Book Reviews




Novelist Amanda Quick has the secret to successful writing down pat. In most of her books you will find a pretty, resourceful, spunky young woman who gets involved in a mystery. This requires her to work with an older gentleman who also becomes a love interest for her. This framework has worked for her numerous times in the past and it works quite well in her latest novel THE GIRL WHO KNEW

This time out the young woman is named Irene Glasson, or at least that is the name she goes by for most of the story. She is located in a small California town working as a reporter. She is there incognito because her employer at her previous job was murdered and Irene is on the run from that killer. Astonishingly just a short time after she arrives in California and gets employment as a reporter she is involved in another death.

This time out the woman is a guest at a spacial hotel. She has arranged to meet Irene in the hotel spa to do an interview. When Irene arrives the woman is floating face down in the pool and the killer is lurking nearby. Irene barely escapes with her own life.

Having a dead body on site is not a good thing for the Burning Cove Hotel, an establishment owned and operated by Oliver Ward. He is a retired magician who sunk all his savings into this hotel. He also brought along members of his troop to staff it. The hotel is a gathering place for various celebrities who come to his place for rest and relaxation and a certain amount of privacy.

Irene and Oliver decide to join forces to try to solve the mysterious death, and of course wile they are investigating, more murders occur. And along the way a romance springs up between the two. But while love is blooming it has to take a back seat to staying alive. It seems Irene’s propensity for finding bodies has put her at a high degree of risk.

Quick sets her story in 1930’s California which was a time when Hollywood was booming and stars’ careers were ebbing and flowing like the tides. Many studios spent an inordinate amount of time and money keeping their young stars out of the headlines. Any hint of scandal could mean death for a career.

Quick has the ability of getting readers on the sides of her main characters from the get go. She creates them so easily and perfectly you willingly accept them for who they are and what they are. Plus her fascinating plots draw her readers along like lambs to a slaughter. There may be danger ahead but they never fear as they know they are in the hands of a master storyteller.

Amanda Quick writes readable books and that is meant as a high compliment. She knows her audience and she makes sure she delivers the kind of story they want. THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH will fill their every need.

THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH is published by Berkley Books. It contains 368 pages and sells for $27.00.

Jackie K Cooper

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