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
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.