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  • Danger, thrills, mystery & romance!

    After realizing her father will never let her run the family’s shipping business and a failed engagement, Lyra Brazier is trying her hand at private investigation in Burning Cove, California. It quickly becomes apparent that Lyra has a knack for investigating as she has an uncanny way of getting people to talk to her. Lyra’s thrown into the thick of things when her boss, Raina Kirk, proclaims she must leave town to take care of some personal business. Raina disappears and Lyra knows she must find her. Luther Pell, Raina’s powerful and mysterious gentleman friend, insists on joining in the investigation and sending Simon Cage with Lyra to the fancy spa resort Raina has reportedly ran off to. Simon has his own special abilities, even though officially he’s an antique book dealer, he secretly works with Luther in his clandestine investigation/solution business. Lyra and Simon pose as newlyweds and check in, noting right away things are not as they seem and Raina’s nowhere to be found. At first Lyra and Simon knock heads and don’t get along, but they must put aside their differences to get to the bottom of Raina’s disappearance. Gradually, Simon and Lyra form a begrudging respect for each other’s talents and can’t help the irresistible pull of attraction they feel. Dodging danger, and the intense situation they find themselves thrown into mean they have to focus on finding Raina and trying to stay alive, but they do manage to steal away for a few steamy encounters! There’s an undercurrent of danger and I was worried for both Lyra and Raina! I appreciated that the drama and conflict in the story didn’t come from the relationship woes, but instead the mystery Lyra and Simon are trying to solve. Luther and Raina’s (side characters that have shown up in previous books) relationship features prominently, too. The Lady Has a Past is set in the town of Burning Cove in the 1930’s, where the rich and famous come to relax and be seen. I’ve enjoyed the beautiful coastal setting and peek into the glamourous past depicted here! Danger, thrills, mystery, and romance combine for an exciting story! It was easy to breeze right through while enjoying this by-gone era. While there are some returning characters, each story in the series can be read as a standalone.

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  • I love this series

    After Burning Cove's newest resident, Lyra Brazier, begins her career as a novice investigator her boss disappears and she's left to mind the business. Feeling that there is something odd about Raina Kirk's disappearance, she let's Raina's paramour, Luther Pell, know she will be investigating. Not wanting to let Lyra head out on her own, he sends in his part-time investigator, Simon Cage. Whew. What an interesting book! We have mobsters, WWI conspirators, kidnappers, deviants, murderers, blackmailers, and more! Set in the time period between the Great War and WWII, essentially the Golden Age of Hollywood, it is so fabulous to be able to 'see' in your minds eye, the vehicles, clothing, mannerisms, and hotels of that time. The mystery was well done, the romance was spot on, and we were taken back to Burning Cove again to see some of the characters we were introduced to in prior Burning Cove books. Sprinkled with a bit of Amanda Quick's well known paranormal tidbits, it was just right. Will there be another Burning Cove book? I hope so!!

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