These four Spencer Manning Mysteries were recently written but set in the late 1970s and early 80s. Spencer Manning is a likable, nice-guy Chicago P.I. in the mold of his namesake from the Robert Parker detective series “Spenser”. The books in this series can be read in any order, but reading them consecutively from Volume 1 reveals another dimension as the recurring characters and their relationships continually change, as in real life.
In order, the volumes in this Box Set are:
VOLUME 1: CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Spencer Manning decides not to follow in his Dad’s police footsteps and instead gets a PI license. Tracking down an unknown father involves him in murder and drugs as his first case leads him to a Chicago racetrack and the mayor’s house.
VOLUME 2: DARK ALLEYS
History is being repeated as women are being killed in the streets of Chicago. Spencer Manning is drawn into the middle of it by a friend who asks for a simple favor.
VOLUME 3: HARBOR NIGHTS
When P.I. Spencer Manning’s old girlfriend is accused of stealing her own painting from an art gallery and then vanishes without a trace, Spencer suspects something more sinister than an art theft. That’s when the murders begin.
VOLUME 4: MISSING BOY
A 16-year-old amusement park worker fails to come home from work one day, and Spencer sets out to track him down. It’s great fun to spend a few days at the now-defunct Riverview Park, and Spencer makes numerous enemies as he attempts to solve a seemingly intractable mystery that seems to grow in complexity by the minute. Missing Boy is a rollercoaster ride of surprises for fans of great mysteries, and a worthy addition to this fine series.