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The Red Herring (Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries) Hardcover – June 1, 2002


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  • Series: Chief Inspector Woodend Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072785707X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727857071
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,083,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It's one false lead after another for readers of The Red Herring by Sally Spencer and it's not easy for Chief Insp. Charlie Woodend to figure out what's going on in this well-plotted British police procedural set against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis. Woodend is investigating the murder of a sexy young teacher when he's called off the job to search for a missing student, but this so-called "provincial bobby" senses that the cases are connected, and that someone on the inside doesn't want them solved.
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About the Author

Spencer was born and brought up in Cheshier. She has been a teacher in England and Iran.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on August 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's 1962 -- the United States of America and the Soviet Union are flexing their respective muscles regarding the missiles in Cuba, as the entire world holds its collective breath, waiting for World War III to break. But in the small town of Whitebridge, the villagers are soon caught up in another game -- that of the murder of a young school mistress, and the kidnapping of a young girl...
When the body of Verity Beale (a school mistress at the extremely exclusive King Edward VI Grammar School) is found in a pigsty (the back of her head bashed in) DCI Charlie Woodend and his sidekicks DI Rutter and DS Monika Paniatowski are called in to investigate. But almost from the first something about the very personal manner in which Verity Beale's body was disposed of, coupled with the strange manner in which news of her death affects the people who knew her in Whitebridge, warns Woodend that something out of the ordinary is up. For a school teacher at a very posh school which guards it's reputation jealously, Verity seems to have had the reputation of a good-time girl. Certainly her colleagues seem to have had a not too high opinion of her. Trying to form an idea of what kind of person Verity was, Woodend institutes a search into her background, but comes up with very vague and unsatisfactory answers. It's almost as if Verity Beale didn't exist before she came to Whitebridge! However, before Woodend and company have even started their investigations properly, one of the pupils at the grammar school, Helen Dunn, goes missing. Fearing that she may have been kidnapped by a pedophile, Woodend is ordered to abandon his investigation into Verity's murder in favour of trying to rescue Helen before it's too late.
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