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Life for Henrietta Jenkins was a quiet, well-ordered affair - a home with her widowed mother and degree studies at university. But her life changed dramatically when, just before her 21st birthday, her mother’s body was found in a quiet road, apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver. For not only did the simple case turn into a murder hunt, but the post mortem also revealed that Grace Jenkins had never had any children. In which case, who was Henrietta?

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  • MidwestGeek
  • 07-09-2011

Excellent police procedural; very British.

I enjoyed this mystery involving Detective Inspector Sloan. I expect readers would be somewhat polarized about this audiobook. First of all, not everyone likes police procedurals, which are slow and methodical, but where there are occasional hints dropped along the way that you may pick up even before the Detective does. Almost the opposite of a thriller, there is little real action. Secondly, the humor is very British, understated and cerebral. The narrator does a good job, but you must like this style of language that is relatively unfamiliar to an American ear. Here it is delivered slowly enough that it is easily understood and followed--somewhat like watching Masterpiece Theater. The cast of characters is small but well-developed. The book is short, taking a little less than 5 hours. It's light fare, but entertaining. I look forward to listening to other mysteries by Catherine Aird in her Chronicles of Calleshire series. All her books are relatively short; I'll try to pick them up when they are on sale, but these definitely go on my wish list.

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  • Book Maven
  • 24-05-2015

Very entertaining British mystery

Having read all of Catherine Aird's books in the past, I'm delighted to see them available on Audible. Narrator Robin Bailey captures all the Englishness of the characters and atmosphere especially Constable Crosby's mumbling under his breath that comes out in the books. I'm looking forward to adding the audiobooks I don't have to my library (although I notice Audible does have duplicates under different titles or covers.) I see enjoyable hours ahead in Calleshire, England.

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  • Harley
  • 24-06-2012

Henrietta's humor

This is a fun listen! The dry English humor is delightful. I am glad I listened, don't miss this one.

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  • D. K.
  • 25-08-2018

Short but worth it!

The author's humor portrayed in her characters is delightful. It was my first audio of a cozy mystery and I am grateful to have chosen it. It remains my favourite of "cozies" because of the subtle humor.

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  • Carol
  • 27-07-2011

Entertaining short read

Very entertaining as a short read. The narrator was enjoyable. Worth the four hours listening time.

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  • Lorna
  • 21-05-2013

Holiday read..

good holiday read, that you can read without too much attention. Not too believable, but overall not too bad!

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  • Anne
  • 27-07-2011

Not recommended

It's an intriguing premise and it starts out well, but I simply cannot finish it. The narration is really pretty awful. Perhaps that's my problem being an American listening to an insufferably nasal British accent. But I've listened to many British narrators who were wonderful. Robin Bailey only seems to have two voices and he runs the dialogue together in such a way that it's often impossible to tell "who" is speaking.

But that's just part of the problem. This is the slowest moving mystery I've encountered recently and the characters are simply not engaging or interesting enough to keep me interested. And it's more than just "disinterested." It's a good portion of "annoyed" as well. I find Henrietta too shallow and whiney. Her mother is dead. But, as we quickly learn, Mrs. Jenkins isn't her biological mother - that's the mystery. And Henrietta not only appears not to mourn at all, but immediately and deliberately stops referring to her as "Mother" and snapping peevishly at those who do. But this is the only mother she's ever known ... but she can just "dismiss" her?

Between the insufferable narration and the insufferable main character, I decided I don't care how it turns out.

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  • reneereader
  • 09-01-2021

Excellent cosy procedural

An English countryside mystery with a procedural approach. I really enjoyed this mystery - it wasn’t clear what the real mystery was and the storyline was compelling- who are you if you realize your mother and only living relative was lying to you. Why was she doing so? Why and who killed her? And also I wasn’t sure whether the girl herself wasn’t in on the murder. Compelling to the end. :-) nothing too graphic but not too sweet either

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  • Paul Richards
  • 08-12-2020

A good read! ee,

Enjoyed this book. Interesting story , characters and setting. HELD my interest up thorough the end. Well performed.

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  • Brennan
  • 19-11-2020

A tricky one to follow, but still worth it!

I found this one a bit too twisty to follow the first time through. I had zero idea what was going on, and any ideas I did have I couldn’t support. This is not my favouriye of this series, but is definitely not one to skip. Narrator still a tad under William Shatner to me, but still quite good. He doesn’t step in the author’s wit for sure, which counts for a lot for me!

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  • Lizzi
  • 03-02-2018

A really good, gentle murder mystery!

Having romped through all the Agatha Raisin books and thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them, I was looking for something similar to replace them but really struggling to find anything. After googling similar reads, I came across the Inspector Sloane series by Catherine Aird and I'm really hooked. Like Agatha Raisin, they're not gory, they're a whodunnit. The writing is excellent, the pace is gentle yet compelling and Robin Bailey is just superb as the narrator - his voice is quite beautiful. They're a different tone to what I was looking for but they're still so good yet in a different way. I'm really looking forward to listening to every book in the series

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  • Mrs. J. A. Palfree
  • 12-06-2015

Very Dated

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The idea of the plot is good and could have developed into a great storyline. Unfortunately the writing is so dated and stilted it made for a rather 'cringe' listen. Published in 1968 but not the 1968 that I remember, even in the heart of rural Derbyshire. This harks back to some mythic 'Christie-esque' place and time. The best that can be said is the welcome absence of 'F' in the mouths of every character.

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  • K E Waite
  • 10-02-2020

Amusing period mystery

An amusing story set in the post war era. Not a very complex tale but presented in an intriguing way.

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