About The Book :
A spiritualist, an insane asylum, a lost little girl . . .
When Clive, anxious to distract a depressed Henrietta, begs Sergeant Frank Davis for a case, he is assigned to investigate a seemingly boring affair: a spiritualist woman operating in an abandoned schoolhouse on the edge of town who is suspected of robbing people of their valuables. What begins as an open and shut case becomes more complicated, however, when Henrietta—much to Clive’s dismay—begins to believe the spiritualist’s strange ramblings.
Meanwhile, Elsie implores Clive and Henrietta to help her and the object of her budding love, Gunther, locate the whereabouts of one Liesel Klinkhammer, the German woman Gunther has traveled to America to find and the mother of the little girl, Anna, whom he has brought along with him. The search leads them to Dunning Asylum, where they discover some terrible truths about Liesel. When the child, Anna, is herself mistakenly admitted to the asylum after an epileptic fit, Clive and Henrietta return to Dunning to retrieve her. This time, however, Henrietta begins to suspect that something darker may be happening. When Clive doesn’t believe her, she decides to take matters into her own hands . . . with horrifying results.
Henrietta and Clive have taken on a case investigating a spiritualist. It should be easy. It should be open and shut. However, it has taken an unexpected turn when the spiritualist seems to know more than they expected.
Then there is Gunther and Anna. Gunther is Anna’s guardian by default. (There is a backstory you do not want to miss). Anna is a sweet little girl but she has seizures. She has been removed and sent to an insane asylum. Henrietta goes above and beyond to try and get the poor child out.
I enjoyed many aspects of this audible book. But my favorite part was the insane asylum. Wow! Creepy, awful and strange all at the same time. I could just picture the locked doors, the patients and the awful smell. What a great job the author did with this part of the book.
The narrator is also excellent. She did an amazing job with all the characters, especially the voices. She truly transported you to each scene and experience.
This is a story you do not want to miss. This is part of a series. I have not read the others and I did not feel lost at all. I am definitely going to go back and read the other books. I enjoy Clive and Henrietta.
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I received this audiobook from the author for a honest review.
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. http://michellecoxauthor.com/