"The Body in Griffith Park" By Jennifer Kincheloe: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murhpy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

In 1908, Los Angeles was booming. Jail cells were often overflowing with lawbreakers and homeless people looking for a place to sleep. Budgets didn’t stretch to food for all or even sanitary conditions. Before her disgrace, heiress Anna Blanc didn’t know about such things. Then she got involved in rescuing girls of ill repute, her engagement was broken, and her father disowned her. She’s now a Matron with the Los Angeles Police Department, in charge of “reforming delinquent juveniles and minding lady jailbirds.” Her duties include making sure they are fed, laundry is done, they’re sewing bedding for the inmates, and minding the sick.


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Considering she’s never done such work before, it’s a challenge. In addition, she’s fallen in love with police detective Joe Singer. It’s against the rules to be involved with him so sneaking away becomes part of her days. One such escape to the park for a bit of romance led to circumstances that will change her life.
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Just as things are getting interesting with Joe, Anna spies a body. A young man has been shot and killed, a suicide at first glance. Anna says it was murder. She’s barred from working cases although Joe and another detective let her help as long as the top brass doesn’t find out. Anna’s able to follow leads to a hotel for working women—nurses, secretaries, and such. She believes it’s a front for nefarious crimes and sets out to prove it.

At the police station, floral arrangements begin to arrive. What is a bunch of pretty flowers is really a message, using each flower’s meaning to let Anna know, someone cares. Joe is quite jealous. Those flower arrangements focus Anna’s attention on more wrongdoing, this time closer to home.

When Joe seemingly chooses the job over Anna’s love as well as her judgement, she sets out to prove him wrong, even if it costs her his love. In typical Anna style, her investigation involves going undercover, a train trip, a crazy woman, a mule, a Gila monster, and disowning her father.

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.

This is the third book in the series, the first I’ve read, although now I plan on reading the first two. I had no problem following Anna’s story so readers can feel free to start here. The contrast between the haves and the have-nots is abundantly clear as Anna tries to live in both worlds. Highly entertaining and highly recommended.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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