May 21 2018

Book Spotlight & Review: The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Book Spotlight, Historical Romance, Review, Romantic Suspense / Leave a Comment

After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over.

Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always in need of hangover cures and tonics. One such customer is Jake Truett, a recently widowed businessman in town for a therapeutic rest. But unbeknownst to Adelaide, his exhaustion is just a cover.

In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. Into this make-believe world comes psychic to the stars Madame Zolanda. Adelaide and Jake know better than to fall for her kind of con. But when the medium becomes a victim of her own dire prediction and is killed, they’ll be drawn into a murky world of duplicity and misdirection.

Neither Adelaide or Jake can predict that in the shadowy underground they’ll find connections to the woman Adelaide used to be—and uncover the specter of a killer who’s been real all along…


About the Author

The author of a string of New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ uses three different pen names for each of her three “worlds”.   As JAYNE ANN KRENTZ (her married name) she writes contemporary romantic-suspense.  She uses AMANDA QUICK for her novels of historical romantic-suspense.  JAYNE CASTLE (her birth name) is reserved these days for her stories of futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.

“I am often asked why I use a variety of pen names,” she says.  “The answer is that this way readers always know which of my three worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books.”

In addition to her fiction writing, she is the editor of, and a contributor to, a non-fiction essay collection, DANGEROUS MEN AND ADVENTUROUS WOMEN: ROMANCE WRITERS ON THE APPEAL OF THE ROMANCE published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  Her commitment to her chosen genre has been strong from the very beginning of her career.  Each year at the annual convention of the Romance Writers of America she participates  in a special day-long workshop for librarians and speaks on the importance of the romance genre.

“The romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story,” Jayne says.  “These are books that celebrate women’s heroic virtues and values:  courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love.”

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California.  Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

She is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.


Review of The Other Lady Vanishes

Review (4.5 Stars):  The Other Lady Vanishes is an entertaining mystery that starts off with a bang as we follow Adelaide Blake as she escapes a sanitarium and tries to start over in Burning Cove while hiding a terrible secret. There, she starts over as a waitress for the local herbal tea shop but soon learns that she hasn’t run quite far enough from her past and the mysterious stranger, Jake Truett, is harboring secrets of his own.

This is the second book in the Burning Cove series and I loved how this book could stand on its own without reading the first book, The Girl Who Knew Too Much.  Adelaide was a great heroine that did whatever she needed to stay two steps ahead of her ex-husband that was trying to steal her inheritance by locking her away in the sanitarium.  Connecting with Jake was exactly what she needed and you could see the chemistry between these two characters whenever they got together.

The Other Lady Vanishes was another exciting mystery from Ms. Quick and I love how she brought the glamorous 1930s to life in this novel.  This book was action-packed from beginning to end and I loved the budding romance between Adelaide and Jake.  Looking forward to reading more from Ms. Quick and hopefully another mystery from the residents of Burning Cove.

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