The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe

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Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Narrator: Moira Quirk

Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe⎮20

Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery

Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 2

Release date: Nov. 14, 2017

Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.

Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.

Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family’s sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes.

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Poor Anna; born with too much ambition and curiosity for her own good. After listening to the first book in this series I fell in love with the spunky, intelligent and witty Anna Blanc and the way this author brings her to life. I will admit to wanting to smack her upside the head sometimes but I think in this case it is a true testament to how well this character was created. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be for a woman like Anna, to be held by the constraints of social norms for the time.

Given the nature of historical fiction, it is easy for authors to spend massive amounts of time on info dumps. There is nothing I abhor more. Kincheloe does a flawless job of educating the reader without distracting from the entertainment value. This story, and the other one The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, are just fun to listen to or read. It is easy to picture myself as a fly on the wall and observe everything that happens in the story. I believe that is another testament to how good this book it. The conflict between Joe and Anna adds a nice romantic twist to this story. Listening to this book added a nice treat because the narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life. The voices are unique enough to not confuse the characters.

 

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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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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2 comments

  1. Oh, how I love crime novels – especially ones that are not just simple detective story or that have a female lead that shouldn’t be the one saving the crime!

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