Chief inspector charlie woodend and his loyal sergeant tackle a murder with as many suspects as there are clues in this tight puzzler. Swann’s lake, 1960 . When robbie peterson, a six-inch nail driven deep into his skull, is found dead in his office, a criminal-turned-club-owner, Chief Inspector Woodend and Sergeant Bob Rutter are brought up from London to investigate.
The Salton Killings A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 1Severn House #ad - 1950s cheshire, England. The similarities in the two cases begin to look more sinister than mere coincidence. Then woodend’s inquiry turns up the death of another young girl a generation before. When the strangled body of teenager Diane Thorburn is found buried in the salt store, Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend is pulled in from London to investigate.
Could there be a serial killer on the loose. . . Spencer conjures a great sense of menace in the troubled village, and her epilogue is a real stunner, promising more from a very talented writer. Booklist “spencer’s us debut provides sturdy mystery-mongering, reliably quaint suspects, and an unusually detailed list of clues.
The Salton Killings A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 1 #ad - Kirkus Reviews. An outspoken northerner, diane’s best friend, and he is convinced that Margie Poole, he does his policing the old-fashioned way, knows more about Diane’s last movements than she is prepared to tell. Scotland yard’s chief inspector Charlie Woodend finds himself in a backwater village investigating a murder in this taut police procedural.
Death of a Cave Dweller: A Chief Inspector Woodend MysterySevern House #ad - Recommend spencer confidently to anyone who enjoys British procedurals. Booklist. Solid and reliable as Woodend himself. Kirkus reviews “characters are diverse, intriguing and believable, plots never fail to surprise . . . And who has been playing nasty tricks on the seagulls, he is more than aware that if he does not find the murderer soon, culminating in Eddie finding a dead rat—with a noose around its neck—in his guitar case? As Woodend battles with the complexities of the case, there could well be another death.
Death of a Cave Dweller: A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery #ad - Liverpool, 1960s. But woodend doesn’t understand why Eddie’s mother says that Eddie had a girlfriend, while his best mate insists that he didn’t. When eddie barnes, lead guitarist of the rising group the Seagulls is electrocuted on stage at the Cellar Club in front of three hundred adoring fans, the Liverpool Police call in Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend.
Chief inspector charlie Woodend enters the smoky dens of Liverpool to stop a killer stuck in a deadly groove.
The Golden Mile to Murder A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 5Severn House #ad - The investigation into the brutal murder of a Blackpool policeman during holiday season was never going to be easy, but the case is not Chief Inspector Woodend’s only problem. Then, it appears, the blackpool police seem to think it might be better if the killer were never found . . . His new boss, is just waiting for an opportunity to stick a knife in his back; and his invaluable assistant, DS Ainsworth, Bob Rutter, has been replaced by a sergeant more intent on advancing her own career than helping him.
When a bobby’s killed in blackpool, Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend takes a ride through England’s wild side to get to the bottom of a mystery. Should give the reader a shiver or two. Publishers weekly “unique settings and psychological details supplement Woodend’s usual antics: a surefire series addition.
The Golden Mile to Murder A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 5 #ad - Library Journal.
The Dark Lady A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 4Severn House #ad - The night after the mysterious appearance of the legendary Dark Lady on the road outside Westbury Park, a German efficiency expert, Gerhard Schultz, is found battered to death in the woods and Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend is faced with his most puzzling case yet. Chief inspector charlie woodend will have to rely on his observational gifts to have a ghost of chance in solving his latest murder case.
Why did schultz seem so frightened when on his colleagues mentioned the legend of the dark lady? did the workers at the bci chemical factory—many of whom are known to hate the Germans—have anything to do with his death? How could Fred Foley, have completely disappeared? And is this murder connected with one which occurred in Liverpool nearly twenty years earlier? “A very successful British procedural, the tramp whose bloodstained overcoat was found close to the scene of the crime, nicely complicated by leftovers from both local lore and the war.
The Dark Lady A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 4 #ad - Library journal “Excellent work from a too-little-known author. Booklist.
Dead on Cue A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 6Severn House Publishers #ad - The question, it soon becomes apparent, is not who wanted to kill Valerie Farnsworth, but who didn't. The latest chief inspector woodend mystery with the newspapers screaming for a quick solution, this is a case no one wants to touch -- so naturally it is Chief Inspector Woodend who finds himself left holding the baby.
Dead on Cue A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 6 #ad - . And will the murderer stop at only one victim? There are those in the know who are convinced that he won't. With his usual panache, cloggin'-it charlie quickly immerses himself of the world of television, meeting people he has previously only seen as characters on the screen, learning that while there may be honour among thieves there does not seem to be much on the set of Maddox Row.
Red Herring Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries Book 7Severn House Publishers #ad - While woodend and rutter race against time in the desperate hope of finding the girl alive, under the supervision of the mysterious Chief Inspector Horrocks, Monika Paniatowski, Woodend's bagman, continues to work on the murder, a Scotland Yard man who seems to have only a mild interest in finding the killer.
But it is to be an investigation he is soon ordered to abandon when Helen Dunn, the daughter of Wing Commander Dunn - and a pupil at the school where the dead woman taught - suddenly vanishes into thin air. Are the two cases connected? Woodend begins to wonder. And if they are, who is it who seems to be blocking both investigations at every turn?
Red Herring Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries Book 7 #ad - The discovery of the body of a young, red-haired school mistress, lying in a pig-pen with her face half-eaten away, is the beginning of a new investigation for Charlie Woodend.
Death of an Innocent Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries Book 8Severn House Publishers #ad - But where is the farmer, this time, why did he have such swanky furniture in his living room, and who on earth are the victims? Charlie Woodend isn't amused with the people who are getting under his feet as he starts to grapple with these questions, but his steps are abruptly halted when the Deputy Chief Constable decides that, Woodend's high-handedness has gone too far.
Death of an Innocent Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries Book 8 #ad - Woodend may have been suspended but his sense of justice can't let go. But as woodend is depressed to discover, when the people who are determined to keep you down are all-powerful, sheer will-power just isn't enough. Superior work from a best-selling british author' - Library JournalA man and a young woman are found blasted away by a rifle in a remote farmhouse on the Yorkshire moors.
And it won't let go however much resistance he encounters and from whom.
Enemy Within Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries Book 10Severn House Publishers #ad - Enemy Within Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries Book 10 #ad - A standout among her reliably entertaining procedurals' - Kirkus Starred ReviewThe tenth in the acclaimed Inspector Woodend seriesThere had never been a murder in Whitebridge like this one. Yet one thing, at least, is plain from the beginning. For the game to continue, there must be more deaths. What kind of man would decide to slash the throat of an inoffensive middle-aged widow who was already terminally ill? Why did he decide to place her lifeless body in the middle of a children's bonfire, and then set it alight? It is the most difficult and complex case in Woodend's career, but the two people he most relies on - DI Rutter and DS Paniatowski - are being torn apart by their personal problems.
As he struggles on, almost single-handedly, he comes to the reluctant conclusion that he is being forced to participate in the killer's game without even knowing the rules.
The Witch Maker A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 11Severn House Publishers #ad - It is he who, after years of painstaking apprenticeship, constructs the effigy of Meg Ramsden - he who ties it to the stake and burns it before a bitterly jeering crowd. Dci charlie woodend prides himself on knowing how villages work - but has absolutely no idea at all what makes this one tick. Why do the villagers, seem so unwilling to help the police? why have there been so many suicides in this apparently sleepy hamlet? And why, who almost revered their Witch Maker, when he has peeled away one level of secrets, does he find nothing underneath but an even deeper level? .
The Witch Maker A Chief Inspector Woodend Mystery Book 11 #ad - A village with a dark code for woodend to crackTo be Witch Makers in the moorland village of Hallerton is both a great honour and a heavy burden. But this witch maker - only the twenty-fourth in the 450 years of the ceremony - never lives to witness his moment of triumph. This witch maker is discovered tied to the Witching Post early one morning with a length of twine wrapped tightly around his neck.
Death Left Hanging Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries Book 9Severn House Publishers #ad - Why would she choose to commit the crime in such a way that the finger of suspicion would almost inevitably point at her? Why did she insist, that she was not guilty?Her daughter, even when all hope of reprieve had gone, an influential lawyer, wants her name cleared. And chief inspector charlie woodend, charged with stripping away three decades of lies and deceit, finds that - once again - his superiors have presented him with a poisoned chalice.
Death Left Hanging Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries Book 9 #ad - The investigating officer, now a powerful politician with a seat in the House of Lords, is determined to ensure that the verdict stands. Spencer's latest is her best: an ingenious puzzle that goes straight to the heart' - Kirkus Starred ReviewA miscarriage of justice for DCI WoodendThough it is thirty years since Margaret Dodds was tried and executed for the brutal murder of her second husband, many troubling questions raised during the trial are still left unanswered.