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.
All four ground-breaking Blanche White novels by Mystery Writers of America grandmaster Barbara Neely, Winner of the Agatha and Macavity Awards.... in one volume.
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.
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...
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.
Blanche not only solves the crime, but exhibits familiar foibles and strengths, believes in kitchen-table wisdom, and possesses a wicked sense of humor
A quirky mystery debut that pits Blanche against a Faulknerian cast of oddballs who may be trying to kill each other off to claim a southern fortune
The uproarious Blanche White, the Southern housekeeper who knows her own mind, opened doors to the nuances of black life for readers and writers alike. Barbara Neely is a trailblazer