- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (May 9, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399174478
- ISBN-13: 978-0399174476
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Girl Who Knew Too Much
“There are fierce forces at play in every page of The Girl Who Knew Too Much, and you won’t be able to put down this captivating mystery until the last page is fervently turned. What’s not to love about a scandalous historical tale set in the glamorous years of 1930s Hollywood?”—Redbook
“All of the key ingredients—wit-infused writing, sharply etched characters, and plenty of simmering sexual chemistry—that readers have come to expect from Quick snap into perfect alignment in this stellar novel. Put that together with a plot that neatly marries high-stakes suspense and a glamorous, old Hollywood setting, and you have a blockbuster that will not only delight historical-romance readers but also entice historical-mystery fans to join in on the fun.”—Booklist, starred review
“This swiftly moving romance brims with surprising plot twists, delicious sensuality, and a delightfully classy 1930s California setting. An adventurous romp that will have readers hungry for more.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Quick’s ambitious novel, set during the golden age of Hollywood, sparkles with wit and clever plotting.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Quick is often named as one of the inventors of the romantic mystery, and she writes the genre effortlessly—the love story and the mystery are beautifully intertwined here...”—The Washington Post
About the Author
Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonym Jayne Castle. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book opens with a bang as Anna Harris (later known as Irene Glasson) comes upon her murdered boss. She discovers things have not been as they seem and her life could be in jeopardy with her knowledge of a notebook containing sensitive information. She takes the book, her cash and flees cross country in her Packard. In order to stay under the radar, she changes her name to Irene Glasson, leaves her Packard along the road and becomes a gossip reporter in California. Following the trail of an up and coming actor, she discovers another dead body, this one belonging to her informant. While trying to get to the truth of what happened she develops a relationship with the manager of the hotel (Oliver Ward) where the actor is staying. From this point the novel is classic Krentz/Quick suspense. I won’t spoil it for you with the details but it was fabulous.
Amanda Quick did a great job transporting the reader to 1930’s Hollywood. Not just in the cars and clothes but the way the characters interacted with each other. They were true to the time period. I enjoyed the building of the relationship between Irene and Olivier. Despite their attraction, they were hesitant at first based on their pasts and came to trust one another as they worked to find a killer (or two). The quick wit and repartee of their conversations put me in mind of the old movies like The Thin Man series with William Powell and Myrna Loy. This novel would be a very good start to a series like that.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much will become one of my favorites. I intend to get a copy and re-read at my leisure. Thanks so much Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz for this delightful book. Please consider making this a series.
One, that it will become a series or at least a 2-3 part. I like the premise of the book and the characters are all engaging, from the hero Oliver to the heroine Irene and their friends. It had a good rapport going and I think they could have worked together in solving other mysteries.
The second thing I hope is that the relationship between hero and heroine would have time to deepen more before bigger steps are taken. Because even though the characters are drawn to one another from the beginning, it just seemed far fetched that they would marry so soon after meeting. I don't know, I guess I just wanted it to be more believable even though I know it's fiction. I want to believe it would last past the excitement and murder solving.
Either way, it's always a pleasure to read any of Ms. Krentz work. And while this book is set in the early 1900's, it does have more of a modern feel to it as opposed to the usual Amanda Quick book. It's still a fun read and I look forward to reading more from one of my favourite writers of all time.