The Girl Who Knew Too Much

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

by Amanda Quick

Overview: At the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel on the coast of California, rookie reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool… The dead woman had something Irene wanted: a red-hot secret about an up-and-coming leading man—a scoop that may have gotten her killed. As Irene searches for the truth about the drowning, she’s drawn to a master of deception. Once a world-famous magician whose career was mysteriously cut short, Oliver Ward is 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…

Martha Lawton (03/13/18): Amanda Quick is Jayne Ann Krentz is Jayne Castle. She is, with all her pseudonyms, one of my favorite authors. In her most recent book, she is writing as Amanda Quick, which means the book is an historical romance with some mystery (usually). However, she threw me for a loop this time, because the book takes place during the 1930s in Hollywood, not the regency period.

Our main character finds herself in the midst of a murder with a note left to her saying run - so she did. She ends up in Hollywood as a reporter named Irene Glasson, who is investigating another murder, but this time at the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel run by the ex-magician Oliver Ward. Oliver does not want anything to muck up his hotel, nor does he wish to allow a murderer to go free so they band together to find out what happened and why. Along the way, there are explosions, more dead women and sneaky, arrogant men. Irene’s past shows up to capture her and everything begins to unravel.

Oliver and Irene are good leading characters. They both have scars and secrets, which makes it even harder for them to work together. Irene knew too much, just she had not quite figured it out, until…

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick is a good read.
Rating: ****

Deanna Boe (03/08/18): THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH's author Amanda Quick. Evidently Quick is a well known author; she has written nine other novels but I have not read any of them. So, I obviously can’t compare this one to her previous novels. This is basically a mystery, but told in a light-hearted way and different style. The main character is Anna Harris. She is the personal assistant of a rich lady who Anna discovers murdered. Next to the body, written in blood, is the word “run.” This message is obviously written for Anna. She grabs the notebook that she has used always with her boss and does just that, even leaving behind a priceless necklace found in an open safe. We next find Anna in California where lots of people went in the 1930’s to reinvent themselves (and still do!) She is now Irene Glasson and is using her writing skills as a reporter for a small and somewhat trashy newspaper. Irene was sent to a small community outside of Las Angles where the rich and famous go to “escape” the pressures of their lives, especially those in the budding movie industry, to interview one of those stars. Amazingly enough she discovers this star facedown in the swimming pool, obviously dead. It was declared an accident but through the perseverance of Irene’s curiosity, it was then ruled murder.

The owner of this hotel, Burning Cove, (where the murder took place) is a “retired” magician, Oliver Ward. He was an extremely well known magician but was forced to leave the profession after a horrendous accident while performing. Oliver and Irene soon team up to find out the real truth of this accident. Is it the actor, Nick Tremayne, who is fast becoming a “hot item” at the box office? All evident seems to point to him, but is that too obvious? True, Nick was around or was linked to several murders that all were connected to drowning and made to look accidental. Is Nick guilty? Will Oliver and Irene fall in love? Guess you will have to find out by reading this “easy to read” book coupled to the interesting times of the 1930’s.
Rating: ****

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