The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

The Other Lady Vanishes

Amanda Quick

In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. 

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"Quick conjures up a celluloid world that will be catnip to fans of that era evoking the sensation it was plucked straight from the Warner Bros. vault."--Entertainment Weekly

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Knew Too Much sweeps readers back to 1930s California--where the most dazzling of illusions can't hide the darkest secrets...

After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over.

Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always in need of hangover cures and tonics. One such customer is Jake Truett, a recently widowed businessman in town for a therapeutic rest. But unbeknownst to Adelaide, his exhaustion is just a cover.

In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. Into this make-believe world comes psychic to the stars Madame Zolanda. Adelaide and Jake know better than to fall for her kind of con. But when the medium becomes a victim of her own dire prediction and is killed, they'll be drawn into a murky world of duplicity and misdirection.

Neither Adelaide or Jake can predict that in the shadowy underground they'll find connections to the woman Adelaide used to be--and uncover the specter of a killer who's been real all along...

Advance Galley Reviews

This is the first book I've read by Amanda Quick. To be honest, I didn't have high hopes. While reading the ARC from FTR, I came across a lot of typos and errors. I agree with others who commented that there were too many characters. I almost made a list of all the people and their names and occupations so that I could keep track of them while reading. I did enjoy the story but some of the writing was repetitious when it came to dialogue and descriptions. I would read more by the author again, under this or her other pen names. I also thought it was interesting that the character went from rather PG in content to NC-17 in the last section after the two lead characters began their romantic relationship. I don't know if it's because it has been that long since I read a romance novel or if this was something to attribute to the author's style. Overall, 3.25 out of 5.

An interesting read with maybe too many characters. It's mostly enjoyable but has some parts I didn't much care for. A 3.5 star read.

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating: 3 of 5 stars. Can be read as a standalone. Burning Cove is where the pretty people go. But everything isn't all that idyllic there, the undercurrents amongst the beautiful people are both dangerous and tricky. Adelaide runs to Burning Cove after escaping from the sanitarium where Massey (her "husband") had her committed to gain control of her money. But, what goes on there is enough to destroy your mind. Adelaide finds safety and friendship in Burning Cove but also more deceit and death. But you know that the bad guys will get it in the end and love conquers all. Didn't like this story as much as some of the others in the author's historical releases. But, none the less, a exciting and entertaining read with a some history thrown in to really depress you with some of the things that women were subjected to in this time period.

The second book in the Burning Cove Series. As always I enjoy reading Amanda Quick's style of writing. The book is set in the 1930s so that does take a bit to get used to. I haven't read many books set in that time period so it isn't quite what I am used to. Lots going on in this book to keep you interested.

I hadn't read the first Burning Cove book, but it didn't deter my enjoyment a bit. It did leave a little overwhelmed with the number of interesting side characters. I generally liked the 1930s Hollywood setting of "The Other Lady Vanishes" and the details woven into the story. I loved seeing the hero and heroine work together to solve the mystery together – it's practically a Quick trademark. I was amused by the fake psychic character and everyone's skepticism of her abilities, since I'm so used to the Arcane Society books. Where I struggled was the ending and the relationship between the two characters. I saw the final twist a mile away. The movie star character could have worked into the storyline than just as a sidebar. The romance didn't quite work for me. Maybe if Jake hadn't quite so cavalier with revealing he'd taken her virginity – I know he was proving a point, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. I did enjoy the book and hope the series continues to improve. I will read the other book.

Amanda Quick hits another out of the park. This is the second book in her new series and it lives up to the first. If you missed the first one, I recommend you read it; but you don't need it to enjoy this one. Adelaide and Jake are a great match for each other and the twist at the end is expected, but ties up the loose ends very neatly. I can't wait for the next one and I hope it is about Raina and Luther!

4 stars. Return to 1930s Burning Cove, California with this thrilling mystery. The story begins with Adelaide Blake escaping from a sanitarium. Adelaide had been wrongly admitted and was an unwilling test subject for an experimental mind controlling drug called Daydream. Before she left the asylum, she wanted to get her file and then she overhears a doctor being murdered. She decides to leave the file and get out, but not before she sees the killer leaving her empty room. A few months later, Adelaide has made a life for herself in Burning Cove going by Adelaide Brockton. She works a tea room and has become friends with Raina Kirk, a private detective. With her knowledge of botany and herbs, Adelaide makes special tea blends that have attracted many customers including celebrities like the famous actress Vera Westlake and the psychic to the stars, Madam Zolanda. Another frequent visitor to the tea room is Adelaide’s neighbor, Jake Truett. Jake is a young handsome business man, who is in Burning Cove for a vacation for his exhausted nerves. He is a friend of nightclub owner Luther Pell. While Adelaide is drawn to Jake, she is reluctant to get involved because of her past. When Zolanda puts on Adelaide on the spot and gives two free tickets to her show, Jake agrees to accompany her. During her show, Zolanda predicts that someone will die and the next morning when Adelaide and Jake make a special tea delivery to her, they find her dead body on the patio. Adelaide learns that Jake has come to Burning Cove, not for his nerves, but for his late wife’s journal, which Zolanda stole. Based on evidence they discover on the scene, Adelaide believes that Daydream was used in the murder. To find the journal, Adelaide and Jake decide investigate Zolanda’s murder with the help of their friends. The more time they spend together, the closer Jake and Adelaide grow. They tell each other about their pasts and why they found themselves in Burning Cove and become romantically involved. As more people are killed, Adelaide and Jake need to figure out the connection between the murders, the sanatarium, and the Daydream drug. Can Adelaide and Jake put the pieces together before they become the next victims? While this story is the second in the Burning Cove series, you do not need to read the first book to follow the plot. The story focuses on mostly new characters and a new mystery. This story is told in third person mainly following Adelaide and Jake. The story has a quick pace and keeps you interested in reading more. The characters are great and well written. Adelaide was cautious, clever, and caring. Jake was protective, brave, and smart. The romance between Adelaide and Jake started with banter and over the time they spent together grew into more. Both dealing with dark secrets of their past and experiencing a lot of loss, they had a lot in common and felt a connection. Luther Pell and Raina Kirk were consistent characters from the first book and were loyal friends to Jake and Adelaide. The other secondary characters are also entertaining. Other characters from the first book like Detective Brandon and Irene Ward make brief appearances. The settings are well described and you can get a picture of locations. Unlike the first book, this story does have a couple of very racy sex scenes, which distract from the mystery. This story also upends the violence from the first book with many murders, dynamite explosions, throwing blades, and gun shots, but does not have gory descriptions. No cliffhanger ending, the ending wraps up the mystery and closes most loose ends. The first book was better, but I also enjoyed this book and would continue to read other Burning Cove books. Fans of The Girl Who Knew Too Much, historical mysteries, romantic suspense, and stories about old Hollywood would like this book.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review of this book. Boy are their twists and turns in this book! I highly enjoyed this one! This is the story of Adelaide and Jake. Adelaide is an escapee from a mental institution and runs to Burning Cove. This book is set in the 1930’s. There are several murders, blackmail, and lots of intrigue. I don’t want to tell you too much because it would give away all of the fun, but this is definitely one to pick up!

In "The Other Lady Vanishes: we start out with an escape from an insane asylum. Who is the escapee? What is really going on behind the closed doors of the asylum. Fast forward to Burning Cove where we meet a host of characters-Adelaide-a waitress at a teashop, Jake, who is on vacation, The World's Most Beautiful Woman and Madame Zolanda. Throw in a murder or two, a few doctors (who are not what they appear to be) and a mind controlling drug. It all leads up to a well written mystery with a bit of romance thrown in. We also see the return of characters from the first book in this series-"The Girl Who Knew Too Much." Hopefully Raina and Luther will be featured in the next book in this series. I enjoyed "The Other Lady Vanishes". If you've never read Amanda Quick you should pick up her books. They are all well written and enjoyable. She has a great series of historical romance as well as paranormal romances. All are enjoyable.

I have yet to find an Amanda Quick book that I did not like. And The Other Lady Vanishes did not disappoint. This book was an entertaining blend of historical, romance and suspense. I enjoyed the characters and the setting very much. I also liked the appearances of characters from the previous book, The Girl Who Knew Too Much. I hope there are more to come in this series.

I have read every book Jayne Ann Krentz has written as Amanda Quick and this series set in the 1930s does not disappoint. The Other Lady Vanishes was an enjoyable read. The mystery was well done. Great plot twist at the end. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

This makes, I think, the third Amanda Quick book I’ve read and I’ve really come to enjoy them. Very scenic historical setting, action and suspense from the get go, a dash of romance, happily ever after. It is a great light read, perfect for relaxing by the pool. This book made me wish I was on vacation so I could get the full effect. Would definitely read again.

The Other Lady Vanishes starts out with action and suspense from the first page. The main characters Adelaide and Jake both have secrets from their past which add to the mystery. In one scene even when drugged Jake's finer qualities shine as he insists on trying to defend Adelaide with his pen. Yup, a pen - you may have heard the pen is mightier than the sword? This book combines interesting likeable characters, Ms. Quick's signature humor, and a satisfying suspense with twists until the end. I hope the secondary characters in this book, Raina and Luther, will have their own story in a future installment! In the interest of full disclosure I am a huge JAK fan and would buy anything with her name on it. In this case though I scored a free ARC copy provided by First to Read (with no obligation to provide a review). I am happy to share my comments especially for readers who may not have discovered this author yet.

I could not finish this book. I usually love Amanda Quick’s books but the two in this series were absolutely boring. She writes about every little detail and leaves nothing to the reader’s imagination.

I received a copy of this book through the First to Read program. I've always been a fan of the Amanda Quick historical novels until they all began focusing on the paranormal. I'm glad to be back to reading her and see that nothing has changed. Great faced paced mystery laced with enough romance to keep things interesting. I love her sense of humor and writing style. The characters are always complex but still fun to get to know. I highly recommend to mystery lovers everywhere.

Set in the 1930's during the old Hollywood era, this book revolves around Adelaide Blake who escapes an asylum and creates a new identity working at a tea shop in Burning Cove. This is a whodunit story with interesting characters and some romance woven through the book. I found it to be a fast-paced and fun read, and if you enjoy period piece suspense books with independent female protagonists, then this one is worth a read.

The Other Lady Vanishes is the second book in Quick's Burning Cove series. The series itself deals with a small resort town in California where the height of Hollywood glamour like to hang out and relax from their grueling careers. In this novel, a female patient from an insane asylum named Adelaide becomes the center of attention when she pairs up with mysterious import/export professional, Jake Truett. It's a classic whodunit story with all of the gritty details. Although I like this book just as much as the first one, like the first one it goes on a little too long. If every character would stop repeating details and explaining the whole story to each other, it could easily be fifty pages shorter. Other than that, it is a fun story that is reminiscent of classic Hollywood noir, only without the production code getting in the way of a good story.

I felt like The Other Lady Vanishes is an improvement on the first in the series, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, but still doesn't *quite* live up to Quick's older historical mystery/romances (and I've literally been reading her for decades!). I think the 1920s and '30's are a hard period to write without sounding too clichéd, but the setting (Northern California) is a good one. There's SO MUCH potential for these stories, but the characters and dialogue feel just a little one-note - no truly distinctive voices, and I know that Quick can write them. The drug plotline was interesting, and while I kept waiting for it to veer off into Jayne-Anne-Krentz "psi"-fy territory, she kept it realistic and interesting. Overall a fun read that fell just a little flat.

This was the first book I have read from this author and will definitely not be the last. I loved that it was a quick easy read and that it kept you guessing who was behind all of the mystery. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

I have read and enjoyed all of Amanda Quick earlier works. I miss her spunky character play between her lead characters. Her current books just don't have the same flow. Her characters are okay but kind of bland and the romance is mediocre at best. This book was an okay story.

This was an entertaining, fast-paced mystery with interesting characters. I enjoyed getting glimpses of characters from Quick's previous book set in the same time period and place, but they aren't front and central. The only slight problem I had with the book is that the romance wasn't very well-developed.

I’m hooked on Amanda Quick and Burning Cove! I love the setting of this series and the characters pulled me into the story right from the beginning. Mystery, suspense, and a love story all wrapped up in one great novel. I can only hope there will be more to come.

I really enjoyed this book! Amanda Quick uses her mystery theme and moves the setting to the 1930s and into the old Hollywood era.

I read the previous Burning Cove book and love it. As soon as I saw that this was set in Burning Cove, I had to have it. It didn't disappoint. Right from the start it was off and running, full of mystery and mayhem.

Back in Burning Cove and it seems as dangerous as ever. The Other Lady Vanishes is another riveting mystery set in the 1930s. This time focusing on the seemingly doomed character of Adelaide Blake. I really did find myself drawn to the whole escape from the insane asylum thing. Quick’s way of grabbing the reader’s attention from the first chapter really never fails to impress. The scenes in this book far surpass those from the previous installment. While the whole drug plot might be a little cliche’ it did set the seedy tone throughout the entire story. The killer’s systematic killing style was super creepy and fun to read. As with the mystery and suspense, a good amount of romance is sprinkled in. Adelaide’s and Jake’s romance is an easygoing one. I love their partnership both in and out of bed. He never once underestimated her because of her sex and always took her seriously. They do hold secrets from each other, but those are quickly dispensed with as the suspense escalates. Characters from the previous book do make an appearance in this book and I can already tell you that I’m ready for Raina’s and Luther’s story. However, this can totally be read as a standalone.

I enjoy all Amanda Quick's books, including the ones written as Jayne Ann Krentz. I have not missed a book over the years. I read the first one in this series and enjoyed it as well. I enjoyed reading the suspense, twists and turns in this story. i would have liked an update on the couple from the first one. and looking forward to more on Luther. Enjoyable fast read.

Amanda Quick-The Other Lady Vanishes I had hoped when I read The Girl Who Knew Too Much last year that this would become a series and while I am not sure if we have a series, there is now a second book set in Burning Cove, California in the 1930’s. You know how sometimes the second book in the series might not be as good as the first? Well, in this case, the opposite is true. I think I liked it even more than the first book. The good news is this can be read as a standalone if you want, but I still recommend reading The Girl Who Knew Too Much because it was that good. Luther Pell and Raina are characters from the first book that were in this book a fair amount. They played secondary characters to the main couple Adelaide Blake/Brockton and Jake Truett but had an interesting side story. Another potential sequel. The Other Lady Vanishes was more suspenseful than the first which I really enjoyed. It starts out in classic gothic style with of our heroine Adelaide escaping from an insane asylum where she has been drugged and kept against her will. Her phony husband has committed her to have access to her fortune. She is successful in her escape and able to make a new home for herself in Burning Cove. That is until she attracts the attention of the mysterious former import-export businessman Jake Truett. They meet when he becomes a regular in the herbal tearoom where she is a waitress and you know there is more to him than meets the eye. Meanwhile, there are other new visitors to Burning Cove that have their own agendas and some are looking for Adelaide. Through a series of events Adelaide and Jake end up working together to find out who is trying to kill or kidnap her. You’ll have to read the book for the rest of the exciting tale but I will say, Ms. Quick is excellent with an unsuspected twist and she demonstrates that very well in this novel.

This is the second book in this series that I have read and I enjoyed this as much as the first. This book focuses on a young woman that escapes from an insane asylum where she was held against her will. The book has many twists and turns and an ending that does not disappoint. An excellent way to add to this series!! Thank you to Penguin/Random House and their first to read program for the advanced copy.

I keep trying books by Amanda Quick because everyone else seems to love them and I figure at someone point I have to find one that works for me. This wasn’t it. To be clear, there is nothing at all wrong with the book. I just didn’t like it.

On the first page meet Adelaide, who is in the process of breaking out of the Rushbrook Sanitarium, where she witnesses the murder of Dr. Ormsby before finally escaping. The story picks up two months later in Burning Cove where Adelaide Brockton is working as a waitress and tea blender at Refresh, a local tearoom owned by Florence Durley. Set in 1930’s California the elements of this mystery include a husband who committed his wife to Rushbrook, so he could steal her inheritance; two doctors who have created a hallucinogenic drug, Daydream, worth millions when testing is complete; Madam Zolanda, a psychic who is popular with the Hollywood set; and Jack Truett, a man of some mystery who is attracted to Adelaide. Amanda Quick writes intriguing stories that combine mystery with a little romance. Her mysteries are fun to read because Ms. Quick is excellent at creating engaging plots filled with fascinating characters. The Other Lady Vanishes is a typical example of just how entertaining her books can be. Fast-paced, lively action and enough twists to make the ending just a little surprising.

Amanda Quick weaves a clever plot with intricacies that twist and turns, as well as characters who aren’t what they seem. When Adelaide Blake escapes from the “private sanitarium” where she has been used as a human guinea pig to Daydream, a hallucinogenic drug, used to control the mind, she wonders if she really is insane. She creates a new identity in Burning Cove and meets Jake Truett who has come to town for a rest - but has he really? With actresses, gangsters, and a psychic among the people hiding behind fake identities, Adelaide can’t be sure who she can trust. But she knows that a killer walks among them and time is running out for her. You won’t be able to put this book down until you turn the final page! I received a copy of this book from First to Read in return for an honest review.

‘The Other Lady Vanishes’ whisks the reader back to California in the 1930’s, and introduces you to a woman escaping from a private sanitarium. Two month later finds Adelaide working as a waitress and a blender of teas in a small beach town. The little tea shop where she works has become the place to be and Adelaide’s teas are much sought after. But Adelaide is trying to avoid notice. Burning Cove has drawn the attention of gamblers, con artists and more. And one of these ne’er do wells seems intent on putting Adelaide back into the sanitarium, or worse. But Adelaide has found an unexpected ally in Jake Truett. Jake has come to Burning Cove to escape the pressures of his job and calm his nerves. Together Jake and Adelaide work to find out who is behind the plot to grab Adelaide and obtain the knowledge she has about the parent's scientific discoveries. Wonderful characters, a ‘period-perfect’ plot, a mystery with so many possible outcomes the reader will enjoy the many twists, especially at the end. There were times in the beginning of the book that the story line seemed to drag.

I love Amanda Quick books. I friend started me reading her a long time ago, the strong female characters are always refreshing. This was a quick read, I did not want to put it down and with a little twist at the end...can't wait for more...

It was a pleasure to return to Burning Cove and the world of the 1930s thanks to Amanda Quick's The Other Lady Vanishes. Of course there is a fearless heroine (Adelaide) who is in grave danger thanks to some unsavory characters. Of course there a hero of the take charge, no nonsense type. And you can bet that between the two of them the mystery is solved and the skullduggery is stopped.

Love Amanda Quick books! I thought this was really good with lots of twist and turns!!

I read the first book of this series last year, and thought it was alright. So, I wanted to read the second book (this one) to see if my opinion improved at all. Unfortunately, it didn't. There is nothing at all wrong with this book, it just wasn't my favorite... maybe because the characters were too similar to other characters in other books? Or maybe it's just that the book was set in the 30s, and the characters talked like it was the current year. It didn't feel like an historical ficton book to me. But, overall, I did enjoy the story.

Thanks for the arc of the book. Even though the plots are usually similar, I always enjoy a book by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz aka Jayne Castle). There are always intriguing characters, slightly sensual romantic connections and enough suspense to keep my interest. I am enjoying this series set in Burning Cove and look forward to the next book.

I really enjoyed this book! It was fast-paced, interesting, and I enjoyed all of the characters that I was introduced to. I have the first book in this series waiting for me to read so after reading this one, I'm excited to go back to the first! Thanks for the advanced reader!

Set in the 1930's, Burning Cove is a place filled with interesting characters. Adelaide and Jake both have secrets, but it is Adelaide's past that will envelop them in a world of drug dealers, blackmail and murder. Fast paced read .

Another amazing trip to Burning Cove! This is the second book set in 1930s Burning Cove but it’s not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this latest offering. Adelaide and Jake make a great couple and it’s a lot of fun watching them grow closer as they deal with blackmail and murder.

Really enjoyed this spunky interesting historical suspense novel. I definitely was turning pages quickly throughout this book. I really enjoyed the setting and the way the plot unfolded.

Amanda Quick rarely disappoints and the "The Other Lady Vanishes" doesn't either. This is the second installment in Amanda Quick's Burning Cove series. This book follows Adelaide, a tea room waitress recently arrived in Burning Cove after escaping from being "involuntarily in residence" at a sanatorium. Adelaide becomes entangled with her neighbor, also recently arrived in Burning Cove, Jake Truett. The pair are quickly thrown together as those searching for Adelaide catch up with her, putting them both in danger. This is a fast paced book and I was quickly caught up in the action and mystery. I love that some of the characters from the first installment, "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" appear and I am looking forward to the next installment... hopefully featuring Raina and Luther!

I really like this series set in Burning Cove. I like that the series is set in an unusual time period (for a romance) - mid-1900s. Despite the "primitive" setting, the female characters are spunky and independent and the author doesn't make a big deal out of the lack of technology or other differences so the setting just adds a little more atmosphere. The threads of the story come together nicely and the resolution is satisfactory. Overall, I'd recommend.

I loved it! This author is a favorite of mine in all her guises. I enjoy the basic blueprint she follows with most of her novels - an intelligent, independent woman lands herself in a suspense filled situation and finds a strong, worthy man to back her up. This was a great mystery with likable characters in a town I would love to visit. I'm hoping it's possible to order some of Adelaide's custom tea mixes! 5 Stars

The world of Burning Cove, California continues to grow and fill with new characters. There are some carryovers from the first novel, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, but the two main characters are new. Both have secrets. Adelaide Blake is on the run but has found a home working at the tea shop in Burning Cove. Jake Truett is on a quest to recover a stolen document. Their paths cross and the rest is history. This is filled with secrets, tension, and romance. As Adelaide and Jake work together as soon as they get close to a suspect that suspect meets an untimely end. The same is planned for Adelaide and Jake but they keep surviving by the skin of their teeth. A very good addition to the Burning Cove world. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this sequel to The Girl Who Knew Too Much. Amanda Quick creates a film noir atmosphere as her characters attempt to solve a series of murders. It's definitely a page turner!

2.5 to 3 stars out of 5 Lackluster and meh

I really liked this book. I had previously read the first book in the Burning Cove series via First to Read, so I was super excited when I saw this one was available. Amanda Quick is a fantastic writer, and both titles in this series have been fun and mysterious with plenty of twists and turns. Both of the main characters, Adelaide and Jake, were well-developed and had fascinating backstories. I would absolutely recommend this series to anyone who likes mysteries, romance, and historical fiction.

Yet another wonderful read by Amanda Quick. In her usual enthralling style she has created a wonderful entry into the Burning Cove series set in the 1930's. Twists, turns and mysteries abound. The Other Lady Vanishes can be read as a stand alone. Highly recommend it!

SO. FUN! I started reading and only took one break before I finished. It twisted and turned and was full of fun and excitement. The characters were all likeable, and fortunately it didn't include any of the annoying "old timey" language. It takes place in the 1930's/1940's. We know that. We don't need and "gal"s or weird slang to "set the scene". I especially love how the title becomes clear at the very end. Highly recommended!

The Other Lady Vanishes is the next in the Burning Cove series set during the golden age of Hollywood before WW2. Adelaide Brockton née Blake has escaped from the Rushwood Asylum to work in a tea room in Burning Cove where naturally all the beautiful people come for her herbal remedies. Adelaide is drawn to the “sensitive” Jake Truett who ostensibly comes to Burning Cove to rest and recover after the suicide of his wife. The two are thrown together after stage psychic, Madam Zolonda, makes a prediction of blood and death that unexpectedly comes true. A host of villains, a hallucinogenic drug and a twisty plot make for a fun read.


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