The Body in Griffith Park
by Jennifer Kincheloe
Finalist, Lefty Awards for Historical Mystery
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. Kinchloe remains a writer to watch.
--Publisher's Weekly Starred Review ⭐
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.
"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
Reviews for The Body in Griffith Park
"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."
---Reviewing the Evidence
"Anna is a delight with her intuition, attention to detail, and ability to avoid the hands-on work required for her job. She has a good heart, and is not above using her looks and her father’s wealth to get what she wants. Her attitude and lack of knowledge about sex adds a lot of humor."
---Kings River Life
"I'm an ardent admirer of Ms. Kincheloe's obvious research into the early part of the 20th century. More than that, she brings Anna and her surroundings to life, making me want more."
---Buried Under Books
"I seriously cannot stress enough about how unique of a character she is. I don’t think I’ve read one quite like her. As Anna says: Jupiter! She’s frustratingly annoying, but yet endearing at the same time. I just can’t get over her. Maybe I understand how Joe feels."
"At a time where female characters are constantly portrayed as weak or emotional, it was refreshing to have a strong and determined female protagonist. Women now could certainly relate to her workplace struggles. This is such a charming series"
---Fast Page Turner