Books by Sally Spencer

BLACKSTONE AND THE ENDGAME by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Packed with portents, Blackstone's ninth takes a nicely shaped puzzle and inflates it until it's as gassy as one of the Kaiser's zeppelins."
International intrigue takes its toll on Inspector Sam Blackstone (Blackstone and the Great War, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
A WALK WITH THE DEAD by Sally Spencer
Released: April 1, 2013

"Another solid outing for Charlie Woodend's worthy successor, whose baggage, like her striking European nose, makes her all the more appealing."
The disappearance of a young girl launches an investigation that poses a host of challenges for DCI Monika Paniatowski (Lambs to the Slaughter, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER by Sally Spencer
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Just as the Special Branch thwarts Monika, politics and espionage undermine Spencer's usually solid mixture of police procedure and detection."
A strike vote pits miner against miner in the colliery town of Bellingsworth. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"Another solid effort from Spencer. It's great fun to watch the thorny Inspector sass the fatuousness out of snobbery."
Trench warfare takes a back seat to class warfare as Scotland Yard Inspector Blackstone (Blackstone and the Wolf of Wall Street, 2010, etc.) tracks a murderer. Read full book review >
BACKLASH by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

DCI Monika Paniatowski (Echoes of the Dead, 2011, etc.) is saddled with yet another case that threatens to end her career.

To a man, the Whitebridge police think of Thomas Kershaw as a good bobby. Read full book review >

ECHOES OF THE DEAD by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2011

"Shifting seamlessly between past and present versions of the case, Spencer produces a tour de force readers won't quickly forget."
A convicted murderer's dying declaration prompts an unexpected investigation for DCI Monika Paniatowski (The Ring of Death, 2010, etc.) and a world of trouble for her beloved Charlie Woodend. Read full book review >
BLACKSTONE AND THE WOLF OF WALL STREET by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The case of the banker in the bunker provides enough wit, puzzlement and class warfare to delight the most devoted Blackstone fan."
Marooned in the United States, Inspector Sam Blackstone investigates the kidnapping of a business tycoon. Read full book review >
THE RING OF DEATH by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2010

"Paniatowski continues to prove herself a worthy successor to Charlie Woodend as Spencer delivers another first-rate whodunit."
Beset by spies both official and unofficial, DCI Monika Paniatowski (The Dead Hand of History, 2009, etc.) investigates a series of murders as shocking as they are deliberate. Read full book review >
THE DEAD HAND OF HISTORY by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Monika carries the torch nobly as Spencer's franchise keeps its edge."
Two grisly murders at a bakery provide a trial by fire for Charlie Woodend's protégée. Read full book review >
BLACKSTONE AND THE NEW WORLD by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2009

"Spencer's procedural, set in the bustling New York City of 1900, offers a fresh venue for the hero and provides a satisfying twist at the end."
A visit to New York shows Sam Blackstone that crime solving requires the same skills no matter the location. Read full book review >
FATAL QUEST by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Woodend fans should cherish this finale, which rounds out the professional career of Lancaster's favorite subversive while paving the way for further adventures on the sunny Mediterranean."
Retiring Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend (Dying Fall, 2008, etc.) reminisces about his first case: the murder of a black teenager that no one wanted solved. Read full book review >
DYING FALL by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2008

"Spencer isn't afraid to shake up a reliable formula, bringing novelty to even the most mundane crime wave."
The torching of a tramp sparks tensions among DCI Woodend's team as they work under the gun to prevent similar crimes. Read full book review >
DEATH WATCH by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A routine procedural from Spencer (Dangerous Games, 2007, etc.) made disturbing by dark glimpses into the mind of a child molester."
The abduction of a young girl from a local park brings DCI Charlie Woodend personal anguish and professional peril. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS GAMES by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2007

"The intrigue grows but the detection wanes, making Spencer's latest entry feel like a transitional piece, a stopgap between reminiscences of past adventures and plans for future outings."
DCI Charlie Woodend (Stone Killer, 2005, etc.) and his crew track a serial killer bent on displaying his handiwork in increasingly public venues. Read full book review >
STONE KILLER by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 31, 2005

"Spencer expertly balances personal and professional angst in this tense, compelling tale."
The pressure's on when retired Army major Thomas Maitland takes desperate measures to force the police to reexamine the murder conviction of his wife. Read full book review >
DYING IN THE DARK by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2005

"Spencer's compact page-turner packs more mystery into less space than most of its competitors."
Mid-Lancashire Detective Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend (The Butcher Beyond, 2004, etc.) continues his streak of irritating his superiors while protecting the public—including those closest to him. Read full book review >
THE BUTCHER BEYOND by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Whether he's sipping una cerveza or downing a pint of best bitter, dogged Woodend's a treat for fans of truth-and-justice detection."
Death never takes a holiday for DCI Charlie Woodend, whose vacation is hijacked by murder. Read full book review >
THE WITCH MAKER by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2004

"The dark secrets behind the bright flames make Spencer's latest a first-class chiller."
Still fascinated by fire, Spencer goes from Guy Fawkes revelry (The Enemy Within, 2003) to serious witch-burnings as Charlie Woodend finds a town so inbred even his stubborn cloggin-it can't make a dent. Read full book review >
THE ENEMY WITHIN by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Spencer's careful balance of menace from without and within makes her latest a standout among her reliably entertaining procedurals."
Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend has more than his share of help and more than his share of problems as he tracks a killer who's been preparing for Guy Fawkes Night by stashing corpses in the bonfires. Read full book review >
A DEATH LEFT HANGING by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2003

"Spencer's latest is her best: an ingenious puzzle that goes straight to the heart."
Once again, Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend's superiors hand him a real career-buster: the 30-year-old bludgeoning of salesman Fred Dodds, for which his wife has already been hanged. Read full book review >
DEATH OF AN INNOCENT by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

The only way Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend (The Red Herring, p. 710, etc.) can solve a case, as he used to remind his old bagman, Bob Rutter, is by cloggin' it: walking over the crime scene to get the feel of it. Read full book review >

THE RED HERRING by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2002

October 1962: Whitebridge, Lancashire, waits with the rest of the world in fear. Read full book review >

DEAD ON CUE by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

No doubt about it, death boosts ratings. Read full book review >

THE DARK LADY by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

Poirot may have had his little gray cells, but Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend's got his big flat feet, and their liberal use has given Cloggin' It Charlie (Death of a Cave Dweller, 2000, etc.) the devil's own luck at solving cases hairier than his well-worn tweed coat. Read full book review >

DEATH OF A CAVE DWELLER by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

As its title suggests, this deeply conventional whodunit reaches back, back, back to the very dawn of rock 'n' roll: Liverpool, circa 1960, when glorified garage bands played lunchtime gigs that set throngs of shop clerks and typists screaming and swooning in makeshift clubs across the city. Read full book review >

THE SALTON KILLINGS by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

Cheshire in the —50s, before English villages succumbed to the same murder mania as Manhattan, was still a dangerous place for blond schoolgirls. Read full book review >