Review: The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

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Review: The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick
The Other Lady Vanishes

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Series: Burning Cove #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on May 8, 2018
Pages: 349
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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A mad house, a drug ring, a psychic to the stars, blackmail, and secrets pepper this installment of the smoldering Burning Cove historical romantic suspense series set in the 1930’s.  I eagerly sought out the older books in this series to catch up on the earlier stories because I knew they were not to be missed.


Review

The Other Lady Vanishes is book two in the Burning Cove series.  Each book stands alone quite well and I can say from experience that they stand up well to being read out of order as I started with book three and only came back for the first two after reading the fourth.

Adelaide makes her carefully-planned escape from the mental institution on a night when other sinister intentions are about so she sees murder done and attempted murder toward herself.  She can’t go back to her old life where they will find her and bring her back so she runs to Burning Cove and uses her intimate knowledge of herbs to bring a tea shop into fashion as a place where the Hollywood elite come for their herbal teas.  She feels paranoia rise each time she thinks about getting caught and sent back.  This is why giving in to the attraction and curiosity she feels for one of her regular customers is a really bad idea.

Jake is shrewd and is well aware that Adelaide has secrets.  He does, too.  She’s welcome to them.  Then one of her customers falls to her death the same night her house is broken into.  He doesn’t like those sorts of coincidences.  Adelaide wants to get to the truth of Zolanda’s death because she knows that the drug, DayDreams, her parents invented was used in the death and it was no suicide.  Just like she feels the net closing in.  Jake is after a blackmailer and their goals are separate, but involve the same people.  He can keep Adelaide safe while getting back his late wife’s tell-all diary.

Meanwhile, a certain lady PI and a suave night club owner match wits and more.  Burning Cove is the playground of the rich and famous, but it has a dangerous side.

I was so certain that Luther Pell, owner of the Paradise Club and man with shadowy ties to the government and the mob, and Raina Kirk, remade woman and private detective, were getting their story next.  But no, we get all new characters, Adelaide and Jake.  After a brief pout, I jumped back into the story and enjoyed both of them.

We all have our fears and for me sanatoriums, insane hospitals, etc scare the bejeebers out of me.  This one had to be some monstrosity of a Gothic Victorian Mansion set off by itself with a creepy scientist and skeevy doctor experimenting on their patients to promote their drug ring.  Yeah, not worked up at all…

In truth, most of the story takes place in Burning Cove, but the heroine, poor Adelaide, got locked up in that place so the two creeps could treat her as a science experiment and the man she thought loved her could abscond with her inheritance.  After time spent in the place, she can be forgiven for being shaky on the point of her own sanity and clutching her secrets to her.  She remakes herself as an herbal tea specialist and a waitress in a tea shop.  She had nothing and a lucky break in her kind-hearted boss, but she made the most of it.  She is wary of trusting people especially a man, but eventually chooses to partner Jake even though he has his own agenda and secrets.

Jake’s wife died of suicide or so it is thought until he tells Adelaide differently.  He is convinced the psychic to the Stars, Madame Zolanda isn’t just a fake showy psychic, but also a blackmailer and he plans to get back his wife’s diary.  It’s obvious he has a colorful, exciting past when he hooks up with Adelaide, but it was fun seeing him open up and share with her.  With this pair, the sharing of secrets was tantamount to most romantic pair’s falling into bed together- they do this, too, eventually.

The Other Lady Vanishes offers up several suspects at first and more than one motive.  I had no trouble putting my finger on the murder, the motive, and the obvious means after the first murder.  I felt it was foreshadowed strongly so the final twist was no surprise.  I admit that I would have liked to be surprised, but the dangerous and exciting scenes that came before it along with the romance kept me happily occupied.

Luther and Raina’s first encounter was fun and I’m glad to have it along with a few other brief encounters, but I have to say that I was left wanting way more than I got.  No surprise since I was anticipating this being their story.  I can only hope for more later.

Meanwhile, I will savor the story I got and my visit back to Burning Cove.  I love the lush, but sharp Old Hollywood world that is portrayed in this series and can’t wait to move on with the next new release in the series.  Those who love spicy historical romantic suspense should definitely pick these up.


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Library Love #11
Historical Fiction #72


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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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Nadene
3 months ago

I fee the same way about insane asylums. I too would be scared, so I understand why the heroine would act jittery.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

They are just creepy. I get chills whenever I have to drive near one of the old state hospitals around here. 🙂 It was easy for me to feel for poor Adelaide.

Carole Rae
3 months ago

I feel like I’ve read a book by this author. The name sounds soooo familiar.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

She’s written a ton between her Amanda Quick historicals, her Jayne Castle sci-fis and her Jayne Anne Krentz suspenses. 🙂

sherry fundin
3 months ago

it’s great when i find a book that makes me go looking for more from the author
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

For sure, Sherry! I want to try her other series now. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 months ago

I’ve seen this one on the blogs and it does sound like a good story.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I just love this series and wish I weren’t caught up yet so I’d have more to read before the next release. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m reading some of her romantic suspense but I’m not ready to go so far as historical romance yet.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

You’d like this series then. 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Oops, hit the comment button too soon. I meant to add that this would make a good crossover since it’s the 30’s instead of further back in the past.

Melliane
3 months ago

Oh yes I was curious to try this series

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Worth it! 🙂

Lover of Romance
3 months ago

Great review you have here. I skimmed because I plan on reading this one in the next week or so. I really love the setting and era, its so unique and different!

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

It will be neat to see what you think when you get the chance, Renee. 🙂

Jen
Jen
3 months ago

I’m glad you were able to go back and get in those first two books and it all still works for you. This one does sound like something I may like. Thanks!

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Yes, these are fun for their unique setting, the characters, and the twists.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
3 months ago

Fantastic review I can’t imagine how she keeps so many irons in the fire. I love her

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I was flabbergasted when I saw her whole backlist under all her pen names. I want to read more, but I doubt I’d ever get to them all. 🙂

vvb
vvb
3 months ago

Wow, another Amanda Quick. Does look like a good series. On my list now 😉

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  vvb

Indeed! It only has four books in the series released so far so I was glad to get caught up with the earlier books. I will eventually start on another of her series.
I hope you get the chance at these and enjoy them, Velvet! 🙂

Rachel
2 months ago

I don’t know how I ended up skipping this one, but I did. I’ve really enjoyed this series with it’s Old Hollywood glamour, and Burning Cove reminds me of a hotel we stay at in North Santa Barbara. Insane asylums back, as portrayed in some of the historical novels I’ve read sound absolutely frightening. I guess it was based on actual accounts of asylums back then and the treatment was barbaric to say the least! I need to get a library audio copy and read this one soon.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Oh yes, all you said. I’ve enjoyed getting caught up on the series. Oh yeah, those old time insane asylums give me the creeps after I read a few books on the barbaric treatments.