Tightrope by Amanda Quick


Amanda Quick

Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn tries to reinvent herself, but when a man's investigation leads him to her front door, the attraction between them is intense. They must decide if they can trust each other because time is running out.

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An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a top secret invention in this New York Times bestselling novel from Amanda Quick.

Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After spending her entire inheritance on a mansion with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast, she learns too late that the villa is said to be cursed. When the first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention during a sold-out demonstration, rumors circulate that the curse is real. 

In the chaotic aftermath of the spectacle, Amalie watches as a stranger from the audience disappears behind the curtain. When Matthias Jones reappears, he is slipping a gun into a concealed holster. It looks like the gossip that is swirling around him is true—Matthias evidently does have connections to the criminal underworld. 

Matthias is on the trail of a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine. He suspects that Pickwell stole the device and planned to sell it. But now Pickwell is dead and the machine has vanished. When Matthias’s investigation leads him to Amalie’s front door, the attraction between them is intense, but she knows it is also dangerous. Amalie and Matthias must decide if they can trust each other and the passion that binds them, because time is running out.

Advance Galley Reviews

I wish I could read this story, I used by points and got to download it. But yet again, something happened to the process. And from the previous times that I have contacted the company, through their email, FB page and phone back in January of this year, and still not received any help. So yet again, I have the document but can't read it.

I just couldn't get into this book. It definitely wasn't for me.

And we finally get the link – or at least a tangential link – if not to Scargill Cove (which I still think must be just up the coast) then to the Arcane Society. It’s there if you squint – and I was certainly squinting for it – but if you haven’t read any of the author’s Arcane Society books in any of its eras under any of her names, Tightrope still works well as a standalone, as the latest entry in the Burning Cove series, and as a terrific story of a heroine in jeopardy and the man who comes – not to rescue her – but to stand beside her as she rescues herself. Just like the other books in this series, The Girl Who Knew Too Much and The Other Lady Vanishes, this story begins with a particularly gruesome murder, and with our heroine on the run. Even if in this particular case our heroine doesn’t actually know it. Amalie’s running is just a bit less fraught than either Irene’s (Girl) or Adelaide’s (Lady), as Amalie Vaughan may be suspected of having murdered the rigger in her last circus, but she was never officially charged with anything. Nor should she have been. After all, she didn’t murder him – he tried to murder her. But when another murder happens almost literally on her doorstep, she can’t help but wonder if bad luck is following her. After all, she bought the Hidden Cove Inn at a bargain basement price after the events of The Other Lady Vanishes, when a noted Hollywood psychic threw herself from the roof. Now one of her guests has been killed just down the road in the middle of his own show – by his very own robot! Amalie can’t help but wonder if she’s doomed to fail. All the Hollywood reporters who stake out Burning Cove are certain to give her inn endless pages of bad publicity – especially after someone breaks into the place in the middle of the night. The only question is whether the purpose of the break-in is to search the late robot inventor’s room – or to finish up the job that the rigger intended at that last circus performance. When rumored mobster (and real life covert agent) Matthias Jones convinces Amalie that he needs to stay at Hidden Cove both to protect her AND to keep an eye on things, it’s just the beginning of the adventure. Because there’s much more going on in Burning Cove than just a crazy inventor and a runaway machine. And the chemistry between Matthias and Amalie is more incendiary than anything ever cooked up in his great-great-great-grandfather’s alchemical laboratory. Escape Rating A-: Tightrope was a whole lot of fun, just like the other two books in Burning Cove. And also like all of the author’s books in the Arcane Society/Harmony series. But Burning Cove is only tangentially (very tangentially) related to the Arcane Society, and you certainly don’t have to have read any of that to enjoy this. It also stands alone relative to the other books in the Burning Cove series. But if you have read the whole thing, it is interesting to see the characters from the previous books again. Burning Cove is a fascinating place. It’s close enough to LA for the Hollywood stars to use it both as a getaway and as a place to see and be seen. One of the many fascinating side characters in Tightrope is fading actor Vincent Hyde, someone who was best known for his many horror films but who has come to Burning Cove to stay at Amalie’s “psychic murder mansion” in the hopes of generating some much-needed publicity for his failing career. Vincent Hyde’s name sounds like an homage to the great horror actor Vincent Price, but the progress, or rather the downward trajectory of his career sounds a lot like the career of Bela Lugosi, a career which ended in the deliciously execrable cult classic, Plan 9 from Outer Space. Hyde’s presence in the story, and in Burning Cove, is just the tip of one of the many layers of the story. Hyde is in town to meet with one of the legendary Hollywood gossip columnists – a woman who can make or break his remaining career. She’s in town to follow up on the inventor’s “death by robot” and so are a surprising number of others. Because this is Hollywood, or close enough, and no one is exactly who they seem to be. Not Amalie, not Matthias, and certainly not Luther Pell, the man who seems to be running Burning Cove. The story begins because a crazy circus performer has made a career of staging the last and final performance of too many beautiful trapeze artists – without a net. It ends with spies and secrets. In the middle there’s a marvelous adventure, a combustible romance, and the exploration of a relationship that dives deeply into the value of trust and the danger of lies. Lies to oneself, lies to loved ones – and lies told at the highest levels of government. It’s the 1930s, war is coming. Gentlemen may not read each other’s mail, but governments certainly do.

4 Stars. Another thrilling addition to the 1930s Burning Cove series. Three months earlier trapeze-artist Amalie Vaughn escaped the man that was trying to kill her. Unfortunately, the scandal surrounding that incident causes the circus to shut down. Having to start over, Amalie takes her inheritance and buys a bargain priced mansion in Burning Cove. She and her Aunt Hazel turn the large mansion into a bed and breakfast called the Hidden Beach Inn. Amalie later learns that the mansion was priced so low because the psychic to the stars, Madame Zolanda, jumped to her death there and that people believe the mansion is cursed. Amalie believes the silly curse will not effect business until her first guest, Dr. Pickwell is murdered by his own robot during a performance at the Palace Theater. When an associate of Luther Pell, Matthais Jones, shows up at the inn to check out Pickwell’s room she is reluctant to let him in due to Pell’s rumored mob connections. Matthais works for Pell’s consulting firm and is investigating Pickwell’s murder and other reasons Pickwell had for being in Burning Cove. When the inn has a break-in, Matthais believes the break-in is connected to the cipher machine and stays at the inn to protect Amalie and Hazel. Matthais reveals that Pickwell was not in Burning Cove only for the show, he was there to sell a stolen cipher machine to a rogue spy called Smith. They believe Smith plans to sell the cipher machine to an enemy of the US and get revenge for being fired. Pell’s consulting firm has been hired by the US government to stop Smith and find the cipher machine. Since Smith killed his boss, nobody knows what Smith looks like or who he could be working with. Amalie insists that she help Matthais with the investigation to prevent the inn from getting anymore bad press. As Amalie and Matthais spend more time together the frost between them quickly leads to a sizzling attraction. Working with the Wards and Pell, their investigation into Pickwell and the cipher machine put them into dangerous situations. Can they figure out who is Smith and stop him before something deadly happens? This story has a quick pace and has excellent characters. While characters like Luther Pell, Raina Kirk, Detective Brandon, and the Wards are in this book, you do not have to read the other books to understand the plot of this book. Amalie was bold and brave, she did what she wanted. Matthais was smart and protective. The new characters were great and the characters from the other books were consistent. The large amount of secondary characters this in book could get a little hard to keep track of though. The romance between Amalie and Matthais is not exactly insta-love, but did move very fast. The story does have some racy scenes. The story does not have gory scenes. The violence is gun shots, grenades, and knife stabs. The ending wraps up most of story, you do learn who Smith is and the mystery behind Pickwell’s murder is solved. I enjoyed this story and will continue with the Burning Cove series. Fans of historical mysteries would like this book.

Amanda Quick as usual presents an entertaining novel, following the model she had developed in other books in the series. I like that is bringing the "Jones family" to Burning Cove. It read fast and it keeps you engaged. No need to have read the other books in the series to understand this one. Thumbs up!

I have to say I love Amanda Quick books. She was the first romance writer I ever read, so I have a soft spot for her writing. This book lived up to my expectations. (No spoilers.) There were a couple of story lines that started out independently and ended up all coming together at the end. I expected that they would be interwoven, but could not figure out how that would work. I love all of the characters who inhabit Burning Cove, no matter what era. This is a fast-paced novel and a good story line. I highly recommend it. A big thank you to First to Read for providing me with an advance copy.

It was nice to return to Burning Cove. I had to give myself a little time to refresh my memory on who was who, but it's not absolutely necessary to remember who the previous characters were when you read Tight Rope. While a good mystery at its core, I did feel it was rushed and I also believed the romance to be rushed and therefore, not authentic. If there had been more time given to the solving of the mystery, I believe the romance could have been fleshed out more to give it more authenticity. Thank you for the advanced reader.

Three stars! This is the third book in the Burning Cove series by Amanda Quick. Tightrope was an okay story for me. The story seemed to move very fast. It seemed that a lot things happen within a very short amount of days. The mystery aspect of the story took a lot of twists and turns that at times I had a difficult time to keep track of what was going on. The romance was a little rushed and didn't feel real. Though I did like Amalie. She was a very strong and independent woman. I liked Matthias' lie detector ability. I have not read the previous two, so all the characters were new to me. I think it would of helped if I had read them just to have more of a background of what happens in Burning Cove.

TIGHTROPE by Amanda Quick I loved the opportunity to visit Burning Cove once again. This is the third in the series and we get to see some familiar characters. The novel starts with our heroine, Amalie, being held at knifepoint with the killer trying to force her to fly without a net. She successfully turns the tables on him and he plunges to his death. However, she hears a giggle and realizes he was not alone. Amelie leaves the failing circus she works for and moves to Burning Cove to open a Bed and Breakfast with her Aunt Hazel. The hitch is the house was the one that the psychic from THE OTHER LADY VAINSHES, Madame Zolanda had been killed at. Any publicity is good publicity, right? Amalie meets Mathias Jones (name familiar to other Quickies? Yes, he is a decedent of Sylvester and the other Jones clan). They end up pairing up to solve the main mystery of the killing robot in this book. They work with Luther Pell and Raina. This was a very entertaining story. I took a long time to read as I was savoring it. Another great edition to the series. The story is great, the pacing is perfect and the characters are relatable. What more could you ask for? I highly recommend.

I was able to read this book early for free through an advanced reading copy, and I cannot begin to say enough good things about it! I will say that I did get a little confused on the characters at first, but the storyline sucked me in. There was mystery, action, excitement, and love, and the main characters, Amalie and Mathias, were easy to fall in love with. I was not able to guess the outcome of the novel, and was honestly surprised as the events of the book unfolded. I was surprised to find that the Mob didn’t have more of a part in the story for how much it was mentioned, but I think it’s possible that the author may write a sequel. I loved the old Hollywood setting in addition to the storyline and characters, so I would absolutely welcome a sequel!

I am a fan of Amanda Quick. I can count on an enjoyable, quick read that will include the following elements: historical time/place, quirky characters that make me smile, multiple storylines that will include a mystery to solve with some danger, an evolving romance, and a satisfactory conclusion. I'm happy to say that Tight Rope checked all of the above boxes. This is book 3 in the Burning Cove series and takes place in the the 1930's in Southern California. Amalie is a former trapeze artist, who has purchased a (cursed) villa in an effort to re-invent herself as a bed and breakfast owner in Burning Cove. Matthias Jones (yes, related to the Jones family in many other Quick/Krentz books) is a type of investigator who may or may mot have mob ties. Both have strong intuitions that lean towards psychic talent. Matthias in investigating the murder of Amalie's first customer. Considering the impact the death may have on her fledgling business, Amalie joins in the investigation and sparks fly. The story includes a cipher machine, multiple bad guys, and more interaction with the quirky characters from the first two books in this series. It also didn't finish up the story arc that was started at the beginning of the series, so I look forward to another story set in Burning Cove. It was an enjoyable, light read that kept me entertained. Thanks to Penguin's First to Read program for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The synopsis intrigued me. A story set in the 1930s, featuring an attempted murder of a trapeze artist? Sold! First, I have not read any of the other books in this series. A few characters from the previous books are in this but the author did a good job reintroducing them and I wasn’t left confused or with questions. Although it was a decent read, the plot failed to fully captivate me or pique my interest. The attempted murder plotline was more interesting than the cipher plotline, but unfortunately the latter took up the majority of the book, with the former just bookending the story. I enjoyed the time spent at the Inn and the attempts and success at marketing and publicizing the business. I thought it was clever and well done. Amalie was an okay heroine - I didn't have any strong feelings for her. The other characters, including Matthias, were alright too. Honestly, I didn't care for Matthias and Amalia's relationship and the chemistry between them seemed forced. In regards to the content, some things weren't described, whether it be a scenario or character plot point, and you'd have to put the pieces together. I'd often find myself going back a few pages to make sure I didn't accidentally skip over reading something, only to find out that there was just a spontaneous name drop or mention of something that was not addressed before.

I have read Amanda Quick (along with books under Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle) for many years and starting a new one is always like visiting with an old friend. Tightrope (Burning Cove series #3) brings in some of the older characters along with new ones. Matthias and Amalie have the usual intuitive connection and a few near death events while solving the mystery of the killer robot. While the stories have gotten predictable, I still enjoy each book and look forward to the next. Thanks Penguin for the early copy.

Amanda Quick books are quick fun reads, especially if you like mystery and suspense. This one did not disappoint. There were some things that were predictable and repetitive, also I hope there is some editing before it's in print. Can't wait for the next Burning Cove book.

I love Jayne Ann Krentz in all her forms, though her writing as Jayne Castle tops my list. Despite that, Tightrope felt a little flat to me. At times the characters were hard to keep straight (though I haven't read the first two Burning Cove books, so maybe that's why I felt like I was missing something). And the A and B plots didn't quite fit together as smoothly as they usually do in her work. But it's a light, fun read, and always nice to visit the Jones clan -- so it's worth picking up, especially if you're a Krentz fan.

I've read the first two books in the Burning Cove series, and this is the third installment. Some of the characters from the previous books make appearances in this one too, but this could be a standalone book. Amalie is a former trapeze artist who moves to Burning Cove to run an inn. Like most of the people living in Burning Cove, she has her secrets and wants to begin a new chapter in her life. Before arriving at Burning Cove, she was involved with a murder and there's a mystery around whether she did it or not. Unfortunately, her desire for peace and quiet is short-lived because one of her guests is killed by a robot. A detective named Matthias Jones who has mob connections investigates the murder and eventually becomes Amalie's love interest. Like the other female characters in this series, Amalie is a strong, independent woman who isn't afraid to stand up for herself. I thought she was a good match for Matthias. Overall, this is a fun and easy read if you're looking for a mystery that has a sprinkle of romance thrown in.

Marcus is hired as a rigger in the Ramsey ?? circus.He is forcing Amalie up a ladder to fly with no net . The rumor of death catcher from other circuses are true.I thought Amalie was a good strong character. Amalie later on has a guest at her bed and breakfast killed forcing her to be strong and try rely on her strength to fight what's going on.

This is the third book in the Burning Cove series and while some characters from previous books are part of this story, you could read this as a standalone novel. However, I think the first book is the best in the series so I recommend starting with that one. Amalie Vaughn had a brush with death during her days as a trapeze artist so she moved to Burning Cove where she purchased a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, her first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered and given someone else died there not too long ago, most people think the place is cursed. Matthias Jones is investigating the murder but Amalie is not so sure she can trust him and he feels the same way about her. Burning Cove might seem like just a small resort town for Hollywood stars but it sure does see its fair share of danger, but thankfully love seems to be in the air as well. While I definitely like the whole 1930s nearby L.A. type setting, my interest is starting to wane with this series. This wasn't a bad book, and I did like the plot more in this one than I did with the second book, but there was nothing here that made it even remotely special. This was a quick read but at the end of the day, I think I would rather seek out the next very good or awesome read rather than continue with a series that is just okay. On a side note, I do love the cover for this one, and think it is by far the best out of the three books. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I felt like there was a little too much going on with the plot but it did seem well thought out. Some things were repetitive, and it was predictable in places, but overall it was a solid read from Amanda Quick and I look forward to reading more of the Burning Cove series. I really liked Amalie as a person. She was strong and knew how to stand up for herself and take care of herself. She didn't need Matthias to save her as so often happens in romance novels. Three stars.

I am really enjoying the Burning Cove series, and this is a great addition. Amalie and Matthias are both likable characters and we see a lot of Luther and Raina from the previous book with a smattering of Oliver and Irene from book one. For fans of Amanda Quick/Jayne Krentz/Jayne Castle, it was interesting to see a descendant of Sylvester Jones who inherited a talent and the tie-in to the Arcane Society books was unexpected. I suspect we will see more Arcane Society descendants in future installments now that the "door is open". Overall, a quick and enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

I always find Amanda Quick's novels enjoyable, and Tightrope doesn't disappoint. Amalie is a circus performer, a trapeze artist - The Flying Princess. When she barely escapes a serial murderer and is forced to leave the circus life, she uses a small legacy from her parents to open a B&B in Burning Cove. But danger follows, bringing with it an encounter Matthias Jones, an associate of mob-connected Luther Pell. Turns out Matthias is investigating the sensational murder of the B&B's first guest by his robot, on stage in front of a packed audience, including Amalie and her aunt. Amalie and Matthias are delightful characters, each on their own and together. They are filled with so much heart, soul, and passion that it's no wonder sparks fly between them. But can they overcome the trust issues they each have to make a life together? This is a fast-paced, suspenseful story, with interesting characters, a fun romance, and a good mystery. I really enjoyed it - so much, in fact, that I could not put it down and finished it in one day.

i really enjoyed the interaction between Matthias and Amalie. I finished it in no time. it moves fast and is full of suspense and romance. The 30's is a wonderous time of female growth.

Sizzling ~ Suspense ~ Stupendous tl:dr: tightropes are often emotional, and just as dangerous as real ones. OH MY! I loved this book. I should be sleeping, but instead, I stayed up reading. That seems like one of the greatest compliments an author can get--your book made me gave up basic human needs. Amalie is a carnie turned straight in dark, atmospheric days of the 1930s. Well, leaving the circus doesn't mean she's without monkey-business. She finds herself in the midst of intrigue and many other forms of emotional intrigue. This book might be said to be a cross between the PBS Bletchley park and Great Gatsby. But, why say that when it is better than that. Quick is a strong writer. The character bound off the page and the scenes feel immediate. This book is a classic page-turner. Quick's particular strength is being able to sit comfortably across three genres (historic fiction, romance, and mystery.) Often, writers suffer plotting problems with the romance either feel blah or the mystery being idiotic. Quick's book is perfection in terms of balance.

In her latest book, Amanda Quick returns to Burning Cove, California with an excellent and rather fast paced adventure. Amalie has purchased a mansion with the intention of rebuilding her life by becoming the proprietor of a bed-and-breakfast when her first guest gets murdered in a rather spectacular manner. Matthias Jones is in town at the behest of rumored mobster Luther Pell to investigate a missing cipher machine. Together the two end up in one dangerous meeting after another in pursuit of the truth about the death of her guest, the location of the missing cipher machine, and Amalie's past which catches up with her. Set in the late 1930's, in a world without cell phones and internet, this book is filled with secondary characters that fill out the town and give it life. A must read for fans of The Girl Who Knew Too Much and The Other Lady Vanishes.


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