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Publisher's Summary

Beauty and glamour meet deception and revenge in this electrifying novel by New York Times best-selling author Amanda Quick.  

Investigative apprentice Lyra Brazier, the newest resident of Burning Cove, is unsettled when her boss suddenly goes on a health retreat at an exclusive spa and disappears without another word. Lyra knows something has happened to Raina Kirk, and she is the only one who can track her down. The health spa is known for its luxurious offerings and prestigious clientele, and the wealthy, socialite background Lyra desperately wanted to leave behind is perfect for this undercover job. The agency brings in a partner and bodyguard for her, but she doesn't get the suave, pistol-packing private eye she expected.  

Simon Cage is a mild-mannered antiquarian book dealer with a quiet, academic air, and Lyra can't figure out why he was chosen as her partner. But it soon becomes clear when they arrive at the spa and pose as a couple: Simon has a unique gift that allows him to detect secrets, a skill that is crucial in finding Raina.  

The unlikely duo falls down a rabbit hole of twisted rumors and missing socialites, discovering that the health spa is a façade for something far darker than they imagined. With a murderer in their midst, Raina isn't the only one in grave danger - Lyra is next.

©2021 Amanda Quick (P)2021 Recorded Books

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l am really enjoying this series!

The full slate of recurring characters makes this series ever interesting. Can't wait for the next one :)

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Another great Burning Cove Mystery.

I have loved all the books on this series but especially loved the humor and attitude of Lyra and Simon. They are a great duo.

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She never disappoints!

I wait all year for her books to be released, knowing that when one of JAK/AQ/JC books is released I will be leaving whatever book I am currently reading and start on hers instead (I also make sure I save the whole day so I can read her book in one sitting). I love the Burning Cove series, she brings some of her characters from past books into the current book which I truly like (its like greeting old friends). I am always excited at the beginning and sad at the ending (not because of the story, which was another superb story) but because I finished it and will have to wait until next year for another Burning Cove story! Of course I always re-read her books at leased a couple times a year.


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Good Story but Weird Narration

I enjoyed the story overall, but the narration was annoying. The voice was a little too “clipped” and the sound was often to low to hear well. Also paving CC and pausing was odd.

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just ok

Disappointed. I waited so long for this release, but was underwhelmed. I forced myself to finish it. There were moments where I thought..ok..now it's going to pick up. I figured out one of the plots , the last was a bit of a surprise but there really wasn't anything to have me try to prolong the listen much less plan to listen again. The narrator tried her best to help bring the story to life, but she had a hard job. Overall, just ok. Has potential if it's ever revised...lots of potential to bring it to life.

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Delightful continuation of the series

Answers too many of the questions raised in the previous sequence with a promise of yet another to expand the mystery of psychological powers.
A MUST READ!

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Well-written, excellent narration but same plot.

I am a fan of this writer because what she does, though fairly limited, she does well and this book is no exception. The writing is well-paced, the incidents, adventures and dramas flow well, the romantic relationship develops well but the whole thing is very similar to previous books and there is nothing new or original in this book. That doesn't make it bad, in fact for me it is one of her better books and I like the brief references to, and appearances of, characters from other books and not just from this series. However I do feel it would be good to have something a bit different. Especially in the rather cliched "villains".
The Narrator was excellent, and I will look out for her again.
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  • 05-06-21

Good but more of same

The story is good and you can get nicely involved in it but essentially its the same plot as the rest in the series. Honestly how many deranged madmen can be born into one strata of society? Almost every book has an extremely wealthy madman- mostly inherited wealth from important families. I know there is a psychic theme that runs through the stories but psychic is not psychotic and good old fashioned ordinary crime is just as interesting.
The reader is excellent and I will buy more of this series but please find a different angle.