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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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By Harley on 06-24-12

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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By MidwestGeek on 09-07-11

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 goes on my wish list.

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By Lizzi on 02-03-18

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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By Mrs. J. A. Palfree on 06-12-15

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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