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A Girl Like You

The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series
Narrated by: Jayne A Entwistle
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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  • MxH
  • San Tan Valley, AZ, United States
  • 05-06-19

Painfully Silly

I enjoy listening to Jayne Entwistle performances, but she couldn’t save this story.

It falls short as a historical romance and mystery. The romance and the mystery are predictable and lack nuance. The story only has potential to reach a mild level of suspense, but that is ruined by the female protagonist’s complete silliness. She is written to be naive; unfortunately, she is one dimensional and unintelligent. The male protagonist is equally one dimensional and bland.

The most appalling aspect, however, relates to the romance. The female lead has a serious internal dialogue where in she proclaims her wish to shape herself to a man’s desires to secure his affections. Michelle Cox’s is as silly as her heroine if this is her attempt to represent female attitudes of the time.

Do not waste your time or money on this piece of fiction.

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Great Romance!

I really liked this romance mystery. The fact that this book seems to be the first of a series has me eagerly awaiting future stories of the characters in this book.

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Sex and the Single Girl?

When I saw the description I requested a copy of this [AUDIO] book and am delighted to be able to provide this review. Narrator Jayne A Entwistle provided the perfect voicing for taxi dancer Henrietta, her various cohorts, and the criminal coterie controlling Chicago. Beautifully noir, our perspective is the heroine's, which is unusual in and of itself. But coupled with a complex plot that includes a few twists of its own, we have an excellent, fun novel with little romance on the side as we travel in time to the roaring . . . thirties, that time of economic dark despair (but at least you could drink legally again).

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Great!

Fantastic mystery with great narration! I really enjoyed this story!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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  • MKE
  • 12-16-17

A really good read

I think that the research behind the story is exceptional, the characters are very well drawn (even the truly irritating), and the plot is different from the ordinary even though it lacked the urgency often found in many mysteries. The publisher's blurb is somewhat informative and there is no need for spoilers, but the writing is better than indicated, and that's what makes this worthwhile.
I requested and received a free copy through AudioBookBOOM.
I think that Jayne Entwistle was an excellent choice for narrator!