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A Child Lost: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel Paperback – April 28, 2020
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“Michelle Cox‘s Henrietta and Inspector Howard series is a delightful mix of historical fiction and intrigue with a bit of saucy lovemaking tossed in. In A Child Lost, the fifth book, she adds spooky. Right away, we're swept into the story . . .”
― Book Trib
“Once again, Cox delivers the passion and intrigue of Henrietta and Clive with a story that leaps right off the page. A Child Lost is a true thrill . . .”
“...vivid descriptive prose and historical accuracy.”
“ A Child Lost is undoubtedly a novel that should not be missed―the story is genius, flawlessly written, and wildly entertaining! A thrilling five stars!”
―The Red Headed Book Lover Praise for A Girl Like You:
“Michelle Cox masterfully recreates 1930s Chicago, bringing to life its diverse neighborhoods and eclectic residents, as well as its seedy side. Henrietta and Inspector Howard are the best pair of sleuths I’ve come across in ages―Cox makes us care not just about the case, but about her characters. A fantastic start to what is sure to be a long-running series.”
―Tasha Alexander, New York Times best-selling author of The Adventuress
“Fans of spunky, historical heroines will love Henrietta Von Harmon.”
―Booklist starred review
“Flavored with 1930s slang and fashion, this first volume in what one hopes will be a long series is absorbing. Henrietta and Clive are a sexy, endearing, and downright fun pair of sleuths. Readers will not see the final twist coming.”
―Library Journal starred review
Praise for A Ring of Truth:
“An engaging and effective romp rich with historical details.”
“There’s a lot to love about the bloodhound couple at the center of this cozy mystery.”
“Set in the 1930s, this romantic mystery combines the teetering elegance of Downton Abbey and the staid traditions of Pride and Prejudice with a bit of spunk and determination that suggest Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs.”
“The second book of this mystery series is laced with fiery romance so delicious every reader will struggle to put it down. If you devoured Pride and Prejudice, this love story will get your heart beating just as fast.”
―Redbook, “20 Books By Women You Must Read This Spring”
“Henrietta and Inspector Howard make a charming odd couple in A Ring of Truth, mixing mystery and romance in a fizzy 1930s cocktail.”
―Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of Night Night, Sleep Tight
Praise for A Promise Given:
“Cox’s eye for historical detail remains sharp. . . . A pleasant, escapist diversion.”
“Series fans will cheer the beginning of Clive and Henrietta’s private investigation business in an entry with welcome echoes of Pride and Prejudice.”
“Enjoyable, escapist read with some truths to savor.”
―Historical Novel Society
“Fans of Henrietta and Inspector Howard will delight in Michelle Cox’s latest novel. Romantic and atmospheric, A Promise Given offers an intriguing glimpse in 1930’s Chicago, by weaving in authentic period details and exploring the social tensions of the day. The unlikely pairing of the Howards―two characters from very different worlds―provides a tender love story.”
―Susanna Calkins, award-winning author of the Lucy Campion Historical Mysteries
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2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Finalist in Series
“Entertaining . . . composed of large dollops of romance and a soupçon of mystery, this confection will appeal!"
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This is one of the series of books in "A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel" and although this can be read as a stand-alone, it would be better to read the other books in the sequence they were written. Henrietta's husband hoping to get his wife busy and out of a depression asks for a case to solve. The case they are given has to do with a woman, who claims she can read minds, and is psychic and can communicate with the dead. This woman has a complaint from a man that insists the woman stole jewelry from his wife.
Henrietta's sister Elsie comes to her with a problem involving a handsome man, Gunter and a little 4-year-old girl that Gunter has been watching out for. The little girl belongs to a friend of Gunter who came to Chicago to work, and Elsie and Gunter want to find the mother. The little girl can't stay with Gunter since he has to work.
Henrietta and Clive's search takes them to a creepy and frightening insane asylum, where strange things seem to be happening. Henrietta and Clive have a strange feeling that something is very wrong at this place.
This is a story with twists and turns, betrayals, danger, and strange occurrences. There are parts of this story that are very edgy and intense. There are also quirky people and intricate clues.
I appreciate that the author describes the difference in class, between wealth and poverty, the way that ill people were treated in the 1930s, and the importance of family, friendship, love, and hope. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking story and look forward to Michelle Cox's next adventure. (less)
One of my favorite detective duos, Henrietta and Clive Howard, hope to find distraction from their personal loss and grief while investigating a couple of cases. From their visits with a spiritualist to that of an insane asylum, they suspect there may be more than meets the eye.
I love Clive's devotion to Henrietta, as this newlywed couple forges through the valley of grief so early in their marriage. Cox beautifully portrays their relationship as they seek to strengthen each other, facing danger and grief head on. I love that the character arc of Clive, Henrietta and her sister, Elsie, develop throughout the series. While this is a mystery, it is also a story of family and the different dynamics shared by each. Ms. Cox cleverly inserts a teaser of a cliffhanger that will have readers eagerly awaiting the next of Henrietta and Clove's adventures.
The one strong point is that Elsie finally stands up for her self.
Hopefully the series gets back on track.