cover image The Shivering Turn: A Jennie Redhead Mystery

The Shivering Turn: A Jennie Redhead Mystery

Sally Spencer. Severn, $28.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8667-5

Set in Oxford, England, in May of 1974, this witty series first from Spencer (Death in Disguise and 10 other Monika Paniatowski mysteries) introduces Jennie Redhead, a private investigator with a competent Upper Second degree in English literature from Oxford University and six years’ experience working for the Thames Valley Police. Jennie is a classic fictional detective: idealistic and not afraid of a fight (she’s proficient in karate). But she’s also a well-rounded female character, with a wry sense of humor. The narrative entwines the fun of a literary puzzle and insight into the workings of the university with slam-bang action. It begins with Jennie reluctantly accepting a case from a distraught mother, who fears her missing 17-year-old daughter may be dead. Jennie’s search for the truth takes in every stratum of Oxford life, including seedy pubs, grim police stations, and that temple of knowledge the Bodleian Library. Anglophiles will find much to like. (Feb.)