Free Read The Dead Hand of History - by Sally Spencer, The Dead Hand of History, Sally Spencer, The Dead Hand of History The first in a new series featuring Charlie Woodend s protege DCI Monika Paniatowski It will be no easy task to fill DCI Charlie Woodend s shoes the newly promoted Monika Paniatowski tells herself but given a little time she thinks she can grow into them Yet with the discovery of a severed hand time is the one thing she does not have When her colleagues prove unThe Free Read The Dead Hand of History - by Sally Spencer - The Dead Hand of History, The Dead Hand of History The first in a new series featuring Charlie Woodend s protege DCI Monika Paniatowski It will be no easy task to fill DCI Charlie Woodend s shoes the newly promoted Monika Paniatowski tells herself
Free Read The Dead Hand of History - by Sally Spencer - The Dead Hand of History, The Dead Hand of History The first in a new series featuring Charlie Woodend s protege DCI Monika Paniatowski It will be no easy task to fill DCI Charlie Woodend s shoes the newly promoted Monika Paniatowski tells herself
This mystery has a decent plot to compensate for its overall blandness Heroine DCI Paniatowski is likeable although her persistent self doubt gets tedious The supporting characters are all stock Half came out of the author s likes box good stereotypes and half from her dislikes box bad stereotypes The labels are way too big to miss and they stick I m not sure why this novel is set in 1973, as there isn t any period atmosphere The inflation, strikes and troubles that made headlines are all missin [...]
Mmmmm not bad overall but room for improvement Overall not a bad cast of characters except for the hackneyed token male chauvinist copper trying to bring down his female boss I found this dull and unnecessary and it s been done to death Pun intended Yet another crime novel where the dog walker finds the body, in the case, part of it Is it mandatory for a dog walker to discover the remains It s the fourth book in a row where this has happened I m about to start the next book in the series so look [...]
This gets two stars because the author created an interesting puzzle and managed to tie up the loose ends fairly well The procedural part of the novel didn t rise to the occasion how come the lead detective didn t think of finger prints as soon as the first severed hand showed up why is the reader not told about the various lines of inquiry that are being pursued , while the reader is meanwhile given access to all sorts of info that the detectives didn t have interior thoughts of various charact [...]
It s a pretty straightforward story and a very quick read, but disappointing on a couple of levels this is DCI Monika Paniatowski s first case on the first day of her promotion and she does not know if she can handle her new position effectively Monika seems to be flailing with the investigation and with her team, but you never get details, so these relationships will probably be fleshed out in the series The story is also annoying because the author uses characters obviously from previous book [...]
Never read any of the books in Spencer s Chief Inspector Woodend series but this first in her new series featuring the retired Charlie Woodend s prot g , Monika Paniatowski, is a gruesome, yet thought provoking, police procedural As the series progresses and Monika has proven herself capable of leading a team and getting the job done, it will be interesting to see if the focus becomes about solving a murder and less about male chauvinism, sabotage by disgruntled colleagues, and office politics. [...]
I found the misogyny of Sgt Walker difficult to get past, as he name called, betrayed, and fulminated against DCI Polianaski, a newly appointed remain DCI in northern England Taking place in the late 50 s or early 60 s, women are just beginning to find a place in the hierarchy of power In this first book of the series, a grisly murder is merely a backdrop for illuminating the power differential between men and women, and the lengths to which some might go to prove their hatred of women and minor [...]
I was keen to read this series after it was recommended to me by a friend The first few pages, however, showed me that the book would be returned to the library unread The unnecessarily tortured sentence construction, coupled with condescending explanations of terminology known to any teen reader, and unnatural sounding dialogue, were enough to chase me away forever Too bad, I was ready for a new to me series.
I have to say, though it will make me sound sexist which I suppose I am, that I was delighted to find a female author that had such a command of the police mystery genre, and then I found out that Sally Spencer is actually a pen name for a male author This surprised me Usually, one finds the opposite, a female author who adopts a male pen name The books are still good and there are many series by this author, so I look forward to becoming immersed in them.
Having not read any of the previous books in this series I didn t know it was a series until I was finished this was a good place to start with a secondary character moving into the primary position There were many times hat I felt like I was missing some backstory and come to find out that I was The story was good, the development was solid but the pacing was off for me I contribute that to being read out of sequence I would read another.
Sometimes I just like a book because I m acquainted with the characters It is impossible to not cheer on Monica with her first ever case as a Chief Inspector and maybe one cannot be as critical of the writing when that is a factor However, I enjoyed this little cozy even when I realized that there were some faults here and there regarding clues and what happened to Monica s nemesis It was a nice transition after retiring Woodend.
Formulaic, full of cliched characters, lousy plot, presenting a successful, professional police woman as an insecure wreck was neither credible nor interesting So she works in a man s world and does not get 100% support from her male colleagues A real person would not let that damage her confidence.
Good plot, and characters very believable Will read much .Liked the book, guess the plot kept me wanting to read , it twisted and turned, great procedural and I like stories set in England
Nothing extraordinary here but nothing that bad either I kept wondering if I had seen this series on Public television or something because everything seemed familiar but that probably was from the stock, one dimensional characters.
hmmm apparently this is the first novel featuring a secondary character from a different series by this author I never read the original series and felt at times like I was missing some inside information However a good solid mystery and would probably read in this series.
The beginning of a series, this book is OK No better and no worse It has some amusing lines, but the characters in particular the female lead character are pretty sketchy Book 2 will tell the story, so to speak.
Monica Paniatowski is promoted to Chief Inspector when series protagonist Charlie Woodend retires The time is the early 1970s Monica has to contend with sexism from her staff as well as with a grisly set of murders dealing with severed hands.
This book was ok, but not great There were too many jumps from person to person and the mystery was fairly easy to figure out I assume that this is a set up book for the rest of the series so I may try one .
she felt her stomach turn over about once every 15 pagesMistakes and opposition characters lack subtlety.
Enjoyed it but will wait until have read next one before deciding if it is as good as the previous series.
I was enjoying the storyline but found the misogynistic Sergeant Walker and the wishy washy DC Crane distracting and annoying I m moving on.
I really enjoyed this early look at the career of Monica Paniatowski This is classic Sally Spencer, who writes some of the best British short novels that I ve read.
Very good story Lots of twists and turns.
Another good whodunit plus, it takes place in England And Monika Paniatowski has taken over from DCI Charlie Woodend.
Great book with lots of twists and turns along the way Really well written and easy to follow the plot
She writes a good story.
This was a terrific mystery tense and with all the clues there once you figure out how to assemble them I ll certainly read of these.
Easy read Good Britsh mystery
Just excellent Interesting plot, fully fleshed characters and not too much gore.
This is the second of the series I ve read and the last For someone who was an adult in 1973, the setting of this book the anachronisms are intolerable.