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.
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A Veil Removed
This is a 1935 exciting story of mobsters, extortion of one of the very wealthy families of Chicago, and the trials of young wealthy women coming of marriageable age.
The characters and the problems they encountered were very intertwined and disturbing. Henrietta and Clive’s love story, Elsie’s tragic attempts to live her own life instead of the one her grandfather molds for her, Clive’s father’s murder, Gunther’s quest amid his love for Elsie all combine to keep the novel interesting and exciting.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of the series.
Family drama Chicago based
This is a family drama story of a young lady of high birth raised working class due to the mismatch of her parents birth classes. This is resolved by her natural fathers death and the discovery of her mother’s lineage and the re-entry into her appropriate social class. She feels unnatural in this role and forces herself into compliance with the perceived female role of enforced servitude that was wife/ mother in the turn of the century when women were not permitted to own property or to have liberty other than as a child, wife or widow. She naturally rebels against this and chooses to go to a small Catholic women’s college near Loyola called St Mundelein. There the adventures begin. Good historic interest. The school was real, incorporated into a division of Loyola ultimately before WWII.
I found the book interesting from an historic perspective and because it was in Chicago, with which I am familiar.