- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 44 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jennifer R Kincheloe, Ltd
- Audible.com Release Date: November 14, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N03DWB9
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
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The Secret Life of Anna Blanc Audiobook – Unabridged
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It is hard to find a well written mystery and my favorite authors (ie: Susan Martin, M.C. Beaton and others) can only product so fast. This is why finding Jennifer is great.
The book covers a time when women were property and limited voice in making decisions. Anna is a bit naive, brilliant and bound for trouble. She wants to prove herself as a detective and escape her father's control. Up until the end, it is hard to know for sure who our killer is and if Anna survives for a 2nd book.
You won't be dissappointed.
The story follows Anna Blanc, a budding socialite who wants nothing more than freedom from her strict father. Then she meets a woman at a suffrage march who makes her believe she can achieve her true dream of solving crimes.
I loved the setting of early 1900s Las Angeles, an unusual setting for mysteries, and could really visualize the way things were back then.
At first I wasn't entirely sold on Anna's character...She seemed so naive and self-centered, but she really grew on me as the story progressed. The romance was sweet and believable, and Joe was probably my favorite character (it was cute that his surname was Singer when that's exactly what he had a penchant for).
The mystery itself was enjoyable. I had no idea whodunit up until the very end. If I have one criticism, it's that the ending felt a tad rushed. However, that being said, I'll definitely check out book 2!
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