The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe was a hoot. I can never get tired of Anna Blanc and this installment did not disappoint. Below is the Top 5 Reasons why I loved The Body in Griffith Park.
1. Anna Blanc
I’m pretty sure that the lead character is a given. But 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.
“After several misstarts. Anna finally had the love of her life, just like a Valentine’s card. Well, perhaps not just like a Valentine’s card. There was nothing quaint or charming about the way she felt a about Joe Singer. She wanted to eat him.”
Given that Anna lives in The Progressive Era in America, the series focuses on the lack of women’s rights. I think this quote put it perfectly.
“He said “no” was the story of Anna’s life.”
I love how she “steals” books in order to learn how to read a crime scene.
2. Family Dynamics
Anna’s dad is still a douche bag, but I have a feeling that someday they might repair their relationship. I really liked the added family drama in this one.
3. The Overall Theme
- The secret admirer in the beginning was fun.
- Anna and Joe’s continued romantic faux pas.
- Anna’s continued support for the prostitutes that she got to know from the previous book.
- The hunt for a killer that turns into breaking up a bigger crime ring.
4. Joe Singer
I consider Joe a beta hero. He doesn’t act macho and he kind of lets Anna walk all over him. The instance on the train (which was hilarious) would have made me a little miffed, but it’s Joe, so all we get is concern for Anna’s safety first and foremost. What a sweetie.
Joe can be my Arrow Collar Man any day.
Oh and his singing gets me all the time.
5. Bittersweet Ending
Oh my, but this one made me really sorry for Anna. It really showed the nuances to Anna’s personality. Even though she comes off as spoiled and bratty, deep down she really just needs someone. She displays kindness and vulnerability. At least she has Joe.
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The Body in Griffith Park
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.