Lady Has a Past
by Quick, Amanda






"Beauty and glamour meet deception and revenge in this electrifying novel by New York Times bestselling 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-manneredantiquarian 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 skillthat 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 faūcade 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"-





Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She is also the author of the Ladies of Lantern Street novels and the Arcane Society series.





*Starred Review* Lyra Brazier hoped to make a career as a private investigator, but she never thought she would be running Kirk Investigations after being on the payroll for less than a week. Granted, Lyra's "promotion" is just temporary while her boss, Raina Kirk, takes care of a personal matter, but Lyra still thinks it says something positive about her fledgling private investigative skill set. It is those same deductive powers that soon have Lyra wondering if Raina might be in danger. While Lyra would be more than happy to pursue her own investigation into Raina's disappearance, Luther Pell, Raina's paramour, insists that she be accompanied by Simon Cage, an antiquarian bookseller with a unique skill set of his own. Writing with a wit as dry as Death Valley and cleverly creating an exclusive Palm Springs resort patterned after Elizabeth Arden's Red Door, namely Madam Edith Guppy's violet-themed House of Beauty, Quick continues her winning string of circa 1930s Burning Cove, California books, following Close Up (2020). This ingeniously plotted, paranormal-spiced novel brilliantly showcases Quick's mastery of concentrated suspense, clever characterization, and combustible sexual chemistry. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





*Starred Review* Lyra Brazier hoped to make a career as a private investigator, but she never thought she would be running Kirk Investigations after being on the payroll for less than a week. Granted, Lyra's "promotion" is just temporary while her boss, Raina Kirk, takes care of a personal matter, but Lyra still thinks it says something positive about her fledgling private investigative skill set. It is those same deductive powers that soon have Lyra wondering if Raina might be in danger. While Lyra would be more than happy to pursue her own investigation into Raina's disappearance, Luther Pell, Raina's paramour, insists that she be accompanied by Simon Cage, an antiquarian bookseller with a unique skill set of his own. Writing with a wit as dry as Death Valley and cleverly creating an exclusive Palm Springs resort patterned after Elizabeth Arden's Red Door, namely Madam Edith Guppy's violet-themed House of Beauty, Quick continues her winning string of circa 1930s Burning Cove, California books, following Close Up (2020). This ingeniously plotted, paranormal-spiced novel brilliantly showcases Quick's mastery of concentrated suspense, clever characterization, and combustible sexual chemistry. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





The world of luxury hides nefarious secrets in this latest installment in the Burning Cove series. Lyra Brazier‚??s new job as an apprentice investigator is off to a wild start. Her first client interview turns into a murder scene, and, shortly after, her boss, Raina Kirk, goes missing. Lyra isn‚??t sure if investigating is for her, but she‚??s determined to at least solve this mystery. She won‚??t be on her own, though. Antiquarian book dealer Simon Cage is sent by nightclub owner Luther Pell, Raina‚??s lover, to assist Lyra. Lyra and Simon pose as newlyweds at Raina‚??s last presumed whereabouts, a hotel with an exclusive spa where rumors and dark secrets abound. Simon‚??s ability to sense emotions tied to objects has been a great asset in other crime-related cases and comes in handy here, too. As the pair draw closer to tying clues together, though, they risk making themselves the next targets. Mystery and action drive this novel, but it‚??s also a solid romance‚?"and a double one at that. Simon and Lyra embark on a fling and develop deeper feelings while Luther and Raina‚??s relationship is explored as well. Some of the heavy topics lack emotional heft, but this allows the narrative to maintain its quick, light tone. The touch of paranormal blends in seamlessly. Reminiscent of an old-school whodunit, fitting with the 1930s setting, this story is chock full of deceit, secret pasts, red herrings, lively banter, exciting sleuthing, and power-hungry baddies. Utterly fun. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





The world of luxury hides nefarious secrets in this latest installment in the Burning Cove series. Lyra Brazier‚??s new job as an apprentice investigator is off to a wild start. Her first client interview turns into a murder scene, and, shortly after, her boss, Raina Kirk, goes missing. Lyra isn‚??t sure if investigating is for her, but she‚??s determined to at least solve this mystery. She won‚??t be on her own, though. Antiquarian book dealer Simon Cage is sent by nightclub owner Luther Pell, Raina‚??s lover, to assist Lyra. Lyra and Simon pose as newlyweds at Raina‚??s last presumed whereabouts, a hotel with an exclusive spa where rumors and dark secrets abound. Simon‚??s ability to sense emotions tied to objects has been a great asset in other crime-related cases and comes in handy here, too. As the pair draw closer to tying clues together, though, they risk making themselves the next targets. Mystery and action drive this novel, but it‚??s also a solid romance‚?"and a double one at that. Simon and Lyra embark on a fling and develop deeper feelings while Luther and Raina‚??s relationship is explored as well. Some of the heavy topics lack emotional heft, but this allows the narrative to maintain its quick, light tone. The touch of paranormal blends in seamlessly. Reminiscent of an old-school whodunit, fitting with the 1930s setting, this story is chock full of deceit, secret pasts, red herrings, lively banter, exciting sleuthing, and power-hungry baddies. Utterly fun. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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