At the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel on the coast of California, rookie 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 an up-and-coming leading man, a scoop that Irene couldn't resist. Seeking the truth about the drowning, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception.
Once a world-famous magician whose career was mysteriously cut short, Oliver Ward is now the owner of the 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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By Barbara on 12-05-17
Earlier Review Exactly Correct
This is the first Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/ Jayne Castle I have ever read about which there is nothing to recommend.
Which is really odd because it sounds like a fascinating story. It has a retired magician wounded on stage by one of his own illusions. A heroine dressed in a wardrobe out of a Katherine Hepburn movie being chased across the country by murderer after a book of codes. I really looked forward to this book, but somehow the people who populate this story never really come to life.
I have always liked the character driven action of this author's stories.
This book is filled with people that seem to be interesting but not people that we really get to know. Oddly they don't seem to really connect with each other in the story.
I know that authors, like all other human beings grow and change professionally. But this book is so far from the Amanda Quick quirky, cheerful females who face each challenge with no thought of being defeated. When these women meet the inevitable set back they start off on another solution. The main characters in the middle books seem to like each other. The people in this novel don't even know each other. Well they are polite if wary strangers.
I agree with an earlier reviewer the narrator does do a lot of shouting. I think she is making up for the lack of drama and flat conversation. How being stalked by a murderer can make a person's conversation sound as if they are bored by the whole thing is quite a trick, but even the narrator couldn't breathe life into these people and Ms. Underwood does try.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 13-05-17
While the story was good and the characters interesting, I didn't get a feel that this really took place in 1930s California. It could have easily been any other time or place. Also, having a narrator with a British accent was jarring. All characters were American, and her American accent was not convincing.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful