A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox (She Writes Press 2016) 278 pp., $16.95

A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox (She Writes Press 2016) 278 pp., $16.95

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Set in post-WWI Chicago, A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox, is a charming mystery. Told in the third person, we are brought into the world of Henrietta Von Harmon, the oldest daughter in a large, impoverished family, who is trying her best to help support them all – in spite of so many things: her father’s death, her mother’s depression and negativity, the strictures of the times’ poor job opportunities for women, the crime-infested workplace, and more. Yet Henrietta persists, abetted greatly by physical beauty and tenacity, and finds herself amidst a murder mystery, trying to help police inspector Howard get to the bottom of it. Their growing interest in each other proceeds with restraint (a concept sadly in disfavor of late), if not in fits and starts. Replete with intriguing plot twists, a gaggle of winsome siblings, a besotted neighbor, and gangsters who live up to their evil reputations, this novel is easy on the sensibilities. Named a Finalist at the 2016 Indie Next Generation Book Awards in Historical Fiction, it is well written and leaves the reader wondering what Inspector Howard and Miss Von Harmon will be up to in the next book in the series. Well done, Ms. Cox!

July 5th, 2016|Book Review|

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