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Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird

Henrietta Who? (edition 2008)

by Catherine Aird

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Title:Henrietta Who?
Authors:Catherine Aird
Info:Rue Morgue (2008), Paperback, 159 pages
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Tags:English, mystery, 2012

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Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird


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A great timeless cozy that check all the right boxes.

**eARC netgalley** ( )
  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird is a police procedural set in a small rural English village that was originally published in 1968. It is the second in the author’s Inspector Sloan series of mysteries. The book is quite short, being less than 200 pages, but I found it to be an interesting storyline as the hit and run death of the middle aged Grace Jenkins has the unusual consequence of revealing that she could not have been the mother of her supposed daughter, Henrietta. Then when further investigation reveals that not only was her death deliberately planned but important papers were taken from her cottage, Inspector Sloan realizes he must find out who Henrietta is and how she came into Grace’s care as a very young baby in order to solve the case.

The focus of the investigation becomes very much a hunt through the past as Henrietta’s true identity is being traced. The main character, Inspector Sloan is a competent, seemingly straight forward detective who often becomes irritated at his plodding assistant who is frequently the source of humor. On the most part the characters were likeable and interesting, the only irritant I found was Sloan’s superior who was a little too over-the-top.

Catherine Aird’s story is both witty and entertaining. Henrietta Who? was a well plotted mystery and I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 4, 2018 |
In this second number in the long series of the Sloan and Crosby mysteries, Grace Jenkins, the single mother of a college student, is killed in a hit-and-run accident, only for the coroner to discover that Jenkins has never been pregnant nor borne a child. The dialogue between Sloan and Crosby - and really, between all the characters - is great. On the other hand, Henrietta's reaction (the student) was unconvincing. It seems totally implausible to me that Henrietta would immediately and rigidly insist that the woman who had raised her was not her 'mother' - far more likely that she'd say, biology notwithstanding, that Grace Jenkins was her mother in every way that mattered, and facing the immediate need to grieve, would likely put off any curiosity about her own origins until later. If you can look past that - and some of the warning signals of a problematic love relationship for couple of the characters - this is a fun, light police procedural. ( )
  bezoar44 | Feb 28, 2016 |
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.

Grace Jenkins' body is discovered lying in a quiet village road by the postman and the post-mortem reveals both that she has been run down deliberately and that she has never had a child. Her daughter, Henrietta, who is away at college, is therefore left not knowing who she is. Grace has always told Henrietta about her father, whose photo sits on the mantelpiece and who supposedly died fighting in WWII, but the police determine that this too is a fiction.

I gathered that this mystery was set in the early 60s, when phone calls were always made from call boxes and (surprisingly) everyone was available for questioning over the weekend - gentler times! I enjoyed this story very much and read it in one sitting. The detective running the investigation, Inspector Sloan, was humorous and gently contemptuous of both his constable, Crosby, and his superintendent, Leeyes, (in true Morse fashion). The story is largely dialogue and plot-driven, with little in the way of musings on the nature of evil or lengthy back-stories explaining why certain characters were in some way "damaged". The plot was logical and clearly laid out and Henrietta's despair at ever finding out her true identity seemed all too understandable at times. The rector and his wife were lovely supporting characters and I was glad that Bill stood by Henrietta.

Slight niggles: why did Henrietta's birth family never try to find out what had become of her? I did not really buy into the suggestion that her parents might have been murdered. ( )
  pgchuis | Apr 17, 2015 |
Second in the Inspector Sloan mysteries. Do like these cozy mysteries.

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After her mother is found dead on a quiet road, possibly the victim of a hit-and-run, events and revelations lead Henrietta to wonder if her mother's death was accidental or murder. ( )
  mazda502001 | Oct 26, 2008 |
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Murder at Boundary Cottage. The townspeople would have said Larking, with the stone rectory and thatched farmhouses, was typical of a thousand other English villages. As it happened, this was true. And everyone in Larking thought they knew everything about everyone else. In that they found they were mistaken...especially the morning the postman found Grace Jenkins murdered. She ahd lived quietly at Boundary Cottage for twenty-one years. But there was a great deal about Grace the townspeople didn't know. And Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan soon discovered they knew even less about her daughter Henrietta...in fact, nobody could explain who Henrietta really was.… (more)

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