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 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 more complicated, however, when Henrietta—much to Clive’s dismay—begins to believe the spiritualist’s strange ramblings.

Meanwhile, 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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“Once again, Cox delivers the passion and intrigue of Henrietta and Clive with a story that leaps right off the page. A Child Lost is a true thrill… — Paperback Paris“

…vivid descriptive prose and historical accuracy – Publishers Weekly“

Having already won myriad awards for her novels, this book is, in my opinion, the author’s best written yet. The action/suspense at the end of A Child Lost sizzles, and Ms. Cox’s ability to capture love in many of its varied, authentic forms is mesmerizing. Cox has knocked it totally out of the park. – Carolyn Breckinridge, author of Kaleidoscope Jane: & Other Stories

From the very first paragraph the reader is back in the world of 1930’s Chicago populated by Elsie and Gunther and Henrietta and Clive. This book is the fifth in the series by Michelle Cox and to me the best yet. – Cheryle Fischer

Michelle Cox‘s Henrietta and Inspector Howard series is a delightful mix of historical fiction and intrigue with a bit of saucy lovemaking tossed in. In A CHILD LOST, the fifth book, she adds spooky. Right away, we’re swept into the story . . .  – Book Trib“

Michelle Cox writes masterfully in bringing to life in vivid detail a well-researched historical fiction story.   The characters’ depth and complexity is beautifully written…this is  a truly enjoyable and addicting series. – Nurse Bookie, bookblogger


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