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Title:
A girl like you
Author:
Cox, Michelle (Historical fiction writer), author.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2016.
Physical Description:
279 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
"It's 1935, and ever since the big crash and her father's subsequent suicide, Henrietta Von Harmon has been left with the job of caring for her antagonistic mother and seven younger siblings. In desperation, Henrietta finally agrees to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall. Just as she's beginning to enjoy herself, however, the floor matron suddenly turns up dead. When the aloof Inspector Howard appears on the scene to investigate, he persuades Henrietta to go undercover for him, plunging even deeper into Chicago's gritty underworld."--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781631520167
Format :
Book

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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.


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Fans of spunky, historical heroines will love Henrietta Von Harmon. Taking bets and serving drinks as a 26 girl (operator of a dice game) at a local tavern in her 1935 North Side Chicago neighborhood, Henrietta helps support her mother and seven siblings. Needing more money, she takes a job as a dance-hall girl and meets roguish Inspector Clive Howard of the Chicago PD. He asks Henrietta to go undercover at a burlesque house, where girls have gone missing. Up for an adventure, and eager to have a reason to keep seeing the copper, Henrietta lies to her mother about how she's spending her evenings and dons a skimpy usherette outfit. She gains the confidence of her new coworkers and talks her way into being a girl who gets called behind the green door. But does Henrietta really know what she's getting herself into? And can Inspector Howard save her virtue in time? Henrietta is irrepressible, and fans of post-Prohibition moxie will anxiously await a sequel.--Keefe, Karen Copyright 2016 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Henrietta Von Harmon makes ends meet as a "26 girl," keeping scores on dice games in a dive bar in 1935 Chicago. Desperate to support her mother and siblings, she takes another job as a paid dance partner. When the dance hall's floor matron is murdered. Henrietta finds herself working for the aloof Insp. Clive Howard, going undercover at a notorious burlesque theater where the killer is believed to be hiding in plain sight. Despite the distractions of their growing attraction, Henrietta and the inspector must cooperate to take down a crime boss and bring a murderer to justice. VERDICT -Flavored with 1930s slang and fashion, this first volume in what one hopes will be a long series is absorbing. Henrietta and Clive are a sexy, endearing, and downright fun pair of sleuths. Readers will not see the final twist coming.--Kristen Droesch, formerly with Library Journal © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.