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(Burning Cove #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,340 ratings  ·  220 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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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
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
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
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
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
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 notorious
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
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: read-2019, reviews
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 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
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.
Rose Blue
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 4.5 star review appeared at Fresh Fiction and may be viewed there:

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May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popfiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and really did not want it to end. I'm super glad that [even though she has come forward [significantly] in history] Quick seems to have gone back to what she knows - writing about the Jones family!
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
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
Burning Cove and the Hidden Beach Inn sounds like a lovely place. Picturing place is a very important part of a narrative to me. I could not place the setting so I had nothing to anchor me to this tale. I struggled with the plot which I found somewhat convoluted. The romance was thin and sheer lust with no hint of romance. I did find the cover very clever and in some ways the most revealing thing about this story.
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

And we finally get the link – or at least a tangential link – if not to Scargill Cove (which I still think must be just up the coast) then to the Arcane Society. It’s there if you squint – and I was certainly squinting for it – but if you haven’t read any of the author’s Arcane Society books in any of its eras under any of her names, Tightrope still works well as a standalone, as the latest entry in the Burning Cove series, and as a terrific story of a hero
Sheila Melo
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FINAL DECISION: This one was great. I enjoyed the setting, the conflict and the suspense story which was well done with multiple stories coming together in unexpected ways. I also loved the hero and the heroine was a good match for him. I wanted a bit more romance, but this one was better balanced than I expected.

THE STORY: Trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn escapes a killer and ends up owning a hotel in Burning Cove. Then she finds out her hotel is infamous. When a inventor guest is murdered by his o
Kathy Martin
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amalie Vaughn has come to Burning Cove to open a bed and breakfast with her aunt. She got a terrific deal on a furnished mansion only to find out, after she bought, it that it had a bad reputation because a noted psychic had committed suicide there by jumping off the roof. She was a former trapeze artist who survived a murder attempt but rumor has it that she killed her attempted murderer as some part of a twisted love triangle.

Amalie has only one boarder now. Inventor Dr. Norman Pickwell is pre
WTF Are You Reading?
The old adage, "It's always the quiet ones that you have to watch." Has never held truer than in the case of Burning Cove, California. As this once idyllic heaven for the rich and often infamous. Once again becomes the perfect backdrop for intrigue, secrets, plots, and murder.

All good things must end. And in the case of this awesome series, this is one series that this reviewer will hate to see go.
The grandeur and enchantment that was 1930's Hollywood. The evil that lurks in the minds of the ric
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Burning Cove series offers a new tangent for Amanda Quick: early 20th century setting. The female protagonists may be more independent than in her earlier writing, but the men continue as the complex, shady figures drawn to those strong women.

I appreciate both the new setting and the previously trusted formula for a good read: There's an intriguing adventure in each of the (so far) three books in the series, and I know what I can trust about the story before I begin it.

Tightrope may be the b
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

This is a great addition to the Burning Cove series. This third entry features Amalie, a former trapeze artist, and Matthias, a man rumored to have ties with the mob. Amalie’s current occupation as an innkeeper takes center stage when her first, and only, paying guest is murdered by a robot during a demonstration. Amalie and Matthias team up to find out the identity of the k
Dannon Hewitt
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best romance novels I’ve read In a while. Seriously absolutely beautiful capturing and charming
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book and characters. Based on the ending I am wondering if there will be a sequel or series with these characters. I will have to go back and read the other Burning Cove books.
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to win a copy of this book from the publisher, as JAK, under all her pseudonyms, is one of my go-to authors for resilient and strong-minded heroines, intelligent and sexy heroes, and a satisfying blend of action and romance. TIGHTROPE lives up to all of these, in spades.

Quinn has upped her game with this latest series, resurrecting late 1930s, Golden Age Hollywood glamour in the fashionable town of Burning Cove, a resort for film stars, shady characters, and, of course, shocking m
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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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Burning Cove (3 books)
  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Burning Cove, #1)
  • The Other Lady Vanishes (Burning Cove, #2)