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Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

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“Endlessly Entertaining!” Publishers Weekly 

The second, ground-breaking mystery featuring African-American maid and amateur sleuth Blanche White by Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award winning Author Barbara Neely 

When Blanche White moved north to Boston, she believed it would be a better place to raise her kids, especially after she got them into an elite private school. But now her children are becoming elitist and judgmental, acquiring more attitude than education. So when she and her kids are invited to Amber Cove, an exclusive resort in Maine for wealthy blacks, Blanche jumps at the chance to see how the other half lives and maybe stop her kids turning into people she doesn’t want to know. When one of the guests kills himself, and another is electrocuted in her bathtub, Blanche becomes an accidental detective once again, using her sharp wit and keen social insight to peel back some disturbing color and class distinctions within the black community that may have driven someone to murder. 

“One of the best fictional detectives conjured up in years,” Library Journal 

“An acerbic portrait of class infighting at its most corrosive,” Kirkus Reviews 

“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. 

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 29, 1997 – In her second novel, Neely addresses the issue of color-based bigotry within the black community. As a child, Blanche White was taunted by her black classmates as ``Tar Baby,'' and so she sets out less than enthusiastically for Amber Cove, a posh Maine resort filled with light-skinned blacks. The trip will get her out of Boston, however (``the most racist city in which she'd ever lived''), and give her a chance to see if her niece and nephew, who are spending the summer there, are picking up ``hincty ideas'' from what her friend Ardell calls ``Caucasian-ettes.'' Despite an initially frosty reception at Amber Cove Inn, Blanche quickly makes friends with Mattie Harris, an ``arrogant old girl''; catches the eye of Robert Stuart, a handsome pharmacist from the nearby town; and picks up the latest news--that Faith Brown, who routinely dug up and revealed dirt on others, was accidentally electrocuted while bathing. When a cove resident commits suicide, leaving behind a note implicating himself in Faith's death, Mattie decides that she and Blanche must get to the bottom of things. Blanche continues to appeal in her so-what-if-I've-got-an-attitude way, but while her first outing, Blanche on the Lam , was a mystery with a bit of message, this one is a message with a bit of mystery.

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Blanche Among the Talented Tenth
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  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Feb 01, 2016
  • Publisher: Brash Books
  • Seller: Brash Books
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
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