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(Burning Cove #4)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Welcome to Burning Cove, California where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer

Vivian Brazier never thought life as an art photographer would include nightly wake-up calls to snap photos of grisly crime scenes or headshots for aspiring male actors. Although she is set on a career of transforming photography into a new art form, she knows her current work is
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Berkley
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Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Close Up by Amanda Quick is the 4th book in the Burning Cove series. I have to admit that this is the first book I have read by this author, as well as in this series. She has definitely made me a fan. One does not have to read the previous 3 books to follow along nicely with this one. It seems like each one has central location ties, but a stand alone mystery with each book (I could be wrong about that).

I loved the time period: early 1930s. I love the locations located throughout California,
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Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I have now come to look forward to a new book in this series every year. I wish the author could drop two a year in this series. It is one of my favorite current series!

This one is just like the previous ones. A murder mystery wrapped in quirky characters who most certainly hold their own weight in the book. The 1920's cheesy tv show vibe is ever present too. And I absolutely love it! Just like the other books, I felt like I was watching an old cheesy, fun, and exciting 1920's show with my
Roberta Cox
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. While this is not the first book by Amanda Quick that I have read, it is the first book Ive read in this series. She did not disappoint! I read this book every chance I got - waiting at appointments, lunch breaks, bedtime (just finishing this one chapter, lol) - you get it. I will be getting the first three books in this series next! ...more
Oooh. Comes out on my bday!! Lovely bday present 😀
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shocking! Another thrilling installment in Amanda Quick's Burning Cove series. Close Up combines the romantic suspense, historical, and paranormal genres together to create a one of a kind read that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering whodunnit.

Amanda Quick has long been a writer of strong heroines and Vivian Brazier is one of her best. Who doesn't love a woman willing to forgo her inheritance to make a name for herself? Brazier is an independent, talented woman who won't stop until
Shalini | Book Rambler
Close Up is set in the 1920s I believe, and is about Vivian whos a photographer trying to make it in the art world. I love photography so I loved the bits and pieces mentioned about film photography, the struggles of freelancing and all. Then theres Nick, a private investigator whos later hired to protect Vivian.

I always love a good old murder mystery in historical fiction books and this one didnt disappoint. Although, some things did confuse me a lot. For example, both Nick and Vivians
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
TLDR: Not one of her best works, but still remarkably enjoyable.

This is an interesting book as it sort of feels like a bunch of leftover plot lines brought together to make a book. (For heaven's sake, the hero wasn't introduced until 20% into the book.) It also didn't "flow" right in terms of build up and denouement. There were about three different conclusions in the book, so it felt more like a bunch of connected short stories.

That said, even a mediocre work by Quick is light-years ahead of
Apr 02, 2020 added it
I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it. I kept meaning to read the next couple and was too busy. Now that I have a little extra time, when I saw this listed on NetGalley I pounced.

I really enjoyed this. It felt more mystery with a side of romance, rather than romantic mystery. The mystery was more prominent than romance.

I like the heroine. She knew what she wanted and wasn't willing to settle. She wasn't willing to let her parents and society dictate
Kris McPeake
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Close Up, book 4 of Burning Cove, was a hit with me. Set in the 1930's about the life of Vivian Brazier who is trying to make it as an art photographer but finding it hard and has to make ends meet as a journalist photographer. She has attempts on her life and in steps a handsome man hired to be her bodyguard. Their journey starts from there to find out who and why this is happening. Along the way they get to know each other and well...happy endings for some. The book was well written with ...more
Chris Markley
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Vivian is freelancing as a freelance news photographer to support her real love, art photography.. When her photographs help solve a gruesome murder her life gets dangerous. Nick, an investigator with a special gift, is sent to protect her and together they travel to Burning Cove to try and figure out what really is going on. A story of a strong woman trying to make a life for herself and along the way finds something unexpected.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 4, what a series. You will not be let down at any point in this book. Hair-raising fights, plot twists and other surprises. If you are a-fan of paranormal and/or historical romance you should pick his book up. Extremely like able characters, human, or some sense of it.

I received this advanced copy as part of Sweepstakes last Christmas

Amandas once again on point with this novel
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy the Burning Cove series and this addition did not disappoint! I think it's fun to get a view into the past, but still have the female characters be independent, sassy, and strong! The path to determining the killer's identity was suspenseful and I didn't realize who it was until the very end. A great read!
Catherine Heloise
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book. Vivian Brazier is a fantastic heroine - I loved her passion for her work, and her knowledge and understanding of photography in its many forms. While she is clearly very intuitive, it is actually her professional knowledge and attention to detail that allow her to recognise what the killer might also know. I also really enjoyed the discussion of photography as art or as journalism, and the different photographic styles. It seemed to me that this story was very well ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Received this as an ARC. It took my a little bit to get into the story. Once I did, I couldn't put it down. The further I got into the book, the backround of the characters helped to make the story have more sense. Give it a few chapters, and the story is great!
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first two Burning Cove books left me wishing for a return to the Victorian Era of previous Amanda Quick books. This one changed my mind. I really liked Close Up. I identify with Quicks heroines who successfully break the rules of what a woman should be no matter what the era. Perhaps because I grew up in the times when women were supposed to be wives/mothers, nurses or teachers. I liked the roaring 20s setting as well. I found the information on photography very interesting and well ...more
Gail Sarasohn
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading anything by
this author but it wont be the last.
It was a fun romp.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love Jayne Ann Krentz's books, especially the ones she writes as Amanda Quick. Her most recent are as much a mystery as they are a romance and I'm especially liking the newer ones set in 1930s California. The heroines are competent, the heroes are respectful, and the stories move quickly and smoothly. Although this is easily a stand alone, characters from the last two books make an appearance and help the
Susan Willis
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always love visiting Burning Cove. Another winner.
MAB  LongBeach
1930's romantic suspense, with a hint of the paranormal. Vivian left behind her wealthy family to pursue a career as a photographer. She pays the bills with crime-scene photos, but she wants to break into art photography. When her life is threatened, a stranger hires investigator Nick Sundridge to protect her. Nick has visions, which complicate his life greatly. To escape a killer, they head to Burning Cove, California, playground of the Hollywood elite. Danger follows them.

Well worth reading.
Rose Miller
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Vivian is an excellent freelance photographer who shoots crime photos and sells them to make ends meet. Vivian has a gift for taking the right photo due to her ability to open her senses and see beyond reality. Her true passion is being an artistic photographer but she has some trouble getting taken seriously by art critics and gallery owners. When Vivian is targeted by a deranged killer for her insight, Nick, a private investigator, is hired to protect her. Nick also has paranormal abilities ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Another solid edition in the series. I enjoy returning to Burning Cove for new stories and glimpses of past characters.
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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

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