Mrs. Spunkelcrief is Harry Dresden's landlady. She first appears in Small Favor.


Mrs. Spunkelcrief is half deaf, and she lives on the first floor above Harry Dresden's apartment. Her other tenants, the Willoughbys, live on the second floor.[1]

Her husband, Mr. Spunkelcrief, is deceased; he used to prune the lilacs in the back.[2]

Harry describes Mrs. Spunkelcrief as a fantastic landlady. She rarely left her home, and she generally didn't poke her nose into his business as long as the rent check came on time, and it ususally did. Her bedtime is just after sundown, so she didn't hear the zombie attack since it happened after nightfall.[2]

In the seriesEdit

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

In Small Favor, Harry shovels the snow because it's worthwhile to him to make his neighbors feel safer and happier. And in small part to make it up to his landlady, for the weird stuff that happens and to stay on her good side.[1]

Turn CoatEdit

Main article: Turn Coat

In Turn Coat, Harry is concerned about what she'll think about his bullet-dented steel door.[3]


Main article: Changes

In Changes, she is waiting on the steps for Harry Dresden, asks him what happened to his door, but didn't hear the answer correctly. She presses Harry to fix the door, the lease is quite clear. He promises to and she answered she thought he would. Mouse goes up to her and offers her his paw, she shakes it, then says: "You can tell a lot about a man from the way he treats his dog." She give him a letter left by his door, from Anastasia Luccio and Chandler. Molly Carpenter helps her up the stairs.[4]

Later, the apartment is attacked, set on fire, by Eebs. Harry breaks through the ceiling to rescue her. She is very hard of hearing and mistakenly thought Harry was on drugs, and was breaking into her apartment to do her harm. She pulls a little gun on Harry. While reaching for the phone, she sees the fire and sets down the gun. They escape out the back door. The entire front of the house is on fire, including thestairs to the  Willoughby's second floor apartment. While attempting to save the Willoughbys with a ladder with an injured leg, Harry falls and breaks his back. Mrs. Spunkelcrief tries to climb the ladder, but fails due to her bad hip. Sanya appears and saves the Willoughbys and helps Harry. The entire house is destroyed.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Small Favor, ch. 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 Turn Coat, ch. 21
  3. Turn Coat, ch. 11
  4. Changes, ch. 18
  5. Changes, ch. 27-28

See alsoEdit

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