The secret life of Anna Blanc was gifted to me in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: the secret life of Anna Blanc
Author: Jennifer Kincheloe
Publication date: 3rd November 2015
Genre: historical mystery.
Rating: 4 stars
It’s 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc could match wits with Sherlock Holmes, but in her world women are not allowed to hunt criminals. Determined to break free of the era’s rigid social roles, she buys off the chaperone assigned by her domineering father and, using an alias, takes a job as a police matron with the Los Angeles Police Department. There she discovers a string of brothel murders, which the cops are covering up. Seizing her one chance to solve a crime, she takes on the investigation herself.
If the police find out, she’ll get fired; if her father finds out, he’ll disown her; and if her fiancé finds out, he’ll cancel the wedding.
Anna must choose–either hunt the villain and risk losing her father, fiancé, and wealth, or abandon her dream and leave the killer on the loose.
Normally I don’t read much historical fiction but the synopsis caught my eye right away.A strong female lead who is breaking the norm and doing what she wants to do. Yes please!!
Heading into this story I wasn’t sure what to expect but almost straight away I was hooked with this story. The main character Anna Blanc is a very mischievous, stubborn, strong female lead who takes no shit from anyone especially men who tell her she can’t do something. Anna is also very innocent in the sense of men, she doesn’t really understand sex which was really intriguing to follow her though process as she is trying to fall in love with her fiance.
This book was really intriguing and kept me hooked the whole way through. I loved the tension and mystery that the author created throughout this investigation and following Anna as she tries to save the brothel women.
I loved the reveal at the end of this story. I never would have guessed who the murderer was although I was 90% sure I knew who it was but I was very wrong.
I listened to this as an audiobook and I really loved the narrator. She did a great job at distinguishing the characters and doing many different voices and accents which I loved! It was a superb audiobook.
This was a fantastic novel and I truly loved following Anna and I would love to read more from this wonderful author.
About The Author
Jennifer Kincheloe is a research scientist turned writer of historical mysteries. THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK will be in bookstores November 14, 2017. Her first novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC, was a finalist in the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery, the Colorado Author’s League Award for Genre Fiction, the Macavity Sue Feder Award for Historical Mystery, and the winner of The Mystery and Mayhem Award for Historical Fiction and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Award for Mystery. Jennifer is a Southern California native who currently lives with her husband and children in Denver, Colorado. She is busy writing book three in the Anna Blanc series.