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Publisher's Summary

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
  • 2011-09-07

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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  • Donna
  • 2021-03-01

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This is unlike any mystery I have read. It is well plotted, beautifully written and so well read I hung on
every word. Lean, clean, bright, just perfect. Several times I replayed sections to be sure I stayed on top of the action. C. Aird is a mystery writer I missed and now
Audible has lined 'em up for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2015-05-24

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
  • 2012-06-24

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.
  • 2018-08-25

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
  • 2011-07-27

Entertaining short read

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

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  • Lorna
  • 2013-05-21

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
  • 2011-07-27

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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  • denizen of Ballard
  • 2022-03-28

Narration issue

This is my favorite Aird. It's a bit convoluted but fun. The narrator really doesn't help the story at all though. He goes from whispers to shouts making setting the volume very difficult. I'd have to back up, turn up the volume, and then turn it down again so the shouting didn't hurt my ears. To much work as I was actually trying to garden at the time

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022-01-23

Not fair play

Aside from one clue early in the story almost every relevant fact is hidden by the author until the end. The story was well read. Not worth the cost of the audio book however.