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A Veil Removed by Michelle Cox (Audiobook Review and Giveaway!)


A Veil Removed is the fourth book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. As expected, this was another great audiobook listen for me!

Book Details:

Book Title: A Veil Removed (The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series #4) by Michelle Cox
Narrated by: Jayne A Entwistle
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
Category: Adult Fiction 
Genre: Historical Mystery
Content Rating: R (Love scenes between husband and wife, explicit but tastefully written, some violence, religious expletives and a few f-words)


Book Description:

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.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

In May, I read the ebook copy of this book because I was enjoying the series and wanted to read all 5 books! So when it was released in audiobook format I wanted to revisit the story by listening to it. I already listened to the audiobooks of the first book A Girl Like You, the second book A Ring of Truth, and the third book A Promise Given, all of which I enjoyed as much as when I read them in print format. And I can say the same for this book too.

This fourth book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series takes on a different turn as it deals with the death of Clive's father upon the couple's return from their shortened honeymoon. It also delves more closely into Elsie's life, as she struggles to find her own way, now that her grandfather is determined to marry her off to any wealthy bachelor who will have her after her scandal with the Lieutenant.

Once again, I immensely enjoyed yet another book starring the dynamic duo of Clive and Henrietta. In this book, their roles as husband and wife solidify as they return to Highbury and settle into married life. Clive must now take over his father's company. As he begins to go through his father's things, his detective antenna signals foul play and murder. Henrietta wants very much to be involved in helping him, and they finally face-off with past enemies.

Surprising is how Elsie's story takes off in this book. Through her, the reader gets a taste of what was expected of young women from wealthy families with domineering men at the helm. Elsie gets a chance to study in a women's college and she finds her calling, but she must fight her own lack of self-confidence. I enjoyed her story very much (and it did take a big chunk of the book) so I was somewhat disappointed that her story ended on a cliffhanger.

Apart from this, the author's writing is excellent with superb storytelling and great character building. As in all her other books, the author includes references to past events and gives the backstory from the previous books so they were fresh in my mind and added to my enjoyment of the series. I'm totally invested in this series, in the world of Henrietta, Clive, and their respective families. I feel like these novels could be turned into a TV miniseries. I guess that's why I'm loving the audiobooks so much.

Jayne Entwistle continues to be the narrator and, even after 4 books, she continues to impress me. I enjoyed revisiting Elsie and Gunther's story through Entwistle's narration with her ability to take on any accent, in this case a German one for Gunther. She continues to bring the story and characters to life with her well done impressions. I'm so glad she's narrating the whole series, since I'm now used to her voice for these characters.

The Henrietta and Inspector Howard series is an engaging look at 1935 Chicago, a blend of noir-like detective stories that explores social classes and feminism with a cast of memorable characters. I'm loving this series!

I'm now listening to A Child Lost which is the fifth book that's recently been released. Watch out for my review next week.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as "Novel Notes of Local Lore," a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago's forgotten residents. She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there. Coincidentally, her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others, so she might be on to something. Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn't have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade.

Connect with the Author: website ~ facebook ~twitter ~ instagram ~ goodreads


ABOUT THE NARRATOR:


Jayne Entwistle is an award-winning audiobook narrator known most notably for her narration of the Flavia De Luce series by Alan Bradley. She received the prestigious Odyssey Award for The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and the Odyssey Honor Award for The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry. In addition to several Earphones Awards, AudioFile magazine has included her narration on their list of Best Audiobooks of the Year. When not immersed in fabulous books, Jayne can be found on-screen in television shows such as The Good Place, Feud: Bette and Joan, You're the Worst, and Maron. Originally from the North of England, Jayne currently lives in Los Angeles.





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8 comments :

  1. Sounds like a series I would definitely enjoy. I love historical mysteries but I think 1930s Chicago might be a new setting for me.

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  2. the 30s in chicago...i think i would really like this. the cover for a child lost looks very familiar to me. probably saw it here, but i'll be checking my kindle
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  3. Love your review, Laura! You obviously understand the series so well, and I appreciate all of your comments. As for it being a mini-series - I wish! Many readers have written to tell me this, so much so that I'm trying my best to get in front of the powers that be. Meanwhile, we have Jayne Entwistle to help bring all the characters to life! Thrilled that you're enjoying the series! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Michelle! Please continue to write great books. ;-)

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  4. I love historical fiction and mysteries. This fits the bill on several fronts. Thanks for the review.

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