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Henrietta Who?

(Inspector Sloan #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,464 ratings  ·  167 reviews
In this mystery by CWA Diamond Dagger winner Catherine Aird, Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan must find a ruthless hit-and-run killer

Early one morning in the quiet English village of Larking, the body of a woman named Mrs. Jenkins is found in the road. Miles away, her daughter, Henrietta, receives the bad news while working in the university library. Poor Mrs. Jenkins app
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Published May 5th 2015 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published 1968)
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Robin Bailey 4 Hours 37 Mins

Description: The village of Larking is one of those quiet small towns where everyone fancies they know everything about everyone else, especially quiet-living widows like Grace Jenkins, bringing up one daughter, now away at university. It's so small that Harry Ford the postman does his round on a bicycle - and he's grateful for it when he finds Mrs. Jenkins dead in the road not far from home, clearly a victim of a hit-and-run driver the previous night. But the formali
Early one morning in the quiet English village of Larking, the body of a woman named Mrs. Jenkins is found in the road. Miles away, her daughter, Henrietta, receives the bad news while working in the university library.

3* The Religious Body (Inspector Sloan #1)
3* Henrietta Who? (Inspector Sloan #2)
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Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: Bettie
Shelves: 2015, audiobooks
10 DEC 2015 - recommendation through Bettie. Sounds super! Many thanks.

15 DEC 2015 - another good listen. I listened to this and the first one in my downtime at work, over lunch, and via bluetooth in the car. Thank you, Bettie.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, england
Excellent book. I love the main character, Inspector Sloan, and the other characters are well drawn and fit in perfectly with each other. I descriptions of the county side as well as the country houses create an ambience of the English country side. The plot was well done and this was one of the very few books where I had no idea of who-dunnit. Every thing was explained in the end and the entire thing was very satisfying.
I highly recommend this series.
Your basic classic English police procedural.

Classic English as in great plot but rather wooden characters. Grace Jenkins is killed by a hit and run driver on a lonely country road. Her daughter Henrietta is upset when she hears the news and reacts with typical British emotional hyper-sensitivity, implying that the whole situation is just - well, damned unfortunate. (Literary licence applied.) However when the coroner finds that her mother has never borne children, well now she's really perplexe
3.5 STARS | Catherine Aird has become one of my favorite mystery writers of the traditional mystery, even though this was not my favorite of her books that I've read so far. The hit and run murder of a middle-aged woman was superseded by the mystery of her daughter Henrietta's identity. So at times, I almost forgot what the crime was, in the search for Henrietta's origins. The solution seemed obvious once it was all wrapped up, yet I didn't figure it out. Aird's writing is excellent with touches ...more
Originally published in the late 60s, this is a traditional British village cozy that fans of Christie would enjoy. Solving the hit and run death of long time village resident Grace Jenkins suddenly becomes a much more involved case when Grace’s daughter discovers she can’t possibly be Grace’s daughter. Plenty of family secrets and twists and turns provide an interesting and entertaining read.
A reasonably decent cozy mystery, moderately paced.
A widow dies by hit and run under questionable circumstances, and after autopsy her 20 year old daughter finds out that she's not her biological mother. Search for her lineage starts, and a few secrets emerge.
Susan in NC
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well-done traditional British mystery. I look forward to reading more of Aird's Inspector Sloan mysteries. Her style and even Sloan's character remind me of Georgette Heyer's clever and witty police procedurals.

This was a fascinating puzzle - a woman killed by a car in a small village, but the subsequent investigation reveals she's not who everyone - including her daughter of the title- thought she was; this of course leads the daughter to wonder who she herself is. Fascinating premise, es
Susan needs more books, not really
Very good British procedural. While there is a murder at the beginning of the story, the interest shifts to one of the characters, Henrietta, in that she is not who everyone says she is. All this ties into the many branches of events which stem out from this murder.

Exciting chase at the end, some funny dialogue and a wonderful sense of village life and with citizens.
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-england
When a woman is found dead, it seems like a clear case of hit-and-run. But then the police learn that she wasn't Henrietta's mother. Which raises the question: Just who is Henrietta? ...more
Clare Snow
Such a cleverly complicated dastardly killer. Found my new fav plodding detective. Poor Seedy, surrounded by stupidity.
Ram Kaushik
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Very readable British cozy with gentle wit surfacing at unexpected moments.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun read that has a very vintage Christie feel to it. I will definitely check out some more from this writer.
An Odd1
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Mrs. G. E. Jenkins, walking home from bus stop, was run down Tuesday evening by a big heavy car. Her daughter Henrietta Eleanor Leslie from college, 21 soon "in April" p76, identifies her and notes bureau of important papers broken into, but not Boundary Cottage. Larking Inspector Sloane and Sgt Crosby from murder squad take over when pathologist Dr Dabbe reveals body "certainly never had any children and had very probably never been married either" p 26, and was run over twice, coming and going ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Don’t you just love finding out that you’ve missed every clue that was, oh so strategically, placed for you? Actually, I kind of do. I like it when the hero is smarter than I am, but I also like it when the author lets us know it by giving the reader all the info and still fooling us, well fooling me anyway. Maybe you can catch the brief clues she tosses out along with so many false leads, but you’ll have to pay very close attention.
This little book has more twists and turns than I expected i
Christine Cody
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thoroughly entertaining, good-humored mystery kept me guessing, engrossed, and amused throughout and right up to the last sentence. A kind, but rather secretive, widowed mother dies following a hit-and-run "accident" on a dark country road. DCI Sloan and the often-perplexed Crosby dredge for and eventually uncover a myriad of secrets, while solving multiple murders and attempting to unearth the true origins of Henrietta. The young woman had been the much-loved only child of the deceased for ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a quickly read mystery, perhaps due to the hefty amount of dialogue moving the plot forward. Much of the novel is, in fact, dialogue between characters. There is little character development and any scenery is only succinctly noted. Yet this light little mystery packs a punch in the plot department. Motive can be guessed fairly early in the story; the who and the how are what pull the reader to the end. This reissue of the second book in the Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan series, which b ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglophilia
I don't know when I have enjoyed a murder mystery more! "Henrietta Who?" starts off with the dead body of a widowed 40-something mother who turns out to be none of those things, except for the dead part.
It gets better. Each chapter ends with a surprising revelation, making this book one you truly cannot put down.
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Henrietta Who? is the second mystery featuring Inspector Sloan and the hapless Constable Crosby, and it remains one of my favorites. Aird piles mystery upon mystery: Was Grace Jenkins’ death truly accidental? If she’s not Henrietta’s mother, how did she come to raise Henrietta on her own? What about Henrietta’s deceased father – why are his war medals not the same as the ones he’s wearing in his portrait? And when Henrietta then discovers that there is no Cyril Edgar Jenkins on the regimental mo ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed my 3rd book in this series, and I am going onto my next book now. Still can't get enough of Inspector Sloan and his sidekick Crosby. ...more
John Frankham
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
I only heard of this authoress last week when I read a review of her latest (20+) in a whodunnit series with DI Sloan and his Watson-like sidekick, Det. Sergeant Crosby. How did I miss her?

This is the second book, from 1968. Well, and sparingly, written, the DI’s methodical and calm approach to the case, and the large amount of dialogue between the DI and his colleagues, high and low, makes it show some elements of a police procedural, but it is more like a Golden Age whodunnit in its plotting a
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A woman's body is discovered in a lonely country lane by the post man. She has been run over by a car. Her daughter, Henrietta is summoned from university and confirms she is her mother. However Dr Dabbe, the pathologist knows she isn't Henrietta's mother as the Grace Jenkins has never had any children.

Thus starts an intriguing investigation for Sloan and Crosby. What could have been a simple hit and run - tragic but nothing more than a fairly common-place event, leads to a trail of death and tw
Pete Loveday
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this English ‘who-dunnit’. This is a excellent English detective story in a classic style. Ms Aird has created a devilish and puzzling plot that has many twists and turns.
Henrietta Jenkins’s life is thrown into turmoil when her mother, Grace Jenkins is knocked down and killed by a hit and run motorists.
Then Henrietta discovers that she is not who she thought she was for almost 21 years!
Enter DI Sloane who is faced with a very complex and intriguing mystery.

Well crafted plot w
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been looking for a new mystery series to love and this might be it. The plots of both 1 & 2 were very good, but I haven't yet grown very attached to Inspector Sloan or the Constable. So far, they're not Amelia Peabody, Maisie Dobbs, Russ Van Alstyne, on Chief Inspector Gamache, but I'm hoping they'll grow on me as the series proceeds. They're certainly better written than most mystery series out there, so an interesting read, but not yet of the "can't put it down and waiting impatiently for ...more
I originally read this book when it came out in 1968, and I loved it. I just re-read it, and found it just as entertaining as I had then. Beautifully literate writing with a (mostly) understated sense of humor, a fairly intriguing plot, and well drawn characters. C. D. Sloan and his hapless colleague Crosby (this is the 2nd in the C. D. Sloan books) must discover the true identity of a young woman in order to solve the murder of her mother, and it proves quite a puzzle. I found that I did not mi ...more
Nancy Oakes
Much better than her 1st installment in the series. This one has an interesting plot: a woman is found dead, apparently run over by a car. She left behind a daughter in college, but the daughter turns out not to be who everyone thinks she is. The question is, "who is she?" Sloan must unravel this puzzle in order to solve this most vicious crime.

I liked it; it held my attention and offered a variety of suspects. I didn't figure out the killer which is always a plus. Recommended for those who lik
Sheila Beaumont
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the C.D. Sloan series of light, traditional police procedurals, Henrietta Who? is a well-plotted, fun-to-read whodunit with excellent, often humorous dialogue. A middle-aged woman is killed in a hit-and-run, and the identities of both the victim and Henrietta, the girl she has raised from infancy as her daughter, are called into question. If I'd read the dialogue more carefully, I might have guessed early on who the murderer was, but I must admit the solution was a total surprise t ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

After Henrietta's mother is found dead on the road, possibly the victim of a hit and run, she discovers she is not who she thought she was.
If her mother wasn't her mother - who was?
And who was her father?
And is Henrietta, Henrietta?
The more questions are asked, the more people are killed.
Can Henrietta find out who she really is, before she too is killed?

This is a delightful book - with lots of red herrings and more dead ends than you will find on the floor of a hairdressing salon.

Lisa Kucharski
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book I read of this author, and I find this story quite a good read. A great premise where both the surviving relative of the victim and the detective want answers... A woman is killed and the daughter of the woman is told, that the victim never had children and identities start to unravel from there on out.. and the daughter wants to know who is she really?

As that is trying to be discovered, all the parties associated with both parties are followed and as we find out who Henrietta is? T
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Catherine Aird (born 1930) is the pseudonym of author K.H. McIntosh. She was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and is the author of more than twenty crime fiction novels and story collections. Her writings are similar to those of Vivien Armstrong, M C Beaton and Pauline Bell.

Aird is creator of the Sloan and Crosby novels, set in the CID department of the fictional Berebury, West Calleshire, England

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Inspector Sloan (1 - 10 of 27 books)
  • The Religious Body (Inspector Sloan #1)
  • The Stately Home Murder (Inspector Sloan #3)
  • A Late Phoenix (Inspector Sloan, #4)
  • His Burial Too (Inspector Sloan #5)
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