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Sally Spencer is an English author that writes mysteries, sagas, and historical mystery novels. Spencer is fortunate enough to write full-time today, but that was not always the case.
Order of Chief Inspector Woodend Series
|1||The Salton Killings||1998||Description / Buy|
|2||Murder at Swann's Lake||1999||Description / Buy|
|3||Death of a Cave Dweller||2000||Description / Buy|
|4||The Dark Lady||2001||Description / Buy|
|5||The Golden Mile to Murder||2001||Description / Buy|
|6||Dead on Cue||2002||Description / Buy|
|7||The Red Herring||2002||Description / Buy|
|8||Death of an Innocent||2002||Description / Buy|
|9||A Death Left Hanging||2003||Description / Buy|
|10||The Enemy Within||2003||Description / Buy|
|11||The Witch Maker||2004||Description / Buy|
|12||The Butcher Beyond||2004||Description / Buy|
|13||Dying in the Dark||2005||Description / Buy|
|14||Stone Killer||2005||Description / Buy|
|15||A Long Time Dead||2006||Description / Buy|
|16||Sins of the Fathers||2006||Description / Buy|
|17||Dangerous Games||2007||Description / Buy|
|18||Death Watch||2007||Description / Buy|
|19||Dying Fall||2008||Description / Buy|
|20||Fatal Quest||2008||Description / Buy|
Order of Jennie Redhead Mystery Series
|1||The Shivering Turn||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||Dry Bones||2018||Description / Buy|
|3||Daughters of Darkness||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of London Series
|1||Old Father Thames||1995||Description / Buy|
|2||South Of The River||1998||Description / Buy|
Order of Marston Trilogy Series
|1||Salt of the Earth||1994||Description / Buy|
|2||Up Our Street||1995||Description / Buy|
|3||Those Golden Days||1996||Description / Buy|
Order of Monika Paniatowski Series
|1||The Dead Hand of History||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||The Ring of Death||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Echoes of the Dead||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Backlash||2011||Description / Buy|
|5||Lambs to the Slaughter||2012||Description / Buy|
|6||A Walk with the Dead||2013||Description / Buy|
|7||Death's Dark Shadow||2014||Description / Buy|
|8||Supping with the Devil||2014||Description / Buy|
|9||Best Served Cold||2015||Description / Buy|
|10||Thicker Than Water||2016||Description / Buy|
|11||Death in Disguise||2016||Description / Buy|
|12||The Hidden||2017||Description / Buy|
|13||Dead End||2019||Description / Buy|
|14||Poison||2022||Description / Buy|
|15||The Final Beat of the Drum||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Inspector Sam Blackstone Series
|1||A Rendezvous with Death||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||Blackstone and the Tiger / Blackstone and the Great Game||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||Blackstone and the Golden Egg / Blackstone and the House of Secrets||2005||Description / Buy|
|4||Blackstone and the Fire Bug / Blackstone and the Burning Secret||2005||Description / Buy|
|5||Blackstone and the Balloon of Death / Blackstone and the Stage of Death||2006||Description / Buy|
|6||Blackstone and the Heart of Darkness||2007||Description / Buy|
|7||Blackstone and the New World||2009||Description / Buy|
|8||Blackstone and the Wolf of Wall Street||2010||Description / Buy|
|9||Blackstone and the Great War||2012||Description / Buy|
|10||Blackstone and the Endgame||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Detective Sam Brody Thriller Series
|1||The Stalker||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Sally Spencer Standalone Novels
|1||The Morgan Horse||1994||Description / Buy|
|2||A Picnic in Eden||1995||Description / Buy|
|3||The Silent Land||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||The Paradise Job||1999||Description / Buy|
|5||Pilgrimage of Death||2016||Description / Buy|
|6||The Madeiran Double Cross||2016||Description / Buy|
|7||Violation||2017||Description / Buy|
|8||The Vital Chain||2017||Description / Buy|
|9||A Conspiracy of Aunts||2017||Description / Buy|
|10||The Company||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Sally Spencer Short Stories/Novellas
|1||Juanita's Flowers (Short Story)||2009||Description / Buy|
Initially, she worked as a teacher. She plied her trade in England and Iran. Few other teachers can claim to have witnessed the fall of the Shah. The author’s blog explores her experiences in the late 1970s in Iran.
She encountered soldiers and revolutionaries, some of whom did not hesitate to point their rifles at her. Eventually, the guns and rocket launchers became commonplace. But their presence always made the author uncomfortable.
Sally’s experiences were not limited to Iran. She spent more than two decades in Madrid, which charmed her. She cannot think of a more exciting city. Although, she decided to settle down in Calpe, Spain, because she wanted a quiet life.
Sally writes the DCI Woodend, DI Sam Blackstone, and Inspector Paco Ruiz novels. When she isn’t writing fiction, you can find Sally playing bridge and participating in pub quizzes.
Best Sally Spencer Books
‘Sally Spencer’ is a pen name. The author’s real name is Alan Rustage. He has also written novels using the ‘James Garcia Woods’ pseudonym. Rustage introduced the ‘Sally Spencer’ pen name when he decided to write sagas.
The author realized that most sagas had a woman’s name on the cover. Sally’s best books include:
Blackstone and Rendezvous With Death: Queen Victoria was the talk of London. Her Diamond Jubilee was fast-approaching, and Londoners couldn’t wait to participate in the celebrations. The young man they found in the Thames did not necessarily go unnoticed.
However, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Londoners did not care. Fortunately, the young man in question could rely on Inspector Sam Blackstone to solve the mystery surrounding his death.
Admittedly, Blackstone wasn’t quite as confident in his ability to unravel the puzzle. Few cases had vexed him as much as this one. Based on the rags he wore, Blackstone would have classified the victim as a commoner. But his face set him apart as a gentleman.
But was he truly a nobleman? If that were the case, someone would have claimed him the moment his body emerged from the Thames. But no one had showed any interest in the dead man.
Determined to find the truth, Blackstone began his investigation in earnest. But the aristocracy had no intention of assisting the detective. To their eyes, Blackstone was just an ordinary policeman. He was not welcome.
London’s Little Russia was even worse because her people respected neither Blackstone nor the legal framework he represented. Blackstone wanted to apply caution.
The trail of clues was leading the detective towards a potentially fatal destination. The body count was mounting, and Blackstone had to act quickly before he joined the dead.
But catching the killer meant bringing the most horrendous crime in recent history to light.
The Dead Hand of History: Monika Paniatowski is not just Charlie Woodend’s protégé. She’s a DCI. However, Charlie left big shoes, and it will take all the cunning Monika can muster to fill them.
The newly-promoted detective has a lot to prove. She thinks she can grow into the position over time. Unfortunately, time is the one thing she doesn’t have. A new case is waiting around the corner, a mystery that involves a severed hand.
Most DCIs would turn to their colleagues. But Monika doesn’t know whether she can trust her peers to assist her. Can she afford to call Woodend? He would offer a helping hand if she needed it. But what would that mean for her career? Would it undermine her confidence? Monika has a lot of important decisions to make.
‘The Dead Hand of History’ is the first novel in Sally Spencer’s Monika Paniatowski series. The book is set in 1973 in England. The protagonist, Monika, is trying to make sense of a pair of severed hands.
From what she can tell, they came from a man and a woman. Monika is still trying to wrangle her first day when she catches the case. Charlie Woodend was not just her predecessor. He was also her friend.
Her colleagues are starting to wonder how she rose to such a powerful position of authority, especially when she’s a woman.
When Does The Next Sally Spencer book come out?
Sally Spencer doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Final Beat of the Drum and was released on January, 3rd 2023. It is the newest book in the Monika Paniatowski Series.