I received this audiobook free from AudioBookWorm in exchange for this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
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.
Mischievous stories, packed to the brim with funny scenes, witty comments, and charming characters, make for some of the best books to read and are even more fun to listen to!
The Secret Life of Anna Blanc is a tale that rarely kept me from laughing, I absolutely adored Anna and her adventures, from the scandalous beginning to the beautiful ending. This is an adult, historical fiction novel and because so, it has some mild language, a few sexual comments, and one or two gruesome details regarding the murders, though overall, I would say that it is decently clean.
The narrator, Moira Quirk, is a good part of the reason that I so enjoyed this book. She reads with enthusiasm and did such a great job adapting to the different voices of characters, as well as portraying the scenes well as she read.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Anna Blanc as an audiobook and give it 4 out of 5 stars, recommending it to fans of fun historical novels.