Blanche Cleans Up

Blanche Cleans Up by Barbara Neely

The third, ground-breaking mystery featuring African-American maid and amateur sleuth Blanche White by Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award winning Author Barbara Neely

Blanche White is working as a temporary cook and housekeeper for right-wing, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Alistair Brindle when someone tries to blackmail him. It’s an ugly mess that Brindle’s political team is eager to sweep under the carpet and that Blanche can’t resist cleaning up herself…especially after a young black man is killed who knew too much about Brindle’s dirty laundry. Her investigation raises dark secrets involving sex, environmental contamination, and political corruption, difficult stains on the white, conservative Brindle family that someone is trying to remove with murder.


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Blanche White returns to Farleigh, North Carolina and faces the man who raped her years ago... and may now be guilty of murder. The fourth book in Barbara Neely's beloved, award-winning series.

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Blanche Cleans Up

Blanche Cleans Up

Blanche White is working as a housekeeper for a right-wing, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate when he becomes embroiled in blackmail and murder. Of course, Blanche can’t resist cleaning up the mess...

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Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

African-American maid Blanche White and her kids are invited to an elite resort for wealthy blacks and stumbles into a murder...and once again becomes an amateur sleuth, using her sharp wit and keen social insight to discover whodunit. The second mystery in the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity-award winning series.

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Blanche On The Lam

Blanche On The Lam

Blanche White is a feisty, savvy, African American housekeeper with a big body and an even bigger heart. She’s on the lam for writing bad checks, and working for a wealthy family, when there’s a murder…and she becomes the prime suspect. So she investigates, laying bare the foibles of Southern society in this Agatha & Anthony award-winning mystery.

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Reviews For Blanche Cleans Up

Blanche Cleans Up 5.0

It’s a case that plays beautifully to the strengths Blanche showed in her first two novels: poking around, getting underfoot, and displaying maximum attitude as she solves the tiny mystery en route to sticking it to the Man. The title says it all

Kirkus Reviews

Blanche Cleans Up 5.0

One is tempted to describe Blanche White as a combination of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins…but it would be a crime to suggest she is anything less than a truly original creation

Los Angeles Times

Blanche Cleans Up 5.0

Blanche's voice is sassy and sexy, and her take on urban life through African American eyes is blade-sharp and sometimes as cutting

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