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A Veil Removed

(Henrietta and Inspector Howard #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  554 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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 h
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by She Writes Press
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Debra Slonek
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I loved the setting of this book...Chicago in the 1930’s with all of its glory, crime and social norms of the day. Follow the mystery as a possible crime is solved, while enjoying a romance or two. And, add to the pot some dysfunctional family members. This is quite the recipe for an enjoyable book!

Clive and Henrietta are a romantic and appealing couple, who just seem to be made for one another. They also compliment each other while solving a troubling, and even dangerous case. As a newly marrie
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The prior novel took a little bit of a downslide for me. Yet, this book picked me up again. I just love Clive and Henrietta. They have grown stronger with each book and work very well together. Not just because they are married but because of how they work a case. Clive is more of the level headed one whereas; Henrietta uses her instincts. Together they are ying and yang.

Additionally, what I liked about this book is the fact that I felt like I got to know Clive better. I got a good glimpse into
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, sent-by-author
3.5 stars
I was sent this by the author Michelle Cox, for an honest review.
This was my first novel by the author. Although it was fourth in the series, the author did a decent job of getting this reader up to speed. Yes there were a few incidences/ references that did not make sense to me, but it didn't impact or take away from the mystery. Cox left the ending open-ended, left this reader wanting more. So I guess I'm in it for the next round. (I may have to read the first three to catch up on all
Carolyn Breckinridge
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One only has to research author Michelle Cox's rapid and ongoing rise to the national literary stage to realize her skills and talents. After having read the first three of this series (which I recommend because this is a progressive work), I became an ARC reader of her fourth, 'A Veil Removed,' due out this April. Michelle writes in the historical setting of 1930's Chicago, and her books include both mystery and romance. 'A Veil Removed' continues to follow the union of two families from very d ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read in this series, and I enjoyed it. Henrietta and Clive return from their honeymoon only to have to burry his father. Although Clive does not seem to think it was just an accident, but that there was foul play that caused his father's death. He just cannot seem to let it go, so he decides to do his own investigation. Meanwhile Henrietta is trying to get her sister on the straight and narrow, as she was almost taken advantage of by a lowly known man. So Elsie, is ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
The first I've read in this series, but it's the fourth written. Doesn't exactly stand on its own-- it took me a couple chapters to get clear on who was who and how they were related to each other; events in earlier books were referenced, but you could get the picture of what had happened to the extent I wouldn't go back to read the first three. This was really two stories. One was about Henrietta and her new husband, Clive, a former police detective taking over his father's business in 1930's C ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When A Promise Given left off Henrietta and Inspector Howard(Clive) had just been married and were heading off to England to celebrate their honeymoon where of course they bumped up against a mystery because that is what happens to them. With this latest volume we find them trying to get back home as quickly as possible because Clive’s father has died. It’s been called an accident but something doesn’t ring right about that for Clive.

What he doesn’t know is that his father had been keeping thing
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This the fourth book in the Henrietta & Inspector Howard Series. I have not read any of the previous novels in the series, but it did not hamper my enjoyment of this book. There is enough backstory provided so you won’t feel lost.

Within this novel there are two stories connected through the relationship of Henrietta and her sister Elsie. I really enjoyed seeing 1930’s Chicago through the eyes of these two women. One story involves the recovery from a disastrous love affair and death.

The relati
Debi Lantzer Stout
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 14andbeyond
Rating 4.5 Stars!

If you read my blog, you've been following along with the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series written by Michelle Cox books, the first of which was A Girl Like You.  Then, the second book in this series was A Ring of Truth, and the third book in the series was A Promise Given.

Today's book is A Veil Removed, which is the fourth book in this series. Honestly, I just love Henrietta and Clive. I feel like they've grown stronger with each book and they do work very well together. 
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's my own fault that I started this series on book 4. Coming in so late meant that many of the elements from previous stories were spoilt and from time to time, I did get a little lost as to the motivation of the characters. That being said...

The setting of A Veil Removed was breath-taking. There must be very few people who would refuse a peek at the life of a wealthy family in the 1930s. Add to that the amazing architecture that was happening at the time, especially in Chicago, and you have a
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC from the author. I was immediately engrossed in the lives of the characters. I have not read the first three in this series, but will need to do so soon as I found this a fantastic read. Set in 1930's Chicago the main characters are likeable and believable. I want to know more of the backstory as told in the first three books.
Their honeymoon abruptly ended by the untimely death of Alcott Howard, Clive and Henrietta return to Highbury, where Clive discovers all is n
Linda Smith
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Their honeymoon is cut short due to a death in the family. Things don't bode well for Inspector Clive Howard and his bride, Henrietta. Clive becomes increasingly suspicious that his father's death was no mere accident but something more heinous - murder. An investigation is launched to see if his hunch is correct. This is the first real case that Clive and Henrietta undertake together. Go, Team Howard!
Michelle Cox has written a novel that drops with atmosphere, seems almost like an old fashione
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Cox writes books that you can lose yourself in and forget that a world outside the novel exists. This was number 4 in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. I've read the first three and enjoyed them all. This one was even better if that is possible. I love the way the author seamlessly ties in the previous novels as the story unfolds. There's mystery, action and romance in just the right proportions. The characters are so real the reader could be forgiven for the feeling that they ...more
Amy S.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Cox created another page turner with the fourth book in her fabulous series. Her characters continue to become more complex and engaging. The plot line lines interweave resulting in higher stakes, suspense and romance. Henrietta shares the limelight with her sister Elsie who explores the possibility of following a new path. Henrietta is maturing into her role as a very wealthy wife of Inspector Howard. There’s plenty of tension and sweet romance with the dangerous backdrop of Chicago’s ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is a wonderful blend of romance, family life, mystery and history! I happily spent more than half of my reading time over the past few weeks immersed in the mid-1930s and in the lives of Henrietta & Clive and their families! I started with the first book in this series, "A Girl Like You", which had been waiting for me on my kindle for months, and got hooked right away by the series' lively heroine with a heart of gold and by the story of her life, adventures and romance. I couldn't he ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did think this book was an improvement over book # 3. Clive must deal with his father's suspicious death by a fall from a railway platform. The clues are set up well to the eventual conclusion of the mystery. Also, another side to the story has Elsie going to college. There she meets up with Gunther, the custodian, who has emigrated from Germany. He is a sweet man, educated, but with a dark secret. This leads into the beginning of book # 5. I enjoyed this part of the series very much. ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Fans of historical fiction will adore this newest addition in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series.

This is my first book by this author and I was not disappointed. The series has been on my radar for quite awhile and the first three books of this series reside on my mammoth TBR pile. Although it is apparent that the character arc develops throughout the series, it was not difficult for me to fully immerse myself in the story. The setting can best be described as Downton Abbey me
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! The setting, the characters and suspense! Henrietta and Clive are such a wonderful pair. I can’t wait for the next book!
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the fourth in a series. I should have read the first three as I had difficulty figuring out how the characters related to each other.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Henrietta & Inspector Howard novel & I loved it! Henrietta & Clive are such a wonderful team, I adore them. I was really happy for Henrietta's sister, Elsie too. I hope we get updates of her life in future books as well. Gunther seemed very nice. I sure was glad that Neptune got his just rewards. Thanks Michelle Cox for this great story! ...more
peggy dohr
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so looking forward to having the opportunity to read the fourth installment of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. I was not disappointed!!! The story unfolded at a great pace wrapped up some of the story lines that Books 1-3 had introduced and left us wanting more!!!! The series is set in Chicago in the 1930's and is so well written. We get to visit so many fun places in the city and for me personally the Aragon Ballroom was such a fun setting because that was where my parents met! ...more
Lesley Kay
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries and historical fiction, and this one blended those genres seamlessly. I have never read a book in this series before, but now I am going to go back and start at the beginning.

I found all the characters to be very likeable and the story was mysterious without being too over-the-top. I loved the writing style and the charm that Michelle managed to infuse every aspect of the story with. I very much enjoyed the cliffhanger ending as well, as it sh
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and I loved this book.
The mystery is solid and keep you guessing till the end, the cast of characters is likable and I loved the well researched historical setting.
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read. Great characters and plot. Kept me totally engrossed. I definitely need to read the rest of the series.
I also loved the setting.
Kristie Dilcher
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to a captivating and delightful romantic mystery series. The author has such a descriptive writing style that it’s easy to immerse yourself headfirst into this entertains and exciting story. It’s such a fun read that you want to keep reading to see what happens next to the characters that are both likable and relatable. This is a must read for anyone that likes a good lighthearted romantic mystery with a lot of substance and depth.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Michelle Cox does not disappoint!! My very first thought was -- Pride and Prejudice .. But with a twist. I love Henrietta Von Harmon -- if ever there was a " fun, full of spunk " investigative team it's Henrietta and Clive..I was hooked from the very start, could not put it down, kept me interested till the very end...which I will say -- was not what I expected! Great, clean fun, keep you guessing read! I highly recommend this book to everyone. ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
“A Veil Removed” written by Michelle Cox is the 4th book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series. This is the first book in this series and by this author that I have read and I definitely will be reading the rest of the books in this series. This book has a great storyline that takes place in the 1930’s Chicago. Even though this was book #4 in the series I really enjoyed it. I was drawn in from the first page and didn’t want to put it down. The characters are well developed and likeable. “ ...more
Barbara Stark-Nemon
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Michelle Cox’s fourth book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series, the sleuthing couple return to the Howard’s stately home on Chicago’s north shore to pick up the pieces of the family and business following the senior Howard’s mysterious death. Meanwhile, Henrietta’s sister Elsie must define her own life while shoring up the Von Harmon family, still struggling despite their improved circumstances. In this fourth novel of the series, murder, mystery, delicious romance, adventurous romp, ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the characters, Clive and Henrietta. When Clives father is found dead it may not be an accident after all. Inspector Clive Howard and Henrietta decide to investigate. Well written characters and twists and turns make this a must read book. Highly recommend!
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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, ...more

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Henrietta and Inspector Howard (5 books)
  • A Girl Like You (Henrietta and Inspector Howard, #1)
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  • A Promise Given (Henrietta and Inspector Howard #3)
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