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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Book Review: Close Up (Burning Cove #4) By Amanda Quick

Close Up (Burning Cove #4) 
By Amanda Quick
May 5, 2020
302 pages

Publisher: Berkley
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 what’s paying the bills.

After shooting crime scene photos of a famous actress, the latest victim of the murderer the press has dubbed the “Dagger Killer,” Vivian notices eerie similarities to the crime scenes of previous victims—details that only another photographer would have noticed—details that put Vivian at the top of the killer’s target list.

Nick Sundridge has always been able to “see” things that others don’t, coping with disturbing dreams and visions. His talent, or as he puts it—his curse—along with his dark past makes him a recluse, but a brilliant investigator. As the only one with the ability to help, Nick is sent to protect Vivian. 
Together, they discover the Dagger Killer has ties to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood royalty and high society. It is a cutthroat world of allure and deception that Vivian and Nick must traverse—all in order to uncover the killer who will stop at nothing to add them to their gallery of murders.

Close Up is the fourth installment in Amanda’s Quick’s Burning Cove, a series set in 1930s California. The story follows Vivian Brazier, a highly intuitive burgeoning art photographer. Quite suddenly, Vivian finds herself at the centre of a Hollywood serial murder case. She’s left reeling when the handsome, enigmatic Nick Sundrige appears on her doorstep with explosive information and an offer of protection. Vivian and Nick form an uneasy alliance as they set out to uncover dangerous secrets.

I’ll admit, Close Up was the first book I’ve read in the Burning Cove series. After becoming acquainted with the series, however, I wish I’d started at the beginning. While Close Up certainly stands alone, I enjoyed Quick’s writing so much I feel I’ve missed out. I liked the historical elements in the story related to photography as well as the zeitgeist of 1930s California. The characters are endearing, as is the story. Close Up is a well-crafted detective thriller that had me guessing until the very end.

If you like a good detective tale with charm to spare, Close Up is worth a closer look.

Five Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print

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