Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Posted June 26, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
The Girl Who Knew Too Much

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Series: Burning Cove #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on May 9, 2017
Pages: 356
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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The Delight

After devouring Tight Rope and Close Up, I knew it was just a matter of time before I went back for the first books in the series.  I loved my brief encounters with Oliver and Irene so it was magical to get their story from the beginning.


Review

The Girl Who Knew Too Much is the first of the Burning Cove historical romantic suspense and opens with a woman coming upon the grisly scene of her employers murder and a desperate message to her to run- to take the secret notebook and trust nobody.

All the way across the country in sunny, glittering Burning Cove, a woman known as Irene stares down at a murdered body once again.  This time she’s at the former famous magician, Oliver Ward’s glitzy, posh hotel and she looks like the prime suspect.  As a gossip columnist, she’s there to get a story on box office Hollywood star, Nick Tremayne, but she also wants to solve this murder and the previous one that brought her here.  Oliver Ward insists on being her partner and Irene has to steel herself knowing they he intends to get all her secrets, protect his hotel, and maybe squash her story.  She can’t trust him though her silly heart wants to.

Oliver sees people well and Irene’s quest to solve the murder isn’t just about getting a good story.  He hasn’t cared about anything beyond his hotel in a long time- since an illusion went terribly wrong, in fact.  His friends watch him with concern, but don’t seem to mind when Irene crosses his path with all the danger and excitement she brings to town.  And, he finds that he does mind either.

Irene and Oliver were a fabulous pair of characters.  I was enthralled from page one and was riveted as Irene desperately stayed one step ahead of a cold, skilled killer even as her new life brought her face to face with the same sort of danger once again.  She’s had it rough, but she’s plucky and hangs in there even when she’s up against a lot.  Oliver is her perfect match.  He is a tall, brooding mysterious man when they first meet, but I enjoyed getting to know him at the same time Irene did.  He’s gotten tough from life’s knocks and made it big so he’s a mover and shaker now alongside his night club owning friend, Luther Pell.  He was dashing and capable, but he struggled with his crippled leg making him look weak to Irene.  If he only knew how she really saw him…  This pair had some sizzling attraction for each other.

The suspense side was two-part.  There is the killer tracking Irene from her past, but also the mystery of the string of deaths that she and Oliver are now investigating.  The first killer is known and the reader is left worrying as he draws ever closer even while the other situation has a whirl of possibilities.  I confess that I latched onto the killer right away, but man was I wrong about why- mostly wrong anyway.  Great twist there.

The glamour of the 1930’s as a setting is as vibrant as a major character in the story.  I enjoyed slipping into that world of Old Hollywood and the era.  There is great attention to detail of setting, but also characters, dialogue and more without slowing the story at all.

All in all, it was splendid and I can’t wait to read Luther’s story next.  Historical Romantic Suspense fans should definitely give this series a go.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Happy Dance!!! I am so excited you are reading these. I love the setting and touch of woo-woo.

Sophia Rose
7 days ago

Yes! I have been sitting on the library wait list for weeks now so I was tickled to finally score it. Totally worth it!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I think this was my favorite of the series. The atmopheric setting of the Pacific Coast and old Hollywood combined with the story really made it a win for me. Glad you loved it too, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

*atmospheric… sigh, I meant to correct the spelling before posting, lol. 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 days ago

I loved it. I knew I wanted Oliver and Irene’s story after meeting them in the later books. It was great. You’re right that the atmosphere is such a delicious part of it.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Being it is historical mystery I might read it someday. I’m glad it is such a great read for you.

Sophia Rose
7 days ago

Oh yes, you want to put this series on your list to try. Good mysteries and great settings.

Ethan
7 days ago

I don’t always appreciate a romance as my go-to genre, but the suspense element in this one sounds too intriguing to pass up!

Sophia Rose
6 days ago
Reply to  Ethan

That is what is nice about these. The romance is there, but it’s only one of the elements. Maybe your library has these so you can test drive this one. 🙂

Lindsi
7 days ago

I feel myself being drawn to more and more historical fiction these days! This one sounds excellent! I’m adding it to my TBR now, and I’ll check my library tomorrow. 🙂

<a href=”http://www.doyoudog-ear.com/”>Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? </a>

Lindsi
7 days ago
Reply to  Lindsi

Whoops! Sorry. I forgot your comments don’t like html. <3

Sophia Rose
6 days ago
Reply to  Lindsi

Oh cool! Glad to put you onto this series, Lindsi. Fingers crossed your library has this one.

RO P
6 days ago

I have’t read Quick in quite some time, but I’m fascinated with this era, and enjoy a good suspense novel. Definitely need to pick this one up, and love your review. Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
6 days ago
Reply to  RO P

I’ve been reading some of her Jayne Anne Krentz suspenses, but the era on this series had me stopping to catch up on this series first. Hope you get the chance, Ro! Have a great weekend, Radiant one!

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

I love the cover, and the period. I will probably give this series a try at some point.

Sophia Rose
5 days ago

Both those things factored into me giving these a whirl. Hope you like them when you get the chance, Sarah!

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Thank you! I love the 20s. Our fave museum here does a ‘Flappers and Fizz’ night every year and it is so much fun. There are hidden speakeasies and a murder mystery to solve. My friends and I love dressing up for it!

Sophia Rose
3 days ago

That sounds so fabulous! No wonder you love it. 🙂

Lover of Romance
4 days ago

What a great review you have here. I just grabbed this book and will be reading it soon. I haven’t read a book set in the 30’s and I am so intrigued and love the set up of this mystery.

Sophia Rose
4 days ago

You are going to have a good time with the setting and characters. 🙂

Carole Rae
4 days ago

Awww the 1930s! That is a fun setting esp for a mystery!

Sophia Rose
4 days ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It was a blast, Carole!

Lindy Gomez
3 days ago

The old Hollywood setting sounds fabulous, as do these main characters! I’m glad that even though there was some predictability about the killer, there was also a surprise.about the why. Great Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 days ago
Reply to  Lindy Gomez

The setting and the colorful characters is definitely the big draw though Quick really does know how to toss in a few surprises. 🙂

Jen
Jen
3 days ago

Hmmm… This sounds interesting, but maybe a bit to suspense for my taste. Thanks for sharing! (Hopefully my comment doesn’t go to spam!)

Sophia Rose
3 days ago
Reply to  Jen

It doesn’t drift into thriller territory, but the focus is definitely split between the murders and the romance. 🙂

Nope, you are out of spam prison now. 😉