luther, a former magician. The story unfolds from there keeping the reader in suspense, until the very end. The very last chapter involves another young woman in another perilous situation, which she handles adeptly. Hint: sequel coming, and I can’t wait! A must read for Amanda Quick fans. I was given a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish! It was like a classic Hollywood murder mystery movie but in written form, and the balance between the mystery and the romance were just right for me. Having read historical by Amanda Quick in the past, I wasn't sure how this book would compare. Although the feel of the story was different, I enjoyed getting to know characters like Irene and Oliver. I would recommend this book to readers who have enjoyed other books by Quick, and I am glad to have read it first through Penguins First To Read program.

Things are harrowing from the start for personal secretary turned fledgling gossip reporter Anna Harris/Irene Glasson. Confused yet? Just wait. Anna Harris, the secretary, finds her boss, New York socialite, Helen Spencer dead. There's a message scrawled in above her head. In her own blood, no less. A mysterious notebook that the young Miss Harris must now guard with her life, and one of those "if you are reading this I'm dead" letters that we all know and love. Oh wait! Did I not mention that Miss Harris was also left with large amounts of cash, and a really snazzy getaway car. Wow, those dying society ladies really do think of everything. So.... We skip ahead a few months.... Miss Harris, now Miss Glasson, is now a fledgling gossip columnist for Whispers. The Enquirer/ Page 6 of the 1930's Hollywood set. And...wait for it!!! Miss Harris, now Miss Glasson once again finds herself on the periphery of a murder. No really! It happens again. Only this time, at a really exclusive hotel in California, in a pool, the murder victim is a young starlet who may have been engaging in a little blackmail, and Anna/Irene was supposed to meet said starlet for a little chat. But she finds the body instead. Go figure! Now comes the part where we meet Oliver Ward. Ex world-class magician turned hotelier. Who has a limp with a story behind it that he's not telling. Good looks that Anna/Irene can't seem to resist, and a burning need to solve this murder himself. With Anna/Irene's assistance of course. Now added into this adventure are a whole slew of murderous attorneys, nervous star wranglers, movie executives, and disgruntled leading actors. All with those pesky secrets to keep. Just in case you're wondering... The portion of the story that was just relayed to you takes place within the first 50 pages of this 400 page read. Meaning that you as the reader, are in for a lot of secrets. What this book offers readers is a very well written attempt at a complex plot, achieved through character loading and multiple story lines. In short, too much of a good thing. This is literally a story that both the reader and the main characters can, and often do "get lost in". By the time that this book reaches its midpoint, one is compelled to keep reading if for no other reason than to justify the sheer amount of effort that has been invested to track event to that point. Please do not infer that my previous statement implies a lack of readability of this work, in any case. It is because the opposite is true, that the needless superfluity of characters and subplots does this story such a disservice. The mystery and all that it entails, supplants any romantic kindlings sparked between Oliver and Irene until well past a point of contextual relevance. But fear not. For in this case, the adage "better late than never" does apply. And... Checking a final tick in the plus column. The glitz and glamour of Hollywood. This book and its author do a wonderful job at presenting the reader with an almost panoramic view of old Hollywood at its best and worst. When the studio was king, and fairytales really did come true. The Girl Who Knew Too Much is a very readable case of the plot that did too much. Proving that there indeed can be "too much of a good thing."

I love Amanda Quick's historical fiction and her contemporary romance under the name Jayne Ann Krentz. In this story, she takes the reader to 1930s Hollywood with all of the glitz, glamour, romance and seedy underbelly that you would expect. I will agree with others that this historical romance is a bit different from Amanda Quick's usual fare, but I really enjoyed it. I liked the mystery and the romance. It is overall a fun summer historical with an engaging mystery and a clever romance that had the feel of a vintage movie.

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 give this a five of five stars. I love the suspense and the romance. Irene has secrets and is a reporter. She wants to uncover what is going on at the Burning Cove Hotel. Here is where she meets Oliver Ward and Nick Tremayne. There are many twists and turns throughout this story. I was very surprised at the end. I received an ebook copy from Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

This book read like a parody of a bad B-movie. Maybe that was intentional, but it certainly is not a writing style that I enjoy. Everything was explained rather than just showing actions and letting the reader draw their own conclusions. "She hesitated. Something told her that she had to know what was inside the velvet bag. Perhaps the contents will explain what had happened that night." The dialogue felt stilted and artificial. Also, details seemed off, like when a character demanded to be made vice president of a law firm although firms aren't structured that way (but maybe they were in the 1930s?). In any event, I was not liking this book so I abandoned it and I don't feel inclined to try anything else by this author. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

This is very different from other books that I have read by Amanda. It's not as great as the others, but it is not terrible. It's less about romance and more about mystery and drama. I like the storyline and the characters, it's very interesting and it's worth the read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from First To Read. This is my voluntary and honest opinion of it.

This was an enjoyable mystery with a great sense of time and place. The characters were interesting and well-developed. The story is set in the 1930s in the Hollywood area with a journalist heroine and former magician, now hotel owner hero. They were smart, believable, and had a good chemistry. Every supporting character in this story was well-drawn and I'm hoping we will see more of them as well as the main characters in future books. The book focused on two mysteries and both were interesting, but I felt that the first mystery fell by the wayside a bit as the second mystery unfolded. Overall this was a great read and a nice addition to Quick's body of work.

5 stars, The Girl Who Knew Too Much is an exciting mystery set in the 1930s. Our story begins at a mansion in upstate New York when Anna Harris finds her employer, Helen Spencer, murdered. Helen left Anna a bunch of cash, a notebook full of equations, and a note Anna revealing that the notebook puts her in danger and telling her to run. Anna decides to head out to where so many people looking to start over go, to California. Once in Los Angeles, Anna changes her name to Irene Glasson and takes a job as a reporter for a Hollywood gossip rag. A story about an actor, Nick Tremayne, leads Irene to the Burning Cove Hotel. She finds that the actress she came to interview has been murdered. Irene assumes Tremayne was behind the murder and decides to stay in Burning Cove to gather evidence. Oliver Ward, the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel decides to work with Irene. Oliver used to be a famous magician until an accident permanently injured his leg. The murder makes headlines and brings the man that murdered Helen and who has been searching for the notebook to Burning Cove. Oliver and Irene began to grow closer and Irene tells Oliver everything about Helen and the notebook. The murder in Burning Cove Hotel is still unsolved and now another killer is in their midst. Can Irene and Oliver stop both killers? The story has a good pace and action that keeps you interested in reading more. The characters are great and well written. Irene was strong, smart, and stubborn. Oliver was kind, brave, and stubborn as well. The romance between Irene and Oliver was realistic and sweet. They had a lot in common and grew closer over they investigation. The secondary characters are also entertaining. The California setting is well described and you can get a picture of the hotel and scenery. The story does have a sex scene, but nothing overly racy. Besides fires and gun shots, the story does not have any violence or gory scenes. No cliffhanger ending, the ending wrapped up the mystery and closed most loose ends. I enjoyed this book and would check out others by the author. Fans of historical mysteries and stories about old Hollywood would like this book.

Irene Glasson, having discovered the body of her boss with the message "run" scrawled in blood has done just that, landing in Hollywood, all the way across the country from the murder scene. She has reinvented herself in early 1930's Hollywood as a gossip reporter. There is plenty of gossip to go around in Hollywood and after a tip from a wannabe actress, she arranges to meet the tipster at an exclusive resort in the small town of Burning Cove. She is to meet the actress at the pool, but when she arrives history repeats itself. The actress is sprawled on the bottom of the pool, very dead. The owner of the resort, mysterious former famous stage magician Oliver Ward is not about to let a scandal run his resort. Irene is determined to get the story to bolster her fledgling career; but, her past may be catching up with her. I have read several of Amanda Quick's novels over the years; as well as her books written under the names of Jayne Anne Krentz, and Jayne Castle. She usually delivers a solid and entertaining quick read. The period detail in The Girl Who Knew Too Much is well done, showing the glamor and seamy side of early Hollywood. However, I found these characters a bit undeveloped and the romance rushed. Several of the supporting characters were more interesting than Irene and Oliver. The creepy assassin chasing her, for instance, was dispatched a little too easily and the whole story wrapped up too tidily. I received a digital ARC through First to Read. The opinions above are my own.

4 stars. This was a quick, light and entertaining read about a woman on the run, an injured ex-magician and a famous actor who may be a murderer. I thought there could have been a bit more depth to the characters with fewer points-of-view changes but overall this was an enjoyable reading experience.

3 1/2 Stars I don't know if it's because I've been reading Amanda Quick's books for so long, but The Girl Who Knew Too Much was so similar to the other historical fiction books she's written that it took some of the enjoyment away. Although the setting of the Golden Age of Hollywood was different then the settings of her other books, there was something missing that kept me from feeling as though I was there. In addition, the two main characters were likable, but again, too similar to ones seen in previous books. This isn't a bad book. It's a quick read and fans of historical romance/mysteries should enjoy it. I look forward to the author's next book and I'm hoping she comes up with something a little different.

I've read this Amanda Quick's book and the feeling I've had is a JAK book. As it is a time very similar to us, I've enjoyed a lot the book, but I haven't felt the historical vibe, something that doesn't bother me as I prefer the contemporary romances.

This book quickly draws you in and keeps you guessing to the very end. This book had very believable and likable characters. It had a little bit of romance and a few misdirections, but what can you expect when the main character is a famous magician.

I read Amanda Quick novels as soon as they come out and have for years. "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" is a welcome addition to her work. A historical set on both coasts, it delivers on both mystery and romance. Oliver is a suitably flawed hero who feels more human for his doubts and eccentricities, while Irene feels a little stilted but likeable. Their romance is credible even with the short-ish timeline of the book. I won't go into plot points, i.e the mystery, but I very much enjoyed that aspect of the book and will probably purchase in the long run for re-reading later. Another fine historical by Amanda Quick!

This book took you to 1930s Hollywood, where Irene and Oliver become quickly involved in solving a murder mystery. With a little romance thrown in, this was a very enjoyable quick read with a few good twist and turns. It was a little predictable, but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Amanda Quick's latest novel, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, follows Irene Glasson, a troubled young reporter running from a battered past. When she lands in L.A., she stumbles upon another mystery. The book cleverly intertwines the various mysteries throughout enabling the reader to try to solve the various mysteries. The structure of the novel and the well-rounded characters who each have their own say in the story, their own chapter to tell lend to the entertainment value of the novel. While I have never read anything by Quick, I could get a good sense of her writing style: simple, elegant, and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and while it may not have stimulated any deeper thinking within me, I found it entertaining and very in pace with the genre it borrowed from. The '30s mystery detective novel was back-dropped perfectly into the quiet Burning Cove town. Quick did an excellent job at crafting an entertaining and spell bounding novel. While some parts of the novel were slower than other, the various characters and different scenarios happening within the novel allowed me to be entertained throughout the whole thing. It was a good, quick read and I would look into reading more from this author.

I just didn't like it. I didn't finish it. I can't explain why it did not grab me.

The Girl Who Knew Much is another excellent adventure from Quick. Irene finds herself fleeing for her life when she finds her employer dead and ends up in Hollywood. Making friends as well as enemies goes with the territory for Hollywood's newest reporter, but when Irene finds her second dead body she finds herself thrust in the middle of a second mystery. Irene along with new partner Oliver who has a few secrets of his own find themselves trying to stop not one but two killers before they strike again. Quick does a great job at making both Irene and Oliver compelling characters that the reader can't help but root for. In developing the characters' new partnership, Quick also allows both characters to deal with the ghosts of their past. I also liked the secondary characters in the story such as Luke, Oliver's friend, as well as Oliver's unique staff from his days as a magician. I always love when books have great secondary characters as well as the leads because it makes the overall story more enjoyable. The book combines mystery, intrigue, romance, adventure, and some humor making for a very enjoyable read. I also enjoyed how Quick resolved both major mysteries giving the reader enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Overall The Girl Who Knew Too Much was a great read that I would most definitely recommend. Received a copy of The Girl Who Knew Too Much from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The writing and pacing are the strong parts to this novel, as the mysteries were not much more predictable than a Scooby Doo episode. The romance was more than serviceable, though the male lead seems stale and two dimensional at times. While not Ms. Quick's strongest showing, it was a fast read and highly useful as entertainment before bed.

I love Amanda Quick books and I wasn't disappointed. However, this seemed to be a departure for her as it was set in a different era. I enjoyed having it set in a different period and as always, I like trying to solve the murder mystery. It was a quick read and I wanted to finish to see what actually happened. Thank you for letting me participate.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much starts how in dramatic fashion. Irene Glasson is not what she appears to be, at least that's what Oliver Ward, owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, thinks. As a former magician, he "reads" people. He's not wrong about Irene, and she could use his help in finding answers to the many deaths she has come across. I thought this book was okay. It was a little predictable, and the mysteries solved rather quickly. If you like Amanda Quick, you won't be disappointed.

With a synopsis like this, I was expecting to see Hollywood glamour and pizzazz. Instead, I got a bland story. The mystery was an interesting idea but the writing style didn't really carry it. I didn't find myself interested in the interactions between Oliver and Irene, and there were times when the dialogue just bored me to tears. As I kept reading, it just felt as if the author was trying to infuse the novel with a kind of sleek allure... but for me, it just seemed to plod on. There was nothing that made this novel pop, there was no spark. So while the concept behind this story was interesting, the execution failed to make it a worthwhile read. I'm still going to try reading more books by this author; hopefully the next book I choose will be more suitable to my tastes!

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I liked the era, which I believe is a departure for Amanda Quick. It was a fun read. The only issue I had was with the cooperative murderer giving every detail away in an unlikely conversation. Seemed too easy.

I really enjoyed this book! Set in (near) 1930s Hollywood there's not a lot of historical details but you can definately get the feel for the time. To me it was as though I was swept away by a classic film!! I loved the relationship between Irene and Oliver...and with a great mystery thrown in...a great story that I am happy to recommend.

The book started out very strong, however it started to lose me about 1/4 of the way through. I kept going, and I am so glad I did!! It turned out to be a wonderfully fun mystery story solving the murders of famous actresses. There was adventure, romance and murder. What more do you need in a book?

I always enjoy Amanda Quick and all the pseudonyms the author uses, and greatly looked forward to this new book. This proved to be a great read as always, although I’m still not quite sure where it fits with a series or in relation to other books. It has a bit of the California locale, but a different time period, which honestly took me a bit to figure out when it was. I thought the characters, pacing and plot where superb, Quick always does a good job of moving things along and keeping the suspense. The reveal of the twist was quite nice and surprising. In general, I was very happy to read this, although it went by very fast (too fast!).

I always enjoy Amanda Quick and this was a good read. The story was not too predictable and the setting was unique (NOT present day or Regency England!). The characters were fun and not your typical hero and heroine. Over all I would recommend for summer reading!

Bland. I would have preferred one point of view to follow (Irene). Unfortunately, the story moved slow and took too long to follow.

Amanda Quick-The Girl Who Knew Too Much I was so excited when I heard this book would be set in the 1930’s. Amanda Quick books are always great no matter what time period she is writing in but this was just so much fun to read. I could just picture the Packard and the glamorous clothes as I was reading. This book opens with a bang as Anna Harris (later known as Irene Glasson) comes upon her murdered boss. She discovers things have not been as they seem and her life could be in jeopardy with her knowledge of a notebook containing sensitive information. She takes the book, her cash and flees cross country in her Packard. In order to stay under the radar, she changes her name to Irene Glasson, leaves her Packard along the road and becomes a gossip reporter in California. Following the trail of an up and coming actor, she discovers another dead body, this one belonging to her informant. While trying to get to the truth of what happened she develops a relationship with the manager of the hotel (Oliver Ward) where the actor is staying. From this point the novel is classic Krentz/Quick suspense. I won’t spoil it for you with the details but it was fabulous. Amanda Quick did a great job transporting the reader to 1930’s Hollywood. Not just in the cars and clothes but the way the characters interacted with each other. They were true to the time period. I enjoyed the building of the relationship between Irene and Olivier. Despite their attraction, they were hesitant at first based on their pasts and came to trust one another as they worked to find a killer (or two). The quick wit and repartee of their conversations put me in mind of the old movies like The Thin Man series with William Powell and Myrna Loy. This novel would be a very good start to a series like that. The Girl Who Knew Too Much will become one of my favorites. I intend to get a copy and re-read at my leisure. Thanks so much Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz for this delightful book. Please consider making this a series.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much is a fast-paced whodunit set in the golden age of Hollywood. Irene Glasson has stumbled upon a murder scene at the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel. But this isn't the first murder scene Irene has had to deal with. As a novice reporter, it is up to her to figure out what happened, enlisting a cast of characters from the hotel to do it. Historical settings can sometimes be tricky, but Amanda Quick has a good grasp on Hollywood and the 1930s. There are just enough references to the time and place to keep you in history without throwing on so much detail that the plot gets lost. The primary storyline with the Hollywood star and his potentially sordid past was great, but the secondary storyline of Irene past seemed to end a little abruptly, a little to easy. Other than that, it was a fun read and I would love to check out more from this author.

Amanda Quick jumps into a different time period with her latest novel, 1930s California and the heyday of the Hollywood studios, but most of the action takes place in a small town down the coast. Fans won't be disappointed with the mysterious hero, the plucky heroine, and the murders taking place, but the twist at the end may surprise them. Quick also hints at a follow-up novel, so this could be the start of a new series set in the 1930s.

There are certain things you can count on with an Amanda Quick novel. One of those things is a hero who has a bit of mystery in his past and who is all masculine and a bit possessive about the woman he cares for. Oliver Ward is just such a hero. Another Amanda Quick signature is a heroine who is in danger but could be labeled intrepid for the way she manages to deal with the danger. Irene Glasson fills the bill. The plot is woven in a California town north of Hollywood in the 30's. The plot weaves around with unexpected twists and turns until it comes to a satisfying conclusion. This is a novel well worth the read if you are looking for an escape from the daily grind.

I have always loved Amanda Quick so jumped at the chance to read her newest novel. I was not disappointed. She just has a way of keeping a reader engaged from the first page to the last. I have to admit this one kept me guessing - for a reason I won't reveal here so as to not run the book - but I truly expected a different ending. It is a book that encourages a reader to always be open to new people you meet and to learn to trust, even when trusting has gotten you in trouble before. When this one comes out on the shelf, pick it up - you won't regret it.

I enjoyed reading Amanda Quick's "A Girl that Knew too Much". It was easy to read and enjoyable.

This is a light and fun frothy read. For a while, my Goodreads ratings for Amanda Quick books were averaging a 2. For the past several years, though, they have bumped up to a 3 out of 5. The Girl Who Knew Too Much is right there in the expected 3 star rating level. A decent read, nothing unforgettable. I think what I enjoyed most is the 1930's California setting. This is more a mystery than a romance, but the sexual tension between hero and heroine is lovely. This was 2 hours I was glad to devote to a fun read!

This was a fun, fast-paced read, a romantic suspense/historical mystery set in the 1930s. I enjoyed it a lot.

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 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.


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