Blanche on the Lam

Blanche on the Lam Barbara Neely
  • Title: Blanche on the Lam
  • Author: Barbara Neely
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  • Blanche on the Lam Barbara Neely Blanche on the Lam BLANCHE ON THE LAM Barbara Neely s Smart Sassy and Groundbreaking Crime Novel Blanche White is a plump feisty middle aged African American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina
    BLANCHE ON THE LAM Barbara Neely s Smart, Sassy and Groundbreaking Crime Novel 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 sBLANCHE ON THE LAM Barbara Neely s Smart, Sassy and Groundbreaking Crime Novel 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.
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    1. BarbaraNeely is a novelist, short story writer, and author of the popular Blanche White mystery novels The first book in this series, BLANCHE ON THE LAM, won the Agatha, the Macavity, and the Anthony three of the four major mystery awards for best first novel as well as the Go On Girl Book Club award for a debut novel The subsequent books in the series, BLANCHE AMONG THE TALENTED TENTH, BLANCHE CLEANS UP and BLANCHE PASSES GO have also received critical acclaim from both fans and literary critics Books in the Blanche White series have been taught in courses at universities as varied as Howard University, Northwestern, Bryn Mawr, Old Dominion, Boston College, Appalachian State University, Washington State University and Guttenberg University in Mainz, Germany Books in the series have been translated into French, German and Japanese Neely s short stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines, university texts, and journals including Things that divide us, Speaking for Ourselves, Constellations, Literature Reading and Writing the Human Experience, Breaking Ice, Essence, and Obsidian II.Ms Neely has also had an extensive public sector career She designed and directed the first community based corrections facility for women in Pennsylvania, directed a branch of the YWCA, and headed a consultant firm for non profits She was part of an evaluative research team at the Institute for Social Research, the Executive Director of Women for Economic Justice, and a radio producer for Africa News Service For her activism Neely has received the Community Works Social Action Award for Leadership and Activism for Women s Rights and Economic Justice, and the Fighting for Women s Voices Award from the Coalition for Basic Human Needs.Series Blanche White


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    1. clsiewert.wordpress 2014 Remember how I said I grew up on Christie It took college to really open my eyes to the insight that I had read very few books by authors who were not white and from an American or British tradition It became a personal project to increase the diversity of my reading while still hanging in my favorite genres of mystery, sci fi and fantasy I was scanning through my college s small bookstore, looking for my books for the semester when I saw the Penguin paperback edition of [...]

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    2. Blanche White is not exactly a fairy tale heroine like her near namesake, Snow White She is a strong minded, kind hearted woman, who is also a housekeeper in the post racial South Blanche likes her job and is good at it One of the many joys of this detective book are the mouth watering descriptions of Blanche s superb Southern cooking My diet was sorely tempted by these sections While on the run for a minor check cashing incident, Blanche ends up at a creepy Southern mansion She is surrounded by [...]

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    3. I received a copy of Blanche on the Lam A Blanche White Mystery through Netgalley, offered by Brash Books, in exchange for an honest review.Blanche on the Lam, Barbary Neely, First Ed St Martin s Press, New York, New York, 1992Barbara Neely, Social Activist, and Author, born 1941, Lebanon, PennsylvaniaStill hoping to find an employer willing to pay for a full service domestic instead of the bunch of so called genteel Southern white women for whom she currently did day work Most of them seemed to [...]

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    4. I first read Blanche on the Lam in the 1990s, when I devoured all four of the books in the series Blanche White was unlike any other amateur sleuth anywhere resilient, generous, comfortable in her own skin, savvy, determined well, sometimes downright too stubborn for her own good but absolutely a gem Imagine my dismay when, after 2000 s Blanche Passes Go, author Barbara Neely went silent No Blanche No candid observations about race, gender, body image, or class No incredibly original mysterie [...]

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    5. I read about this in a recent article in The Root about Kathryn Stockett s The Help The Root article said that Stockett isn t the first to write from the perspective of black Southern maids, and mentioned Neely s series about amateur or accidental detective and professional housekeeper Blanche White The article suggested that Blanche is the counterpoint to Mosley s better known Easy Rawlins Based on Blanche on the Lam, I d say Neely s novels aren t as complex, and are definitely domestic But th [...]

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    6. Don t worry, darling, she ll cooperate I promise you Why not just insert BBWWWwaaaaa Hhhaaa Hahaha here, with some hands rubbing together I like Blanche She is resourceful and observant I do not need the nitty gritty details of her every thought to get that She is worried about the kids I GOT IT Stop bringing it up and MOVE ON The baby steps she takes to describe her characters is maddening Like this Blanche studied him She noticed the folds in the corner of his eyes, the thickness of his finger [...]

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    7. This could have easily been an average cozy mystery book Barbara Neely s ability to grasp and convey race and class issues while also delivering a fun mystery make this book much than average.

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    8. I love Blanche White This was one of those books that immediately draws the reader to the main character Blanche is a domestic worker in the South who gets into trouble with the law and hides out for a week working for a rich white family and ends up solving a series of murders along the way The author s portrayal of Blanche is as a woman with a fierce intellect and deep interior life, honed by her experience as a working class Black woman and mother, who theorizes the white supremacist patriarc [...]

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    9. I would never have found this book, if not for one of my reading groups on It was first published in 1992, and first of a series of Blanche White mysteries We re fortunate to have the series now available on Kindle, as the paperback and hardcover versions are out of print and available as used books.Blanche is a feisty character who gets into legal trouble for writing bad checks, but manages to sneak out of the courthouse, escaping from a sentence of 30 days in jail And that s just the first cha [...]

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    10. I m giving this book 4 stars because I really like Blanche However, the story is really slow The pace didn t pick up until the last 50 pages.

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    11. blanche is a great character, and i enjoyed this book though the novel came out in 1992, the social and racial issues touched on are still important and relevant today i look forward to continuing this series.

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    12. I did something different than a typical review of BLANCHE ON THE LAM I used it as a study in writing cozy mysteries and made detailed notes about Neely s structure, character development of her protagonist, and grammar style Here are some excerpts, but I hope you check out the full analysis at my blog amberunmasked analysisCHARACTER DEVELOPMENTIn regards to crafting the main character, Blanche White, Barbara Neely does an exceptional job of making her a regular human being that s relatable with [...]

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    13. I received a free kindle copy of Blanche on the Lam Blanche White 1 by Barbara Neely, published by Brash Books from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.I gave this interesting mystery four stars It is the first of Barbara Neely s books I ve read but won t be the last It was an intriguing look at interactions between domestic help their employers It gives interesting insight into black white relationships in the United States She d ignored both events despite her claim that reading people sig [...]

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    14. Blanche, a black maid, who has had to bounce a check since the last four white women she s worked for have yet to pay her, has been ordered to jail for 30 days but she has to support her kids what to do She takes off and lands in a job that she was going to take, then canceled at the last minute, but since the agency had yet to fill the job, it was hers and fortunately, the people were planning to head to their country place and Blanche would be safe from the sheriff.What she would not be safe f [...]

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    15. 3.5 stars A lot of fun, and smart too Blanche White is a black maid in North Carolina who finds herself fleeing a conviction for writing bad cheques by slipping right into a wealthy white household that needs a maid for a trip to the country house She soon learns that there s to the family than meets the eye, and finds herself playing the role of amateur sleuth The mystery isn t all that much of a one or very fast moving, and the secondary characters have about as much depth as you d expect in [...]

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    16. 3.0 3.5ish Stars Okay Blanche, you got me I thought that was going one way, but it definitely had me I enjoyed Blanche as a character, she was smart, strong willed, sharp, and very quick witted She knew right from jump that something wasn t right with these people She was just trying to ride this thing out till her check came, and then all of a sudden she s mixed up right to the top I still stand by the fact that it took nearly 55 60% of the book to go by until the mystery actually started to ta [...]

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    17. 1st in the Blanche White series Blanche is a great character, a practical, no nonsense African American woman In Blanche on the Lam we see the many trials she faces in cleaning up other people s messes ranging from employers who want her to listen to their personal problems while cleaning their homes, to happening on a string of murders while on a job in the country The mystery isn t that exciting, but this is a good introduction to a memorable woman, a well rounded character who has interesting [...]

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    18. If you liked,The Helpyou ll like this compelling, easy to read murder mystery Some excellent character development, including a positive relationship between a strong, savvy female African American protagonist and a lovable male, Euro american handicapped supporting character Offers an interesting view into post slavery Southern US cultural milieu including insights into how some Southern service workers may interact with their rich employers.

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    19. BLANCHE ON THE LAMB GNeely, Barbara 1st in Blanche White seriesBlanche White lends a refreshing African American, female twist to the mystery tradition, as she turns from domestic worker to insightful if reluctant sleuth A middle aged housekeeper with a strong sense of humor, Blanche becomes an unlikely yet ingenious sleuth when murder disrupts the wealthy household of her employers.We read it in Mystery Group We all felt it was good, but not great.

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    20. This is the first crime novel I ve read in which the protagonist is a black woman I liked it very much but was a little puzzled as to the time frame In many ways it felt as though it was happening in the 50 s, but there were some clues that it might be intended as contemporary written in 1992 That aside, I couldn t help liking Blanche as she stays one step ahead of the law and manages to solve a dangerous mystery.

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    21. Really excellent novel Loved the protagonist Loads of interesting social commentary couched in a dash of humor, especially in the first half The build up is slow and steady, reaching a climax that blew the lid off.

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    22. Kan helaas mijn aandacht niet vasthouden Niks voor mij

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    23. Blanche on the Lam Past Perfect in this Not So Cozy Mysteryfangswandsandfairydust 201At the beginning of this audiobook I was concerned about the narrator s pronunciation of several words, and although she did good voices I felt she had a hard time staying in the character and sometimes it felt like someone just reading a book out loud Otherwise, I thought she showed range in portraying disabled, elderly, African American and Southern White accents I cannot find the words that bugged me in the e [...]

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    24. There are certain cliches out there that have been used so many times that when we see the coming we groan a bit and say okay, I know how this is going to go Because of these cliches, it is incredibly refreshing when we find a book that doesn t fall into those cliches This book could have easily turned into a knockoff of The Help with a mystery twist BUT IT DIDN T AND IT S AWESOME Eh ahem Anyway, this book doesn t fall into the usual cliches Blanche is NOT a put upon domestic who knows that she [...]

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    25. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing no rithmatic , movies, TV Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here Graphic and children s reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book s interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don t really do stars To me a book is either worth reading or it isn t I can t rate it three fifths worth [...]

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    26. I came across this book after a bunch of research, trying to find a candidate for the first book in a series by a POC author for my 2016 Read Harder challenge I was kind of surprised when I absolutely loved the first 2 3rds Blanche is a very memorable and well drawn character, and I loved a lot of the insightful things she had to say about race, class, and working as a domestic caretaker for affluent white people in NYC and the South HOWEVER, I am sad to report that the book completely crumbles [...]

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    27. This book was well written and well plotted I wanted to like it than I did, but following an African American who is domestic help in current day in 1992 did not really pull me in although the second half of the book went a lot faster I will probably try the next one but will borrow it from the library I m sure that this says bout me than the quality of the book, so I encourage readers to pick it up and make their own judgements.

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    28. Ms Neely has combined all the elements to make a mystery and character study into a page turner Blanche, a 40 something, stout, Black woman hires on as a maid to a wealthy White family after escaping a jail sentence Every single member of the family is not who or what they seem Among them is a murderer, but which one Set in the 1980 s, it still feels fresh and current.

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    29. I first read this as an undergrad in the class, Women and Gender in Detective Fiction or something like that I decided to revisit it recently and Barbara Neely did not disappoint This is an entertaining and thought provoking novel with lots of social commentary Written in 1997, the issues Blanche face are as relevant today.

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    30. missing pagesIt was a good mystery There were so many pages missing and I don t mean one or two I deserve a refund I will always wonder what I missed This was bad So what will the next hold for me I not even going to start it I will wait awhile before I read the next book in the series.

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