A Girl Like You: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel

A Girl Like You: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel

by Michelle Cox

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A Girl Like You: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel by Michelle Cox

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631520174
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 59,338
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Michelle Cox holds a B.A. in English literature from Mundelein College, Chicago, and is the author of the award-winning A Girl Like You, the first in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. She is known for her wildly popular blog, “How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps -A Practical Guide” as well as her charming “Novel Notes of Local Lore” - a blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Michelle lives with her husband and three children in the Chicago suburbs.

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A Girl Like You: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review will be a bit sparse but I don’t see the need like half of the reviewers here, to retell the entire story, which at that point, why even buy the book. First, I cannot stand traditional romance novels but this doesn’t really fall in that category. As everyone can see by the description it is a period piece set in 1930‘s Chicago; part mystery, part romantic tension. The first chapter of any book is the deciding factor of whether I will continue reading the book and it passed that part easily. The characters are very well written, the likable and the not. I liked how it was a slow build up into the more suspenseful aspects because the characters became real, memorable and easy to identify with. I made it about a 1/4 of the way through till I had to go back to the real world but when I had time, I burned through the book in a few hours; I kept wanting see what was going to happen next, chapter to chapter. I haven’t read the second book yet but generally the ending of this book would be a sequel killer so, I am highly interested to see how the author turns an ending of sorts, into a new interesting beginning. Just bought the second so obviously I was enthralled with the first.
Tyler_TichelaarTT More than 1 year ago
In Michelle’s Cox’s debut novel A Girl Like You, teenage Henrietta Von Harmon enters the workforce in 1930s Chicago. Soon after, when her boss is murdered, she will find herself working undercover for the police to solve crimes. I instantly fell in love with Henrietta because of her innocence and sweet nature but also because of her willingness to help support her family and for her strength of character in difficult situations. Henrietta’s father lost his job like so many others during the Great Depression, and unable to cope with the situation, he committed suicide. Henrietta’s mother was left to support her young children, but Henrietta, as the oldest, knew she had to help out, so she got a job at fifteen cleaning up at a bar. Now, a couple of years later, realizing how badly her family needs the money, she decides to get a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall. A taxi dancer is a woman men pay to dance with, and it’s not a pleasant job. The men can be unsavory and Henrietta’s boss, Mama Leone, is brusque and, despite her claims, doesn’t mind if the girls have a little hanky-panky on the side. Occasionally, there is a handsome man to dance with, but the one Henrietta likes the most asks too many questions. As if things couldn’t get worse for Henrietta, one morning Mama Leone is found murdered. Henrietta is soon being questioned by a police inspector—yes, the man who had danced with her and asked so many questions. He turns out to be Inspector Clive Howard. Henrietta is worried because she knows her mother won’t approve of her working in a dance hall. Her mother thinks she got a job working for the electric company. Inspector Howard promises to keep Henrietta’s secret, but he also wants her to help him. He talks her into getting a job as an usherette at the Marlowe, a theatre where he has reason to think criminal activities are being conducted. Henrietta is unsure she wants the job, even though he offers to pay her double what she was earning at the dance hall. When she tells her friend Polly she is going to work at the Marlowe, Polly warns her not to because her sister Libby worked there and disappeared and no one knows what became of her. Henrietta is only the more determined then, wanting to help her friend find out what became of her sister. Throughout the novel, I admired Henrietta’s spunk. During the Great Depression, people learned how to be tough, and Henrietta doesn’t give working to help her family a second thought. She is selfless and does whatever is necessary while still holding onto her innocence. I was impressed by her courage to go undercover and put herself in dangerous situations to help others. And before the novel is over, there is plenty of danger for her. But Henrietta also has another reason for placing herself in danger, though it isn’t really clear to her at first—she finds Inspector Howard attractive. And as the story goes along, we learn that Inspector Howard has his own secrets, and that he is also developing an attraction for Henrietta. For a debut novel, A Girl Like You reads very smoothly and has well-developed characters. I’m not at all surprised that it recently won the Best Historical Fiction Award in the Reader Views 2016-2017 Literary Awards. Cox makes all her characters come to life as individuals, including the girls at the dance hall, as well as Henrietta’s siblings and mother, and one of my favorite characters, Stanley, the neighborhood boy who has a crush on Henrietta.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (1/17) “A Girl Like You” by Michelle Cox takes readers on a journey into the life of Henrietta Von Harmon, during the turbulent times of the 1930s. Born and raised in Chicago, Henrietta finds herself the soul breadwinner of her family, which includes seven siblings and a mother who is hateful and depressed. When Henrietta was 10-years-old, her father committed suicide which surprised everyone and no one could say exactly why it happened. Given the depressed economic times, many said it was due to the loss of his job, but Henrietta felt her mother’s behavior toward him had something to do with it. Desperate for money, Henrietta asks a close family friend for a job cleaning at a somewhat nice, but shady establishment that allows illegal gambling. The owner decides to give her a break and hires her. She is a hard worker, friendly, and moves up quickly in her job to a twenty-six girl. Twenty-six girls make more money and get a percentage of the house profits and Henrietta is willing to put up with what she has to for the extra income. As with most girls her age during that time, Henrietta has been hired for and fired from many jobs as she is not willing to compromise her values. Her boss supports her in this, but due to the cops raiding his business, she must find another job. With the help of a friend, she finds a job at the Promenade as a taxi dancer. Taxi dancers dance with men for money and Henrietta finds herself having to fend off obnoxious men. During one evening, she meets a very nice, handsome man named Clive, who seems to be asking a lot of questions about her job and Madam Leone and what goes on there. After work one night, Madam Leone is murdered and although shaken, Henrietta is once again looking for a job. Clive turns out to be an Inspector and wants Henrietta to help him in solving a case at the Marlowe, where she would be an usherette in another seedy establishment. It seems that many of the women who have worked there have disappeared under unusual circumstances. Henrietta partners with Inspector Howard and he ensures her he will protect her at all costs. Little does she know that he can’t be everywhere all the time and she finds herself in a very dangerous situation. Cox does an excellent job in her description of the era of the 1930s. Her characters are well developed and introduced in a timely manner. “A Girl Like You” by Michelle Cox is very intriguing, well written, and the plot very entertaining. Readers will be drawn into the sights, smells, and seedy side of Chicago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have an impossibly beautiful Girl who works various jobs to help with her widowed mother and seven siblings in an Irish family in Chicago . Her jobs include being a 26 girl ,a dime a dance girl and an usheret in a scary dance hall where girls havegonemissing. Entertaining and amusing with wiffs of Chicago 's Underworld.