Leslyn Amthor Spinelli
the Caroline Spencer Novels
Taken for Granted
Taken by Surprise
Taken for a Fool
Taking My Chances
Leslyn Amthor Spinelli—writer, editor, and publisher of two childhood newspapers—put creative writing on the back burner when it came time to choose a “real” career. Her interest in the field of criminal justice took her on quite a journey. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, but her most fascinating educational experiences occurred in the workplace.
Leslyn was employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a case manager at a halfway house in Kansas City, at the prison camp in Leavenworth, and at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Later she was hired as a probation officer for the U.S. District Court in Madison, where she conducted in-depth investigations into the backgrounds of criminal defendants.
Throughout the years, Leslyn's clientele included mobsters, gangsters, drug dealers, meth cookers, tax evaders, bank robbers and embezzlers. Many were addicted—to drugs, alcohol, gambling or spending.
The fictional characters and plot lines in Leslyn’s four Caroline Spencer novels are influenced by her own occupational experiences and those of her husband Nick, a retired private investigator.
Leslyn and Nick live in the Minneapolis area and enjoy spending winters in San Diego. They have two grown children.
Leslyn is currently at work on her fifth book, a historical novel about an Army nurse stationed in the Pacific during World War II. The novel will be largely based on letters written by the nurse, a family friend.