“Downton Abbey meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries!”
“Henrietta and Clive are a sexy, endearing, and downright fun pair of sleuths. Readers will not see the final twist coming.”―Library Journal, starred review
“Fans of spunky, historical heroines will love Henrietta Von Harmon.”―Booklist, starred review
“Henrietta and Inspector Howard are the best pair of sleuths I’ve come across in ages. A fantastic start to what is sure to be a long running series.” ―Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author
Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago’s northwest side. It’s 1935, but things still aren’t looking up since the big crash and her father’s subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings.
Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall―and just when she’s beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead. When aloof Inspector Clive Howard appears on the scene, Henrietta agrees to go undercover for him―and is plunged into Chicago’s grittier underworld.
Meanwhile, she’s still busy playing mother hen to her younger siblings, as well as to pesky neighborhood boy Stanley, who believes himself in love with her and keeps popping up in the most unlikely places, determined to keep Henrietta safe―even from the Inspector, if need be. Despite his efforts, however, and his penchant for messing up the Inspector’s investigation, the lovely Henrietta and the impenetrable Inspector find themselves drawn to each other in most unsuitable ways.
2017 IPPY Awards: Gold Mystery Winner 2016 Readers Favorite: Gold Mystery Winner 2016 Foreword Indies: Gold Mystery Winner 2016 Foreword Indies: Romance Finalist 2016 Shelf Unbound: Top 100 Notable Indie 2016 Chanticleer Awards: Mystery and Mayhem 1st place Winner 2016 USA Best Book Awards: Fiction Romance Finalist 2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards: Regional Fiction Winner - Midwest 2016 Next Generation Indies: Romance Finalist 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Finalist in Series 2016 Reader Views: Historical Fiction Winner; Regional Winner – Great Lakes; Tyler Tichelaar Award