The Woman in the Camphor Trunk By Jennifer Kincheloe: Review/Giveaway

Nov 11, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Doward Wilson

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of The Woman in the Camphor Trunk. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Anna Blanc has left her life as a privileged socialite in 1908 Los Angeles to pursue a career as a police matron, to atone for the sins of her father. Working alongside her love interest, Detective Joe Singer, the son of the Chief of Police, they discover the murdered body of a white missionary woman in a trunk in her Chinese lover’s apartment. They know they have to act quickly and quietly to prevent a bloody backlash against the residents of Chinatown. The woman’s lover has fled, and they try to find him with the help of Mr. Jones, a Chinese store owner who holds some authority in Chinatown. book

In another piece of bad luck, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two young sex slave girls from the opposing Bing Kong tong. Combining the possibility of an all-out tong war with the whites’ revengeful backlash, makes solving the murder and kidnapping a harrowing experience for Anna and Joe.

This was a historical period where women and the Chinese had no rights. Oppression and corruption rules every aspect of life throughout the country. Anna has never had to do anything for herself, including lighting a fire and cooking. Living off Crackerjacks and wearing lots of clothes is her solution.

This book not only entertains with two unique mysteries, but very realistically portrays how life was lived in that era. This is the second book in the series and made me want to read the first one to see what sent Anna out into the world to battle injustice.

To enter to win a copy of The Woman in the Camphor Trunk, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “trunk,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 18, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

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  1. This sounds fantastic! Thanks for this chance!

  2. What an excellent setting, I bet California was much different 100 years ago. I’d love to win a copy, thanks for the chance. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  3. I really like reading historical fiction and would like to read this book. Sounds like an interesting read.

  4. We have a winner!


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