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A Child Lost by Michelle Cox - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Series Title A CHILD LOST (A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel #5) by Michelle Cox

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+)

Genre Historical Mystery

Publisher She Writes Press

Release dates:   April 2020

Content Rating: R: My book is rated R for 2 sex scenes

that are somewhat explicit but which are tastefully done. There is
periodic swearing (not excessive), but no violence.

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.

Guest Post
Getting the Details Right
People often tell me that my historical details (such as the furniture, music, clothing, and settings) add so much to their experience of the series.  Naturally, they then ask me about my research process.

I wish I had a good answer.

Something like . . . I spent two years doing intensive research before I even started the series, but, alas, no. Many of these details just already live in my head. I’ve always had an affinity for the past and collect details the way other people might collect sea shells.

I think this is something that started for me when I was a kid.  I was always that kid that was sitting on the periphery listening to grandparents and aunts and uncles tell stories about “the old days,” which my siblings and cousins were off playing.  I think I was cataloging details even then.

Another thing that helps, I think, is the fact that I adore big band music . . . to the point that it can make me cry. That’s not normal! A while back, I compiled a playlist of 1930s and 40s music and have been continuously playing this in my car for about three years now. (Can I just say that my kids hate me?) But listening to these songs not only transports me, but it adds to my understanding of people’s mindsets back then and also gives me hints about dialogue.

As for the furniture, one of the things I like to do on vacations is to tour old mansions or estates (another reason the kids hate me), and I try to catalog what I’m seeing as I walk through, though sometimes I cheat and buy the guide book in the gift store to jog my memory later.

The clothing is the only part I need help with. I can picture what they’re wearing, but I don’t have a fashion vocabulary in my head, so I did buy a giant book about fashion of the era which I refer to frequently.

As for the settings, I sort of did a blend of fictional and real places.  At first I was trying to do a ton of research to find out the name of a bar on a certain corner in Chicago in 1936, and I realized that it wasn’t necessary to have that level of accuracy.  That was something I gave myself permission to fictionalize.  The bigger landmarks, such as The Green Mill, Dunning Asylum, or The Aragon Ballroom are enough, I’ve found, to place people back in that time.
Lastly, I’m a period drama junkie. Being an anglophile and also married to a Brit, I think I’m watched every period drama ever made. Some of them don’t get the details right, but many do, and I borrow their research. While I’m watching what is happening with the characters on screen, a part of me is always looking and collecting the detail in the background.  I’m always on a permanent fact-finding mission.

I simply love the past.  I feel like a part of my brain always lives there, while the rest of me lives in this strange modern world.


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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