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The Girl Who Knew Too Much

By: Amanda Quick
Narrated by: Louise Jane Underwood
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The New York Times best-selling author of 'Til Death Do Us Part transports listeners to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins.

At the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel on the coast of California, rookie reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool. The dead woman had a red-hot secret about an up-and-coming leading man, a scoop that Irene couldn't resist. Seeking the truth about the drowning, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception.

Once a world-famous magician whose career was mysteriously cut short, Oliver Ward is now the owner of the hotel. He can't let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago. With Oliver's help Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past - always just out of sight - could drag them both under.

©2017 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Earlier Review Exactly Correct

This is the first Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/ Jayne Castle I have ever read about which there is nothing to recommend.

Which is really odd because it sounds like a fascinating story. It has a retired magician wounded on stage by one of his own illusions. A heroine dressed in a wardrobe out of a Katherine Hepburn movie being chased across the country by murderer after a book of codes. I really looked forward to this book, but somehow the people who populate this story never really come to life.

I have always liked the character driven action of this author's stories.

This book is filled with people that seem to be interesting but not people that we really get to know. Oddly they don't seem to really connect with each other in the story.

I know that authors, like all other human beings grow and change professionally. But this book is so far from the Amanda Quick quirky, cheerful females who face each challenge with no thought of being defeated. When these women meet the inevitable set back they start off on another solution. The main characters in the middle books seem to like each other. The people in this novel don't even know each other. Well they are polite if wary strangers.

I agree with an earlier reviewer the narrator does do a lot of shouting. I think she is making up for the lack of drama and flat conversation. How being stalked by a murderer can make a person's conversation sound as if they are bored by the whole thing is quite a trick, but even the narrator couldn't breathe life into these people and Ms. Underwood does try.

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Do these "performances" not have directors?

Seriously. What's with the iffy Brit accent? Does no one listen to the voice actors to see that they are mispronouncing words, using incorrect inflections??? Amanda Quick (JAK) writes great books, and this one is no exception. But it is PAINFUL to listen to a reader who is somehow under the impression that a born and raised American character would sound like someone with a poor grasp of theatre speech. Please tell the "actors" to leave their pretensions at home and give us a decent, relatable character reading.

AND! This actor, and so many others I've heard, gives a new voice for a new character, say, for example, a high-pitched old man sort of voice, then in the next phrase --THE NEXT PHRASE -- reads the description of his voice as being deep and commanding..and they didn't go back and retape with a more appropriate voice??? Did the actor not read through the material even once before taping so that she was aware of that description??? Was their no director to point out the gaffe? No one willing/able to complain about the actually shocking mismatch? Crickets???

Do better people. Great authors deserve at least a mediocre reader, don't they? An amateur without affectations would be better than a "professional" who's so busy trying to be an "artiste" that she can't even see that her rendering has nothing to do with character, time or place. Seriously.

BTW, loved the book. Great start for a new series.

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1930's California?

While the story was good and the characters interesting, I didn't get a feel that this really took place in 1930s California. It could have easily been any other time or place. Also, having a narrator with a British accent was jarring. All characters were American, and her American accent was not convincing.

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Typical Quick...

Strident narration. STOP YELLING!
Too many characters, too many side plots.
none of the usual Quick/Krentz humor.

The premise started well and I was looking forward to enjoying the closer to contemporary timeline and the California location, as I live there and Quick's books almost always take place in historical England.
I love anything by Krentz/Quick/Castle so I might have been able to bear with the characters, plots and lack of humor, but the strident narration drilled the other faults into my head. The narrator has a vaguely British accent herself, which means her American accents are just grating and the odd emphasis of often used phrases (BURNING cove) make listening difficult. Tanya Eby or one of the other usual Krantz narrators might have done a better job, and made this mediocre story pleasurable.

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narrator distracting

the story was good. I love Amanda Quick. this narrator however was very distracting I wouldn't want to listen to another book that she was narrating.

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Buy the book

I'm not sure what accent Ms. Underwood is using but it does not work at all. I'm a huge fan of Jane Ann Krentz in all her incarnations and I loved the old Hollywood time period but I just could not get past the bad narration. The story only got a two because I couldn't listen one more second. I will be returning the audio version and reading the book.

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Was this written by someone else?

Generally I enjoy Amanda Quick books. This one was silly and a waste of time.

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Narrator is terrible!

I've enjoyed all of the books written by Amanda Quick. This is a pretty good story and the 1st in an enjoyable series but the narrator is so bad that I suggest that you read the book rather than listen to the audio version. She makes the female characters sound shrill and waspish. I'm glad to see that the narrator changes as the series progresses.

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need more from this period

loved the strong heroine WELL able to speak her mind. performers accent was confusing. where were they? in England?

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Romance novel first, mystery second

I don't mind romance thrown in with my mysteries, but this was obviously a romance novel, first and foremost. Which would have been fine with me, except for the pulsating sex scene, which I could have totally done without. Aside from that, I would have considered it a cozy romance mystery, but that blew that out of the water. Audible needs to reclassify this book, and put their sizzle meter on it, so people like me won't be caught off guard. Good grief, I could have been listening to this in a car, with kids or other people who didn't want to hear that crap.
I see it it's first in the series and I might want to continue with it, because I do like cozy mysteries, but I'm a little scared because of that one thing. However if that's all over and done with, then the rest of the books might be good.

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