A Ring of Truth (Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series #2)

A Ring of Truth (Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series #2)

by Michelle Cox


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631521966
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 301,258
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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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A Ring of Truth 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romantic, exciting. Inspirational and good reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made us want more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not hold my interest. Flat characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story ruined by an abrupt, totally unfinished ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was painful to read, extremely repetitive to the point of being beyond boring. Maybe more suitable for a preteen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silly. No ending. Just ends. I won't read another. Needs work on grammar, punctuation (esp. ; ?). incorrect words, non-words. Language stilted in places. Contradictory or confusing in places. Long, long sentences. Author doesn't know enough about the illiterate poor or the extremely rich to write such a novel. She writes that she had several people read her book before publishing. I would suggest that she just seek one good English teacher. At least, the language isn't too bad and there is no specific sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Henrietta Von Harmon and Clive Howard, detective inspector with the Chicago police, have just become engaged. They are journeying to visit Clive’s parents who are very wealthy and are known as The Howards of Winnetka. Henrietta is somewhat younger than Clive and has worked with him investigating some police cases. Her mother is not happy that she will wed Clive. The woman’s husband committed suicide leaving her to raise a number of children without any funds. She has been depending upon the money that Henrietta brings in. Sadly, she is a very bitter woman. When Henrietta meets Clive’s parents, the Howards discover that her parents have roots going back to some very wealthy and well-known people. This is all new to Henrietta. Clive returns to Chicago to continue with his job leaving Henrietta with his parents as his mother schools and dresses her to be acceptable to high society. Henrietta is lonely but when she tries to befriend some of the help, she is chastised by Mrs. Howard. One day, while walking on the grounds, Henrietta happens upon a small cottage where an old woman named Helen lives. Helen used to work in the kitchen for the Howards who have allowed her to stay in the cottage after she retired. She has poor eyesight and a confused manner. She tells Henrietta that someone has stolen a ring that she had received from her grandmother. She says it is one of the gardeners. When Clive returns at the week’s end, she tells him about the missing ring and he reluctantly agrees to check into it. Henrietta also confides that she is not happy with the person his mother wants her to become. At the same time, Henrietta learns that her brother has been put in jail and she needs to return home to see what she can do to help. Soon, a misunderstanding between Clive and Henrietta tests them and their love for one another. Will Henrietta be able to accept Clive’s way of life so both of them can be together? This is a nice story. It would help for the reader to read the first of the author’s novels to be able to be up with the relationship between Clive and Henrietta. Copy provided by the author and publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read but not much plot. More about the relationship between the main characters. The simple plot was easy to figure out.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Who would have thought that a poor girl from a large family would catch the eye of a wealthy man? Henrietta came from a large family, one that scrambled to make ends meet and put food on the table. Clive was a police inspector, but, unknown to Henrietta, he came from a very wealthy background. Will Henrietta fit into the wealthy snob set once she is introduced to his family, following the announcement of their engagement? Or is there something in her heritage, a mystery that even she didn’t know, that will garner some affection for a world completely different from the one to which she was born and raised? And then there are the antagonists. There has to be some evil lurking somewhere and this evil seems intent on capturing and harming Henrietta. There is a lot of drama and excitement, not to mention romance, in Michelle Cox’s mystery, A Ring of Truth: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel. This is not the first book and there is a lot of background information needed to follow this story, as it is linked to the previous novel. The use of backstory is necessary to a point and it should not be overused. Most of the chapters are written with significant backstory and this hinders the plot development. The characters, the setting and the plot make for a complex mystery with a bit of romance. Thrown into the mix is the underlying conflict of class distinction and the expectations of society, especially in the post World War I era. An interesting read.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite A Ring of Truth: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard novel by Michelle Cox is a historical mix of romance and mystery, a story about two compelling characters and the dilemma in which they find themselves. Clive and Henrietta have just become engaged and it’s time to meet each other’s family. But things could change drastically and their love be tested in ways they never could have known, because they haven’t been very honest with each other, and it seems neither of the two is ready for this moment. While Clive has withheld a unique truth about his background — he is heir to the Howard estate and fortune — Henrietta has just found out more disturbing secrets about her past. Clive’s world might not be the place for Henrietta, and the disappearance of a servant’s ring at the Howard home sets in motion a chain of events that will test everything Henrietta ever thought about love. Are they really meant for each other? This is an interesting, conflict-driven story with powerful historical references, strong characters, and surprises that readers won’t see coming. Michelle Cox has the gift of making readers care for her characters. I enjoyed the social and family issues that are beautifully woven into the plot, and readers will enjoy the world where elderly maids have become part of a family. The key characters, Clive and Henrietta, are a wonderful pair and readers will want to follow them as they struggle to unveil their worlds to each other. A Ring of Truth: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard novel contains great prose and I was completely awed by the finesse and fluidity of the prose, the vivid descriptions, and the depth of emotions that are masterfully explored. This is great entertainment for readers.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Michelle Cox does it again! The author of A Girl Like You brings her beloved characters back to the page in A Ring of Truth: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel. In this second installment of historical mystery fiction, Henrietta is still reeling from her whirlwind romance, as well as recovering from her life at the Marlowe. Although she realized that her fiancé Clive Howard was from substantial beginnings, she never would have dreamed of the lavish lifestyle to which he was obviously accustomed. Meeting her parents was one thing, but Henrietta could not dismiss how far out of Clive’s league she truly was upon her introduction to his parents. As she is discouraged from continuing any relationships with the servants, Henrietta begins to truly understand the differences in the status of her own past and her future life. A rash of unexplained thefts in the household quickly points suspicion in the direction of the very people in whom Henrietta finds the most comfort in the prim and proper household she is destined to join. Michelle Cox has once again provided a story rich with vivid images and charming dialog. We observe our main character continuing to evolve into a classy woman of honor as she refuses to be anyone but herself. A love story to envied, A Ring of Truth provides a satisfying mixture of mystery and romance that takes the reader to a more simplistic life in the 1930’s. I close my eyes and find myself in Henrietta’s world. A Ring of Truth is a lovely continuation of Michelle Cox’s A Girl Like You. I love this author's stories and look forward to reading more of her work!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite It’s somewhat disconcerting to be all caught up in the latest plot twist which has come suddenly toward the end of a book, to turn the page and suddenly find yourself reading the “Acknowledgements”. What happened after the protagonist put a letter in her pocket and decided she knew what she must now do? Then it dawns on you: of course! A Ring of Truth is the second book in a series set in Chicago in the mid 1930s, starring the beautiful Henrietta and her handsome, rich fiance, police inspector Clive Howard. We have been so caught up following the romantic love story of these two, who have just had an elaborate engagement party and have set their wedding date for three months away, that we’ve forgotten A Ring of Truth is part of a series that began with Michelle Cox’s first book, A Girl Like You. How clever of the author to hook us like that. Will we be able to wait to find out what Henrietta’s decision was in book three, A Promise Given? While the primary focus in A Ring of Truth is the beautiful love story of Henrietta and Clive, which reminds us of classics like Pride and Prejudice or the movies My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman, it comes with a sinister sub plot involving criminals, violence against women, theft and murder. This subplot is what first brought Henrietta and Inspector Clive Howard together. It leaves Clive worried what danger may befall his beloved Henrietta in the months ahead, while she and his high society mother, Antonia, plan the wedding of the year. Simultaneously, it leaves the reader anticipating the upcoming book. Where will Michelle Cox take us, her protagonists and their immediate families? Michelle Cox is wonderful at creating characters who come alive on the page. As Henrietta, who comes from a very humble, lower class part of Chicago, wonders how she can possibly fit in at Highbury Estate, where she feels more at home with the servants than with Clive’s often very proper parents, her struggle is so real that readers feel her every emotion and doubt. The same applies to Clive, who, while he never questions his love for his bride-to-be, is also dogged by questions about his future as a police inspector and/or, one day, the master of Highbury Estate and taking over his father’s business. Cox weaves a rich tapestry of characters into the primary plot of A Ring of Truth and keeps her readers guessing till the end…and then even after the last page is read! If you enjoy series of this kind, love touching romantic stories, well defined characters, and just enough nastiness to keep you turning pages, you’ll love A Ring of Truth.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joana James for Readers' Favorite A Ring of Truth by Michelle Cox is a quaint and intriguing novel which follows Henrietta and Inspector Clive on their journey of love. Henrietta, from a poor struggling family, has no clue about her family’s noble roots. Nor does she quite know anything about the background of the man she loves. Arriving at his castle of a home is daunting and a gargantuan surprise. Of course, because of her own humble upbringing, she is entirely uncomfortable with the new life that she is expected to lead and, instead, spends her time fraternizing with the servants. She becomes completely enthralled in their everyday lives and finds herself in the middle of a mystery with enough potential to completely derail her new life. With all the passion and excitement of a romance novel and the thrill of a good mystery, A Ring of Truth is an excellently written period piece based on some of the lesser characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is easy to find oneself transported to the 1930s in this piece with a fantastic telling of the stark difference between the rich and the poor of that time. Our heroine, Henrietta, finds herself torn between these two worlds and struggling to find her place in either. This is quite the imaginative piece and is well done; a fitting tribute to Austen’s work. Not even remotely corny in nature, it is easy to fall in love with the writing style and the characters themselves. The romance, though fierce and passionate, is far from melodramatic. Instead, it is gripping and makes the book quite hard to put down. This is truly a wonderful story, a great piece by Michelle Cox.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite A Ring of Truth: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard novel by Michelle Cox is a work of brilliance, an intelligently written thriller that explores the background of a newly-engaged couple, creating a page-turner set against a heterogeneous backdrop of the 1930s in Chicago. Clive and Henrietta are just about to start getting to know each other’s families, but then it seems as if it might be a very challenging task for both of them. Clive never informed Henrietta that he is the heir to the Howard estate and fortune, and Henrietta never suspected that her mother has kept dark secrets from her about her past. At the Howards, the loss of the ring of an old maid pulls Henrietta into a story she’d never have imagined being part of. Watch the pair as they set out to discover the truth about their families, about themselves, and to determine if they are really meant for each other. Michelle Cox has crafted a sensational story with an exciting setting that readers will enjoy navigating. I enjoyed the masterful use of contrast which is developed at different levels of the story. The characters are fun to stick around with and Clive and Henrietta are well-developed, real, and memorable. They are an incredible pair of sleuths and the reader learns to care about them as they are eager to see what happens at the end. A Ring of Truth: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard novel features great writing with exceptional dialogues and a plot that is swiftly paced, driven by a strong conflict. This book was great entertainment.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (06/17) “A Ring of Truth” is the second book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series by Michelle Cox. In this sequel to “A Girl Like You,” Henrietta and Clive are engaged. He takes her to his family estate where she discovers the true extent of his family’s wealth. While surrounded by grandeur, Henrietta feels like a fish out of water. Initially, she thinks that she really doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere, unless it is in Clive’s arms. When Clive leaves her to go back to the city for work, Henrietta is left to her own devices. She feels that his mother and even some of the servants disapprove of her. When she wanders down to a cottage by a lake, she finds herself getting wrapped up in what appears to be a small mystery. However, nothing is that simple, and things end up being more complex than she could have imagined, especially when her life is in danger. Henrietta also learns a lot about her family history. In the end, everything seems to be somehow connected and she must decide where her she really belongs. I loved “A Ring of Truth!” The author does an excellent job of bringing the 1930s to life with the Chicago setting and details true to the era. Henrietta’s character is refreshing because, despite the wealth being offered to her, she doesn’t cave into being a woman that wants to be kept, which would have been fine for those times. She has a great mind and she wants to use it. She isn’t totally perfect, but when she finds herself thinking judgmental thoughts, she always tries to put herself in check. She is the perfect match for Clive, the enigmatic hero in the story. The couple’s chemistry is endearing as well. The background stories, colorful characters, and vividly described scenes also add a lot to the authenticity of the drama. Author Michelle Cox, has done a wonderful job with this novel, “A Ring of Truth.” I look forward to catching up on the first book in this series, and am hopeful that she will have the next one ready to read very soon!
Holly More than 1 year ago
A Ring Of Truth is the second book in the Henrietta & Inspector Howard series! Newly Engaged, Clive and Henrietta now have the task of getting to know each other's families. The only problem is that Clive failed to mention to Henrietta that he is heir to the Howard estate and fortune and Henrietta just learned of a secret that her mother has been hiding from her and her siblings. When Clive brings Henrietta to his family home, nothing is what it seems there. As Henrietta is left for a week with Clive's family to get to know them, a mystery surrounding a ring brings unwanted attention to Henrietta. With both Clive and Henrietta learning more about each other and what secrets they both have, it all comes down to a night that they won't forget. It all ends with a decision by Clive and Henrietta if they want to stay together and what may happen in the next book! It's hard writing this review because I so don't want to spoil anything for anyone who has read the first book but not this one yet. This story will grab you and won't let go until the very ending that will leave you wanting more! I loved how this story played out even with all the secrets that was told that brings a whole new level to this series and where it's going!! Thank You to Michelle Cox for writing a great book in this series that I so hope isn't over yet!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an engaging book. I had no trouble filling it even though it was second in the series.