INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Quick conjures up a celluloid world that will be catnip to fans of that era evoking the sensation it was plucked straight from the Warner Bros. vault."--Entertainment Weekly
The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Knew Too Much sweeps readers back to 1930s California--where the most dazzling of illusions can't hide the darkest secrets...
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...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Herbal teas meet psychedelic drugs in this 1930s historical romance between a troubled heiress and an ex–secret agent with a nervous condition. (Yes, you read that correctly.) As Adelaide and Jake investigate a suspicious death in the tiny California seaside town of Burning Cove, they encounter secrets from their own pasts. This tale of an unlikely couple’s mysterious pursuits is gloriously juicy fun, with unexpected twists and quirky side characters who left us giggling with delight.
Fans of The Girl Who Knew Too Much will find that Quick's complicated but entertaining follow-up, set in Hollywood's golden age, hits the spot. The tea shop in Burning Cove, Calif., attracts movie stars and the tourists who want to gape at them. Adelaide Blake's special tea blends always bring back return customers, such as handsome widower Jake Truett, who is visiting the seaside community to soothe his "exhausted nerves," and Zolanda, a psychic to the stars. Adelaide understands botanicals because her parents were scientists who were killed after they developed a dangerous hallucinogenic drug. She landed in Burning Cove after being kidnapped and experimented on by doctors who were looking to develop that drug for street use and to serve secret political agendas on the eve of WWII. After Zolanda correctly predicts her own death, Adelaide and Jake wind up in the crosshairs of the sophisticated and violent drug ring that Adelaide only barely escaped. This romantic thriller requires careful tracking of numerous characters, but the effort pays off.
The other lady vanishes
I have read most of the "Amanda quick" books and this one moves well but was rather bland in its formula. I much preferred some of her other books. It was like this one was just rote work to be done.
The other LadyVanishes
I’m a die hard Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Ouick fan, however I found this story to be lacking her usual flair. For other readers, I’d recommend waiting until this book drops in price considerably.