A Ring of Truth (The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series #2) by Michelle Cox

Book #1 Review HERE
Book #3 Review HERE
Book #4 Review HERE
Book #5 Review HERE
Synopsis -

In this second book of the series, Henrietta and Clive delightfully rewrite Pride and Prejudice―with a hint of mystery! Newly engaged, Clive and Henrietta now begin the difficult task of meeting each other’s family. “Difficult” because Clive has neglected to tell Henrietta that he is in fact the heir to the Howard estate and fortune, and Henrietta has just discovered that her mother has been hiding secrets about her past as well. When Clive brings Henrietta to the family estate to meet his parents, they are less than enthused about his impoverished intended. Left alone in this extravagant new world when Clive returns to the city, Henrietta finds herself more at home with the servants than his family, much to the disapproval of Mrs. Howard―and soon gets caught up in the disappearance of an elderly servant’s ring, not realizing that in doing so she has become part of a bigger, darker plot. As Clive and Henrietta attempt to discover the truth in the two very different worlds unraveling around them, they both begin to wonder: Are they meant for each other after all?

Review -

In A Ring of Truth, Henrietta is challenged to step out of her world and into that of the rich and entitled. While it is Clive's too, he chose to walk away from most of it by moving to a small apartment in the city and working as an inspector in the police force.  Work calls, so he doesn't stay to support her. Henrietta is left alone to sink or swim in this foreign environment, while Clive's mother works daily to educate Henrietta on the proper decorum, behavior and speech required of her if she is to stand at her son's side as lady of the estate.  It isn't easy.

Henrietta is chastised often for fraternizing with the servants, even helping one of the junior maids with her chores. But she is most comfortable among them.  She sits in the kitchen sharing a cuppa while telling them bits of her life before meeting Clive.  And she makes friends with a frightened older woman named Helen living in an isolated cottage. Desperate for something to do, and incredibly lonely without Clive there, she decides to try and help Helen find a very valuable ring that is missing. One she insists was stolen. 

A Ring of Truth is wonderful historic read that is more about class distinctions and the lives of those in the story than mystery and murder. But those topics are still wound subtly into the background and erupt into the forefront near the end, bringing that element of danger - and from an old enemy. Again Henrietta's life is in danger and Clive, sent off on a wild goose chase, doesn't know if he can make it back in time to save his beloved. 

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Meet the Author -
Read my last author interview with Cox HERE!

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.

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Meet the Narrator -

Jayne Entwistle was born in the North of England and lived in a myriad of places (Vancouver, San Francisco, Tucson, Sequim, Seattle) before landing in Los Angeles. She is an avid improviser who hitched her space-work wagon to Patrick Bristow’s company, Improvatorium, where she studied, taught, directed and performed improv. She is an award-winning audiobook narrator best known for her narration of the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. She also received the 2015 Odyssey Honour Award for The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry and the 2016 Odyssey Award for, The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. When not inhaling books for work or pleasure, Jayne works in film, television and commercials. The biggest star she has ever worked with is Shaquille O’Neal. He is quite literally THE biggest star she has ever worked with. Ever. He’s really big!


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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful series!

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  2. Wow! Thanks so much for this lovely review, Marilyn. You really "get" this series. Grateful to be reviewed by you!

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    1. That is the nicest compliment I have ever received as a reviewer. Thanks. I enjoyed this book immensely.

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