Michelle Cox – A Promise Given

This third book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series ...

I love historical mysteries -- I love to be taken back into time and learn something about an era that puts history into perspective. And no one does it better than Michelle Cox. Her  latest novel A Promise Given offers an intriguing glimpse into 1930s. With wit and charm she weaves in authentic period details and brings us the  a love story that finds us happy to find Clive and Henrietta about to begin their honeymoon at Castle Linley, the Howards’ ancestral estate in England. As always, Michelle brings us a wonderful collection of interesting characters -- like the eccentric Lord and Lady Linley and Clive’s mysterious cousin, Wallace.

Of course, it wouldn't be fun without a body. When a man is murdered in the village on the night of a house party at the Castle, Wallace comes under suspicion—and Clive and Henrietta are reluctantly drawn into the case, despite Clive’s anxiety at involving his new bride and Henrietta’s distracting news from home.

This series is really delightful -- a period piece that takes us back in time with enough mystery to keep us turning the pages.  The heroine is Henrietta Von Harmon, whose father has killed himself because of the Great Depression. In the first of the series, A Girl Like You, Henrietta takes a job as a taxi-dancer to help support her younger brothers and sisters -- seven of them! It is quite a responsibility for a young woman. When she gets involved in a murder, Inspector Howard turns up and asks for her help.


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