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Spence in Petal Park

Spence in Petal Park

(Spence and the Holiday Murders)
(The first book in the Ben Spence series)
A novel by

Can a case be solved in just three days?

Roger Parnell is a rich, good-looking young man, living in the plushest suburb of a South Coast resort.

When he is found dead in his driveway three days before Christmas, Detective Superintendent Spence immediately gets to work.

Spence believes in method, groundwork, and a proper filing system. In a mobile police unit near the scene of the crime, the investigation is soon under way.

And there's plenty to investigate.

Parnell's life-style included sharp business practices, an unhealthy interest in the girls at the expensive school behind his house, blackmail and seduction.

Interviewing Parnell's neighbours, associates and lovers, Spence soon concludes that plenty of people had cause to hate him.

But which of the apparently sensible, ordinary people behind the privet hedges of exclusive Petal Park actually killed him?

Spence in Petal Park weaves the stories of the people in Parnell's life into a complex web of cause and effect, which Spence's careful work finally unravels - just before Christmas.

Praise for Michael Allen

'A well-crafted, gripping thriller' - Thomas Waugh

'Entertainment in the traditional style' - Kirkus Reviews

'old-time-whodunit'- Kirkus Reviews

Michael Allen was born in Peterborough in 1939 and was educated at Oundle and Queens' College, Cambridge. Between leaving school and going to Cambridge, he worked for six months on the staff of the New York Herald Tribune in New York. He now works as an Area Administrator at the University of Bath, and lives with his wife and two children at Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire.

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Hardback Editions

June 1980 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Spence in Petal Park (Ulverscroft large print series)
Author(s): Michael Allen
ISBN: 0-7089-0533-1 / 978-0-7089-0533-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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May 1978 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Spence and the holiday murders
Author(s): Michael Derek Allen
ISBN: 0-8027-5390-6 / 978-0-8027-5390-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker
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September 1977 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Spence in Petal Park (Constable crime)
Author(s): Michael Allen
ISBN: 0-09-461890-9 / 978-0-09-461890-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : Paperback
thumbTitle: Spence in Petal Park (Detective Superintendent Spence Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Michael Allen
ISBN: 1-5371-7892-X / 978-1-5371-7892-9
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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January 1981 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Spence and the Holiday Murders
Author(s): Michael Derek Allen
ISBN: 0-440-18364-2 / 978-0-440-18364-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Pub Co
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Kindle Editions

August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Spence in Petal Park (Detective Superintendent Spence Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Michael Allen
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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