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Paperback Blanche on the Lam: A Blanche White Mystery Book

ISBN: 1941298389

ISBN13: 9781941298381

Blanche on the Lam: A Blanche White Mystery

(Book #1 in the Blanche White Series)

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"One of the best fictional detectives conjured up in years," Library Journal BLANCHE ON THE LAM Barbara Neely's Smart, Sassy and Groundbreaking Crime Novel WINNER OF THE AGATHA, ANTHONY & MACAVITY AWARDS 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...

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5 ratings

Barbara Neely please write some more Blanche

I love the original and true to self writing that Barbara Neely puts into Blanch and her other wonderful characters. As a working class woman I can really relate to Blanche and her desire for freedom and her original take on life (not afraid to not want kids or say it is a hard job), race (Yeah Night Girl!) and stretching ones own limitations (Blanche knows she has stuff to work on too). I was really surprised by the reviews that called her preachy or talked about bathroom scenes. I think they missed the boat. Please Ms. Neely write us some more Blanche!


I really enjoyed this book. I ran out an purchased the other books immediately after finishing Blanche on the Lam. I look forward to reading anything Ms. Neely writes.

Move over Nancy Drew!

I read this book over five years ago. I had never really been a fan of mystery books but this one kept my attention with it's humor and the excitement of wanting to know "who done it." Blanche was so life-like that you almost wanted to touch her on her shoulder and let her know that her secret was safe with you. Even then, she probably would not have told you what she knows! I appreciate Barbara Neely's narrative style and although her books are not too lenghty it definitely encourages you to pick up one of her other titles to get started right away! I definitely intend to add all of her titles to "mini mystery collection." The thing that I found most interesting about Barbara's work is that the main character is a black woman like myself and so the pictures become so much more vivid as you are engulfed in every last page! Keep up the great work, Barbara!

Wonderful Reading!!!!!!!1

Great book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It offered a lot of humor while maintaining that one important element of a mystery; suspense.

The story is witty, different and needed.

I have read all three of the Blanche White stories to date and look forward to many more. Being an African American and having a parent who has worked as a domestic; it is refreshing to see an intelligent, caring character who just happens to be poor. Blanche is smart, self-directed, spirtual and large in size and in heart. There are a lot of women like Blanche and the story speaks to African American women and all women. May the ancestors grant Ms. Neely the will and the skill to continue to write such much needed stories.

Blanche on the Lam Mentions in Our Blog

Blanche on the Lam in 9 Authors Who Aren't Scared of the Dark
9 Authors Who Aren't Scared of the Dark
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 26, 2020

Here's the last in our Black History Month series, featuring great black writers from four genres. The publishing industry is sorely lacking in diversity, so it is important to shine a light on authors of color. This week, we feature Horror and Mystery. Here are nine writers who offer scary, thrilling, addictive reads.

Blanche on the Lam in The Best American Thrillers
The Best American Thrillers
Published by Melina Lynne • November 18, 2015

Here in the Northwest, outdoor thrill seekers hit a lull at this time of year when summer is truly over, but our ski season hasn't begun. With the November wind and rain raging outside I'm more than happy to find indoor activities for the time being, and reading is always at the top of the list. The only side-effect to your reading time when it comes to the mystery and thriller genre, is an inability to move. The doorbell may be ringing, the kitchen timer going off, and the kids running in circles around you, but until you get through your chapter, you are glued to your seat; your fingers itching to turn the page and find out what happens. (Looking ahead is considered cheating!)

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