The Body in Griffith Park

An Anna Blanc Mystery

Jennifer Kincheloe
  • 384 pp
  • ISBN 978-1-63388-540-0
  • Paperback • $15.95
  • July 2019

Los Angeles, 1908. Anna Blanc is a former so-so socialite, a flailing police matron, and a killer detective.

Ex-heiress, Anna Blanc, is precariously employed by the Los Angeles Police Department, reforming delinquent children and minding lady jailbirds. What she really wants is to hunt criminals and be alone with Detective Joe Singer--both no-nos that could get her fired. On a lover's tryst in Griffith Park, Anna and Joe discover the body of a young gambler. Anna can't resist. She's on the case. As her murder investigation stalls, and her police matron duties start piling up, strange floral arrangements begin arriving from an unknown admirer. Following the petals leads Anna to another crime--one close to home. Suddenly pitted against Joe, Anna must examine her loyalties and solve the crimes, even if it means losing the man she loves.

"Kincheloe’s vibrant comic voice, quirky characters, and intricate, fast-paced plotting sparkle with lighthearted energy. Yet the novel doesn't neglect deeper themes, most notably the limited choices available to women in early 20th-century America. Kincheloe remains a writer to watch."

—Publisher's Weekly STARRED Review

"A wild romp through turn-of-the-century Los Angeles... Anna Blanc is a blast."

—Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits With Gun

"Part murder mystery, part romance, The Body in Griffith Park is a fast-paced and funny tale of a fearless and independent young woman way ahead of her time. I look forward to seeing what Anna Blanc will get up to next time."

—Reviewing the Evidence

Jennifer Kincheloe is the author of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc and The Woman in the Camphor Trunk. The Secret Life of Anna Blanc is the winner of the Colorado Gold Award for mysteries and the Mystery and Mayhem Award for historical mystery. The novel was also a finalist for the Macavity Sue Feder Historical Mystery award, Left Coast Crime "Lefty" Award, and Colorado Authors' League Award for genre fiction. Formerly, Dr. Kincheloe was the principal of a health consulting firm and a member of the research faculty for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She currently does research on the jails in Denver, Colorado.

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