February 22, 2015

Series Sunday: Blanche on the Lam

(Blanche White #1)

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is Blanche on the Lam, the first book in the Blanche White series by Barbara Neely. I heart series so I was happy when I got the opportunity to review the re-release of the first and second book in this mystery series. Plus the main character is a woman of color! Perfect Series Sunday pick for Black History Month. It starts off with Blanche in court—not as the good girl. She was being sentenced for writing bad checks. Escaping the courtroom through the ladies' restroom, she hides out working as a maid. When murder disrupts the wealthy household of her employers, middle-aged Blanche becomes the domestic worker/sleuth.

"If Diana could move from the welfare and the housing projects of Detroit to the top of the music charts and starring roles in movies, certainly Blanche could get herself out of this mess she was in, just as black women had been getting themselves and their people out of messes in this country since the day the first kidnapped African woman was dragged onto these shores." ~ pg. 76

Main character Blanche is funny, smart and a southern nosy charmer. She is a character you cannot help but like. I was skeptical of her character from the opening scene but the author did a good job of making readers like and trust Blanche. I will definitely continue reading this series.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: Blanche on the Lam
Author: Barbara Neely
Published: February 1993
Pages: 204
Edition: Galley
Challenge: Diversity on the Shelf; New Authors
Rating: ♥♥♥


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