Close Up by Amanda Quick

May 5, 2020

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.

 

★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★

 

I have now come to look forward to a new book in this series every year. I wish the author could drop two a year in this series. It is one of my favorite current series!

 

This one is just like the previous ones. A murder mystery wrapped in quirky characters who most certainly hold their own weight in the book. The 1920's cheesy tv show vibe is ever present too. And I absolutely love it! Just like the other books, I felt like I was watching an old cheesy, fun, and exciting 1920's show with my grandmother instead of reading a book.

 

These characters are fun. I can honestly say, I didn't see the twists coming. It was nice that they were a shock to me. I love how well the author used misdirection in such a great way. It totally worked on me.

 

I can't praise this series enough. This genre isn't my preferred genre, but I absolutely love Amanda Quick's writing of this genre. Amanda, if you're reading this, please don't stop.

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