A Promise Given
A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel
by Michelle Cox
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 24 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 17 Apr 2018
“Series fans will cheer the beginning of Clive and Henrietta’s private investigation business in an entry with welcome echoes of Pride and Prejudice.” ― Publishers Weekly
“The mix of sleuthing and aristocratic life pairs well with Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series.” ― Booklist
“A story full of family secrets, twisted plots, and a striking English setting, A Promise Given is the perfect novel for fans of Sherlock Holmes.” — Brit + Co.
This third book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series provides a delightful romp through the English countryside and back.
Anxious to be married, Henrietta and Clive push forward with their wedding plans despite their family differences, made worse now by Oldrich Exley’s attempts to control the Von Harmons. When the long-awaited wedding day arrives, there is more unfolding than just Clive and Henrietta’s vows of love. Stanley and Elsie’s relationship is sorely tested by the presence of the dashing Lieutenant Harrison Barnes-Smith and by Henrietta’s friend Rose—a situation that grows increasingly dark and confused as time goes on.
As Clive and Henrietta begin their honeymoon at Castle Linley, the Howards’ ancestral estate in England, they encounter a whole new host of characters, including the eccentric Lord and Lady Linley and Clive’s mysterious cousin, Wallace. When a man is murdered in the village on the night of a house party at the Castle, Wallace comes under suspicion—and Clive and Henrietta are reluctantly drawn into the case, despite Clive’s anxiety at involving his new bride and Henrietta’s distracting news from home.
Delicately attempting to work together for the first time, Clive and Henrietta set out to prove Wallace’s innocence, uncovering as they do so some rather shocking truths that will shake the Linley name and estate forever.
Past praise for the author:
A Girl Like You:
“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
A Ring of Truth:
“An engaging and effective romp rich with historical details.”
“There’s a lot to love about the bloodhound couple at the center of this cozy mystery.”
“Set in the 1930s, this romantic mystery combines the teetering elegance of Downton Abbey and the staid traditions of Pride and Prejudice with a bit of spunk and determination that suggest Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs.”
“The second book of this mystery series is laced with fiery romance so delicious every reader will struggle to put it down. If you devoured Pride and Prejudice, this love story will get your heart beating just as fast.”
―Redbook, “20 Books By Women You Must Read This Spring”
“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 best-selling author of Night Night, Sleep Tight
Average rating from 12 members
A Promise Given follows Clive and Henrietta through their impending nuptials and into their honeymoon. The third book in the series, A Promise Given does not require the reader to have read the previous books, giving plenty of background to understand that story line.
A period fiction, this well written book has plenty of angles and interconnected story lines all happening at the same time. Contrasting views of poverty and factory workers to the highest society in the Chicago area as well as abroad will keep all readers interested.
Interspersed in the drama is a healthy dose of sexuality, romance and mystery. Clive and Henrietta learn to depend on each other and come into their own. The story ends with a cliffhanger which will keep the reader interested in the next book.
A Promise Given promises to entertain you!
I am enjoying this series! I have read the other two books in this series and I couldn't wait to read this new book! I liked this book, but I did not feel it was as good as the other two. This one focused more on the romance and marriage of Henrietta and Inspector Howard. There was only a small mystery at the end. I hope this author goes back to more of the mystery storyline in the next story in this series. Good, but not great!