Blanche on the Lam

Blanche on the Lam

By Barbara Neely

  • Release Date : 2014-09-02
  • Genre : African American
  • FIle Size : 1.09 MB
Score: 4.5
From 88 Ratings
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Blanche on the Lam “One of the best fictional detectives conjured up in years,” Library Journal 


Barbara Neely’s Smart, Sassy and Groundbreaking Crime Novel 

Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African-American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there’s a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. So she’s forced to use her savvy, her sharp wit, and her old-girl network of domestic workers to discover the truth and save her own skin. Along the way, she lays bare the quirks of southern society with humor, irony, and a biting commentary that makes her one of the most memorable and original characters ever to appear in mystery fiction. 

“Blanche not only solves the crime, but exhibits familiar foibles and strengths, believes in kitchen-table wisdom, and possesses a wicked sense of humor,” Ms. Magazine 

“A quirky mystery debut that pits Blanche against a Faulknerian cast of oddballs who may be trying to kill each other off to claim a southern fortune,” Kirkus Reviews 

“Endlessly entertaining,” Publisher’s Weekly 

“The uproarious Blanche White, the Southern housekeeper who knows her own mind, opened doors to the nuances of black life for readers and writers alike. Barbara Neely is a trailblazer,” Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author 


  • Loved this novel

    By minibee12
    The twist was worth the read. Can't wait to read the entire series.
  • Boring

    By rainbowcat5
    Am well aware of white privilege and this book bored me to tears.
  • Dghlady

    By DGHFRromLA
    Beginning will hook you. Whimsical description of lady going to jail because her expenses greater than income. Many people can relate! The mystery is well written and does not need the additional side plot of the how the minority population are the only people on earth dealt a bad hand and all caused by Whites. Unfortunately, side plot so prominent that I am not interested in others in the series.
  • Blanche on the Lam

    By Chicken sister
    A story every person who hires AfricanAmericans as help should read. In addition anyone that doesn't understand White Privilege should read! Very well-written with an O'Henry twist ending!
  • Blanche

    By at Home in Last C
    Invaluable, as we are put in her shoes, for understanding feelings and motivations or deterrents.
  • Forgot it

    By Kathryn Crew
    Sorry - forgot the title of the book, but you could have called it "Race Card". You can't turn a single page without some reference to blacks and/or whites. I get what you're trying to portray, but the constant black/white comments totally detract from it.
  • I hate all the hate in this book

    By Yvy789
    I have read this book to the end and I'm just shocked how much hate author show in it. Shame!