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Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago's northwest side. It's 1935, but things still aren't looking up since the big crash and her father's subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings. Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall - and just when she's beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead.

When aloof Inspector Clive Howard appears on the scene, Henrietta agrees to go undercover for him - and is plunged into Chicago's grittier underworld. Meanwhile, she's still busy playing mother hen to her younger siblings, as well as to pesky neighborhood boy Stanley, who believes himself in love with her and keeps popping up in the most unlikely places, determined to keep Henrietta safe - even from the Inspector, if need be. Despite his efforts, however, and his penchant for messing up the Inspector's investigation, the lovely Henrietta and the impenetrable Inspector find themselves drawn to each other in most unsuitable ways.

©2016 Michelle Cox (P)2017 Michelle Cox

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A Promising Start for a New Series

A Girl Like You is the first novel in the best selling Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series of romantic mysteries set in mid-1930s Chicago by award-winning author Michelle Cox. Gifted with a superb writing style and the necessary talent to wrap the listener in complete immersion from the first words, Michelle Cox tells us a beautiful, but at times dramatic story of love, innocence, murder, hard life and mystery. The story in A Girl Like You follows Henrietta Von Harmon, a 17 years old teenager trying to do her best as the sole member of her large family capable to keep food on the table, after a tragic event deprives them of their hard-working father. But, when someone is found dead at Hen's workplace, a murder investigation ensues, and this is when we also meet the charming Inspector Howard. With the two main protagonists on the scene, we are pulled into a world filled with dark secrets, fragile lives and ruthless villains. What I loved the most about this book is how real all the characters, locales and events felt to me. Painted in vivid colours by the author and brought to life in a fantastic performance by award-winning actor and narrator Jayne A Entwistle, A Girl Like You is a labour of love to both ladies involved... This is the first time that I listen to Jayne A Entwistle performing an audiobook and I can say that I enjoyed her narration very much. She perfectly captures the listener's imagination with her bubbly , happy, innocent voice, and makes this audio production one to be completely unforgettable. So, if you want a nice, cosy romantic mystery, driven by strong characters and with a few surprises hidden along the way, A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox and lovingly read by Jayne A Entwistle is a perfect start for a promising series. I'll return with more reviews as I intend to make my way through the series in the upcoming months. I am curious to find out what more interesting adventures will follow these lifelike characters. If you like this review please consider giving it a Helpful Vote below. You can find more of them here and on theAudiobookBlog. Sometimes, I post reviews at the author / narrator / publisher’s request. Get in touch with me for more details.

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Excellent historical mystery

Loved getting to know Henrietta and Inspector Howard. Intriguing mystery and many complex and interesting characters which made for an excellent historical listen that was hard to put down. The narrator did an amazing job of bringing the characters and story to life. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see where this series goes next! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Love it!!!

The first thing that attracted my to this book is the cover and then I read the description and I thought I have to get my hands on it.

The author surprised me because I thought I knew what to expect, but I didn't. I really liked Henrietta, she is innocent and naive but this is due to the era and her age. If this was written in our timeline then I would not have believed it but because it is in another time period it is more realistic. As she started to understand things that is happening around her the book gets a bit more darker and her innocence is chipped away.

I would recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book.

There is no profanity, but it does have some violence. The story has no sex scenes but there is an attempted rape and talk about sexual orinatation, kissing (females:female and female:male), and touching.


I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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Nostalgic and Sweet

I really enjoyed listening to this book. To me it felt like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn meets a risqué Nancy Drew. The plot was intriguing and the characters very good. I loved the innocence of Henrietta, it was very endearing. I can’t wait to read A Ring of Truth. Although I wish it was on Audible too.

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terrible writer; great reader

This writer desperately needs an editor. I can overlook the hackneyed plot, the repetitive meandering narrative, and the dimensionless characters. What I couldn't overlook was the poor use of language, inappropriate idioms, mixed metaphors, confusion between similar-sounding words, and awkward sentence construction. English 100 recommended. The reader is one of the best, perhaps even *the* best I've come across. I listened to the whole thing solely for the pleasure of her voice.

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Wonderful Book!!!

Where does A Girl Like You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the top. I really enjoyed this book!! The story was well planned. No holes in the plot. The characters are very endearing. I recommend this book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Heniretta was my favorite. While young & naive, she is brave & has a heart to help others.

Which character – as performed by Jayne A Entwistle – was your favorite?

All of them. Ms. Entwistle was fantastic!!! She really brought the characters to life. She also created the right amount of tension while reading. Ms. Entwistle has a lovely voice. I enjoyed listening to her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Taxi Dancer Slueth

Any additional comments?

Everything about this book was just plain good!! Not only do I recommend this book, I will also be looking for more from Michelle Cox & Jayne Entwistle. Good on every level

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request & have voluntarily left this review.

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I am hooked on this series

Before I ever started listening to A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox, I knew that I was going to love this story. Why? Because strangely, I have already read (with my ears) the fifth story in the series, A Child Lost, and adored it. I simply had to go back to the beginning and learn how Henrietta and Clive first met. And WOW! I am not disappointed. I devoured this book and listened straight through, resisting the temptation to increase the speed so I could find out the conclusion faster! "Are you always this flippant, Ms. Von Harmon?" Part of what makes Henrietta a fabulous character is her sass. She's had a rough life and upbringing, and has a lot of responsibility on her young shoulders. She has earned the right to be sassy and is more than capable of sparring with whomever she needs to in order to get what she needs. She's no shrinking violet, but she also knows how far to push and when to keep her mouth shut. She's street smart and worldly, but endearingly naive and innocent. In Henrietta, author Michelle Cox has given readers a fabulously layered character to cheer -- and fear -- for. Also fabulously written are peripheral characters who really come to life with the terrific narration performed by Jane Entwistle. Whether it's the annoying Stanley, or the sultry sounding Clive, Entwistle's voicing of the characters perfectly complements Cox's writing. Entwistle tackles male and female, young and old, Chicagoan and Irish, with each having a unique voice and cadence to make it easy to keep up with the wide cast of characters. And let's not forget the mystery! There's the nefarious Neptune and his dark world that threatens to consume Henrietta. Cox does a great job of dropping hints that something is off with a situation or a character, but she doesn't show her cards. She gives readers enough to niggle the brain and keep us engaged and guessing. "I'm quite mad for you." Ahhh, and the romance. Perhaps since I know where Henrietta and Clive are in book five, the attraction between them in A Girl Like You is all the richer. The attraction between the two of them is magnetic, and the sexual tension is palpable. Though it's a slow build and then a very fast romantic resolution, it works. Perfectly. One thing I love about having the book set in the 1930s is the language and diction. While there's often propriety in even the most intimate of conversations, there is also plenty of the coarse, rough talk of the working girls and fellas just trying to make a living -- legally, illegally, or within that gray area between the two. I desperately wanted to go right into listening to book two, A Ring of Truth, but alas, it has to wait another week until I get about a million things off the checklist. The anticipation is DELICIOUS, and knowing that when I get my work done, I can go back into Henrietta and Clive's world is quite the motivator. This may be my most productive week ever!

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Wonderful view of 30's Chicago, excellent mystery!

This book is wonderful start to a great series -- The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series. The attraction between the couple is adorable from the get-go, and Michelle Cox gives us a wonderful insight into what it must have been like to live in 1930's Chicago! I lapped this and all the other books in the series up. Jayne A Entwistle does a wonderful job of voicing the characters throughout the series -- especially that of Henrietta, as she becomes more "refined" and discovers that she is of a more refined lineage than she had previously suspected! Don't hesitate to purchase this book, either in audio or kindle format -- it's got all the wonderful moments that make a mystery combined with a romance series worth reading!! It's also filled with tons of period detail and you can tell that the author did a lot of research in crafting this series!

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More to it than the title implies

Since I had this book in my Audible library, I decided to give it a listen and review for this book blog tour. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. Honestly, based on the book title and book cover, I was expecting a light, somewhat silly romance set in a 1930s historical fiction. I’m so glad this story was much more than that. In fact, I would say this book is 90% historical fiction & mystery, with a touch of romance thrown in. 1930s Chicago is still recovering from the financial difficulties of several years ago and WW1. It’s the perfect place where lots of desperate people are willing to do dubious things for a steady pay check. And that’s exactly how we meet Henrietta. She’s the oldest child of a single parent and she’s had to grow up quick. All of her earnings go towards feeding, clothing, and housing her family. Her mom is a pill, the kids (like 8 of them!) range in ages, a younger brother is constantly in minor trouble, and then there’s work. Henrietta’s mom doesn’t approve of her work (as a 26 girl at a bar) but it’s save enough with the owner setting the tone of professionalism. But then she takes a job as a taxi dancer (and can’t tell her mom about it). One of then things I loved about this book is that I had never heard of these two professions (at least not referred to by these names), so right off the bat I was learning a few bits of historical trivia. While dancing, she meets Inspector Clive Howard and shortly after that, things get dangerous. With a dead body and a few missing ladies, Howard decides to take a chance on Henrietta. She’s in the perfect situation to help the police get to the bottom of these mysteries. She’s excited to do so, but both the inspector and I worried that she didn’t fully understand the danger she was putting herself in. The story has plenty of interesting characters and mystery. I was kept guessing about the bad guys. In fact, at one point I thought one of them was actually a police plant (but turns out I was wrong). The romance element is a small part of the story and is sprinkled throughout the book so I never got tired of it (I have a low tolerance for romance usually). All together, I really enjoyed this story. I hope Book 2 becomes available in audiobook format. 5/5 stars. The Narration: Jayne Entwistle is always a favorite to listen to. She’s got the perfect voice for 17 year old Henrietta, who is enthusiastic about life and full of determination. I also liked her wizened voices for the older ladies at the various places Henrietta works. They sound like they’ve been smoking and drinking and bedding for years. Entwistle’s male character voices sound like men and her little kid voices are spot on. There were no tech issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

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Excellent, entertaining sweet & spicy tale

As I usually do, I half-listened, half-read this book. You know the audio's excellent when the voices feel exactly like you think they should from reading the book. It's a story that works great in audio and feels totally authentic in either audio or on the page. A Girl Like You immediately drew me into the world of Depression-era Chicago. I loved the main character—beautiful, plucky Henrietta who’s helping support her embittered mother and eight younger siblings after her father’s desertion by suicide. Henrietta’s a wonderful combination of spunk, naiveté, love, and adventurousness. We get to see the dark world of Chicago gambling, prostitution, dance halls, and gangsters through her eyes. The author has a special gift for describing locations. You get a real feel for her home (with all those siblings), for a fair the family visits, for the street cars she rides, for dance halls, gambling establishments, and even a police station. I actually felt I was in a taxi with her and the police inspector who becomes a love interest. That said, the descriptions never slow the pace of the story which barrels along to a satisfying, heartwarming end. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Highly recommended!

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  • 07-13-20

Interesting crime plot with romance too

The story flowed well and there were some interesting twists in the plot but the romance aspect was not my taste. The heroine was too giddy for me, and some developments were too predictable. Narration was better than many I've listened to. I was disappointed the heroine"s reactions were fearful and timid when she should have been strong and determined.

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  • 05-23-20

Oh dear me no

What utter tosh. Simplistic, trite and silly. Our heroine is thick as a plank, the hero a bully and borderline abusive. Be warned too, disability is portrayed as a tasteless plot device and old, offensive language used throughout.