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The Other Lady Vanishes
After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over.
Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always in need of hangover cures and tonics. One such customer is Jake Truett, a recently widowed businessman in town for a therapeutic rest. But unbeknownst to Adelaide, his exhaustion is just a cover.
In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. Into this make-believe world comes psychic to the stars Madame Zolanda. Adelaide and Jake know better than to fall for her kind of con. But when the medium becomes a victim of her own dire prediction and is killed, they'll be drawn into a murky world of duplicity and misdirection.
Neither Adelaide or Jake can predict that in the shadowy underground they'll find connections to the woman Adelaide used to be--and uncover the specter of a killer who's been real all along...
Back in Burning Cove and it seems as dangerous as ever. The Other Lady Vanishes is another riveting mystery set in the 1930s. This time focusing on the seemingly doomed character of Adelaide Blake.
I really did find myself drawn to the whole escape from the insane asylum thing. Quick’s way of grabbing the reader’s attention from the first chapter really never fails to impress. The scenes in this book far surpass those from the previous installment. While the whole drug plot might be a little cliche’ it did set the seedy tone throughout the entire story. The killer’s systematic killing style was super creepy and fun to read.
As with the mystery and suspense, a good amount of romance is sprinkled in. Adelaide’s and Jake’s romance is an easygoing one. I love their partnership both in and out of bed. He never once underestimated her because of her sex and always took her seriously. They do hold secrets from each other, but those are quickly dispensed with as the suspense escalates.
Characters from the previous book do make an appearance in this book and I can already tell you that I’m ready for Raina’s and Luther’s story. However, this can totally be read as a standalone.
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