Q: are you a fan of classic movies? Tell me about it!
I grew up watching classic movies. The glamorous clothes, the dance numbers, the rat tat tat of the banter, the Cary Grant. Seriously, GOOGLE HIM RIGHT NOW. That’s part of the reason why I’m drawn to Amanda Quick’s Burning Cove series, romantic suspense books set mostly in a town where the rich and famous of the 1930s play when they want to escape LA. Only, sometimes they get murdered there (!).
In Close Up Vivian Brazier is living on her own after she refused to clean up an ignominious affair with a society marriage. Though she wants to be an art photographer she’s currently a news photographer taking pics of murders & the like. She also has a sixth sense that helps her “see” things.
After helping solve a murder, Vivian herself becomes the target of a killer. Are the two events related? And will the mysterious man who shows up on her doorstep claiming to be able to protect her, a Nick Sundridge, actually be able to do so?
Close Up takes on the tone & cadence of those classic movies I loved. Though there are moments when the book veers into affected for the most part it’s dry and glamorous & has the Katherine Hepburn assured & courageous sensibility I adore.
The attraction between Vivian & Nick is strong & immediate & the way that they offer support without trying to change or temper the other is lovely. Give me all the sex positive romances with intrepid, daring heroines you can.
The plot of this one is a little convoluted. But Amanda Quick isn’t afraid to go there. Her stories are maybe more dramatic than they need to be but they’re also entertaining & dishy & I’m like, (in my best Hepburn voice), *bring the car around, won’t you? I’ve got a killer to catch.
Close Up is out today. Thanks to Berkley Publishing & Edelweiss for my complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.