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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1967, in Fayetteville, NC

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Michelle (Bonnet) Cox was born in Fayetteville, NC at the Fort Bragg Army hospital while her father, Walter M. Bonnet, served in the US Army. When Michelle was just six months old, the Bonnets returned to their hometown of East Dubuque, Illinois, which is where several generations of Bonnets have lived, starting with Peter Bonnet, Michelle's great, great grandfather, who immigrated to the area from Alsace-Lorraine in the the 1800's. Michelle attended St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in East Dubuque and Wahlert Catholic High School in neighboring Dubuque, Iowa. She then went on to Mundelein College in Chicago and graduated, summa cum laude, in 1990. Currently, she is married with three children and lives in the northern Chicago suburb of Grayslake. She writes a historical mystery/romance series set in the 1930s Chicago, as well as a weekly blog, "Novel Notes of Local Lore," which is dedicated to ordinary Chicago residents of the 1930s and '40s, now long forgotten.

Biographical and Professional Information

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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Awards

-- """A Girl Like You"""

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-- *Gold Historical Mystery Winner, Readers Favorite, 2017

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-- *Gold Mystery Winner, IPPY Awards, 2016

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-- *Gold Mystery Winner, Readers Favorite, 2016

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-- *Gold Mystery Winner, Foreword Indies, 2016

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-- *Finalist, Foreword Indies - Romance, 2016

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-- *Top 100 Notable Indie, Shelf Unbound, 2016

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-- *Mystery and Mayhem Winner, Chanticleer Awards, 2016

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-- *Fiction Romance Finalist, USA Best Book Awards, 2016

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-- *Winner, Beverly Hills Book Awards - Midwest Regional Fiction, 2016

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-- *Romance Finalist, Next Generation Indies, 2016

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-- *Historical Fiction Winner, Reader Views - Great Lakes Regional Winner, 2016

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-- *Historical Fiction Winner, Tyler Tichelaar Award, 2016

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-- *Starred Review, Kirkus, 2016

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-- """A Ring of Truth"""

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-- *Winner, Chanticleer Book Awards - Mystery, 2018

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-- *Finalist, Chanticleer Book Awards - Historical Fiction and Romance, 2018

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-- *Shortlisted for Indie Fiction Awards, Chicago Writers Association, 2018

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-- *Winner, Independent Press Award - Romantic Suspense, 2018

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-- *Finalist, Next Gen indies - Romance and Mystery, 2017

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-- *Honorable Mention, Readers Favorite - Mystery, 2017

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-- *Winner, Beverly Hills Book Award - Northeast Regional Fiction, 2017

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-- *Finalist, Beverly Hills Book Award - Cross-Genre, 2017

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-- *Finalist, Beverly Hills Book Award - Mystery, 2017

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-- *Finalist, Reader Views Literary Awards - Adult Fiction, 2017-2018

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-- *Finalist, National Indie Excellence Awards - Midwest Regional Fiction, 2018

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-- """A Promise Given"""

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-- *Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Romance, 2018