Crime Fiction Mark Bailey Reviews Sally Spencer

Sally Spencer – Death in Disguise (2016)

Sally Spencer – Death in Disguise (2016)

Severn House, Hardcover, 224 pages

Published: 30th April 2016 (UK)

ISBN13: 978-0727886200

Sally Spencer - Death in Disguise
Sally Spencer – Death in Disguise

Death in Disguise is the 11th in the DCI Monika Paniatowski Police Procedural series by Sally Spencer.

DCI Monika Paniatowski investigates the killing of an American guest in an hotel and discovers she has two cases – one in the present day (the 1970s) and one in the 1920s. The body of Mary Edwards (an American female tourist) is found in the Prince Alfred suite at the Royal Victoria Hotel; Mary Edwards had been a guest at the hotel for two weeks having paid cash in advance. But who is Mary Edwards and what was she doing in a small town like Whitebridge?

The answer to the question of why was she here could lead to the answer as to who killed her.

This was the first book by Sally Spencer I have read but as I do like police procedurals I thought I would give it a chance.

The book has the two main plot strands of the 1920s and 1970s which intertwine to keep you engaged, it is well researched and plotted to keep you engaged as the plot twists and turns. Characterisation is good especially of Monika but also of DS Kate Meadows who is a very interesting character.

It can be read as a standalone but I will be working my way through now from the 1st novel where Monika Paniatowski becomes the lead character (The Dead Hand of History).

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers on NetGalley.