Category: Adult Fiction (18+)
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: She Writes Press
Release dates: April 2020
Content Rating: R: My book is rated R for 2 sex scenes
that are somewhat explicit but which are tastefully done. There is
periodic swearing (not excessive), but no violence.
A spiritualist, an insane asylum, a lost little girl . . .
When Clive, anxious to distract a depressed Henrietta, begs Sergeant
Frank Davis for a case, he is assigned to investigating a seemingly
boring affair: a spiritualist woman operating in an abandoned
schoolhouse on the edge of town who is suspected of robbing people of
their valuables. What begins as an open and shut case becomes more
complicated, however, when Henrietta―much to Clive’s dismay―begins to
believe the spiritualist’s strange ramblings.
Meanwhile, Elsie begs Clive and Henrietta to help her and the object of
her budding love, Gunther, locate the whereabouts of one Liesel
Klinkhammer, the German woman Gunther has traveled to America to find
and the mother of the little girl, Anna, whom he has brought along with
him. The search leads them to Dunning Asylum, where they discover some
terrible truths about Liesel. When the child, Anna, is herself
mistakenly admitted to the asylum after an epileptic fit, Clive and
Henrietta return to Dunning to retrieve her. This time, however,
Henrietta begins to suspect that something darker may be happening. When
Clive doesn’t believe her, she decides to take matters into her own
hands . . . with horrifying results.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
A Child Lost by Michelle Cox, is the fifth installment in her thrilling detective series featuring the Henrietta and inspector Howard Series.
Chicago, Illinois 1930s Inspector Howard and Henrietta are recent newlyweds, but they have already faced a slew of challenges, a miscarriage, along with family mishaps. Clive is determined to help his wife pull out of spiraling downward turn into the abyss depression takes on a new case to solve. Things become more than what the couple anticipated.
There is a dramatic cast of characters that are incredible fleshed out. The authors ability to grab the reader attention and as the story progresses, Richly descriptive details makes for superb atmospheric imagery. Seamless narration flows perfectly as the mysteries twist and unfold.
A stunning historical mystery, with suspense and tension here that kept me turning the pages. The exquisite writing captivated me, pulling me deep into this thrill ride of a book.
“A Child Lost,” was my first read in Michelle Cox, thrilling mystery series.
After reading it, immediately purchased the other books within the series.
Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly
blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. She suspects she may
have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time
machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of
getting herself back there. Coincidentally, her books have been praised
by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others,
so she might be on to something. Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards
board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly,
addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade.Connect with the Author:
website ~ facebook ~twitter ~ instagram ~ goodreads
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