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

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The Secret Life of Anna Blanc Audiobook Blog Tour

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc Audiobook Blog Tour

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Length: 12h 44m
Publisher: Jennifer R. Kincheloe, Ltd⎮2016
Genre: Historical Mystery/Thriller
Release date: Nov. 14, 2016

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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.

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'Anna Blanc' Author Jennifer Kincheloe

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.


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Audiobook Narrator Moira Quirk

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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I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Anna Blanc is a young woman who is spoiled by her rich father but she is headstrong and independent so he tries to keep her under control by cancelling her allowance and having her constantly watched by a chaperone. She decides to apply to be a matron at a police station because she thinks it would be fun and she’s bored. 

Anna is a conundrum. She’s been brought up to believe that she’s better than the lower class, that she’s supposed to get married and take care of her husband, and if she gets bored, she should do volunteer work. But Anna wants to be a detective and she shows that she has a big heart when she tries on her own to solve the murders of prostitutes. She treats everyone she meets the same and proves that she is ahead of her time in many ways.

I enjoyed listening to The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. I never knew what Anna was going to do next. Moira Quirk did a very good job of narrating. Her voice is easy to listen to and she had appropriate pauses, inflection, etc.

If you enjoy a good mystery along with a fun female character, you’ll love Anna Blanc.

 

 

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