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Book CoverVeena’s review of The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
Romantic Suspense published by Berkley 09 May 17

Ms. Quick delivers consistently book after book her vintage understated romance mixed in with a healthy dose of suspense and mystery. Her characters are engaging without the heart-stopping excitement of extreme highs and lows.

This story starts out with murder and a lone woman trying to stay ahead of the scene of the crime. Anna Harris nee Irene Glasson flees and stays of the grid until we find her once again at the scene of a crime at a California resort. As it turns out, she has remade herself into a reporter and finds her most current source of information floating face down in a pool, leading to her an encounter with resort owner Oliver Ward.

As she enters into a collaboration with Oliver to investigate the crime, the author gives us insight into the high-profile world of Hollywood in the ’30s when studios operated almost like the mob with a wide license to protect the image of the studio and its stars.  We also discover Oliver’s story of how he moved from the front of the stage to the back of the stage.

The story that evolves will keep readers engaged.  I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Oliver and Irene as the various crimes come to an intersecting point.

Grade: B


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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