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Review: Sally Spencer – The Hidden (2017)

Sally Spencer – The Hidden (2017)

Sally Spencer – The Hidden (2017)
Sally Spencer – The Hidden (2017)

Severn House, Hardcover, 192 pages

Published: 31st March 2017 (UK)

ISBN-13: 978-0-7278-8707-8 (cased), 978-1-84751-812-5 (trade paper), 978-1-78010-876-6 (e-book)

 

Death in Disguise is the 12th in the DCI Monika Paniatowski Police Procedural series by Sally Spencer.

The prologue has the daughters of PC Michael Knightly finding the body of a woman in the grounds of a local country house – he recognises her as DCI Monika Paniatowski.

Her team believe that the girl found dead in the woods is the victim of a ritual killing by a secret society in the heart of Whitebridge. But without Paniatowski to back them up they are forced to treat it as a domestic by the ambitious DCI ‘Rhino’ Dixon. Therefore Meadows, Crane and Beresford operate by themselves – cutting corners, ignoring procedure, and running the risk that their careers could be brought to an abrupt and dramatic end.

Monika knows who the killer is and also knows that he is stalking her daughter Louisa but there is nothing she can do about it as she is one of the killer’s victims too and is lying in a coma – hearing everything, but unable to move or speak!

 

This is a good solid police procedural which is well researched and plotted and you are kept engaged as the plot twists and turns. The absence of Paniatowski is an issue but the other characters make up for it especially DS Kate Meadows and Louisa Paniatowski.

Again, I would recommend it to fans of police procedurals in general but especially those set in Britain.

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

 

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Review: The Shivering Turn by Sally Spencer (2016)

Sally Spencer – The Shivering Turn (2016)

Severn House, Hardcover, 224 pages

Published: 31st October 2016 (UK)

ISBN13: 978-0727886675

The Shivering Turn by Sally Spencer
The Shivering Turn by Sally Spencer

The Shivering Turn is the 1st in a new series by Sally Spencer focusing on Jennie Redhead, a private eye in mid-1970s Oxford.

Jennie Redhead is a former police woman who was effectively forced out of the force for trying to expose corruption. She now earns her living as a private eye in Oxford and is barely earning her living. Mary Corbet goes to her office one day and employs Jennie to find her missing daughter even though she is convinced that her daughter is already dead. The key to finding her dead or alive lies in uncovering the meaning of the shivering turn.

This is a very good book with lots of twists and turns and a genuine mystery at its core which will keep you thinking. Jennie Redhead is an interesting character and the slightly historical background is interesting.

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

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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.