Blanche Cleans Up: A Blanche White Mystery #3

Blanche Cleans Up: A Blanche White Mystery #3 Review

Blanche White is a very black, middle-aged woman who cleans white people's houses for a living. Tart-tongued and shrewd, with a keen nose for trouble, she's also a queen-sized snoop - who sees at a glance what people are really up to - especially if it's criminal. It's been three years since she had to grab the kids and scurry out of Farleigh, North Carolina. Now they've all settled into life in the Roxbury section of Boston, and Blanche herself is feeling like she may finally be free to enjoy life - at least a little. But before Blanche can say, "Breakfast is ready, " she gets suckered into standing in as cook-housekeeper to one Allister Brindle, a Boston Brahmin politician, and his do-gooder wife. Blanche is quickly enmeshed in a festering canker of a scandal that moves from the Brindles' house (a.k.a. Prozac House) to her own black community as she tries to figure out the truth behind the swimming-pool death of a young black man who knew a little too much...

Title:Blanche Cleans Up: A Blanche White Mystery #3
Edition Language:English

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    Blanche Cleans Up: A Blanche White Mystery #3 Reviews

  • Trish

    Barbara Neely only wrote four Blanche books, but each one addresses issues central to life in America, and highlights the effect of these issues on the lives of America’s black folk. Blanche White, ...

  • Udeni

    This is the third of the Blanche White detective series of books, and the first where all the fictional elements (plot, character, dialogue, pacing) all come together. Blanche has moved to Boston with...

  • Ivonne Rovira

    Who could blame Blanche White for assuming that filling in for a week as a cook-housekeeper as a favor to someone would be easy? After all, Miz Inez, who normally had the gig at the stately Brindle ma...

  • Deirdre

    I love the Blanche books. How often do you get a casual, easy-reading mystery told with a feminist, working-class, social justice, anti-racist perspective? I'd like to have a gin & tonic with Blanche....

  • Clare O'Beara

    Blanche is a self-possessed and comfortably-figured housekeeper who works for an agency and goes in when another housekeeper is on vacation. At this time she enters a mansion where a wealthy white fam...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    I can't even describe how awesome this book was! It totally exceeded my high expectations. Characterization was incredible--from the smart, feisty, flawed, observant sleuth Blanche to every single sid...

  • Leslie Reese

    Blanche doesn't necessarily solve mysteries as much as she has a lot of responsibilities and her hand in a lot of pots; is highly-opinionated, and nosy! I think I would have enjoyed this book even mor...

  • Lois

    This was exceptionally good. The mystery was actually decent and a bit more complicated than the previous 2 books-which was nice. Usually the mystery isn't that great it's the other aspects of the sto...

  • Megan Sanks

    Why only solve murder when Blanche can also fight against environmental racism, homphobia, and prejudice against sex work? I love her. Also Blanche's friendship with Ardell always makes me cry....

  • Jennifer

    so enjoyable! neely once again delivers a story with heart, while dealing with important racial and social issues. the novel is engaging without ever feeling preachy, and i was particularly fond of th...