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(Burning Cove #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,891 ratings  ·  517 reviews
An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a machine that could change the world.

Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After spending her entire inheritance on a mansion with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Berkley
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Julie No, it's been playing out in the background of the others. I had to go back and check myself.
Karen There are new sets of characters for each of the books in this series. You do not have to read them in order.

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Kat Valentine
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another enchanting tale from the Burning Cove series!!! I loved it from start to finish. This series just keeps getting better and better with great characters like Amalie and Matthias and a storyline that has suspense and romance, it can't go wrong. Amalie is smart and witty and a great heroine,while matthias is a strong male full of quite sensually and perfect hero qualities. And their chemistry is great and their moments full of passion and slow burning heat. And I loved the cover!!! So beaut ...more
Katie B
This is the third book in the Burning Cove series and while some characters from previous books are part of this story, you could read this as a standalone novel. However, I think the first book is the best in the series so I recommend starting with that one.

Amalie Vaughn had a brush with death during her days as a trapeze artist so she moved to Burning Cove where she purchased a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, her first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered and given someone else died ther
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tightrope is the third book in the Burning Cove series. While I’ve read the first book, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, also, I think Tightrope can be read as a standalone.

Amalie Vaughn is a former trapeze artist. Her move to Burning Cove is for a fresh start. She spends her inheritance on a mansion with the plan to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast; however, she finds out the mansion is cursed.

In fact, her very first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention while onlookers ar
My internal dialogue throughout:

Me: "Wow, this dialogue is bad."
Also me: "But the cover is so pretty!"
Me: "And these characters randomly display outbursts of emotion that come from nowhere."
Also me: "But the cover."
Me: "This has the writing quality of a really, really bad Christian romance novel."
Also me: "Look at how the necklace drapes down her back...."
Me: "And when is this supposed to be set anyway? There is no historical vibe at all. Robots? The Great War? Mob connections?"
Also me: "The
Amalie came from a family of flying trapeze artists but quit the profession when a crazed man almost took her life. An exciting opening to a thrilling story! Deranged murderers, spies, espionage, non-stop action and romance makes this tale difficult to put down!

Amalie now resides in Burning Cove after buying a beautiful mansion with the intension of using it as a glamourous inn to house the rich and famous who’d like to get away. She got the mansion for a song, not before finding out about the
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
With a series like this it’s always good to start at the beginning. The story plays during the 1930s in Hollywood/California, but the location reminded me more of Northern California with it’s winding coastal roads and picturesque small towns. Although all three books can be read as a standalone, it helps to start the series at the beginning.

Most books by this author are built on a trusted formula that guarantees an action packed story, with multiple murders, strong female heroines and alpha her
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, steamy, romance
This is third in a series, but you don't really need to read the others first. I recommend that you do for two reasons. First, Luther and Raina play a larger role in this one than they have in the others and it's nice having their full history. Second, the other books are a bit better, I think, and you might as well start with the best. Also this one features a tie into Quick's Arcane Society series because Mattias is one of the infamous Joneses (and it's pretty clear that he's one of the Jonese ...more
We meet Amalie Vaughn an ex-trapeze artist who has recently bought the hotel where Madame Zolanda met her timely demise. One of her guests is murdered. Not a good way to begin a business. It also brings Matthias Jones a consultant for Luther’s firm to investigate. Rumors link Luther to some unsavory friends and business practices. Matthias comes from an unusually family tree, and fans of the Arcane Society series will recognize it.

Amalie and Matthias were enjoyable characters. Their back and for
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
2.5 stars -- This book had a lot of promise: a genuinely engaging main female lead, a great premise, and a really fun setting (I was really into the overall vibe of this book... it felt very 20s/30s madcap romcom, which I was into). That said, structurally, this book is very messy. The first 2 scenes are literally 2 totally different murder scenes, seemingly unconnected (you see what happens eventually, but its a jarring experience) and then you barrel head first into the solving the second murd ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amelia was a trapeziest flying through the air without a net. The flying princess the best of the best until her life is threatened and the trauma keeps from soaring. But as new murders appear and sends her business into a haze she needs to figure out how to save her inn and stay alive.
She teams up with some detectives to try and solve the case.
Fun. I liked how we got to see every part of the investigation. We are kept in the loop. I also liked that it wasnt a love story it stayed focused on h
Barb in Maryland
This was so much fun. I am really enjoying this author's foray into 1930s California/Hollywood.
We have another gal looking to start a new chapter in her life, a rumored haunted house, a murderous robot and cutting edge espionage equipment. Oh yeah, and a good romance too.
I will say that one of the baddies took me by surprise. I was so caught up in the double-crosses and triple crosses that I wasn't really keeping track of all the clues. It also looks like we may have a direct sequel coming up as
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A former circus star buys a home with a dark history and turn it into a B&B just in time for their first guest to be killed on stage during his robot demonstration. But, that is not the end of the bizarre happenings at the Hidden Cove B&B when everyone seems to be looking for something the dead inventor hid before his final act.

Tightrope is the third of the Burning Cove series set in the 1930's bringing back to life a nostalgia for Old Hollywood, gangster and spy movies and a tip to the horror f
Diane ~Firefly~
A former trapeze artist starts over as an innkeeper and gets embroiled into another murderous situation.

What I enjoyed:
* I really liked Amalie. The book started off strong with the trapeze scene. Amalie is a survivor and a caretaker.
* Nice cameos by characters from the previous books
* The mystery (view spoiler)
* I wanted to meet Mattias's family

What could have been better:
* I would have preferred to leave the
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
While this isn’t my favorite time period to read in, AQ has done a good job of drawing me into the story and people. Looking forward to the next one.
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

After a brush with death, former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn has started fresh in Burning Cove. She and her aunt have purchased a mansion that was once owned by a famous psychic who came to an ill end and they’ve turned it into the Hidden Beach Inn. But when their first guest – Dr. Norman Pickwell – is murdered by his robot creation, the rumors start flying that perhaps the inn is cursed. Enter Matthias Jones, an investigator connected to Burning Cove’s most notoriou
For some reason some poor writing bothered me in this one, but these are my junk food reads so it doesn't matter as much...
Kate Douglas
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Jayne Castle aka all one and the same, have been auto-buys for me for years. The reason is simple—I am never, ever disappointed in anything this talented author writes. All I can say about Tightrope is that it’s wonderful, a quintessential Amanda Quick romantic suspense that pushed all my buttons, kept me glued to the pages, and satisfied me with a perfect ending. The way our heroine (Amalie Vaughn, ex-trapeze artist extraordinaire) reaches the final dramatic ...more
Seema Rao
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, romance
Sizzling ~ Suspense ~ Stupendous

tl:dr: tightropes are often emotional, and just as dangerous as real ones.

OH MY! I loved this book. I should be sleeping, but instead, I stayed up reading. That seems like one of the greatest compliments an author can get--your book made me gave up basic human needs.

Amalie is a carnie turned straight in dark, atmospheric days of the 1930s. Well, leaving the circus doesn't mean she's without monkey-business. She finds herself in the midst of intrigue and many oth
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice fun read that is a good addition to the series.
Chris Conley
These books are so entertaining. I love the way she makes the stories seem timely even though they are set before WWII. Love them!
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quick-amanda
Another fascinating "Jones" character, with an equally fascinating counterpart/love interest in Amalie Vaughn. Clever murder/mystery plot. All in all, a good book in a fun series!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I love Amanda Quick books. She was the first romance writer I ever read, so I have a soft spot for her writing. This book lived up to my expectations. (No spoilers.) There were a couple of story lines that started out independently and ended up all coming together at the end. I expected that they would be interwoven, but could not figure out how that would work. I love all of the characters who inhabit Burning Cove, no matter what era. This is a fast-paced novel and a good story li ...more
Up All Night Book Addict
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, read-2019
I think this is my favorite in this series so far! I was engaged with it from start to finish. There wasn't a part in the book that lagged or drug. I was turning the pages waiting to find out whodunit.

I am not a historical reader. But Amanda Quick keeps pulling me over again and again. I don't know that I want this series to ever end. Her ability to put me right in the story has be salivating for more!

I read this book at just the right time. With its little bit of "cheesiness" and a little bit
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Such a disappointment. The plot was weak, villains were underwhelming, romance was nonexistent. Up to the end of the book, villain is described as a mastermind, elusive puppet master who no one knows. And then, not only they figure out his identity ridiculously easy (surprisingly shoddy work by a master villain), he dies in a most inglorious way, but not before he announces the sequel.
What was the point of the giggler. The story would be exactly the same without him.
Also, why bring Jones and pa
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
Tightrope by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz is the third book in the Burning Cove series and was an enthralling read from page one. I enjoyed Ms. Quick's interpretation of Matthias Jones "talent" of being a human lie-detector. She had a previous character in her Arcane Society novel, White Lies, also with this "talent" but she took a different approach with how Matthias handled and understood his talent. Amalie is a determined young woman who meets life head-on and I enjoyed her and Matthias dial ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Got this in a Goodreads giveaway. Decent book I hated the beginning it was a bit all over the place. I found I could never bounce into the book after that sloppy opening.
I actually liked the relationship in this, but it was extremely underbaked and I wasn't particularly into the suspense element.
Rose Blue
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn has moved to Burning Cove and opened a guesthouse hoping for a fresh start after a terrifying and scandalous ordeal . However, it seems her bad luck has followed her when her one and only guest is killed in a spectacular fashion. Investigating the case is Matthias Jones. However, Matthias isn't a detective, in fact rumour has it his past leans more towards the criminal. However, their attraction is immediate and as the mystery deepens the danger pushe
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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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