Title: A Child Lost
Published by: She Writes Press
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
A Child Lost
(Henrietta and Inspector Howard #5)
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.
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Praise for A Child Lost
"Michelle Cox’s delightful storytelling has a bewitching charm that will keep readers glued to their seats with a perfect blend of absorbing historical facts, intriguing mystery, and thrilling romance."
"…vivid descriptive prose and historical accuracy"
"Michelle Cox has created an authentic and fascinating world in Chicago between the world wars. It is evident that the period and the city have been meticulously researched...excellent writing and characters."
"There are several different plots progressing within the story, and they wonderfully weave themselves through and around each other. Through the variety of stories, readers get a taste of the paranormal, mystery, crimes old and new, and plenty of passion. In addition to the exceptionally well-edited text, what is also done exceptionally well is characterization."
"There is not a dull moment in this book. Cox's characters are so well portrayed in their physical traits, their manner of speech, their actions, their personalities as well as through their dilemmas and moments of joy. Cox sure knows how to create characters that are memorable and distinct."
"A Child Lost is undoubtedly a novel that should not be missed—the story is genius, flawlessly written, and wildly entertaining! A thrilling five stars!"
"Once again, Cox delivers the passion and intrigue of Henrietta and Clive with a story that leaps right off the page. A Child Lost is a true thrill…"
"Having already won myriad awards for her novels, this book is, in my opinion, the author’s best written yet. The action/suspense at the end of A Child Lost sizzles, and Ms. Cox’s ability to capture love in many of its varied, authentic forms is mesmerizing. Cox has knocked it totally out of the park."
"Michelle Cox‘s Henrietta and Inspector Howard series is a delightful mix of historical fiction and intrigue with a bit of saucy lovemaking tossed in. In A CHILD LOST, the fifth book, she adds spooky. Right away, we’re swept into the story . . ."
"Michelle Cox writes masterfully in bringing to life in vivid detail a well-researched historical fiction story. The characters’ depth and complexity is beautifully written…this is a truly enjoyable and addicting series."