"Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper" By Ana Brazil: Review/Giveaway

by Daisy Pettles

Details on how to win a signed copy of this book at the end of the review and a link to purchase it. We also have a player for the podcast episode that Ana wrote which is perfect for Halloween listening!

Dateline: New Orleans, 1889, Jack-the-Ripper has arrived in America.
Found dead: one prostitute in the poor Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans.

Fanny Newcomb, Wisdom Hall Settlement house typing teacher, is not convinced of the veracity of this headline. She knows the poor victim, Nora Keegan, as her prize typing student. Determined to uncover what really happened to her student Nora, Fanny and her spinster friends, Dr. Olive and her sister, Settlement House Founder Sylvia Giddings, set out together to investigate the murder.

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Women’s lives and histories are often hidden in history. This book, in contrast, was a real treat for the manner in which it developed and united three strong female leading ladies. Additionally, the author, Ana Brazil, a historian and student of architecture, brought Gilded Age New Orleans, a city of many stories, to the printed page with passion and a studied eye for historical detail not often found in commercial fiction.

As I love history and mystery, I enjoyed this book, which is strong on both elements. I mark Fanny Newcomb as a recommended read for anyone who loves to time-travel through American history in search of mysterious tidbits.

The characters were relatable, believable, and intriguing in and of themselves. The setting, a Settlement House, promises to be rich in plots, and historically the descriptions and attitudes are very much in tune with the women’s social justice movement of the late 1800s, a fascinating slice of American history even without a possible serial killer lurking behind every gas lamplight.

The novel ends with the true culprit in custody, and Fanny’s appetite for investigation fully ignited. The conclusion primes us for another case---coming soon, I hope.

To enter to win a signed copy of Murder in the Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "fanny,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 2, 2019. US residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. And if entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section in Kings River Life and in our mystery category here on KRL News & Reviews. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. And check out our new mystery podcast which features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors! The last 3 episodes are perfect for Halloween, don't miss them!

Here is the player for the one that Ana wrote, "Mr. Borden Does Not Quite Rememb..."

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Daisy Pettles’s debut humorous cozy series, the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, set in fictional Pawpaw County, Indiana, won the 2019 Gold Medal as Best Humor Book from the Indie Reader, The Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and the American Fiction Awards. Prior to retiring and taking up writing, she was a therapist and an Internet entrepreneur. Visit her anytime at www.daisypettles.com.

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  1. Sounds so intriguing! I’d love to read it. Thank you.

  2. Sounds interesting. Most books of this type place Jack the Ripper in New York or Chicago. Count me in!

  3. Sounds fascinating. New Orleans has a lot of history, this will make a great setting for a book like this.

  4. Love reading about the Gilded Age and New Orleans. Sounds like an interesting book.


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