A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel
by Michelle Cox
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Just released: April 19, 2016
Publisher: She Writes Press
Genre: Historical, 1930s, Mystery
Paperback: 218 pages
The Henrietta and Inspector Howard series:
A Girl Like You
book 2 -tba
Henrietta stole another look at her compact before she snapped it shut and hurried out from behind the bar.
Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago's northwest side. It's 1935, but things still aren't looking up since the big crash and her father's subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings.
Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall and just when she's beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead. When aloof Inspector Clive Howard appears on the scene, Henrietta agrees to go undercover for him and is plunged into Chicago's grittier underworld. Meanwhile, she's still busy playing mother hen to her younger siblings, as well as to pesky neighborhood boy Stanley, who believes himself in love with her and keeps popping up in the most unlikely places, determined to keep Henrietta safe even from the Inspector, if need be.
Despite his efforts, however, and his penchant for messing up the Inspector's investigation, the lovely Henrietta and the impenetrable Inspector find themselves drawn to each other in most unsuitable ways."
I loved how this story transported me back into the 1930s by way of a mystery told by the perspective of a spunky gal who finds herself part of a murder investigation.
The descriptions of the times and settings pulled me in. I got an understanding of the lives of taxi dancers and burlesque club workers.
The main character, Henrietta, was engaging to follow along with her interactions with family members and others characters she encountered.
Also, loved the start of a friendship and working partnership between Henrietta and Inspector Howard. There is also a nice light touch of romance in the background.
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