The Woman in the Camphor Trunk – Jennifer Kincheloe

Happy belated release!

Thanks to Prometheus Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK by Jennifer Kincheloe (released November 14th, 2017)

Check back later this week for the #allthebookreviews collective thoughts 🙂

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

I’ve always loved historical fiction and mysteries. So when they’re combined I’ll always be intrigued enough to pick it up! THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK follows Anna Blanc in her investigation to hunt down a killer in Chinatown in the early 1900’s.

The setting is Los Angeles in 1908, specifically in the dangerous area of Chinatown. Police Matron, Anna Blanc, and Detective Joe Singer discover a body. The white missionary woman was found stuffed into a trunk that was found in her Chinese lover’s apartment. He has disappeared, and Blanc and Singer fear that if word gets out about a white woman being murdered in Chinatown that there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese population.

Throw in some rival gang problems within Chinatown that is adding fuel to the fire and you have the ingredients for a high tension murder investigation. Anna hits some road blocks in her investigations, mainly with Mr. Jones. Jones is a prominent Chinese leader that has issues not only with the LAPD, but also with Anna. Is she in danger? Can she and Singer solve the murder before the news gets out?

I will start out with saying that Anna Blanc is a fantastic character. She’s spunky, innocent, independent, sometimes defiant, and keeps the reader engaged. She’s smart and won’t back down when it comes to the investigation. I definitely want to go back and read book one of the Anna Blanc series. Despite this being book two, this does read well as a standalone! I wouldn’t necessarily call this historical fiction, but I love the setting of 1908 in Chinatown and Los Angeles.

Overall, if you want a good murder mystery with a spunky female lead, then you’ll love Anna Blanc. I look forward to more in the Anna Blanc series!

Are you a fan of historical mysteries? Or would they be period mysteries….

–Jess

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