A Child Lost

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • A Child Lost
  • Michelle Cox
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 163152836X

About the Author: Michelle Cox

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 Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.


A Child LostA 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

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10 thoughts on “A Child Lost

  1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    A Child Lost is part of an established series, Henrietta and Inspector Howard, but I was able to read this as a standalone.Clive begs Sergeant Davis for a new case to work on and ends up with an easy one, or so he thinks A spiritual woman is taking advantage and robbing her clients of their valuables It seems as if she s guilty, but Henrietta thinks otherwise and actually listens to the woman.Instead, Clive and Henrietta come on board with investigating Elsie s concern they are searching for A Child Lost is part of an established series, Henrietta and Inspector Howard, but I was able to read this as a standalone.Clive begs Sergeant Davis for a new case to work on and ends up with an easy one, or so he thinks A spiritual woman is taking advantage and robbing her clients of their valuables It seems as if she s guilty, but Henrietta thinks otherwise and actually listens to the woman.Instead, Clive and Henrietta come on board with investigating Elsie s concern they are searching for a lost little girl, which leads them to an asylum.A Child Lost is a complex story, one that shines a light on the horrors of asylums and the prejudices and misunderstandings of mental health from this historic time period I really enjoyed meeting Clive and Henrietta, as well as the dynamic between them, and I think had I readof this series, my experience would have only been enriched.Overall, A Child lost is an entertaining and suspenseful mystery, and I m grateful I read it.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader

  2. Nursebookie says:

    This is my first time reading Michelle Cox s dynamic duo, Henrietta and Inspector Howard, a Historical Fiction mystery set in 1930 s Chicago This is the fifth book in the series and read well as a stand alone for me In this installment of the series, Henrietta is going through depression given a recent miscarriage and Clive Inspector Howard knows that a new case will certainly cure the blues for Henrietta The cases they take involve an asylum, a hypnotist, and a lost child Michelle Cox wri This is my first time reading Michelle Cox s dynamic duo, Henrietta and Inspector Howard, a Historical Fiction mystery set in 1930 s Chicago This is the fifth book in the series and read well as a stand alone for me In this installment of the series, Henrietta is going through depression given a recent miscarriage and Clive Inspector Howard knows that a new case will certainly cure the blues for Henrietta The cases they take involve an asylum, a hypnotist, and a lost child Michelle Cox writes masterfully in bringing to life in vivid detail and well researched historical fiction story about asylums and the management of depression hysteria epileptic fits in crossing the divide and the stark difference between men and women, those with money and without as well as the prejudices in mental health at the time The characters depth and complexity is beautifully written and that I would appreciatehad I read the previous episodes to get to know Henrietta and Clive in depth And the reason why I am quickly ordering all previous books in this series This is a truly enjoyable and addicting series full of personality and that I truly enjoyed and highly recommend

  3. Jypsy says:

    Thank you Iread and the author for a complimentary copy I voluntarily reviewed this book All opinions expressed are my own A Child Lost Henrietta and Inspector Howard 5By Michelle CoxREVIEW Michelle Cox is a new to me author, and A Child Lost is the fifth book in her Henrietta and Inspector Howard series however, this book can easily be read as a standalone.In this book, Henrietta is, on the heels of a miscarriage, depressed Clive Inspector Howard wishes to lighten her mood and sense Thank you Iread and the author for a complimentary copy I voluntarily reviewed this book All opinions expressed are my own A Child Lost Henrietta and Inspector Howard 5By Michelle CoxREVIEW Michelle Cox is a new to me author, and A Child Lost is the fifth book in her Henrietta and Inspector Howard series however, this book can easily be read as a standalone.In this book, Henrietta is, on the heels of a miscarriage, depressed Clive Inspector Howard wishes to lighten her mood and senses a new case might be just the thing In turn, the couple work a case that is emotionally complex and disturbing The quest for answers involves an asylum, a child, class divisions, and aspects of both spirituality and mental health Being in the era of the 1930s, treatments and stigmas were quite different from today An epileptic seizure sends a child to the asylum instead of the hospital A person s medical treatment, or lack thereof, hinges upon money The sharp divide between classes is obvious in the field of medicine Mental illness carried a negative stereotype, and those suffering were treated inhumanely at best The story, beyond these things, is thought provoking, heartbreaking, dramatic, mysterious and cloaked in a mystifying atmosphere Henrietta is a sympathetic relatable character Clive is intelligent, intuitive and sensitive Together, they are dynamic as well as entertaining I found the story informative in many ways The author writes with elegance and a style that is appealing in a subtle yet serious fashion A Child Lost is historical fiction at its best, and I suggest picking up a copy today

  4. Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader says:

    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.

  5. ReadingGirlReviews (Gina) says:

    Guilty as charged I have to admit, this is my first Michelle Cox book Can you believe it s book 5 of her Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series Yeah, I had no clue So starting out saying that doesn t sound so good, does it Let s not take this review in THAT direction, I just wanted to be up front with you and let you know this is a series and an author I was unaware of before I dug in It wouldn t be fair otherwise.So Michelle Cox writes historical fiction based on 1930 s Chicago, I Guilty as charged I have to admit, this is my first Michelle Cox book Can you believe it s book 5 of her Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series Yeah, I had no clue So starting out saying that doesn t sound so good, does it Let s not take this review in THAT direction, I just wanted to be up front with you and let you know this is a series and an author I was unaware of before I dug in It wouldn t be fair otherwise.So Michelle Cox writes historical fiction based on 1930 s Chicago, Illinois Her main characters are Inspector Clive Howard and Henrietta Von Harmon, who meet in book 1 and carry on their investigations to this latest installment of book 5 Now don t be alarmed, you most certainly can read this book as a stand alone and will enjoy it just the same, but I will tell you each book in consecutive order tells the story of how Clive and Henrietta s relationship evolves and they do pull together if you read them as a series, I know this from doing a bunch of research after finishing this, my first Cox read So let s get to my thoughts.If you like historical fiction, definitely pick this one up If you haven t read historical fiction at all, and are interested in giving it a try, definitely pick this one up, If you have no interest in reading historical fiction ever because its not for you, still, I implore you, pick this one up Michelle Cox has a way of writing that immerses you into a story so well, that you think you are actually there The mystery, the suspense, the twists and turns all mixed with brilliantly researched history on the era make this book a page turner Not to mention the grit and intensity of Inspector Howard and Henrietta that make you want to see these investigations though to the end right along with them There are two very unique mysteries investigations to solve that become a lotthan our sleuths expected, and take on quite the ominous turn And then Michelle Cox does a wonderful job of leaving you with a sweet cliffhanger ensuring you ll come back for the next installment FYI There are some strong themes in this one such as depression, miscarriage and mental health, as well as social issues, but they are not overly done You just need to be aware in case you need trigger warnings.In a nutshell, you are going to absolutely love this book You will love it so much you will want to order the previous 4 installments I might just suggest you order all 5 right now and start from the beginning I know I will be ordering the other 4, and of course whatever books come next too The first 4 have absolutely amazing reviews This was fun, intriguing, page turning, unputdownable, and just a damn good book, 4.5 Stars from me A great read

  6. Toya says:

    Calling all historical fiction and mystery fans A Child Lost is the fifth installment of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series but don t let that deter you because it can be enjoyed as a standalone Henrietta is going through severe depression as she copes with a recent miscarriage Clive Inspector Howard is at his wit s end trying to help He ultimately decides that the best thing for Henrietta is to feel needed by immersing herself in a new case Rather than once case, Henrietta and Cliv Calling all historical fiction and mystery fans A Child Lost is the fifth installment of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series but don t let that deter you because it can be enjoyed as a standalone Henrietta is going through severe depression as she copes with a recent miscarriage Clive Inspector Howard is at his wit s end trying to help He ultimately decides that the best thing for Henrietta is to feel needed by immersing herself in a new case Rather than once case, Henrietta and Clive quickly find themselves embroiled in two very different cases which ends up leading to a combination involving a psychic, an asylum, and a lost child There were lots of twists and turns in the investigations, which kept me wanting to knowI loved both Henrietta and Elsie as they refused to be anything but willful and strong during a time 1930s Chicago that wasn t always kind to women Additionally, the author does a fantastic job of tackling a myriad of social issues such as depression, miscarriage, and domestic abuse in a way that is both respectful yet insightful There were definitely parts that were challenging to read, so I just want to warn anyone of possible triggers Thank you to the author for providing a review copy This did not influence my review All opinions are my own

  7. Chelsie says:

    I think this one is my favorite inspector novel so far A child with a missing mother, Elsie tangled up with another man, and Clive being called upon to look into a shady spiritualist woman Their private investigator business seems to be booming even though the cases may seem to be that they will be easily solved But they have to start somewhere, right Elsie calls Henrietta asking to meet, she has something important she wants to discuss Henrietta, having been ill forces herself to meet Elsie I think this one is my favorite inspector novel so far A child with a missing mother, Elsie tangled up with another man, and Clive being called upon to look into a shady spiritualist woman Their private investigator business seems to be booming even though the cases may seem to be that they will be easily solved But they have to start somewhere, right Elsie calls Henrietta asking to meet, she has something important she wants to discuss Henrietta, having been ill forces herself to meet Elsie and is concerned about what she has gotten herself wrapped up in this time However, this is just what Henrietta needs to break her out of her funk A small child, with a missing mother and the fear of this child being placed in an orphanage or potentially an asylum because of her fits.Clive comes home and tells Henrietta he has got them a case They need to look into a supposed shady spiritualist, rumor is, she is taking people s possessions and jewelry for payment The police don t really have the time to look into her, so his contact thought to pass it onto them and see if anything comes about IS there truth in these rumors Neither one is excited about the other s case, but they get to work If they want to make a name in the investigator business, they have to start with whatever come their way Both cases turn out to bein depth than either could have guessed When they think they have found all there is to find out about the child s mother, Henrietta gets herself tangled up in the asylum She knows there s somethingsinister going on than what appears and is determined to find out.Thank you to the author, Michelle Cox and publisher, She Writes Press for the arc and allowing me to be part of her street team I am excited to see where their private investigations take them next

  8. Debra Slonek says:

    Mysterious, suspenseful, historical fiction at its best Reading this well written novel will transport you to Chicago during the 1930 s This time and place is rich with intrigue, history, class distinctions, timely social norms and a cast of quirky characters.The characters are well developed and well connected I especially enjoyed the two main couples By enduring grief, surviving danger and working together while solving mysteries, Clive and Henrietta s relationship grew deeper and thrived Mysterious, suspenseful, historical fiction at its best Reading this well written novel will transport you to Chicago during the 1930 s This time and place is rich with intrigue, history, class distinctions, timely social norms and a cast of quirky characters.The characters are well developed and well connected I especially enjoyed the two main couples By enduring grief, surviving danger and working together while solving mysteries, Clive and Henrietta s relationship grew deeper and thrived Through shared compassion and interests, while combining efforts to help a little, lost girl, Elsie and Gunther s relationship and level of mutual trust deepened.Part of the storyline occurs in, around and because of the Dunning Asylum, a very real place with a dark history The author s depictions of Dunning, gave me a greater understanding of how the mentally ill were treated during the 1930 s.I very much enjoyed this well crafted novel which is filled with excellent storytelling and characters that have become my friends Well done

  9. Linda Zagon says:

    Linda s Book Obsession Reviews A Child Lost by Michelle Cox, She Writes Press, April 29, 2020, for Suzy Approved Book ToursMichelle Cox, author A Child Lost has written an intriguing, intense, captivating and suspenseful novel The Genres for this novel are Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, with a touch of Historical Events The timeline for this story is in the 1930s in Chicago The author describes her dramatic cast of characters as complex and complicated This is one of the series of books in Linda s Book Obsession Reviews A Child Lost by Michelle Cox, She Writes Press, April 29, 2020, for Suzy Approved Book ToursMichelle Cox, author A Child Lost has written an intriguing, intense, captivating and suspenseful novel The Genres for this novel are Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, with a touch of Historical Events The timeline for this story is in the 1930s in Chicago The author describes her dramatic cast of characters as complex and complicated This is one of the series of books in A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel and although this can be read as a stand alone, it would be better to read the other books in the sequence they were written Henrietta s husband hoping to get his wife busy and out of a depression asks for a case to solve The case they are given has to do with a woman, who claims she can read minds, and is psychic and can communicate with the dead This woman has a complaint from a man that insists the woman stole jewelry from his wife.Henrietta s sister Elsie comes to her with a problem involving a handsome man, Gunter and a little 4 year old girl that Gunter has been watching out for The little girl belongs to a friend of Gunter who came to Chicago to work, and Elsie and Gunter want to find the mother The little girl can t stay with Gunter since he has to work.Henrietta and Clive s search takes them to a creepy and frightening insane asylum, where strange things seem to be happening Henrietta and Clive have a strange feeling that something is very wrong at this place.This is a story with twists and turns, betrayals, danger, and strange occurrences There are parts of this story that are very edgy and intense There are also quirky people and intricate clues.I appreciate that the author describes the difference in class, between wealth and poverty, the way that ill people were treated in the 1930s, and the importance of family, friendship, love, and hope I would highly recommend this thought provoking story and look forward to Michelle Cox s next adventure

  10. Mary Yarde says:

    We need to find her, you see, Elsie rushed on This Liesel So we, well, I thought that maybe you and Clive could help Elsie s voice was getting higher andfaint as she spoke You know, with the new detective agency Gunther Stockel had gambled everything and lost Now he was alone in Chicago with a child that wasn t his, looking for a woman who did not want to be found.Elsie Von Harmon was seriously considering becoming a nun, that was until she met Gunther She cannot help but want We need to find her, you see, Elsie rushed on This Liesel So we, well, I thought that maybe you and Clive could help Elsie s voice was getting higher andfaint as she spoke You know, with the new detective agency Gunther Stockel had gambled everything and lost Now he was alone in Chicago with a child that wasn t his, looking for a woman who did not want to be found.Elsie Von Harmon was seriously considering becoming a nun, that was until she met Gunther She cannot help but want to assist Gunther in his search to find Liesel Klinkhammer and reunite her with her child However, time is running out, for Gunther is no longer in a position where he can take care of his charge He has to work, and Anna is not a well child He fears as he did back in Germany, that one day someone would take her from him for good.Elsie is loathed to ask, but who else can she turn to but her sister If she could convince Henrietta and her husband Clive, who runs a detective agency, to take on the case then maybe they will succeed where Gunther has failed.However, things take a sinister turn when Henrietta discovers what really happened to Liesel Klinkhammer From the despair of a man who is running out of time to the discovery of a dark and dangerous truth, A Child Lost A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel Book 5 by Michelle Cox is in all ways a Historical Fiction triumph With an enthralling narrative that grabbed me from the opening paragraph and did not let go until that final full stop, A Child Lost A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel Book 5, is a book that appeals, impresses, appals, and fascinates in almost equal measures There is not one dull moment in this book Cox has penned a novel that is as impressive as it is brilliant.There are several noteworthy characters in this story, but the one I utterly adored was Henrietta Henrietta is this wonderfully insightful young woman who burns with a desire to find out the truth for her clients She is a very heroic heroine who is doing a man s job in a time when a woman s place was in the home I have to confess, I have not read the rest of the books in this series, but I got the sense that Henrietta married above her social station and therefore she is not a social butterfly, although she will willingly act the part Instead, Henrietta wants to help people, she wants to discover the truth, and this leads to some rather rash decisions which have disastrous consequences Of course, it also leads to a fabulous story and one I could not tear myself away from I thought Cox s depiction of Henrietta was sublime I loved everything about her.Another character that captured my attention was Elsie Von Harmon Elsie has this tremendous capacity to love, and she really brings something amazing to this tale I could not help but like her I thought her depiction was simply marvellous.This novel deals with some very uncomfortable issues The patients at The Chicago State Hospital Dunning Mental Asylum are being denied the right of a safe and secure hospital where they can get the treatment that they not only need, but deserve Cox describes, with a great deal of care to the historical detail, the plight of a hospital that is woefully understaffed and does not have the capacity to cater for such a large number of patients The nurses and doctors that are there seemingly lack any empathy, and if they did at some point sympathise with their patients, then the relentlessness of the job has unfortunately quelled any compassion for these poor unfortunate people who end up under their care The fact that children were housed with adults and given the same treatment was genuinely shocking Cox also portrays the very fine line between eccentricity and madness You were called eccentric only if you could afford it otherwise, you were just insane I thought Cox captured the fear, the dread, the utter despondence and misery that a mental asylum such as Dunning s would have evoked This book is not always an easy read, and there are some very distressing scenes, but the overall effect paints a candid picture of what these hospitals were, unfortunately, like.The power the staff have over the patience at Dunning mental asylum is absolute The image of a hospital is one where someone goes for treatment in the hope to be cured, but Dunning is the kind of hospital where one is locked away and forgotten It is a realm beyond hope There is no golden city waiting to be found, despite what one of the patients might say Here, the nurses rule the world as well as the ward, and while some are disguised as Angels of Mercy, others are Angels of Death and sometimes it is very hard to decipher between the two The lack of understanding of mental health and indeed, epilepsy, in this era is shameful The fact that the era saw the mentally and neurologically unwell people as burdens, as something that should be hidden from society for fear that one could catch it, is shockingly awful The treatments that were prescribed, and carried on being prescribed for decades is disgraceful Cox also asks her readers to consider the difference between the staff at Dunning and the patients who is theinsane The one who does not remember their name, or the one who no longer feels compassion It is a sobering thought.Asides from mental health issues, Cox also explores the devastation and grief of a miscarriage and how no one is comfortable enough to talk about it and to grieve with the woman in question The emotional toll and the lack of sympathy is, unfortunately, an all too familiar story even in today s society where miscarriage is still a taboo subject Likewise, Cox explores the devastating impact of domestic abuse Both of these topics Cox has approached with a novelist s eye for the human detail, which made these scenes all thereal in the telling.The historical detail makes this book a monumental work of scholarship Cox must have dedicated many hours to researching this era and, in particular, some of the places that her characters visit Her research was undoubtedly worth the effort, for this book rings loudly with historical authenticity and grace Kudos, Ms Cox Kudos indeed.As I have already stated, I have not read any of the other books in A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel series, but much to my delight I did not need to Cox gives just enough background to the characters that it is no effort for a reader to catch up.If you enjoy your Historical Fiction to have a thriller edge, then you are going to adore A Child Lost A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel Book 5 by Michelle Cox.I Highly Recommend.Review by Mary Anne Yarde.The Coffee Pot Book Club