Amalie Vaughn, a former trapeze artist, moved to Burning Cove to get a fresh start. Things didn’t quite go as she planned. She unwittingly buys a cursed mansion that she spent all of her money on with the idea of making it into a bed and breakfast. Her very first guest is Dr. Norman Pickwell, and inventor hosting a sold-out demonstration. When he’s killed by this own robot invention, word gets about the curse and the rumors fly.
In the chaos following the demonstration, a stranger from the audience disappears behind the curtain before Amalie’s eyes. Mathias Jones reappeared, placing his gun in a concealed holster. Speaking of rumors, it appears the ones about him are true. Apparently, he has criminal ties.
Matthias is tracking an ingenious prototype cipher machine. He believes Dr. Pickwell stole the machine and intended it to sell it. The problem is, Pickwell is now dead and the machine is gone. When the trail leads him to Amalie, he can’t fight how much he wants her. Can they trust each other enough to make it work? Will there be enough time?
Wow! What an exciting ride this was. I love stories set in that particular time period and Tightrope, the third book in the Burning Cove series, doesn’t disappoint. There were a lot of things going on in this novel but the author managed and resolved them all in a way that made it look easy. While the romance was a key element of Tightrope, it didn’t dominate the book and that was a refreshing change. For me, I was so intrigued by the murder mystery and way suspense was so skillfully woven throughout the story.
The realism of early Hollywood, circuses, and gangsters really made this tale rich and immersive. The mild paranormal elements of this story were also a nice twist. I enjoyed Matthias and Amalie together. His gift and how she chose to handle it helped to make this story truly intriguing and unique. The characters weren’t the usual, the situation wasn’t the usual and the twist at the end? I’m really good at guessing such things normally. I’m glad to say I was wrong. In being taken surprise, I’m happy to say I enjoyed the book that much more.
The intricate plot, quirky characters, and witty-banter make Amanda Quick’s Tightrope a page-turning journey back to the Dirty Thirties a read you can’t put down.