Friday, May 6, 2022

Spotlight of When She Dreams by Amanda Quick


Return to 1930s Burning Cove, California, the glamorous seaside playground for Hollywood stars, mobsters, spies, and a host of others who find more than they bargain for in this mysterious town.
Historical mystery novelist Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick transports readers to the alluring world of 1930s Southern California, home to Hollywood stars, con artists, and mobsters alike in the next thrilling installment of her bestselling Burning Cove series, WHEN SHE DREAMS.
With a fast-paced, compelling mystery and enthralling will-they-won’t-they romance, this latest installment will be sure to appeal to fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and readers of Fiona Davis and Colleen Oakley. 

Berkley Hardcover; May 3, 2022


"With its perfectly executed plot, snappy dialogue, and generous dash of dry wit, this is proof positive of why Quick’s novels continue to be the platinum standard for stylish American historical romance kissed with a hint of sophisticated suspense and a dash of the supernatural.”Booklist, starred review



WHEN SHE DREAMS finds Maggie Lodge, a powerful lucid dreamer, working for the reclusive newspaper advice columnist known as Aunt Cornelia. After narrowly escaping a disastrous marriage and visiting countless doctors who claimed they could help Maggie control her dreams—and her vicious nightmares—and nearly being committed for hysteria more than once, Maggie has all but given up on romantic attachments.

While Aunt Cornelia leaves the country on an extended vacation, Maggie handles her affairs. When Maggie receives a disturbing letter implicating Aunt Cornelia in a past crime she’s drawn into a dangerous web of blackmail and murder. When the letter points Maggie to the Guilfoyle Institute, which stands to make a fortune by asserting if can help people control their dreams, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head.

Enter Sam Sage, a down-on-his-luck private detective desperately in need of a client. Sam doesn’t believe in lucid dreaming but finds himself fascinated by Maggie, the most unusual woman he’s ever met. Despite his reservations, Sam decides to help Maggie infiltrate the Guilfoyle Institute to learn who is blackmailing Aunt Cornelia and how the Guilfoyles’ are connected. 
When a string of murders and damning rumors about a lucid dreamer seeking revenge befalls the institute, Maggie and Sam will have to crack the case before they end up the next victims in Burning Cove.



It struck him that being here with Maggie was different. Sam was comfortable standing in the alcove with her for a couple of reasons. The first was that she wasn’t asking him to become something he wasn’t. She had been concerned about the evening jacket only because she thought it constituted the camouflage he needed to go undercover for the investigation.

So, yes, she was enthusiastic when it came to telling him how to do his job, but he had no problem with that. He already knew how to do his job. He found it entertaining to have her instruct him in the art of investigation. Okay, it was also irritating. Why did it amuse him? One of the mysteries of the universe, probably. Make that one of the mysteries of Maggie Lodge.
As for the second reason why he was happy to stand here with her—well, he wasn’t sure what it was yet, but there was another reason, of that he was positive.

Her own camouflage this evening was entirely satisfactory, as far as he was concerned. She wore an emerald green number with short, fluttery sleeves. The dress was demure in front, cut low in back, and clung to her feline curves. The silky fabric flowed over her hips and stopped just short of her very nice ankles and green evening sandals.

Her hair was parted in the center and clipped back behind her ears with a couple of combs. It fell in soft waves to her shoulders. Her jewelry was limited to a pair of simple gold earrings and a tiny evening bag studded with gold sequins. Classy. He would have been content to stand in the alcove with her all evening, sipping champagne and studying the crowd.
Studying the crowd.

That was it—the second reason why he liked being here with Maggie. She was an outsider—an observer—like him. He wasn’t sure how he knew that, but he trusted his intuition. Maybe, deep down, they actually had a few things in common. But probably not.

“Guilfoyle may be a fake psychic selling dreams, but judging by the size of this crowd, it’s obvious he’s got a real talent for promotion,” he said.
Maggie sipped a little champagne but she did not take her attention off the people milling around the grand room. He knew she was searching the faces of those around them, trying to spot the woman who was posing as her employer.

“I told you, Guilfoyle has some interesting theories and techniques,” she said. “That’s why I originally planned to attend this conference.”
Sam watched Arthur and Dolores Guilfoyle play the role of gracious hosts at the entrance of the lobby. They made a handsome, glamorous couple. Dolores was a striking, sophisticated blonde. She wore a pale pink gown that glittered with what must have been a million pale pink sequins. Long pink gloves, a dainty pink bag, and a lot of jewelry completed the outfit.
Arthur had the dark eyes and the chiseled profile of a leading man. He deployed a polished charm that seemed to work as well on men as it did on women. His tailored black-and-white evening clothes fit his tall, lean frame with the perfection that could only be achieved with hand-tailoring. His dark, collar-length hair was brushed back from a dramatic widow’s peak and gleamed with just the right amount of oil.

In addition to the Guilfoyles, four attractive young people—two male and two female—circulated around the room offering champagne and a warm welcome. They wore name tags identifying them as dream guides. They all looked as if they had been borrowed from a movie studio for the evening.

“Do you think there’s something wrong with Guilfoyle’s eyes?” Sam asked in low tones.

“His eyes?” Maggie was obviously surprised by the question. “No, what makes you ask that?”

“I noticed a weird look in them when he kissed your hand.”

“Oh, right.” Maggie smiled. “Mr. Guilfoyle possesses what is called a smoldering gaze.”

“I thought maybe he had a vision problem. Does the smoldering thing work on you?”

“Under other circumstances, I might find it entertaining, but I have other interests at the moment.”


Excerpted from When She Dreams by Amanda Quick Copyright © 2022 by Amanda Quick. Excerpted by permission of Berkley. 

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 Photo Credit:  Marc von Borstel

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers.

There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She is also the author of the Ladies of Lantern Street novels and the Arcane Society series.

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  1. Sounds good.

    Adding it to your TBR?

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Sounds like a good book.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Anonymous.

      It does sound good.