A Veil Removed is a work of historical murder mystery fiction penned by author Michelle Cox, and forms the fourth book in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series of novels, continuing the adventures of couple Clive and Henrietta in the recent historical world of pre Second World War. Their honeymoon ends in tragedy as Alcott, Clive’s father, passes away unexpectedly, but when the couple arrives back in Highbury it seems that the death may be far from natural. As the investigation gets underway, a further drama unfolds with Henrietta’s sister, Elsie, whose new direction at a women’s college takes her to an unexpected meeting with an intriguing figure with a murky past.
History fans will fall in love all over again with this latest instalment in a compelling historical drama to rival the likes of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Author Michelle Cox does a fantastic job of keeping the romantic spark alive between the already-established couple, giving them individual development as thrilling heroes, but also bringing them back together in times of crisis. I also really enjoyed Elsie’s storyline, and her dialogue and character development through education bring her to life in a whole new light as the novel develops. The atmosphere of England on the verge of war is superbly well described, setting the series up to continue into a darker, more intense chapter of history. Overall, A Veil Removed marks another triumph in a gorgeously romantic, but also seriously compelling mystery series that continues to enthrall its fans.