Daughters of Darkness
by Sally Spencer

Private investigator Jennie Redhead is hired to investigate a murder that’s left the police baffled, in this gripping historical mystery set partly in 1970s Oxford and partly in war-torn 1940s London.

Oxford, 1975
. Three years ago, world-renowned anthropologist Grace Stockton was slain in a brutal, unprovoked attack. Despite a large-scale police investigation, the identity of the prime suspect was never uncovered . . . and neither was the location of Grace’s head.

But Grace’s daughter, the wealthy academic Julia Pemberton, refuses to accept that the trail has run cold. Determined to find out who killed her mother, she knows just the woman for the job: private investigator Jennie Redhead.

Who was the woman caught on CCTV visiting Grace’s isolated home on the day of the murder? And why did she cut off her victim’s head? Jennie’s search for answers takes her on a dark, disturbing journey into the past, from the ancient tribal customs of Papua New Guinea, to war-torn 1940s London – and to a dark tangle of secrets and scandal that someone is desperate should never be revealed . . .


A deeply affecting and disturbing novel, both suspenseful and tragic, one of Spencer's best over a long career. Riveting reading from first page to last

Booklist Starred Review

Superior … Refreshingly, Spencer doesn’t make Redhead, who’s capable of snark and petty malice, wholly likable. Readers will look forward to the further adventures of this distinctive lead

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

A complex tale of good people who make bad decisions

Kirkus Reviews

Entertaining . . . Spencer writes with verve and humor while delivering a satisfying mystery plot

Publishers Weekly on Dry Bones

There’s a strong sense of time and place . . . Readers of Charles Todd's historical mysteries or crime novels set in academia may appreciate the ambience

Library Journal on Dry Bones

Like the lime-mortared shaft that sets the plot in motion, Spencer’s puzzle shows workmanship and beyond, since every piece must fit just so before the secret can be revealed

Kirkus Reviews on Dry Bones

Sally Spencer

Sally Spencer worked as a teacher both in England and Iran – where she witnessed the fall of the Shah. She now lives on the Costa Blanca with her partner, one rescue cat, two rescue dogs and innumerable fruit trees. Having once been an almost fanatical mahjong player, she is now obsessed with duplicate bridge.As well as the Jennie Redhead mysteries, Spencer is also the author of the successful DCI Monika Paniatowski series, the Chief Inspector Woodend mysteries and the Inspector Blackstone series.

View author page


Daughters of Darkness by Sally Spencer is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278894922nd July 2020146 X 225mm224$28.99
Hardback978072788949231st May 2020146 X 225mm224£20.99
Ebook97814483043701st July 2020N/A224$14.99
Ebook97814483043701st July 2020N/A224£12.99
Hardback - Large Print978178029170325th May 2021140 X 220mm320$36.95
Hardback - Large Print978178029170326th March 2021140 X 220mm320£22.99
Paperback978178029716326th June 2021140 X 217mm224$17.95
Paperback978178029716329th April 2021140 X 217mm224£13.99
FormatISBNPublication DateDimensionsPagesPrice