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Charles Adlington was in the process of trying to drown his wife in the pool when Lyra Brazier walked into the walled garden behind the mansion.

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On alternative-read today we are really pleased to welcome back bestselling author, Amanda Quick (the pen name for Jayne Krentz).

I love books featuring the twenties and thirties. (Although, saying that, I also love books about the sixties and seventies too…) But I especially love reading about characters dancing the Charleston and all the glamour and glitz that went into their dance events, despite the global economic and political crisis surrounding the Second World War. 

The Lady Has A Past by Amanda Quick

The Lady Has A Past by Amanda Quick (the pen name for Jayne Krentz) is another winner. This historical novel explores California in the 1930s with riveting characters and a suspenseful mystery.

The plot has private investigator Raina Kirk disappearing after spending a night with her boyfriend Luther Pell.  Her apprentice, Lyra Brazier, Luther, and his private investigator Simon Cage realize that Raina has traveled to the plush spa resort of Labyrinth Springs Hotel.  Simon and Lyra team up, posing as a honeymoon couple, and check in to the hotel to try to find Raina. They become suspicious of those working and staying at the hotel, discovering that the health spa is a façade for kidnappings and ransoms.  Both must watch each other’s back and race with time to find Raina before it is too late.

Lyra is a great character with an uncanny intuitive nature.  She is fearless, smart, and works well under pressure. She realizes that she and Simon make a good team considering he senses emotions from objects.  Although he gives off an aura of nerdiness, he is nothing of the kind and is very good at connecting the dots.

Readers will enjoy not one, but two relationships in the book.  Raina and Luther’s feelings about each other are explored, while Lyra and Simon realize they care for each other deeply.  Besides the double romance people will be treated to a gripping mystery, tidbits of 1930s California, and very captivating characters.

The Lady Has A Past by Amanda Quick


 Elise Cooper: Why 1930s?

Amanda Quick: The whole fantasy side of California at that time was sold to the public by the movie studios.  I have in my head the quick lines that were in the movies and the brilliantly written plots.  I love that fast repertoire and the quick wit. This suits my style because I am a very dialogue driven writer.  Everybody has a sense of what the 1930s California setting looks like.  They are iconic.

EC:  Did you do research?

AQ:  I enjoy going through books and newspapers about that time-period, and picking up odds and ends, bits and pieces. I stumbled across what happened in the spas and cosmetic industry that were quite the rage in the 1930s.  These made perfect settings for a murder.  I got an interesting question in my mind, looked for an answer, and then one thing led to another. 

EC:  You explore the backstory on Raina?

AQ:  A lot of people including myself have been curious about her.  I have never explained her background until this book where it becomes an issue.  She wants a sense of belonging after being in an abusive marriage. After coming to Burning Cove she wanted to leave the past behind.  Raina must resolve her past to be free to really love Luther.  

EC:  How would you describe Lyra, Raina’s apprentice?

AQ: She is the siter of Vivian, the heroine of Close Up. Lyra is optimistic, smart, curious, and genuinely interested in people who respond and speak with her.  She is also calm, sophisticated, and intuitive.  Although coming from wealth and society she is now looking to be a private investigator.  Basically, she is a half full person who is positive with good energy. When needed for the investigation she played a role of being dipsy, shallow, arrogant, and self-centered, but this is not really her.

EC: How would you describe Simon?

AQ:  He was raised as an orphan and was shattered by the father figure who raised him. He is lonely, in control, and responsible. Simon has a talent for sensing emotions and finding energy left behind. 

EC:  How would you describe the relationship?

AQ:  Simon considered Lyra unpredictable.  They had to learn to trust each other to survive.  Because of his past he is afraid to have a close relationship.  Lyra is looking for someone who can accept her true personality and not see her as a society girl.  

EC:  What about the relationship between Luther and Raina?

AQ: They both have secrets they must give up, and then they need to understand how those secrets played into their past life. Physically they are a couple, but emotionally they tip toe around each other.  In this story they make a giant step and move forward in their connection.

EC:  You delve into the psychic, but it seems very believable?

AQ: There is nothing supernatural about it, but an extension of intuition on Lyra’s part.  People who do not like reading about the supernatural are OK with the psychic element in the book.  It is just one step beyond having it feel real.

EC:  How about the setting?

AQ:  It is a fake Palm Springs.  In the 1930s, the Hollywood crowd discovered it.  It had a resort atmosphere.  There were therapeutic springs.  

EC:  What about your next books?

AQ:  Out in November is the totally futuristic book I write as Jayne Castle. It has the Dust Bunnies, pets of the human inhabitants of the planet Harmony. I think they captured the hearts of many fans of this series, and I would not be surprised to see on my tombstone “the creator of the Dust Bunnies.” The book’s title is Vuild Voss.

The Jayne Krentz book is titled Lightning In A Mirror and comes out in January.  It is the third book in the “Fog Lake Trilogy.” It is about a mysterious government project involving psychic experiments.

The Amanda Quick book comes out next May.  I am working on it now.  There will be a new set of characters except for the core characters Raina and Luther. The hero and heroine from previous books could make a cameo appearance but I do not repeat them as characters because their story is settled.


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The Lady Has A Past by Amanda Quick

Blurb from Amazon

‘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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1 thought on “#Review : The Lady Has A Past by Amanda Quick #SaturdaySpotlight #Interview with Bestselling #Author @JayneAnnKrentz #SaturdayShare

  1. I read this book in one sitting!!! it was so good, but then everything JAK writes it!

    1. Hi Peggy! Thanks for your comment. Yes, she is an awesome writer!!
      P.S. You’ve been approved so you won’t have to wait anymore when you visit again. 🙂

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