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Review by Riley

About The Girl Who Knew Too Much

When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…

The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.

Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…

With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…

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Review of the Girl Who Knew Too Much

Fans of historical mystery will appreciate the 1930’s Hollywood area setting that author Amanda Quick has created for her latest mystery, The Girl Who Knew Too Much. Like the 1956 movie with a similar title (The Man Who Knew Too Much), the protagonist, Irene Glasson, makes a discovery that a certain criminal element will do anything to keep secret.

Well, she was not actually Irene Glasson when she first made that discovery. But after running and changing her name, Irene is trying to settle into a new life in California. Here’s a question for you: Why would a woman who is hiding take a job as a Hollywood gossip reporter? A potentially highly visible job? Too make the story more interesting I’m sure. But it tends to put Irene in the position of learning even more secrets.

Following a story leads Irene to…..a dead body. And then another. Irene is threatened more than once.  But with what happened in her former life plus the Hollywood murders, there are many suspects. One of them is creepy.  Really creepy.

There is a hero that can’t run, but is quite dashing all the same. Former magician Oliver Ward knows a thing or two about distraction and will use his expertise to help Irene with her investigation. He is honorable and quite the gentleman. Oliver and Irene make an unlikely couple, but the chemistry is evident.

Irene is the heroine that can’t keep her nose out of other people’s business. Okay, to be fair, she was trying to get justice for her friend. But she keeps getting into some kind of trouble or other. The best part is that the reader does not always know the source of Irene’s trouble. This keeps things interesting and prevents one from figuring out the answers before Irene and Oliver solve the mystery.  That’s a good thing!

I really enjoyed this book. If you enjoy mystery and romance and an American show biz historical setting appeals, I recommend The Girl Who Knew Too Much.

An ARC was provided by Berkley Publishing so that I could bring you this honest review.

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