Sara Woods was a British mystery writer best known for writing the Anthony Maitland, Barrister series of books.

Woods was a pen name used by Lana Hutton Bowen-Judd. She also wrote under the names of Anne Burton, Mary Challis, and Margaret Leek. She was born in Bradford, Yorkshire and then went on to Convent of the Sacred Heart in Filey, Yorkshire for her education. She married in 1946 and the two would move to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1957. Four years later, she wrote her first novel in the Maitland series, Bloody Instructions.

Publication Order of Antony Maitland Books

Bloody Instructions (1961)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Malice Domestic (1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Error of the Moon (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Taste of Fears / The Third Encounter (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This Little Measure (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trusted Like the Fox (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Though I Know She Lies (1965)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Let's Choose Executors (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
And Shame the Devil (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Past Praying For (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Improbable Fiction (1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Knives Have Edges (1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tarry and Be Hanged (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Serpent's Tooth (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Knavish Crows (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
They Love Not Poison (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Yet She Must Die (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Enter the Corpse (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Done to Death (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Show of Violence (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
My Life Is Done (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Law's Delay (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Thief or Two (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Exit Murderer (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This Fatal Writ (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
They Stay for Death (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Weep for Her (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Proceed to Judgement (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dearest Enemy (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cry Guilty (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Villains by Necessity (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Enter a Gentlewoman (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Most Grievous Murder (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lie Direct (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Call Back Yesterday (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Where Should He Die? (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder's Out of Tune (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bloody Book of Law (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Defy the Devil (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Put Out the Light (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Away with Them to Prison (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Obscure Grave (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Most Deadly Hate (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nor Live So Long (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Naked Villainy (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Sara Woods Books, You’ll Love…

Bloody Instructions sees an elderly family solicitor that has turned up dead. He was used to taking his four o’clock tea alone in his chambers, but on this day he turned up dead. It could’ve been any of his clients from that day, but all signs are pointing to Joseph Dowling who has evidence working against him. Dowling is an actor who is performing Macbeth with a bloody dagger, the same kind that has been found in the lawyer’s back. The actor will be tried in a British courtroom for the crime and be prosecuted for it unless barrister-detective Antony Maitland can find the real killer.

Another good book in the series is called Error of the Moon. The story sees Maitland working undercover as a new employee at the General Aircraft company in Yorkshire. He’s there because of some missing documents that point towards espionage and the dead body that was left behind. Maitland will need to use all the skills he learned in the war to find the traitor. There are plenty of suspects at the company, but as the bodies start piling up – the suspect list shrinks. Maitland will need to work quick to find the killer before they strike again.

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