A Veil Removed
Murder is never far from this sexy couple...even during the holidays!
Their honeymoon abruptly ended by the untimely death of Alcott Howard, Clive and Henrietta return to Highbury, where Clive discovers all is not as it should be. Increasingly convinced that his father’s death was not an accident, Clive launches his own investigation, despite his mother’s belief that he has become “mentally disturbed” with grief. Henrietta eventually joins forces with Clive on their first real case, which becomes darker—and deadlier—than they imagined as they get closer to the truth behind Alcott’s troubled affairs.
Meanwhile, Henrietta’s sister, Elsie, begins, at Henrietta’s orchestration, to take classes at a women’s college—an attempt to evade her troubles and prevent any further romantic temptations. When she meets a bookish German custodian at the school, however, he challenges her to think for herself...even as she discovers some shocking secrets about his past life.
2021 IPPY Awards Gold Winner in Fiction Book Series
2019 Chanticleer Awards First Place Winner in Mystery and Mayhem and Romance (Chatelaine)
2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Winner in Mystery and Thriller
2020 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner in Regional Fiction – Midwest, Finalist in Cross Genre, and Finalist in Mystery
2019 Readers' Favorite Awards Honorable Mention in Historical Mystery
2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Romance and Best Series
2020 Illinois Women's Press Association Awards First Place Winner in Fiction
2019 Shelf Unbound Top 100 Notable Indie
2020 Pulpwood Queen Bonus Book Selection
“Another triumph in a gorgeously romantic, but also seriously compelling mystery series.” —Readers' Favorite
“Entertaining.... Composed of large dollops of romance and a soupcon of mystery, this confection will appeal.” —Publishers Weekly
“Cox draws textured visuals of a 1930s Chicago mansion replete with cherrywood drink carts, embroidered goose down pillows, brand new wireless radios, Worth gowns, Rothschild coats, and the music of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. It puts us back in the romantically turbulent 1930s Chicago. This engaging story charms us.” ―BookTrib
“One only has to watch Michelle Cox’s rapid and ongoing rise to the national literary stage to realize her skills and talents.” ―Carolyn Breckinridge, author of Kaleidoscope Jane
“In this fourth novel of the series, murder, mystery, delicious romance, adventurous romp, and lush writing are all here, with an added depth and poignancy as the series’ beloved characters struggle to come to terms with the real meaning of love, loyalty and self-determination.” ―Barbara Stark Nemon, author of Hard Cider
“The writing is excellent with superb storytelling and great character building. I'm totally invested in this series, in the world of Henrietta, Clive, and their respective families. I feel like these novels could be turned into a TV miniseries.” ―Library of Clean Reads
Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and 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.
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