The Secret Life of Anna Blanc (Paperback)

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What a wonderful debut mystery!  It's 1907 and young Anna doesn't agree with the traditional roles for "proper young ladies."  She wants to be a detective, and the way she goes about it is hilarious in many ways, though she's very capable. She has to operate in disguise, dodging her chaperon, and her father, who wants her make an advantageous marriage. And then there is Joe, the very attractive policeman who is helping her. I'll say no more. The delights and horrors are all yours to discover.


— Jackie, an avid reader and a passionate Tattered Cover bookseller


It's 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc is the kind of young woman who devours purloined crime novels--but must disguise them behind covers of more domestically-appropriate reading. She 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, Anna 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 unwilling to investigate. 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 fianc finds out, he'll cancel the wedding and stop pouring money into her father's collapsing bank. Midway into her investigation, the police chief's son, Joe Singer, learns her true identity. And shortly thereafter she learns about blackmail.

Anna must choose--either hunt the villain and risk losing her father, fianc , and wealth, or abandon her dream and leave the killer on the loose.

About the Author

Jennifer Kincheloe is the author of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc and The Woman in the Camphor Trunk. The Secret Life of Anna Blanc is the winner of the Colorado Gold Award for mystery and the Mystery and Mayhem Award for historical mystery. The novel was also a finalist for the Macavity Sue Feder Historical Mystery award, Left Coast Crime "Lefty" Award, and Colorado Authors' League Award for genre fiction. Formerly, Dr. Kincheloe was the principal of a health consulting firm and a member of the research faculty for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She currently does research on the jails in Denver, Colorado.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781633880801
ISBN-10: 163388080X
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 367
Language: English