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 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)
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.
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.
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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