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The Lady Has a Past (Burning Cove, California, 5) (edició 2022)

de Amanda Quick (Autor)

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'Quick's ambitious novel, set during the golden age of Hollywood, sparkles with wit and clever plotting' Publishers Weekly Escape into a glittering bygone world, where beauty and glamour meet deception and revenge . . . 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 rumours and missing socialites, discovering that the health spa is a facade for something far darker. With a murderer in their midst, Raina isn't the only one in grave danger - Lyra is next . . . Praise for Amanda Quick 'A master storyteller' The Huffington Post 'Sparkles with wit and clever plotting' Publishers Weekly 'Sexy . . . clever, fun' Kirkus Reviews… (més)
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Títol:The Lady Has a Past (Burning Cove, California, 5)
Autors:Amanda Quick (Autor)
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I'm glad to be back in Burning Cove, and it was great to see Raina and Luther's relationship expanding. I also enjoy the small paranormal aspects some of the characters in this series possess. This particular book kit all the usual high notes, but I have to admit I started to lose track of characters. Haven't we seen Simon before? Wasn't he involved with someone else? Why does Lyra's story sound so familiar? Oh, that's right, we've met her sister previously... It got a little muddy for me and my terrible memory. Really enjoyed it, despite that.

Advanced Readers copy provided by Edelweiss. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Entertaining mystery with great 1930s flavor set in California. Lyra, an apprentice private investigator goes to interview a client and ends up bashing the woman's husband in the head with a golf club when he attacks her. When her boss disappears she teams up with Simon, a man with paranormal abilities who passes himself off as an antiquarian book dealer. Pretending to be honeymooners they check into the glamorous spa/hotel where Lyra's boss went missing. The era provides a terrific backdrop for this suspenseful romance. A great read for fans of Phryne Fisher and Frankie Drake Mysteries.
  DianaTixierHerald | Dec 8, 2021 |
Lyra Brazier is sent on what should be a routine interview with a potential client when she ends up beating the husband of the potential client over the head with a golf club and then; while she's talking to the cops, the wife finishing the job. Then when she goes to meet with her boss; she's heading away.and isn't really talking about where. However the man who loves her and Lyra are concerned and Luther recruits Antiquarian Book Dealer Simon Cage to help her find things out. People open up to Lyra and Simon can sense intense emotions. Their investigations will bring them into danger and pretending to be a newly wed couple might be the most dangerous plan of all.
It was fun and I enjoyed it a lot and liked the characters. Lyra was a lot of fun and dangerously smart. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Nov 17, 2021 |
Not bad. But this book felt short to me. The male protagonist was kind of a cipher. And so was the heroine, with just a sketch of a backstory. The mystery was OK.. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jul 9, 2021 |
4.5

Not more than two days into her new job as a private investigator for Kirk Investigations does Lyra's boss, Raina Kirk, decide to take an unexpected trip to a health resort and spa. No one buys the idea that Raina just needs a little rest and relaxation so Lyra and fellow investigator Simon Cage leave Burning Cove to follow Raina to the resort posing as a newly married couple on their honeymoon. When they get there, Raina is nowhere to be found, but a woman fitting her description mysteriously checked out of the hotel late the same evening she arrived. Now, Lyra and Simon must unravel the tangled threads that have caught Raina and hope to avoid getting caught up themselves.

Raina Kirk (and by extension Luther Pell) have kind of been the touchstone characters of this story. Something I didn't realize until maybe book 3. They've both made appearances and contributions to the others books while readers have slowly, and tentatively, gotten glimpses of their own stories. I was excited when I learned that Raina would be more of a focal point for The Lady Has A Past and I think that Amanda Quick did a great job of wrapping Raina's own story kind of within another unfolding mystery. So we get the satisfaction of learning about Raina's past, but then Lyra and Simon are also featured characters who get their own story.

At the start, this book just took off. As it was building the pieces of the story and setting things into motion, I didn't want to put it down. I was a tad disappointed when, towards the very end, the story lost that momentum in favor of clicking the last pieces of the puzzle into place. That's pretty much my only complaint is that I wish the pacing could have been kept evenly throughout.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed this entry in the series. Lyra especially was a standout character. Her never-ending curiosity and the way she just seamlessly asserts herself is flawless. I loved every time Lyra gave her two cents and didn't back down on her assertions. She might be new to the private investigation business, but that doesn't mean her views aren't valid, and that she doesn't bring some great perspective to the search for Raina. For the most part, Simon is in her corner, barring a few instances of the alpha-male protection gene rearing up. Due to Simon's penchant for being able to feel the strong emotions left on objects, I think, in a way, he understands Lyra's need to solve puzzles and figure things out. I'd say Simon takes a bit of a backseat to Lyra which is fine by me. I like seeing the man in more of a supportive role to a strong woman.

This series kind of abruptly threw in the idea of ESP abilities for some of it's characters in, I want to say, the second book. I don't really remember it being a thing in the first book. I've since come to not be quite so surprised when a character exhibits an innate sense for feeling emotions or being able to parse out lies, etc. While it's an added layer I'm not sure sways my overall feelings of the story / series one way or another, I kind of feel like it fits into the setting of the 1930's when the ideas behind extrasensory perception started to gain interest. It's another element that kind of enriches the setting that Amanda Quick has created with Burning Cove.

The Lady Has a Past certainly feels like it could be the last entry in the series. I almost feel like tackling Raina Kirk's backstory was the final box to be checked but also in that regard each book in the series has featured a different hero / heroine so it would not be completely unexpected to have someone else wind up in Burning Cove getting involved in another mystery. I'd have to say I'd happily keep reading this series and interacting with these characters for as long as Amanda Quick would decide to write them.

If you haven't read the series, you can most certainly pick up any of the books and enjoy them on their own. I'd say this one has featured a bit more build up, but in no way would hinder someone unfamiliar with the other books in the series. ( )
  AmyM3317 | Apr 22, 2021 |
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'Quick's ambitious novel, set during the golden age of Hollywood, sparkles with wit and clever plotting' Publishers Weekly Escape into a glittering bygone world, where beauty and glamour meet deception and revenge . . . 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 rumours and missing socialites, discovering that the health spa is a facade for something far darker. With a murderer in their midst, Raina isn't the only one in grave danger - Lyra is next . . . Praise for Amanda Quick 'A master storyteller' The Huffington Post 'Sparkles with wit and clever plotting' Publishers Weekly 'Sexy . . . clever, fun' Kirkus Reviews

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