“Downton Abbey meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries!”
“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.
Set in 1935, Cox's charming third novel featuring Henrietta Von Harmon and Clive Howard (after 2017's A Ring of Truth) takes the couple from Chicago, where they have just been married, to Castle Linley, the ancestral Howard home in England. Against a backdrop of financial troubles stemming from the Great Depression, a murder in a village near Castle Linley shocks everyone, especially when Det. Chief Insp. John Hartle suspects that Wallace Howard, Clive's secretive cousin, is the guilty party. While Henrietta is distracted by the unfamiliar trappings of aristocracy, former police inspector Clive, who's fond of his cousin, feels compelled to try to prove Wallace's innocence. One night, Clive and Henrietta follow Wallace and get a big surprise when they discover why he has been so secretive. Series fans will cheer the beginning of Clive and Henrietta's private investigation business in an entry with welcome echoes of Pride and Prejudice.