A Spiritualist, An Insane Asylum, A Lost Little GirlWhen Clive, Anxious To Distract A Depressed Henrietta, Begs Sergeant Frank Davis For A Case, He Is Assigned To Investigating 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 Complicated, However, When Henrietta Much To Clive S Dismay Begins To Believe The Spiritualist S Strange RamblingsMeanwhile, Elsie Begs 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 I received an ARC from the author The opinionsIn this review are my own This novel is a continuation of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series The author successfully weaves the lives of several characters through this historical fiction novel Henrietta and Clive are struggling to launch their careers as detectives Meanwhile Elsie continues to question her future Intertwined in the novel include settings of the home of a medium with psychic powers who hosts a seance and Dunning Hospital for the Insane Both Henrietta and her sister Elsie represent strong female characters who are not content to sit at home with a rich husband Each seems to fly in the face of convention determined to exert their strong nature The end of the book present a page turning scenario for Henrietta What danger awaits the couple as the become involved in investigating their first cases Entertaining is just one word I would use to describe this book This is the fifth book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series I did not read the first 4 books This one can be read as a stand alone book I was not lost at all, it felt like I knew the characters and I hated to see this book come to an end.4 stars and I recommend it The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. It s 1936 in ChicagoElsie, Henrietta s sister, is now a student at Mondelein an all women faculty in Chicago There she befriends the German custodian who s looking after a little girl, 5 year old Anna She was left in his mother s boarding house back home in Germany by Liesel who went to America to look for Anna s father Gunther has now followed her to the USA because Anna suffers from epilepsy what was considered a mental illness at the time or even possession by the devil by the less educated people and the nazi party is on the rise in Germany and they re not tolerant towards handicapped people He lost the trail of Liesel and can t look after the girl and work at the same time, so Anna has to stay in an orphanage most of the time Elsie asks her sister to look into the case and find the mother.Henrietta is recovering from her miscarriage but suffers from depression Her loving husband Clive notices this and hopes to lift her spirits through an investigation He asks his friend Frank from Winnetka police if there s something that he can send their way He has a strange story about a man that came to the station and reported that his wife was hypnotised by a spiritualist and now she gives all her meagre jewellery to him It s not really illegal to give away your own jewels, but Frank sniffs some fraud and connery going on When he comes home to tell her about the first case of their detective agency, she has found a case herself So now they have two.Then there s Rose, a friend acquaintance of the two sisters Her story isn t absolutely essential for the cases , but I like to hear about the way people lived, worked, thought and behaved in the past especially when those norms are clearly deviant of those we live by today It also ties up some loose ends from the previous books She lives with her abusive sexual, physical and psychological dad and her retarded brother But her dad gets worse and worse with the beatings of her brother and now her as well She has a boyfriend Stan, who previously was in love with Henrietta first and later Elsie, who also lives with his mother He s not the brightest light but has a kind and loving heart and will do anything to not lose Rose So, to save her and her brother from their dad he agrees to a secret civil wedding so they can get a flat for the three of them not having to live in sin and have the official church wedding later on as planned How does this work out The visit to the asylum at Dunning is very confronting for Henrietta as she realises that it is only money that is the difference between the women inside and those with depression, melancholia, hysteria or other typical female afflictions She thinks that she herself may suffer melancholia and depression after her miscarriage and wonders if the women were like they re now when they first came to the asylum or that the sorry state of the women that they witnessed is the consequence of therapies as water hosing or electroshocks Not long ago, I read another book about mental health institutions in the 1880ies and it doesn t look very different from this account 50 years later and only 100 years ago.The woman talking about the people that inhabit the centre of the earth may have read Jules Verne, who wrote a famous book about this subject, which is mentioned in the text as well As he was a man, nobody put him into a madhouse The book has a strong focus on the madhouse and what we consider as crazy and what is merely eccentric And just as well today as in the past, money talks and those with enough funds are rarely incarcerated Also, certainly in the past, it was a lot harder for women to avoid non voluntary admission than for men And till recently it wasn t very hard for a husband to have his wife admitted.This is a very pleasant and entertaining historical mystery Mrs Cox has found the near perfect balance between interesting historical details and being bombarded with facts that clutter the story In her afterword, she says that finding this line is even difficult when dealing with real existing historical figures I think she did a great job here and enjoyed it that she disclosed some of those details in that last address.I received a free ARC from the author and this is my honest review. A Child Lost id an intriguing story set in the 1930 s The detectives have their hands full An orphan, an asylum, a seance and then family and friends needing help plus their own health Lots of action and plot twist that keep you reading until the end.
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 Chicagos 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
- 256 pages
- A Child Lost (Henrietta and Inspector Howard #5)
- Michelle Cox
- 16 January 2017 Michelle Cox