Blanche on the Lam

Blanche on the Lam

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541404700
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 09/20/2017
Series: Blanche White Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

The author of the innovative Blanche White series of mysteries, Barbara Neely is an award-winning writer and activist who has penned everything from novels to short stories and plays. She received Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards for Blanche on the Lam.

Lisa Renee Pitts is an award-winning actress in theater, television, and film, as well as an accomplished audiobook narrator and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.

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Blanche on the Lam 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One too many bad checks lands Blanche White in court. The way that she gets out of this and into an affluent family's home and business will keep you turning pages. Blanche has a lot on her plate but she manaages to clean it very well. The twists are equally as interesting as the story. This is a great mystery !!! READ IT PLEASE !!!!!
michaelm42071 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Barbara Neely¿s Blanche on the Lam, published by Penguin in 1992, is unusual partly because of its detective, a plump, 40-year-old, gap-toothed black woman. Her name is Blanche White, and she¿s very aware of her name¿s double irony. She cleans houses and cooks for white folks, sometimes as a temp. She goes on the lam, walking out of the courthouse bathroom and a thirty-day sentence for writing a bad check. In order to get out of town and away from the cops, she takes a temp job in the country house of Everett and Grace--I'm not sure we ever learn their last name-- and their Down-syndrome cousin Mumsfield, who befriends Blanche. The setting is rural North Carolina, and the mystery concerns a struggle for control of an aging, supposedly drunken aunt of Mumsfield. Rich Aunt Emmeline is the target of plots to get her money, and the plots involve an impostor, a handyman who is later murdered, and an unwilling Blanche. At first Blanche does not understand why Mumsfield's descriptions of his wonderful aunt don't tally with her knowledge of the mean drunk upstairs. Eventually she works it out, but not before a number of adventures, including Blanche¿s use of a two-by-four to coldcock Grace, who's chasing her with a knife.Of less interest than the plot is what Barbara Neely does with her detective: a live-in maid who cleans house is in a unique position to know everything that goes on in a household. If she¿s observant and smart, like Blanche, she can have all the family¿s secrets figured out in a matter of days. ¿Reading people and signs, and sizing up situations,¿ the author writes of her main character, ¿were as much a part of her work as scrubbing floors and making beds.¿ Even more advantages attach to this character when she¿s in the house of a rich, bigoted southern family: as a poor black woman, Blanche is nearly invisible to Everett and Grace unless they want something to eat, something to drink, or something to be vacuumed.The charm of Blanche is her complete vulnerable ordinariness. She works hard for a living, taking care of her dead sister¿s two children, with some help from her own mother. Blanche was teased as a child until her cousin convinced her that she was a Night Girl who could become invisible just by slipping out into the dark. Blanch used this in her youth, eavesdropping, discovering things and making her mother think she had second sight. Her detective skills are a by-product of her survival skills.Blanche on the Lam is the first of a series of four books Barbara Neely has written about her detective Blanche White.
Silvernfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book because Blanche is a well-developed character, trying to keep herself out of jail, make sure her kids are all right, deal with (still yet another set of) rich white employers, and solve a murder. As a murder mystery, I don't think the book works all that well, though. But it's a quick read, and would probably provoke all sorts of interesting discussions if it was sold packaged with The Help.
19055581 More than 1 year ago
by Elena E. Smith I didn't know anything about Blanche when I bought this e-book from one of those discount services. And, since I bought it for nook, I didn't really take a close look at the cover design. So, I was actually unaware - on purchase - that the heroine was a modern-day black domestic. I was completely charmed by Blanche and very impressed that author Neely created a woman-of-color who rings one-hundred-percent true to her culture... yet has all the qualities that make her relate-able to any reader from any people-group. I enjoyed seeing Blanche's perspective on white employers, and liked the way that Neely used some of these stereotypes as clever plot devices. This book is a quick read and FUN FUN FUN. I'm sure I will reread it soon, as well as the rest of Blanche's mishaps.
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