Sally Spencer
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Sally Spencer

Sally Spencer is a pen name, first adopted when the author (actually called Alan Rustage) was writing sagas and it was almost obligatory that a woman's name appeared on the cover (other authors like Emma Blair and Mary Jane Staples are also men).

Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a teacher. In 1978-79 he was working in Iran and witnessed the fall of the Shah. He got used to having rifles - and, one occasion, a rocket launcher - pointed at him by both soldiers and revolutionaries, but he was never entirely comfortable with it.

He lived in Madrid for over twenty years, and still considers it the most interesting and exciting city he has ever visited, but for the last few years he has opted for a quieter life in the seaside town of Calpe, on the Costa Blanca.

His first series of books were historical sagas set in Cheshire (where he grew up) and London. They were very popular with his English readers, but his American readers find the dialect something of a strain.

He has written twenty books featuring DCI Woodend (a character based partly on a furniture dealer he used to play dominoes with) and ten (so far!) about Woodend's protegé Monika Paniatowski. His DI Blackstone books are set in Victorian/Edwardian London, New York and Russia, and the DI Ruiz books have as their backdrop the Spanish Civil War.

Alan is a competitive games player who likes bridge and pub quizzes. It is only by enforcing iron discipline that he doesn't play video games all the time.

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    • The Sins of the Fathers

    • Kyyra, Book 1
    • By: Stanley Schmidt
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Volume One of Stanley Schmidt's classic tale of the planet in peril....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lambs to the Slaughter

    • DCI Monika Paniatowski, Book 5
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    The colliery village of Bellingsworth is already divided over an impending strike, so the last thing it needs is a murder - but that’s exactly what it gets....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spencer scores again!

    • By Tracey on 08-05-13

    Regular price: $14.86

    • The Dead Hand of History

    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    It will be no easy task to fill the shoes of a local legend like DCI Charlie Woodend, the newly promoted Monika Paniatowski tells herself. And she's right....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good potential

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-05-13

    Regular price: $14.50

    • Echoes of the Dead

    • A Monika Paniatowski Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    If what Fred Howerd revealed under the seal of confession is true, then a grave miscarriage of justice has been allowed to lie festering for over 20 years....

    Regular price: $15.70

    • Backlash

    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    DCI Monika Paniatowski has a bitter personla history with Chief Superintendent Kershaw....

    Regular price: $15.34

    • The Ring of Death

    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    DCI Monkia Paniatowski has seen dozens of murder victims in her time, but nothing could have prepared her for the corpse in the woods....

    Regular price: $14.45

    • A Walk with the Dead

    • A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    When a young girl, Jill Harris, is murdered, the case soon becomes personal for Monika Paniatowski....

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Blackstone and the New World

    • Inspector Sam Blackstone Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    July 1900: Sam Blackstone has gone to New York to pick up a prisoner, but he soon finds himself drafted in to investigate the murder of Inspector O’Brien....

    Regular price: $15.48

    • A Dying Fall

    • Inspector Woodend Series, Book 19
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A DCI Charlie Woodend Mystery - A charred body is discovered in an abandoned cotton mill, and the crime scene presents DCI Woodend and his team with many questions, but very few answers....

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Blackstone and the Balloon of Death

    • Inspector Sam Blackstone Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    The entire audience at the George Theatre saw Charlotte Devaraux stab William Kirkpatrick with a fake dagger, but they gasped even more when they realized he was dead....

    Regular price: $15.48

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