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Welcome to Burning Cove, California where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer...

Vivian Brazier never thought life as an art photographer would include nightly wake-up calls to snap photos of grisly crime scenes or headshots for aspiring male actors. Although she is set on a career of transforming photography into a new art form, she knows her current work is what's paying the bills.

After shooting crime scene photos of a famous actress, the latest victim of the murderer the press has dubbed the "Dagger Killer," Vivian notices eerie similarities to the crime scenes of previous victims—details that only another photographer would have noticed—details that put Vivian at the top of the killer's target list.

Nick Sundridge has always been able to "see" things that others don't, coping with disturbing dreams and visions. His talent, or as he puts it—his curse—along with his dark past makes him a recluse, but a brilliant investigator. As the only one with the ability to help, Nick is sent to protect Vivian. Together, they discover the Dagger Killer has ties to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood royalty and high society. It is a cutthroat world of allure and deception that Vivian and Nick must traverse—all in order to uncover the killer who will stop at nothing to add them to their gallery of murders.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


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Feb 20, 2021

I enjoyed the characters in this novel and the twists and turns in the story. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 25, 2020

I enjoyed the characters in this novel and the twists and turns in the story. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jul 28, 2020

Vivian Brazier, who is a photographer, struggling to make it in Adelina Beach, California, opens her door to a man who announces that her life is in danger and he is there to be her bodyguard. And he is right: that night an incendiary device is thrown in her window, and her rented house burns down. Which was the second attempt on her life. But she (with a few precious negatives and a camera) makes it out along with Nick Sundridge and his dog, Rex. Probably the target of a deliberate killer, Vivian escapes to Burning Cove in her nightgown with Nick and Rex. Nick plans to lure the killer there. But who is it? There are a number of candidates.

The resolution is much more complicated than you might imagine. Too many loose ends keep surfacing, making the story a more involved tale. Other Burning Cove residents appear in supporting roles.

Probably my favorite part was when Vivian met Rex, who fell in love immediately.

Jul 08, 2020

Two chapters in, it was obvious that it would be all too similar to most of her recent books. Crazed killer included.

Jun 05, 2020

recommended by Kristine Rusch, read 2. Don't bother with more.

IndyPL_MaryG Jun 01, 2020

In "Close Up" Amanda Quick returns to Burning Cove with another romantic thriller.
Vivian Brazier is a photographer who wants to be an artist. She pays the bills with
photojournalistic shots which she keeps on the downlow lest they ruin her artistic
reputation. In the process of making a living she gets herself into to sights of a serial
killer. With her usual flair for action and characters that the reader roots for, Ms. Quick
has created another winner in this 4th title in the Burning Cove series.

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