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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Secret Life Of Anna Blanc



This is a weekly event that highlights a book we can't wait to be published.  It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I'm featuring today is a debut novel by an author who grew up in California, got educated in California (PhD in Health Services), conducted research in her field for 12 years, travelled to such diverse places as Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea, and now lives in Denver, Colorado, with her family and pets.  I'm looking forward to learning more about Jennifer Kincheloe and her historical mystery protagonist, Anna Blanc.  And, by the way, I love the cover.  My choice for this week:




Publication Date:  November 3rd

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.

28 comments:

  1. This sounds like an intense read! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing, Kay!

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  2. I haven't heard of this before, but it does indeed sound good. I hope got get to read, and enjoy, it soon. Thanks for sharing, and happy Wednesday! :)
    Here's my WoW

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    1. Thank you, Petra! Here's hoping it will be a good book.

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  3. This sounds fabulous! Great pick! Here's mine: http://editingeverything.com/blog/2015/08/19/waiting-on-wednesday-the-incarnations/

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Verushka!

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  4. Sounds like my kind of read. Great era, location, and spunky character.

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    1. Yes, I was drawn to the timer period and the character description too.

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  5. Anna sounds like a great character!

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    1. She does, doesn't she? Looking forward to trying this one.

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  6. I love this kind of character! I am already rooting for her. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “FLIGHT PATTERNS”


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    1. I know what you mean. I want to dive in and help her.

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  7. That sounds really good. I love the cover too.

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    1. Thanks, Jill. Yes, the cover is quite attractive.

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  8. Oooh, a heroine who devours crime novels in 1907! Sounds like such fun!

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  9. Love the cover on this one! Sounds like a fun read, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I like the cover of this but it doesn't sound like my kind of book. I hope you enjoy it!


    Melissa @ MommyWantsToRead

    my WOW http://mommywantstoread.blogspot.com/2015/08/waiting-on-wednesday-deaths-leash-by-jd.html

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    1. And thank for coming by, Melissa.

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  11. Really all I needed to see was the cover and title before adding it to my TBR. I definitely feel for Anna in this one. Sounds like she's in a tough situation. Can't wait to see what you think!

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    1. Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing how things turn out. Whenever I get the book. LOL

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  12. Sounds like a good read. I love reading about that era. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I like that time period too. We'll see how it goes when I'm able to read it.

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  13. Oooh. This sounds good to me. I like reading mysteries in that time period. Will put it on my list.

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    1. I'm looking forward to checking this one out too, Gayle. Sounds like fun.

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