A Girl Like You (Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series #1)

A Girl Like You (Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series #1)

by Michelle Cox


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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: 9781631520167
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 198,447
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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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A Girl Like You (Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Dizneyfreek 4 months ago
I tried to like this but after several chapters I gave up. Except for "Hen" the characters aren't real or likable. Hen wasn't real and was too wimpy to be real. (Thank goodness this was free)
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.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
I think that the research behind the story is exceptional, the characters are very well drawn (even the truly irritating), and the plot is different from the ordinary even though it lacked the urgency often found in many mysteries. The publisher's blurb is somewhat informative and there is no need for spoilers, but the writing is better than indicated, and that's what makes this worthwhile. I requested and received a free copy through AudioBookBOOM. I think that Jayne Entwistle was an excellent choice for narrator!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Henrietta, eldest of eight children, often feels the burden of trying to keep her family afloat after the death of her father. While her mother takes in mending and her younger sister does the same, most of the living expenses fall on Henrietta’s shoulders. Henrietta does not complain, though, as her assortment of jobs gets her out of the small home filled with children and misery. Her employers are kind folk and always willing to do what they can to help Hen, but times are difficult and the economy suffers. So, when her friend, Polly, announces that Hen really needs to apply for an usherette position at the Promenade, Henrietta is forced to lay aside good judgement in lieu of the extra money she can earn working at a job of which she knew her mother would not approve. All goes well until Mama Leone, the proprietor of the Promenade, is found dead, putting everyone under suspicion and the careful eye of detective inspector Clive Howard. With Howard on the case, Henrietta is alarmed when she realizes that this is much bigger than one dead woman. As the body count grows, so do Hen’s feelings for Clive Howard. Reminiscent of clandestine affairs with a Philip Marlowe vibe, A Girl Like You: A Henrietta And Inspector Howard novel by Michelle Cox, will transport the reader into that golden era of gumshoe romance. Cox’s use of literary detail brings scenes into full focus as the reader anxiously races through the pages of this deliciously written cloak and dagger affair. A delightful story.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the character of Henrietta. She's truly a girl with spunk - and nerve. The historical setting of 1935 Chicago was fun - and I had never heard of a "taxi dancer" - so that was all great fun. Great start to a new series. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book.
Holly More than 1 year ago
A Girl Like You is the very first book in the Henrietta & Inspector Howard series. It's 1930's Chicago and Henrietta is dealt with trying to provide for her large family after her father suicide himself. As Henrietta tries to find work, a new offer from a friend will drag her into the dark world of drugs, crime and prostitution. When Henrietta's friend Polly offers her to come work with her being a Taxi Dancer, she accepts and she meets a very handsome but mysterious man named Clive Howard. After a murder at work and everyone not saying what really happened that night, Clive takes Henrietta under his wing and want her to do undercover work at a theater that is known for shady deals. As Henrietta gets into this dark world and learning what is really going on, one night will change Henrietta and the truth about everything will come out. Everything will lead us to a wonderful surprise at the end and to set us up for what is to come for Henrietta and Clive!! For some reason I can be picky about books that are set in the 20's and 30's but I really like this book and I'm glad that BookSparks had it on their April Showers Blog Tour! I loved everything about this book and I can't help but wonder where this series is gonna go with the characters but you can bet that I'll be reading every single one of these books! For being a debut Author, Michelle knows how to write a book that keeps you wanting to know more about this world!! Thank You to Michelle Cox for having such a fantastic debut novel that I can't wait to see what is next for Henrietta and Clive!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I received this book from the BookSparks April Showers Blog Tour.
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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.