Saturday, March 30, 2013
Blanche Among The Talented Tenth by Barbara Neely
When Blanche White—domestic worker extraordinaire turned accidental sleuth—managed to get her kids into a private school, she didn't know they'd be be getting as much attitude as education. So she jumps at the chance to spend time with them at Amber Cove, an exclusive, all-black resort in Maine, where she can observe them with their wealthy friends—and keep them from turning into people she doesn't want to know.
While some of the guests—including her own daughter—are giving Blanche an insider's view of the color and class divisions within the black community, the godson of a feminist commits suicide, another one of the guests has a fatal encounter with a radio while taking a bath. When Blanche is enlisted to use her considerable wiles to find out if these events are connected, she discovers a web of secrets that someone may be willing to kill for—and a man determined to sweep her off her feet no matter how much she weighs. From the author's site.
For an excerpt, click here.
I needed a mystery with the author's last name starting with a "N". I found Barbara Neely and this book. I liked Blanche. She never forgot who she was even when she was drawn into investigating a murder of someone she did not know. There are four Blanche books, this one being the second.
If you like Walter Mosley or Sara Paretsky, you will enjoy this one!