It's January 1935. Prohibition has just ended, but the Great Depression has not, and much of Chicago remains under the grip of the crime lords who profited from the trade in illegal liquor. Eighteen-year-old Henrietta von Harmon, despite her aristocratic name, struggles to keep food on the table for her overwhelmed mother and seven younger siblings. After too many evenings spent cleaning, peddling drinks, and keeping score for dicers at a local bar, Henrietta jumps at the chance to double her income by taking a new job at a nightclub, where she dances with customers for hours. Too bad she cannot share the story with her family, who would be scandalized at the potential damage to her reputation if they knew. Then her boss turns up dead, and the customer to whom she is most attracted reveals that he works as a detective for the Chicago Police. The search for the murderer leads Henrietta into even more unsavory circumstances, and soon she's wondering whether even the police can keep her safe.
In A Girl Like You: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel
(She Writes Press
, 2017) and its sequel, A Ring of Truth
, Michelle Cox
introduces a rich cast of characters and a lovable heroine just trying to make her way in a cold and unforgiving world.
C. P. Lesley is the author of six novels, including
Legends of the Five Directions (
The Golden Lynx, The Winged Horse, and
The Swan Princess), a historical fiction series set in 1530s Russia, during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible. Find out more about her at http://www.cplesley.com.