Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for A Child Lost by Michelle Cox. Thank you to iRead Book Tours for my spot.
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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A Child Lost is a captivating and intense, mystery/suspense. Set in the 30s in Chicago, it also has a bit of Historical Fiction interlaced, which I found intriguing. This is part of the series, A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel and can be read as a standalone, however, I’d like to read the others.
Michelle Cox has a real talent for writing characters. I was absolutely engaged with these characters. They felt real and relatable. I enjoy a story that can be fueled by well-writren characters.
This story is full of twists and turns. I was sucked in from beginning to end. There are loads of betrayls, danger, and quirks that kept me guessing.
I very much enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more from this author. Check it out.
*I recieved a free copy of this book from iRead Book Tours as part of the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
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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Prizes: $100 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of Michelle Cox, author of A CHILD LOST (ends May 18)
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