Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication date: May 9th 2017
My rating: 4 Stars
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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…

My Thoughts:
Irene Glasson has come to California to escape a dangerous killer. She reinvents herself from personal secretary into an up-and-coming journalist for a small time gossip paper. While she’s on the hunt for a story she finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery, but this time she’s got Oliver Ward on her side. They work as partners to catch a murderer, all the while a simmering attraction brews between them!

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Girl Who Knew Too Much. It’s the perfect summer read! An engaging mystery set in the 1930s on the California coast. Dramatic cliffs overlooking the blue-green ocean are the backdrop for the Burning Cove Hotel, a Spanish style beauty that caters to the rich and famous, including glamorous silver screen stars.  

Big Sur, CA

Oliver Ward, a once famous magician and illusionist extraordinaire, is now the proprietor of this luxurious haven, and he has a strict policy excluding reporters and photographers.  That doesn’t stop Irene Glasson, from getting her scoop, though.  Unfortunately, her private invitation is marred by the murder of a woman and Irene is caught in the middle of a dangerous situation all over again. 

I love the time period this mystery is set in: the 1930s is a time of art deco, dressing up for dinner, dancing and cocktails, and old Hollywood glamour.  Burning Cove Hotel with its elegant old world Spanish style may have looked like:

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The setting was fantastic, but the mystery and romance are what kept me glued to the pages.  Filled with thrills and danger, attraction and romance, The Girl Who Knew Too Much is a fast, addictive, fun mystery, and I loved it!

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  1. Awesome setting for sure, I am intrigued

  2. OK, Rachel, I'm sold! I saw this at the bookstore on Sunday and was super curious about it. Now, your review makes me want to read it asap. The setting sounds lovely, and I'm here for the mystery and that romance. Lovely review! :)

  3. I don't know if I've read a book set in the 1930's! This one sounds really good.

  4. I like the setting very much.

  5. Ohh, this one sounds pretty awesome :D Lovely review Rachel. <3 So glad you enjoyed it. And yay for awesome romance and mystery and setting :D Those pictures are stunning. Sigh. I want a vacation..

  6. I am kind of excited about this one this summer, I love the setting of it :D I am on a huge waitlist in my library so hoping it's worth it

  7. I do love the sound of the setting and the era. I am going to add this to my summer TBR.

  8. Ooh 1930's plus California coast plus glitzy resort/ murder mystery- sounds pretty good! Love the pics! The setting sounds fabulous and glad it was a good mystery too.

  9. Oh, I love reading books in this era especially when they're set in California. This is a take off from her usual, isn't it?

  10. This book is new to me! I don't usually read a ton of books set during the 1900's. But the setting sounds really cool! That photo of Big Sur is gorgeous. :D I'm glad you enjoyed this book, Rachel!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  11. Rachel, you've been reading so many engrossing mystery novels lately! I don't know which one I should start with first, but this seems like such a perfect summer read with its CA backdrop. Gorgeous review, dear--I love the addition of the photos!


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