As a child, Blanche White was taunted by her black classmates as "Tar Baby," and so she sets out less than enthusiastically for Amber Cove, a posh Maine resort filled with light-skinned blacks. The trip will get her out of Boston, however ("the most racist city in which she'd ever lived"), and give her a chance to see if her niece and nephew, who are spending the summer there, are picking up "hincty ideas" from what her friend Ardell calls "Caucasian-ettes." Despite an initially frosty reception at Amber Cove Inn, Blanche quickly makes friends with Mattie Harris, an "arrogant old girl"; catches the eye of Robert Stuart, a handsome pharmacist from the nearby town; and picks up the latest news--that Faith Brown, who routinely dug up and revealed dirt on others, was accidentally electrocuted while bathing. When a cove resident commits suicide, leaving behind a note implicating himself in Faith's death, Mattie decides that she and Blanche must get to the bottom of things. Blanche continues to appeal in her so-what-if-I've-got-an-attitude way, but while her first outing, Blanche on the Lam , was a mystery with a bit of message, this one is a message with a bit of mystery.
Back cover: "A deftly written debut. Neely's first novel pays heartfelt tribute to the community and culture of a working-class African-American woman." -- Publishers Weekly
"An intriguing story about a feisty, funny black woman who keeps her dignity and self-worth alive while working for strange white people." -- Christian Science Monitor
Mystery Noval, 2nd in the posted series-See also, \"Blanche on the Lam\" and \"Blanche Cleans Up.\"
When Blanche White--domestic worker extraordinaire turned accidental sleuth, managed to get her kids into a private school, she jumps at the opportunity to move to Amber Cove, an exclusive resort in Maine, to be near her children. The godson of a famous feminist commits suicide and another one of the guests has a fatal encounter with a radio while taking a bath. Blanche is enlisted to find out if these events are connected. She discovers a web of secrets that someone maybe willing to kill for and a man determined to sweep her off her feet.
Blanche's vacation at an exclusive all-Black resort town is interrupted by murder.