Close Up (Burning Cove #4)
by Amanda Quick Also by this author: The Girl Who Knew Too Much Published by Berkley Books
on May 5, 2020 Genres: Romantic Suspense Pages:
304 Format: eARC ISBN:
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New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick returns to California in the dazzling age of glamour, murder, and mystery.
In 1930s Burning Cove, no one can predict what will come next for the residents and visitors in the town brimming with secrets.
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I always enjoy Amanda Quick’s novels. They never fail to evoke images of times long past when maybe life was simpler and maybe it wasn’t . . . times which some may remember fondly and others not so much. Nevertheless, her stories are filled with colorful historic details. Close Up is Vivian Brazier’s story and is the latest in Ms. Quick’s Burning Cove series. The title is apt because Vivian is a photographer who is more than an amateur in this growing genre. Her passion is photography as art, but when she defies her wealthy parents and leaves her home and her gold-digging fiancée to pursue her dream, she finds herself without financial support and must eke out a living taking sensational photos of crime scenes. Now we all know the art world can be very snooty, so it’s no surprise that Vivian has to closely guard her secret cash cow if she wants to be taken seriously as an artist. Naturally being around crime scenes is going to put a girl in close proximity to some pretty shady characters and some of them may even be murderers and some of them may even want to murder our girl, Vivian. Enter Nick Sundridge, a handsome devil who has been hired to protect Vivian. Nick comes with a curse/talent for seeing bad things that are about to happen and he sees bad things happening to Vivian. What he doesn’t see is that she is a woman who won’t just star in his dreams, but will star in his life in a way he didn’t think possible for a man with his history.
Enough said! No spoilers! Close Up will capture your imagination better than any movie from the ’30s or ’40s. There are villains and villainesses, good and bad guys, movie stars, and all the glamour you can take including sleek and fast cars and fast women. For those of us who actually remember when cameras used flashbulbs this is a walk down memory lane. 5 Stars to Amanda Quick for pure escapism during a time when all of us could use it.
Many Thanks to Berkley Books for the Opportunity to Read and Review!