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Top 5 Reasons: The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

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.


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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.


Other Reviews in the Anna Blanc Series

Be sure to check out the guest post by author Jennifer Kincheloe!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

The Body in Griffith Park

Top 5 Reasons: The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe
by Jennifer Kincheloe
Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries #3
Also in this series: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Published by Seventh Street Books
on July 23rd, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 384
Format: Print
Source: ARC
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 5 Stars



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.

ARC cover love Historical Series smart and funny

About Jennifer Kincheloe

Jennifer Kincheloe author

Jennifer Kincheloe is a research scientist turned writer of historical mysteries. THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK will be in bookstores November 14, 2017. Her first novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC, was a finalist in the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery, the Colorado Author's League Award for Genre Fiction, the Macavity Sue Feder Award for Historical Mystery, and the winner of The Mystery and Mayhem Award for Historical Fiction and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Colorado Gold Award for Mystery. Jennifer is a Southern California native who currently lives with her husband and children in Denver, Colorado. She is busy writing book three in the Anna Blanc series.

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Hallo, Hallo Aleen, Goodness, I am so dearly thankful you came to @SatBookChat this weekend! I’ve been wanting to revisit with you, talk stories and share the joys of being readers who gravitate towards the same literary niches of interest and the series which capture our bookish hearts! I’ve had a few hard years [2017-19] and I admit, it has limited my hours to visit/comment/converse with those bloggers I truly love supporting inasmuch as I consider a friend. We definitely share a mutual love of Anna Blanc, which is why I wanted to invite you to the chat as I… Read more »

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I like bittersweet endings sometimes. I just read one with that kind of ending and I liked it.

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