A Spying Eye


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$17.95  $16.69
She Writes Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Michelle Cox is the author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series, a mystery/romance saga set in 1930s Chicago often described as "Downton Abbey meets Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries." To date, the series has won over sixty international awards and has received positive reviews from Library Journal (starred), Booklist (starred), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and various media outlets, such as Popsugar, Buzzfeed, Redbook, Elle, Brit&Co., Bustle, Culturalist, Working Mother, and many others. Cox also pens the wildly popular Novel Notes of Local Lore, a weekly blog that chronicles the lives of Chicago's forgotten residents. She lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children and is hard at work on her next novel.


2023 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite in Mystery

2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards): Gold Winner in Book Series - Fiction
2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Best Series Finalist
2022 Illinois Women's Press Association Awards: Fiction First Place Winner
2022 Shelf Unbound: Top 100 Notable Indie
2023 Independent Press Award: Mystery

Praise for A Spying Eye:

"A fun and spunky heroine, a plot involving an old castle in Strasbourg make this a fast-paced, delightful read."
--Rhys Bowen, New York Times best-selling author
"A fabulously entertaining novel, start to finish."
--Hall Ways, Lonestar Literary Life
"Romantic, sexy, and fulfilling. Henrietta and Clive Howard finally live out their unbridled passion for each other's intellect and charm--while solving a case!"--Rebecca Rosenberg, author of Champagne Widows"An exciting mystery with engaging characters. It kept me guessing to the end!"
--Clare Broyles, co-author of Wild Irish Rose: A Molly Murphy mystery"The second enjoyable feature of this novel lies in the love story binding Clive and Henrietta, who display a humorous yet profound rapport with one another; their romance is a mix of intelligence and sensuality."
--Historical Novel Society"As usual, Cox weaves together an intricate plot . . . and keeps readers unsure about what's fact and what's fiction - which brings another dimension to her smoothly-written mysteries."
--Book Trib"Impossible to put down. The author does a beautiful job transporting readers to another time and place--but giving her characters and situations enough modern drama to keep the story interesting and relatable!"
--Angela Thompson, Amazon Vine Voice"A tour de force with a triple-layered plot that weaves between France, England, and America--with the world on the edge of WW II. A Spying Eye has something for everyone--mystery, mischief, and most of all love."
--Kate Farrell, author of Story Power"This was a fun and fast paced mystery/romance with something happening on every page."
--Carol Doscher, Amazon Vine Voice"Cox fills the story with beautiful characters and a masterfully chiseled plot filled with the perfect amount of mystery and suspense."
--Page Turners and Sweet Tea"A fun and spunky heroine, a plot involving an old castle in Strasbourg make this a fast-paced, delightful read."
--Rhys Bowen, New York Times best-selling author

"An exciting mystery with engaging characters. It kept me guessing to the end!"
--Clare Broyles, co-author of Wild Irish Rose: A Molly Murphy mystery

Praise for the Series:

A Girl Like You:

"Michelle Cox masterfully recreates 1930s Chicago, bringing to life its diverse neighborhoods and eclectic residents, as well as its seedy side. Henrietta and Inspector Howard are the best pair of sleuths I've come across in ages--Cox makes us care not just about the case, but about her characters. A fantastic start to what is sure to be a long-running series."
--Tasha Alexander, New York Times best-selling author of The Lady Emily Mysteries

"Fans of spunky, historical heroines will love Henrietta Von Harmon."
--Booklist starred review

"Flavored with 1930's 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."
--Library Journal starred review

A Ring of Truth:

"An engaging and effective romp rich with historical details."

"Set in the 1930s, this romantic mystery combines the teetering elegance of Downton Abbey and the staid traditions of Pride and Prejudice with a bit of spunk and determination that suggest Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs."

"Henrietta and Inspector Howard make a charming odd couple in A Ring of Truth, mixing mystery and romance in a fizzy 1930s cocktail."
--Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author

A Promise Given:

"Cox's eye for historical detail remains sharp. . . . A pleasant, escapist diversion."

"The mix of sleuthing and aristocratic life pairs well with Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series."

"Series fans will cheer the beginning of Clive and Henrietta's private investigation business in an entry with welcome echoes of Pride and Prejudice."
--Publishers Weekly

A Veil Removed:

"Entertaining . . . composed of large dollops of romance and a soupçon of mystery, this confection will appeal!"
--Publishers Weekly

"This is a wonderfully-written, engaging story with excellent character treatment and a thrilling mystery."
--IBPA, Independent Book Publishers Association

"Cox draws textured visuals of a 1930s Chicago mansion replete with cherrywood drink carts, embroidered goose down pillows, brand new wireless radios, Worth gowns, Rothschild coats, and the music of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. It puts us back in the romantically turbulent 1930s Chicago. This engaging story charms us."

A Child Lost:

". . . vivid descriptive prose and historical accuracy."
--Publishers Weekly

"Michelle Cox's delightful storytelling has a bewitching charm that will keep readers glued to their seats with a perfect blend of absorbing historical facts, intriguing mystery, and thrilling romance."
--Readers Favorite

"Once again, Cox delivers the passion and intrigue of Henrietta and Clive with a story that leaps right off the page. A Child Lost is a true thrill . . ."
--Paperback Paris