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The Girl Who Knew Too Much

(Burning Cove #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  8,494 ratings  ·  1,044 reviews
Amanda Quick, the bestselling author of ’Til Death Do Us Part, transports readers to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins…

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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Cavak After reading both, I can say you really don't need to read the books chronologically.

There are some homages, an easy-to-miss spoiler for the ending o…more
After reading both, I can say you really don't need to read the books chronologically.

There are some homages, an easy-to-miss spoiler for the ending of the first book, and a few cameos to the first book in the second. But the major plot points in the second book aren't deeply connected to characters introduced by its predecessor.

It's the setting that would lose some of its appeal by reading the second book first. Still, that is easily summed up with a few lines of character dialogue early within both books. Read whatever synopsis interests you more is what I say. (less)

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Always Pouting
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
After her boss is murdered unexpectedly and leaves her with a mysterious notebook Anna flees New York and heads out to LA. Anna hides out there by changing her name to Irene and getting a job at a third rate gossip magazine to keep a low profile. While on an assignment for the magazine Irene goes to meet an aspiring movie star who has some information on a famous actor. Unfortunately when Irene arrives at the spa where she's meeting the actress, the actress has drowned and Irene hears someone ch ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Irene Glasson has come to California to escape a dangerous killer. She reinvents herself from personal secretary into an up-and-coming journalist for a small time gossip paper. While she’s on the hunt for a story she finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery, but this time she’s got Oliver Ward on her side. They work as partners to catch a murderer, all the while a simmering attraction brews between them!

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Girl Who Knew Too Much. It’s the perfect s
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
3,5 Stars

Set in the 1930s, a first for Amanda Quick, against the backdrop of a luxury hotel on the West Coast, buen retiro for the Hollywood jet-set, and revolving around a woman on the run hiding a compromising notebook, a former magician and a killer on the loose, in the hands of a skilled author in her element with this genre The Girl Who Knew Too Much made for a solid mystery with strong romantic undertones.
Nicely conveying the glamour of that era and written in a smooth prose punctuated
I've given this a C- for narration and a D+ for content at AudioGals, so I'm leaving it at 2 stars.

Anyone who has read or listened to even a small number of Amanda Quick’s historical mysteries will have realised that her books tend to be somewhat formulaic. I’m not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing; Ms. Quick’s particular formula – independent heroine meets mysterious, slightly dangerous hero and they solve a mystery while falling in love (and have their first sexual encounter anywhere else
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

A peek into the glamorous and oh so scandalous world of 1930s Hollywood? Amanda Quick? A retired magician and a heroine on the run? Yes, please! The Girl Who Knew Too Much captured me completely.

This was a little different than most I've read from Quick since it's set in Hollywood in the 1930s but I ended up really enjoying the setting. The glamour, scandal, grit, the mystery and illusions behind tinseltown. It was a fun time
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I have to admit that I'm quite besotted with this cover. I like how different it is, the crisscrossing of colorful squares over the image of the girl and I love the combination of the colors. Now, you should not choose a book just because of the cover, but I'm the first one to raise my hand to admit that I do it over and over again. But, I'm a bit cautious when it comes to historical romance because it's just not often my type of book. However, I discovered Amanda Quick years ago and she is one ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: publisher, reviewed, dnf
This book read like a parody of a bad B-movie. Maybe that was intentional, but it certainly is not a writing style that I enjoy. Everything was explained rather than just showing actions and letting the reader draw their own conclusions. "She hesitated. Something told her that she had to know what was inside the velvet bag. Perhaps the contents will explain what had happened that night." The dialogue felt stilted and artificial. Also, details seemed off, like when a character demanded to be made ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, mystery, romance
This was a really fun read. It's very much like other Amanda Quick books I've read, though one without the magic or woo-woo that some contain. It has a strong heroine, a manly man, and an interesting plot that holds together very well.

This is mostly a mystery story with the romance playing a sideline (though one I really appreciated). I loved how well it worked out, frankly. There was even a really great twist that made total sense once revealed that I totally hadn't caught and that's nice in th
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amanda Quick (Jayne Anne Krentz) always manages to pull me into her stories and THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH offered an interesting cast of characters. Irene Glasson is hiding a secret, and Oliver Ward is determined to discover it. As the two begin to investigate, they find themselves facing down danger and finding passion. I connected with Irene and admired her spunk and quick wits. She is tenacious and once she gets a hold of a story she just doesn't let go. Oliver was an interesting character, ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This seems to happen to me quite often: I enjoy a story, no matter how many flaws I find in it.

I read Amanda Quick years ago, just one book by her, and I wasn’t a fan of her writing so I never went back. When I read the synopsis for The Girl Who Knew Too Much I was too tempted to resist. I love these kind of stories, and the fact that it was taking place in the 1930s, with Hollywood and stars and all that fancy flashy goodness, how cou
Like many recent Amanda Quick books, I feel like this one had so much potential, but much of that potential was wasted in the execution. A lot of that comes from the fact that besides the interesting time period twist, much of the story and the characters left me with a "blah" feeling. The dialogue, unfolding of the plot, and the character development was all pretty color-by-numbers. Irene tried to be interesting, but her too-quick trust/attraction to Oliver turned me off. Not horrible, but it d ...more
I don't have much to say here. This book took me almost three days to get through because that's how boring it was. Taking place in the 1930s, I was expecting to see some language/slang from that era. You don't get that at all and just have a woman on the run (who decides to reinvent herself as a reporter) and a former magician (yeah I know) getting caught up in murder and mayhem.

Irene (formerly Anna) is pulled into investigating when a woman turns up dead in Burning Cove, CA. The woman is found
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick  
Author: Amanda Quick
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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
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Release Date: May 9th, 2017
NOTE: This is a spoiler-free review, and I will try my best to keep it that way....

This book is very different from anything I have read in Quick's previous works. (I'm a big fan of her 90's material, which centers on love).
And I'll admit I was a bit nervous after seeing such positive reviews because I'm usually that person.
"THAT PERSON": The one who doesn't like the book everyone loves....

But for the first time in a long time, I found myself agreeing with
There were things that I liked about this book and things that I didn’t. Things that were new and others that were rehashed. So it all evens out to a mediocre rating.

Let’s start with the good. I was glad to see JAK moving on to a new time period. As all her long-time fans have been saying for years, her previous works in her chosen three time periods had gotten very stale indeed. So branching out into the Golden Age of Cinema offered a great opportunity to shake things up. And I was extremely gr
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
4.5 stars Amanda Quick may have abandoned Victorian England for 1930s Hollywood, but her ability to spin a gripping, suspenseful tale is still very much in evidence in her latest novel, The Girl Who Knew Too Much. The plot emphasizes mystery over romance without forsaking the latter. I thoroughly enjoyed it (and I think I detect hints of a potential sequel, yay!)

Irene (formerly Anna) is a typical Quick heroine: quick-witted, self-reliant, curious, loyal, and determined beyond the point of stubbo
Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is a suspense thriller set in the 1930s in California. Involves Hollywood, studios and glamour. The whole story is about Anna Harris who one day finds her boss killed with a note advising her to escape far away with a notebook that she has left. She advises her not to trust anybody including the FBI and police regarding the information there in the notebook. Anna moves to Hollywood, changes her identity, name and gets a job of reporter. More murders happen there and she gets
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
I received this for free on GoodReads. A multi-layered mystery set in 1930s Hollywood. The writing is nothing fancy, but solid and the plot and pacing are great. I would have liked to get a better feel for the Hollywood glamour. I also didn't like that when things got hairy, the "boys" seemed to take over and the "girl" took a bit of a backseat. Still, very entertaining and engaging. This will make a good beach read this summer. ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars. A little bit of a different read from Quick...good but not great.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't love this book but I liked it. It was really enjoyable.

I thought it was predictable at first and I was sure I figured everything out on chapter 7 or 8 which made me feel disappointed and it may be the reason why the middle felt a bit slow for me, because I was just waiting for the big reveal thinking that I already knew everything and that it wouldn't be a big surprise. I was wrong! I'm happy I was! although I did figure some things out, the author managed to surprise me at the end. I w
Lana Reads
Not feeling it and I'll probably never finish, so dnf it is. ...more
Sheila Melo
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-bookshelf
“You must not trust anyone — not the police, not the F.B.I. Above all, never trust a lover.”

FINAL DECISION: My favorite Amanda Quick book in a long time. The move to 1930s California has given new energy and freshness to what is often a familiar romantic suspense storyline. I hope we will be reading more in this time period.

THE STORY: 1930s California is a place where people can reinvent themselves. Irene Glasson has come here on the run from the murder of her prior employer. Irene (and that is
Olga Godim
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
I think this writer found her second wind. The last few novels of hers were not her best, but this one works. It’s not as much a romance as most of her other books. Rather it is a romantic suspense or a romantic thriller, and the ‘romantic’ part is not very important to the story. Furthermore, the writer deviates in this novel from her customary historical setting of Victorian London. The story is set in Hollywood in the 1930s, and of course, it has to do with actors and movie studios.
The plot
Kate Douglas
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading

This is something new from Amanda Quick, a historical romantic suspense set in 1930s southern California, which obviously means Hollywood, right? Except it’s not—this story is set at the Burning Cove Hotel, playground of the rich and famous—and one young woman on the run from a murder she did not commit.

I am an unabashed fan of Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle. No matter the name she’s writing under, Ms. Krentz knows how to tell a story. Honestly, this is not an era I’ve read much, but
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Light Mystery Stars

I'm not a chiller, thriller, (except MJ), or heavy mystery reader, but this was kind of dropped in my lap. So, living the adventurous life I do, LOL, I figured what the heck. Our heroine, it's set in the 1930's so that term is still acceptable, starts out discovering her glamorous employer has been murdered and robbed. Naturally she had time to leave a note, a secret book with valuable info, and plenty of cash. Oh, and she also said, get the hell out of town: run for your
Anna Henke
*Received an ARC copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come closer to release date.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had hoped this would provide a better reading experience than the end result. 3 of 10 stars
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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 inve
After devouring Tight Rope and Close Up, I knew it was just a matter of time before I went back for the first books in the series. I loved my brief encounters with Oliver and Irene so it was magical to get their story from the beginning.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much is the first of the Burning Cove historical romantic suspenses and opens with a woman coming upon the grisly scene of her employers murder and a desperate message to her to run- to take the secret notebook and trust nobody.

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Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the Uni

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