Murder is never far from this sexy couple . . . even during the holidays!
Their honeymoon abruptly ended by the untimely death of Alcott Howard, Clive and Henrietta return to Highbury, where Clive discovers all is not as it should be. Increasingly convinced that his father’s death was not an accident, Clive launches his own investigation, despite his mother’s belief that he has become “mentally disturbed” with grief. Henrietta eventually joins forces with Clive on their first real case, which becomes darker—and deadlier—than they imagined as they get closer to the truth behind Alcott’s troubled affairs.
Meanwhile, Henrietta’s sister, Elsie, begins, at Henrietta’s orchestration, to take classes at a women’s college—an attempt to evade her troubles and prevent any further romantic temptations. When she meets a bookish German custodian at the school, however, he challenges her to think for herself . . . even as she discovers some shocking secrets about his past life.
Early in Cox's entertaining fourth novel set in the 1930s (after 2018's A Promise Given), Henrietta Von Harmon and her English husband, former police inspector Clive Howard, cut short their honeymoon abroad and return home to Chicago after learning that Clive's father, Alcott, is dead, having slipped off a snowy platform in front of an oncoming train. Clive is not convinced it was an accident, and he and Henrietta investigate. In the process, they learn some secrets about Alcott, who was being blackmailed by gangsters. Clive is also faced with the unwanted duty of taking over the family business. Meanwhile, Elsie, Henrietta's sister, has fallen for an unworthy cad. In order to spare the young woman social embarrassment, Henrietta enrolls her at a women's college. Elsie swears off love and men. But how long will that last? Readers should be prepared for some explicit sex scenes. Composed of large dollops of romance and a soup on of mystery, this confection will appeal more to romance fans than to mystery buffs.