I need a nice uncomplicated procedural right now and this is filling the bill quiet well. A young girl finds after her mother is killed in a hit and run that the lady is not her mother after all. Has never had a child. Detective Sloan has to find out who they are before he can solve the mystery.
The townspeople would have said Larking, with its stone rectory and thatched farmhouses, was typical of a thousand other English villages. As it happened, this was true. And everyone in Lazking thought they knew everything about everyone else. In that they found they were mistaken...especially the morning the postmnan found Grace Jenkins murdered. She had lived quietly at Boundry Cottage for twenty-one years, but there was a great deal about
Grace the townspeople didn'tknow. And Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan soon discoveroed they knew even less about her dauthter Henrietta... in faxct. nobody ould explainh who Henreitta really was.
When Grace Jenkins is run down in the lane, Henrietta, who has been raised as her daughter, finds herself without parents (or even last name). The New York Times named this one of the best books of the year it was printed, and for good reason.
There are lots of red herrings and droll humor throughout. It is a priceless Catherine Aird who-done-it.