Genres: Historical Romance, Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on May 9, 2017
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.
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.
Library Love #10
Historical Fiction #64
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