A Promise Given
“A story full of family secrets, twisted plots, and a striking English setting, A Promise Given is the perfect novel for fans of Sherlock Holmes.” ―Brit + Co.
This third book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series provides a delightful romp through the English countryside and back.
Anxious to be married, Henrietta and Clive push forward with their wedding plans despite their family differences, made worse now by Oldrich Exley’s attempts to control the Von Harmons. When the long-awaited wedding day arrives, there is more unfolding than just Clive and Henrietta’s vows of love. Stanley and Elsie’s relationship is sorely tested by the presence of the dashing Lieutenant Harrison Barnes-Smith and by Henrietta’s friend Rose―a situation that grows increasingly dark and confused as time goes on.
As Clive and Henrietta begin their honeymoon at Castle Linley, the Howards’ ancestral estate in England, they encounter a whole new host of characters, including the eccentric Lord and Lady Linley and Clive’s mysterious cousin, Wallace. 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.
Delicately attempting to work together for the first time, Clive and Henrietta set out to prove Wallace’s innocence, uncovering as they do so some rather shocking truths that will shake the Linley name and estate forever.
2021 IPPY Awards Gold Winner in Fiction Book Series
2018 Chanticleer Awards Grand Prize Winner in Mystery and Mayhem, First Place Winner in Romance (Chatelaine), and Finalist in Historical Fiction (Goethe)
2019 IBPA Ben Franklin Award Silver Winner in Romance
2019 Indie Excellence Awards Winner in Cross Genre
2019 Independent Press Award Winner in Romantic Suspense
2019 International Book Awards Finalist in Cross Genre
2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Best Series and Romance
2018 Best Book Awards Finalist in Romance and Cross-Genre
2019 Pulpwood Queens Bonus Book Selection
“Series fans will cheer the beginning of Clive and Henrietta’s private investigation business in an entry with welcome echoes of Pride and Prejudice.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The mix of sleuthing and aristocratic life pairs well with Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series.” ―Booklist
“Cox’s eye for historical detail remains sharp… A pleasant, escapist diversion.” ―Kirkus
“A well-paced romantic mystery that sizzles with love and suspense. This third novel in the Inspector & Henrietta series will have readers begging for more! Highly recommended.” ―Chanticleer Reviews
“The writing is gorgeous and reflects the cultural and historical setting. Cox’s novel is filled with deeply moving passages and emotionally charged scenes. The characters are as sophisticated as they are relatable and the plot is designed to make for the perfect page-turner.” ―Readers Favorite
“Cox is a talented wordsmith who knows how to flawlessly write crime and mystery. She knows to capture her reader’s attention and entertain them from beginning to end.” ―Red Headed Book Lover
“Many of the book’s scenes could easily read like a Jane Austin novel, as Cox possesses that distinct ability to plant a reader directly into a specific room or landscape. The two partners, Henrietta and Clive, make a perfect sleuthing team that left me wanting more.” ―Reader Views
“What Cox captures so perfectly in Henrietta’s character is what a marriage would have been like at this time for an independent woman. We ride this rollercoaster of nerve and doubt up to the anticipated wedding night and fall even more deeply in love with Clive right along with Henrietta. The passion that is plastered all over the pages of A Promise Given is truly remarkable and a testament to the world that Cox has been able to create.” ―Paperback Paris
“A Promise Given is a well-told story which…had me immersed and wanting more. Well done!” ―Windy City Reviews
“Romantic and atmospheric, A Promise Given offers an intriguing glimpse into 1930s 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
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.
Self-published with She Writes Press