The Other Lady Vanishes

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Jun 2018

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I wish when I had requested this from Netgalley that I had known Amanda Quick was actually Jayne Ann Krentz. I'm not a fan of Krentz's writing style. At all. And this book proves that once again this author and I don't jive. 

The Other Lady Vanishes started with a bang, and that synopsis had me needing this book. However, by the second chapter I was beginning to second guess my requesting. This book slid down hill fast. The characters, Adelaide and Jake, were flatter than a pancake. No chemistry what so ever. And I honestly never understood what Jake saw in Ade. She was a complete bitch to him. Didn't matter what the dude said she took offense to it. Even if it was an innocent joke. Or hell, even his flirting! Then we're meant to believe that the two of them were it for each other, so in love. Yeah, okay. We won't even talk about the lack of heat between the sheets. 

Historical?! Hmm, I didn't ever get that this was a Historical. Maybe it was just me, but other than some strange wording here and there this felt pretty damn modern. 

Oh my gosh, the repetition and length were another major issue. The pacing slower than a fricken turtle. Just when you think things are wrapped up and about to end, think again. Not even close. The author has decided to throw in some contrived drama. Surprise! Speaking of surprises, this book will have you over suspending belief. You'll be taking it to the extreme. Yes, I get it is fiction but there still has to be some truth to it. No detective is just going to let you walk away without further questioning after finding you with a dead body. And most certainly not after you've called in multiple dead bodies. 

There were other issues but I'm already over this book and this review. This isn't one I would recommend but lots of others loved it. Make of that what you will.
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**I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Book Two in Quick’s Burning Cove mystery series follows Adelaide Blake, a young woman hiding from a terrible past. When her past catches up with her, it will take Adelaide and Jake Truett (who also has a shady past) to put together the missing pieces before Adelaide is permanently silenced. 

Quick crafts an enjoyable story filled with romance and suspense. She has a way that entrances her readers, propelling them to keep reading from one chapter to the next – once you start, you cannot stop. Burning Cove, California sounds like the perfect place to “hide” from potential danger. As in her previous entry to the series, Quick introduces readers to strong female characters who do not necessarily need the strong, handsome men who come to their rescue. The blend of suspense and romance worked for me. 

I’m looking forward to reading the next in this series!
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3.5 Hearts I just love the works of Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. Staying old school she keeps her alias’ when she writes her historical romance. I prefer her writing in current time to be honest. 

This is the second in the series and I suggest you read the first one first. The asylum was interesting. The romance was just ok. I had a hard time with the background characters in this book and I think that took away from the story a bit. 

I have to say being a fan of Krentz/Quick I rate her books based on her own writings and this was just not as high as most. 

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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The second book in the Burning Cove series features Adelaide, a woman on the run from an insane asylum, and Jake, a widower with a shadowy past. Adelaide escapes to Burning Cove in order hide from a group of men involved in a dangerous drug network, and she meets Jake at the tea shop where she works. Jake has a difficult time getting past Adelaide's defenses, but he can tell that she's in danger and needs help. This leads to them working together to figure out who is hunting Adelaide and how they are all connected to  a mysterious psychic to the stars who ends up murdered. This book was full of compelling twists, and I enjoyed the setting of Burning Cove. There aren't many romance novels set in this time period, and I wish there were more books published like this one. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!
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After escaping from a sanitarium, Adelaide Blake is determined to start her life over. So, she lands in Burning Cove, California and starts working as a waitress in a tearoom. Adelaide finds some success brewing her own special blends of teas for customers including the random Hollywood celebrity getting some rest and relaxation from their busy schedules. Then there's Jake Truett, a widowed businessman on mandatory vacation for therapeutic rest, or so he says. 

Unfortunately for Adelaide, when she escaped the sanitarium, her problems didn't just disappear. They're still out there, and it seems like they may have now followed her to Burning Cove. Can she trust the mysterious Jake Truett? But if so, what is his true reason for being in Burning Cove?

I love what Amanda Quick has done with this series, first in The Girl Who Knew Too Much, and now here in The Other Lady Vanishes. The 1930s time period and the exclusive resort as the setting just scream "Old Hollywood" and it works so well. Add in the creepy sanitarium where not all is as it seems and you've got yourself a wonderful mystery. 

Amanda Quick sets up all the players pretty easily, but it's the twists and turns of the story that keep the reader guessing how everything ties together and connects up until the very end. 

I really liked Adelaide's strength and perseverance. She seemingly has the whole world against her, but she fights anyway. I liked that Adelaide wasn't dependent on Jake Truett to "save" her, but theirs was more a partnership with both contributing equally to solving the mystery, with a little romantic attraction thrown in on the side of course.  

I hope that Amanda Quick continues to write in this series. There was a secondary (very secondary) romantic couple that evolved by the end of the book. I was hoping they would be featured in the next book as the attraction was deftly felt, but I was surprised that their relationship was already divulged by the end. I guess we'll have to see what happens. So far, the two books in the series have been wonderful. Highly recommended. And they work perfectly as standalones with the connection being that they're both set in Burning Cove with a couple of characters that pop up between the two.
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Not as good as some others by this author.  Better than the previous title set in this time period. It had less predictability, characters were more interesting, plot more engaging.
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Amanda Quick's novels never disappoint. They always have a feisty heroine and a hero who will back them up, no matter how crazy a story they may have. I particularly enjoyed the setting for this one - 1930s California with just a hint of Hollywood made for a glamorous yet cozy setting with just the right undertones of gothic. Easily read as a standalone which is a good thing as I didn't realize this was part of a series.
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Entertaining historical mystery set in a fun time period. Cute romantic leads, and the supporting pair are fun to read, too.
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I absolutely adore Amanda Quick’s writing and can not wait to read her new releases. She’s a master at building romance and suspense in
her novels.
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This is the second in Amanda Quick's Burning Cove Series.

Here, an escapee from the lunatic asylum, and the recently widowed Jake Truett (from Hollywood) get together to solve some very bizarre occurrences.

It's set in the 30s is peopled with stars and starlets and murderers. What's not to like.
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The whole escape from the insane asylum thing was interesting but I found the romance a bit underwhelming which is a bad sign when it comes to Amanda's books, her characters usually manage to grip me from the very start.

On the other hand, Raina and Luther make a big appearance and they are supporting characters. I assume their book is the next? Speaking of Raina, I have to sound bitchy once again and say that I was let down by her character as well. In the prequel she was this butt kicking and mysterious secretary who ended the book with a bang but here she was... meh?

Well, if there happens to be a sequel, I'll definitely check it out.
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Excellent story and characters. The mystery was well done and the atmosphere made me feel like I was in Hollywood's golden era. Very well done.
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I don't know how I missed book 1, The girl who knew too much, in the Burning Cove series. I usually grab anything I see by Amanda Quick.  This series is a little different for her, set near Hollywood in the 1930's.  Adelaide arrives in the small town of Burning Cove after escaping from a private sanitarium for the "insane" after witnessing the murder of a doctor.  She's working at a tea shop and when her boss is murdered she and Jake, another town resident seem to be in the middle of a big Hollywood scandal.  Easy to read as a stand alone the story is smooth and flows easily.  The history of the 30's is interesting and I hope there is a book 3 coming soon.  I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I absolutely loved this book! The characters were fresh, funny, and sexy. I haven’t read the others in the series, but I’m going to now! I’ll be highly recommending this one.
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An escape from an insane asylum, Hollywood starlets, a psychic predicting her own death and a mysterious handsome stranger. Intrigued? If you are than you need to pick up The Other Lady Vanishes as it contains everything on that list. Adelaide Blake has escaped to Burning Cove after being held captive in an asylum, but on the night of her escape one of her tormentors was murdered. Thinking she is safe, she works in a tea shop that caters to Hollywood stars and their hangers on. However, it looks like trouble may have followed her to Burning Cove and the murderer has her in his sights.

This is the second in the Burning Cove series by Amanda Quick. However, it can easily be read as a standalone as the mystery is self-contained. If you’ve read the first book it will mean that you are familiar with some of the side characters that pop up in the story. The thread tying the series together is the location rather than an overarching story line.

The Other Lady Vanishes had two things that I love; a mystery that kept me on the hook and a good romance. The mystery aspect, although I had guessed what was going on fairly quickly still left me doubtful enough that it was exciting to read. The story also had a bit of a twist at the end that I enjoyed and didn’t see coming. As for the romance, it built through the book as the hero and heroine work together whilst hiding their mysterious pasts from one another.

Another good read from Amanda Quick, if you’re after a good mystery romance this is definitely the book for you. Although, I think I may avoid holidaying in Burning Cove, bad things seem to happen…
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I'll admit, I was getting a little bored of the Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz formula. I mean, the woman has been writing for almost four decades, and at this point, I don't think there's a plot/trope/character that she hasn't recycled and reused. This is great for a comfort read, but not when you're looking for a new book.

However, for me at least, this change in settings (from Regency/Victorian England to 1930s California) has really rejuvenated my enjoyment of her work. I really enjoyed "The Other Lady Vanishes." It's got it all: a feisty heroine, a hero with secrets, blackmail, murder, mental hospitals! I'm usually able to figure out Quick/Krentz books way before the ending, but this one definitely kept me guessing. I definitely can't wait to see what Quick writes next for this series.
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The Other Lady Vanishes seemed liked a great book to reach for during my flight to Vegas for our family vacation and it was absolutely the right pick. It was full of interesting characters, great plot points, and a love story. It was just light enough to read on a flight, but intense enough to keep my interest. It did get repetitive in places and that was kind of a bummer, but not so much that it made me not like the book. I really enjoyed getting to know the small town of Burning Cove and it's newest residents, Adelaide and Jake. I liked the main premise of the story of Adelaide escaping from the sanitarium and the murder mystery with the psychic. If this continued on as a series, I would definitely want to read the next book to find out what happens to Adelaide after her past is behind her.
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This was my least favorite Amanda Quick book.  I'm a HUGE fan of her both her Radcliffian romances, horrid mysteries, and regency adventures.  Although I love the setting of this newest addition, I felt rather underwhelmed overall...
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Amanda Quick’s second Burning Cove installment takes us back to the opulent world of Hollywood stars and roaring 30s when Adelaide Blake escapes a sanitarium only to discover a vast conspiracy of drugs, blackmail, and murder surrounding her false confinement. Unable to trust anyone for help in finding out the reasons behind her confinement, she finds herself relying more and more on a new arrival in Burning Cove, Jake Trulett, whose sudden appearance in her life isn’t as coincidental as he’d like it to seem.   From psychics to reclusive movie stars, Adelaide and Jake follow the trail of clues to a  killer who will do anything to achieve his final goal.

I’ve been a fan of Quick’s/Krentz/Castle for years. I adore everything she writes from her historicals to her sci-fi fantasies. Her latest venture has a strong crime noir feel to it with it’s glamorous Hollywood resort setting, secretive cast, and a convoluted mystery. Heavily character driven, Quick sets the stage and character base right off the bat, letting us know who are the villains and what has happened. Now we just wait for Adelaide and Jake to discover the hows and whys as Quick tosses in some devious twists and turns to keep the suspense and danger at defcon 12. The pacing is steady and Quick is adapt at changing narratives on the “quick” that allow for no confusion. Though the mystery holds court, the resulting romance is a nice side item that bolsters the story and catches the reader’s’ attention.

Adelaide Blake escaped from Rushbrook sanitorium where she had been committed against her will by her husband, Conner Massey, for her inheritance. Drugged and abused, bided her time and managed to escape during a violent storm. Now a waitress at an exclusive tea room, Refresh, she makes exclusive tisanes and teas while hiding in plain sight. Scared of her husband and/or sanitarium’s director will find her, Adelaide invests in some self protection and keeps to herself.

Jake Truett is in Burning Cove on the advice of his doctor after his wife’s suicide. A former importer/exporter whom rumor says has walked on the dark side, he finds himself drawn to Adelaide, especially after she puts him in his place during a conversation at the tea shop. A reluctant hero with a side agenda, Jakes protective instincts go into hyperdrive when he realises Adelaide may be in danger.

Their romance builds slowly as Adelaide naturally is very low on trust concerning men and Jake’s wife’s recent death. Their investigation in to Adelaide’s past allows them plenty of leeway to get to know one another and build on the chemistry that is simmering between them without hopping straight into bed. Their quick wit and prickly bickering was fun to watch and made for some laugh out loud moments. The sexual tension eventually gives way to a deeper intimacy once this couple exercises their individual demons; freeing themselves from their ghosts of the past.

A cast of eclectic characters keeps the momentum flowing as you try yourself to figure out what is exactly going on. Familiar faces from book one, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, infiltrate the storyline with updates on their lives and to offer their friend help as needed.  Some characters come out loud and strong while others hide their true motives; only to reveal at the last moment. They definitely keeps the reader guessing.  A small secondary mystery and romance pops in and out though it reads as a set up to introduce readers to the next power couple. The mystery behind Adelaide’s commitment and the murders resolves in an energetic and shocking manner with some interesting subplots.

Though at times I felt at times the novel was a little too verbose and formulaic, reminiscent of her Arcane Society storylines, The Other Lady Vanishes does engages your attention. I am looking forward to the third novel in the series, which I hope involves a certain PI and nightclub owner.

Grade: B-
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This is a follow up on the author’s first 1930s novel, The Girl Who Knew Too Much. The heroine is Adelaide Blake-Brockton and the hero is Jake Truett. Raina, the Enright’s secretary from the first novel, returns in this novel as a PI in Burning Cove. Luther Pell, the night club owner, also returns.

Adelaide starts out rather quite & charming  but gains strength and confidence as the novel progresses.  Jake’s past problems and Adelaide’s intersect and, while spending time together investigating their past problems, they discover a mutual attraction as well as the mutual villains who are trying to kill them. Its a great who done it -with a vintage feel and a great romance between to people that bond together.
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