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by Amanda Quick
Released: May 9th 2017
Series: Burning Cove #1
Published by Berkley Books
“Mystery, romance and the intriguing world of 1930s Hollywood mix perfectly”
~ Under the Covers
The Girl Who Knew Too Much pulls you into the glamour and underbelly of 1930s Hollywood as Irene Glasson, a gossip columnist with a mysterious past investigates a murder at a star studded hotel. The hotel is owned by the infamous Oliver Ward, a former magician whose last performance turned deadly. Together they investigate the goings on in the hotel which draws them into the murky underbelly of Hollywood glamour.
I’ve recently come to really enjoy mysteries I love the build-up of the tension, the guessing of whodunit and the occasional splash of romance. So, when I saw Amanda Quick had penned a mystery set in Hollywood I decided I had to give it a try. It was just what I needed, a great mystery set in an interesting time with some romance thrown in.
I also liked that Quick added some red herrings, I spent a bit of the book disappointed that Quick had made it so obvious who the culprit was. Ah! I am so easily led! I should have known she wouldn’t make it that easy for me. So, when the big reveal came along I was, to my great delight, genuinely surprised over whodunit. More seasoned mystery readers may scoff at how easily manipulated I was but I find I don’t mind, it made me like the book all the more and I plan to enjoy the naivety whilst it lasts.
But, this book does fall into the trap of revealing everything in the last 5% of the book. Instead of slowly revealing the evidence and the motive as the book goes on we have the typical scene at the end as the villain explains their whole dastardly plans and their reasons behind it. Why these people don’t just kill the plucky reporter instead of instigating a long conversation and then killing them I don’t know. Clearly they don’t read enough mysteries.
As for the romance, it was as straightforward as the two characters, Irene and Oliver. This isn’t meant in a derogatory fashion, both characters were pragmatic and direct and as the obvious attraction matures they do they sensible thing and act on it. I liked that there was no fake drama between them and I enjoyed their growing closeness as their partnership goes from professional to personal.
Mystery, romance and the intriguing world of 1930s Hollywood mix perfectly and create an enjoyable read that I recommend both romance mystery fans to give a try.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?