Book Review: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe


Title: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc
Author: Jennifer Kincheloe
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Release Date:  November 3rd 2015
Pages: 375
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Historical Mystery

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 fiancé 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, fiancé, and wealth, or abandon her dream and leave the killer on the loose.

I was sold body and soul to the description for The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. I someway, somehow was going to get this book even if I had to beg and beg and beg; yup that's how badly I need it in my life. Luckily the book gods were in my favor and I was able to read TSLOAB the same day I requested from Edelweiss.

I knew The Secret Life of Anna Blanc was going to be all kinds of amazing and I am so so so glad I was proved right. Now all I need is my roscoe and Joe Singer and I'm set to take on the world, Anna Blanc style.

Anna Blanc has so much spirit and the fact that she wanted to solve crimes and be a detective even though females weren't suppose to want those things back in the day made her stand out as a character even more. She made a few mistakes while solving her crimes but no one's perfect and let me tell you Anna's adventures are pretty daring and crazy and I loved every moment of. I also enjoyed the fact the mystery in this book was really good.The thing about books involving mystery is that I usually know right off the bat who's the killer/sociopath and in The Secret Life I had no idea who the bad guy was.

Biscuits!!! The Secret life of Anna Blanc had me feeling like I was living and breathing in the 1900s. The amount of detail that Jennifer Kincheloe placed in her book made this story that much more alluring. From what the woman and men wore, to the way the characters talked and acted, Jennifer didn't miss a single thing.

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc is a debut novel full of charm and mystery and I will be rereading this story over and over. 

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