A Ring of Truth
A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel
by Michelle Cox
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2017 | Archive Date 03 Apr 2017
“Henrietta and Inspector Howard make a charming odd couple in A Ring of Truth, mixing mystery and romance in a fizzy 1930s cocktail.” ―Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author
“The crème de la crème of historical fiction,” ― Brit+Co
“Brimming with dark plot on every page, this unpredictable literary thrill ride will transport you to the heart of 1930s Chicago and the love story of a lifetime.” ― POPSUGAR
In this second book of the series, Henrietta and Clive delightfully rewrite Pride and Prejudice—with a hint of mystery!
Newly engaged, Clive and Henrietta now begin the difficult task of meeting each other’s family. “Difficult” because Clive has neglected to tell Henrietta that he is in fact the heir to the Howard estate and fortune, and Henrietta has just discovered that her mother has been hiding secrets about her past as well. When Clive brings Henrietta to the family estate to meet his parents, they are less than enthused about his impoverished intended. Left alone in this extravagant new world when Clive returns to the city, Henrietta finds herself more at home with the servants than his family, much to the disapproval of Mrs. Howard—and soon gets caught up in the disappearance of an elderly servant’s ring, not realizing that in doing so she has become part of a bigger, darker plot.
As Clive and Henrietta attempt to discover the truth in the two very different worlds unraveling around them, they both begin to wonder: Are they meant for each other after all?
“Michelle Cox masterfully recreates 1930s Chicago, bringing to life its diverse neighborhoods and eclectic residents, as well as its seedy side. Henrietta and Inspector Howard are the best pair of sleuths I’ve come across in ages―Cox makes us care not just about the case, but about her characters. A fantastic start to what is sure to be a long-running series.”
―Tasha Alexander, New York Times best-selling author of The Adventuress
“Fans of spunky, historical heroines will love Henrietta Von Harmon.”
―Booklist starred review
“Flavored with 1930s slang and fashion, this first volume in what one hopes will be a long series is absorbing. Henrietta and Clive are a sexy, endearing, and downright fun pair of sleuths. Readers will not see the final twist coming.”
―Library Journal starred review
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I loved this author's first book and was so excited to read this one. This book did not disappoint. It is a very well written and entertaining book. The characters are well developed and likable. The plot line was fun and interesting. All said this is a great read that I highly recommend.
Please read this book it is a great book, loved it can't wait to read more from this author
I would like to first and foremost thank the author for a clean romance. The main characters are very mindful of preserving sex for marriage. Things get a little heated a time or two, but there are no graphic descriptions, and Clive and Henrietta always remind themselves they want to wait until they are married. At one point, Clive even points out once that though they are engaged, he wants to take her to the marriage altar, unsullied even by him. I really appreciate someone willing to write characters this way, even when the book is set in a time period where it was becoming more acceptable to have affairs.
I did not read the first book in the series - although I certainly will now - but I did not feel lost here. I felt like the characters gave enough background to kind of fill in what happened, but not so much that it will spoil it to go back and read book one. Clearly there is also at least one more book to come, and I will absolutely be reading it.
Clive and Henrietta were very well-developed characters. I felt like their emotional struggles were real and not whiny. There love is written in a very deep and heartfelt way - not wishy-washy or superficial as romantic struggles are often wont to be.
I also loved the overall plot - I was blindsided along with the characters when they realized the trap that had been sprung. All along I thought the story was leading one direction, then out of nowhere, you realize why you had the sinking feeling some of these characters were trouble from the start. I loved the period society details, and the dialogue and clothing descriptions were historically accurate.
I had never read Michelle Cox before, but it's a name that will definitely grab my attention from here on.
I started this book and I liked it so much that I went back and purchased the first book in this series and read it first. Both books were very good. In this book, Clive and Henrietta are newly engaged. Henrietta (who comes from a poor family) has no idea that Clive comes from a very wealthy family. This is the story of how Henrietta learns to make it in Clive's world and become the lady of the house. Along the way, there is a mystery involving a ring as well as some secrets revealed about Henrietta's mother. I hope this series continues because I can't wait to find out what happens next with Henrietta and Inspector Howard!
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