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The Secret Life of Anna Blanc Paperback – November 3, 2015
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“Delightful…. Anna is a wonderfully independent character. Fans of Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy and Kerry Greenwood’s Miss Phryne Fisher will become fast friends with Anna Blanc.”
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“A humorously delightful historical mystery…. [Anna's] moxie leaves the reader cheering through tears of laughter. It doesn't require Sherlock to deduce that this suspenseful, smart and funny book is a crack debut.”
—Shelf Awareness for Readers, STARRED REVIEW
"A fun novel with an I Love Lucy-meets-Agatha Christie adventure.”
—RT Book Reviews
“Anna is a delightful young heroine—by turns immensely resourceful and then as wildly impetuous as only a teenager can be. As she dons one false identity after another we get to witness her intelligence and adaptability…. The pace is fast, fun, and furious and will leave your head spinning.”
“Jupiter, what a novel! Jennifer Kincheloe brings turn-of-the-century Los Angeles brilliantly to life in a page-turner that is half The Perils of Pauline and half Nancy Drew. Anna Blanc is a delightfully quirky heroine who will leave you begging for a sequel in this wonderful new series.”
—Lynne Raimondo, author of Dante’s Dilemma
“A madcap frolic through 1907 Los Angeles, Jennifer Kincheloe’s debut mystery is an addictive read. Both hilarious and tragic, with inconstant suitors, cigarette-smoking suffragettes, and sinful painted ladies aplenty, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc transports you back to a City of Angels that few will recognize today (besides the blazing Santa Ana winds). The plot is tight and clever, and the historical research is quite simply remarkable. But most of all, there’s Anna Blanc herself. . . . One of the most infectiously likable heroines you’ll meet all year.”
—James W. Ziskin, author of Stone Cold Dead
“The best kind of romp: fast, funny, and fabulous. Anna may be innocent of most of life’s mysteries as she stumbles toward freedom for herself and justice for those around her, but her heart is in the right place—and she’ll steal yours. Jupiter! You’re going to love this book!”
—Lori Rader-Day, author of Little Pretty Things
“Anna Blanc is a character for the ages. Not to be confined by manners—society’s demands of perfection, respectability, and restraint for a woman—Anna resists the era she was born into to be fully human and alive. That attitude and spirit alone are worth the read. But it is the attention to historical detail, the spot-on use of 1907 language (I’ll be exclaiming ‘Biscuits!’ from now until forever), and Kincheloe’s skilled plotting talent that really [shines]. . . . The Secret Life of Anna Blanc is a brilliant debut that exceeds the expectation of genre and rushes full force, like Anna herself, into one of the best novels that I’ve read in a long time.”
—Larry D. Sweazy, award-winning author of See Also Murder and A Thousand Falling Crows
About the Author
Jennifer Kincheloe is a research scientist turned writer of historical mysteries. She is a winner of the Colorado Gold contest for emerging writers.
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Top Customer Reviews
Kincheloe takes her readers behind the scenes following Anna as she creates a double life for herself. Anna pretends to participate as a volunteer for charity work while actual working as a policewoman. The author delivers a lighthearted look at Anna’s efforts. Readers see Anna in her two identities of a socialite, Anna Blanc and a police matron, Anna Holmes. Kincheloe shows the serious side to Anna’s role with LAPD when Anna uncovers an alarming number of prostitutes deaths that are thought to be suicides. She is sure the women's deaths are suspicious murders. Her superiors tell her to be quiet, but Anna decides to investigate the deaths.
THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC grabs Kincheloe’s readers attention as Anna deals with developing relationships with her fellow workers in the department. The author creates support characters within the police department with both good and antagonistic roles. Kincheloe provides backstories of the support characters and the roles each character plays as they enter her storyline. The author describes Anna efforts to continue digging into the issues of the dead women. Anna determines it is important to open everyone’s eyes to issues of those less fortunate.
Readers see Anna growing out of the role of an innocent young woman into the serious policewoman investigating the mysterious murders. In THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC, Kincheloe’s creates a captivating ending. If I gave stars those wold earn a five of them, readers won’t be disappointed
Anna Blanc's first adventure offers a complex, twisting mystery set in a beautifully-rendered 1907 Los Angeles. Jennifer Kincheloe has an excellent eye for atmosphere and historically-accurate detail.
Better still, the narration is fast paced and peppered with the kind of humor that made me laugh out loud--repeatedly. This is historical/police procedural mystery at its very finest.
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