There are so many things you could dislike about Anna Blanc. She's a spoiled rich girl who's more than a bit flippant, rarely thinks things through, and when she does think things through those thoughts are often only of herself. She's a right pain in the rear .... and I love her to bits.
Anna Blanc doesn't really mean to be a spoiled rich girl. It's not as though she could have chosen which family she born into, right? In fact, she tries really hard to break free from it -- including following her passion for crime novels (which she brilliantly hides from disapproving eyes in the covers of "more suitable" books) and secretly getting a job as an assistant police matron. (It's rather hilarious watching her and her "chaperone" manipulate each other in order to get this to work!)
She uses an alias, Anna Holmes, to secure the position ... and also lies about her background, her familiarity with places that aren't her upper-crust norm, and even her typing skills (of which she has none). When prostitutes start disappearing and/or turning up dead, though, she decides to investigate because no one else will.
I'm so immensely glad that Jennifer Kincheloe somehow started to follow me on Twitter early in March which, in return, made me follow her and buy The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. In her description on Twitter, Kincheloe refers to herself as a "serious Miss Fisher and Amelia Peabody fan" and that shines through Anna Blanc. There's humor galore, characters I both love to love and love to hate, and a mystery that has kept me turning the pages to find out what's going to happen next.
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