Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe, narrated by Moira Quirk. You can find the tour schedule below.
Audiobook Title: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc
Author: Jennifer Kincheloe
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Publisher: Jennifer R. Kincheloe, Ltd⎮2016
Length: 12 hours and 44 minutes
Audio Release Date: Nov. 14, 2016
Genre: Historical Mystery/Thriller
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. 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.
Have you ever read a book that made you yell the whole time you were reading it? The Secret Life of Anna Blanc was that book for me. I spent a fairly equal amount of time yelling at the lovely protagonist, Miss Anna Blanc. My yelling varied from “woo, go girl, you do your damn thing!” to “no girl! Don’t do your damn thing!” Anna Blanc is equal parts infuriating and remarkable.
Anna Blanc is self-centered and naive but for all of her faults, she’s brilliant. Really, you can’t hate on the girl for being born into the station she was. It’s not her fault that she has an overbearing father who cares more about appearances than the actual happiness of his daughter. Thankfully, that never stops Anna from pursuing her true love in life, detective work. Though, since she’s a woman, that’s practically impossible and absolutely no one will take her serious, except for Detective Joe Singer, well, sort of.
Anna’s relationship or lack of one with Joe for the majority of the book was what made me the most frustrated, but as if I was her best friend because I wanted to shake her for every time she kissed Joe and let him wanting more just because she had ulterior motives. There was so much tension between them that I wanted to reach out and just push them together and forced them to hash things out. But, damn, can the girl make me pull my hair out.
Quirk’s narration style lent to the story so beautifully. She gave Anna’s voice a sense of grace that was worthy of her high upbringing, while still finding that perfect sweet spot of innocence.
I really loved this book and I can’t wait to see what sort of trouble Anna gets herself into next. If you love a good mystery this is definitely for you.
Rating: 4 stars
About the Author
Jennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.
About the Narrator
Moira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself. Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award-winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”
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Mar. 2: Candid Ceillie (Review & Author Interview)
Mar. 3: The Bookworm Central (Review)
Rolo Polo Book Blog (Spotlight & Music Playlist)
Mar. 4: Lilly’s Book World (Review)
Mar. 5: The Desert Bibliophile (Review & Spotlight)
Mar. 6: A Bookaholic Swede (Review)
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Mar. 7: Working Mommy Journal (Review)
Mar. 8: The Maiden’s Court (Review)
The Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight)
A Literary Vacation (Review)
Mar. 9: Babs Book Bistro (Review & Spotlight)
Mar. 10: Dab of Darkness (Review)
Desert Rose Reviews (Review, Music Playlist, & Dream Cast)
Mar. 11: Literature Approved (Review)
Spunky ‘n Sassy (Review & Spotlight)
Mar. 12: History From A Woman’s Perspective (Review)
Mar. 13: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
Mar. 14: A Page To Turn (Review & Dream Cast)
XOXO Book Blog (Music Playlist)
Ronelle Antoinette (Narrator Interview)
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Kincheloe. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.