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eBook Dead Hand of History (A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery) download ISBN: 0727868055
Author: Sally Spencer
Publisher: Severn House Publishers; 1st edition (November 1, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 240
ePub: 1500 kb
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Rating: 4.3
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Category: Mystery
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Dead Hand of History (A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery).

Dead Hand of History (A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery). Yet as a Spanish teacher (now retired) and someone with a several-decade-long history of stays in Spain, I have developed a bizarre fascination for the Spanish Civil War. Sally Spencer, or whatever his or her name really is, writes well, creates an attention-holding plot, and gives an authentic sense of what it must have been like to live during the political turmoil at the end of the Republic, through that grim 1936-1939 war era, and beyond during the Franco years.

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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 untrustworthy, the urge to call Woodend for help becomes almost irresistible . . .
Comments: (7)
IWAS
I was trying out my new Kindle and bought this book because it was less than $5. For that, I got my money's worth. I would have given the book 3-1/2 had I had the option. The main character is a newly-minted DCI finding her way in a man's domain. She is bright, knowledge and likable. The narrative drags in places but the dialog between officers could be good. I'll read the next in the series.
Tygrafym
I knew nothing about the author or the series before I downloaded this book. The book is part of a long running series which began publication in 1998 with the Inspector Woodend books. Inspector Woodend was Monica Paniatowski's superior in the previous books. He is now retiring and set to move to Spain. Monica is taking over his position.

The book was published according the Fantastic Fiction web site in 2009. It appears to be set (from internal statements about World War II and references to the Viet Nam war protests) in the 1970's so Monica Paniatowski is one of the early women in positions of authority in the police. (Prior to 1973 I think that women officers had a separate department) That should have added to the interest of her position but somehow it didn't. Also, again according to Fantastic Fiction, Sally Spencer is a pseudonym of Alan Rustage.

Anyway the story opens with a woman who has been incapacitated. Her captor chops her hand off. That's the most grisly part of the book. The hand is discovered along the river bank and becomes the first case assigned to newly minted DCI Paniatowski. And Paniatowski has to labor under problems with disloyal subordinates, national bigotry and the issue of her sex. She also seems to smoke like a chimney. (I can understand the emphasis on smoking in certain books where part of the characterization involves trying to quit smoking, but books actually written in the period this book is set in do not put all that much emphasis on smoking. Maybe the author is trying to use smoking as a period detail? If he is, I think he is overdoing it because it becomes intrusive.

Paniatowski is no Jane Tennison from Prime Suspect. In fact at times I found myself wondering (along with her detractors) just why she had been promoted. Even at the end of the book, I still wasn't particularly impressed by either her leadership or detecting skills.

The plot is fairly complicated with a number of twists and turns as Paniatowski tries to settle into her job and cope with the problems she is presented with due to her sex and ethnic background as well as the case which quickly becomes two cases. However, I didn't find the killer to be the least bit surprising even considering the liberal application of red herring. In fact I thought the book just sort of wallowed around until it ended.

I'm not tempted to read any more in the series.

Oh, yes, the narrator. I gave her an extra star for her pronunciation of Polish names. I have no idea if they were correct but she said them with such conviction that I am willing to believe that is the way they should be pronounced.
Galubel
"The Dead Hand of History" by Sally Spencer is the first novel in her series featuring recently promoted DCI Monika Paniatowski, former protégé of Charlie Woodend. Set in England in the early 70s, the book deals with two grisly murders that start with hands being chopped off.

Sally Spencer's procedurals continue to be winners. This novel is a perfect transition from one lead character to a new one, with the aura of Charlie Woodend hanging over it. "How would Charlie handle it?" "Charlie would have solved it by now."

Some procedurals are all plot and no character; others are all character development and bickering while on the fringes of a boring investigation. This is neither. It is an action-filled police procedural that is heavy on character, both of the police and of the civilians. There are conflicts galore: Monika is unsure she can follow in Charlie's footsteps; Detective Walker is doing his best to sabotage her because he resents a woman being promoted over him; Monika's new boss is a former lover.

The twists and turns of the plot kept me off balance and ultimately satisfied, although there are still some unresolved conflicts, which I assume will carry over into other books in the series. I will be reading the newer entries.

If you like procedurals, and I do, this series is for you.
Haal
This is a police procedural firing on all cylinders. The twists and turns kept me reading into the late hours. The constant sexism aimed at the main character adds interest to the investigation of the case. In post WWII England, and prejudices Polish refugees faced rings true today with the massive refugee crisis. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Nalmergas
I have to say up front that this is the first book by this author that I have read. I don't have the history of character development that might have made a difference to my reception of this book. The story is about a newly promoted DCI with her first case as the leader. She deals with different gender and nationalist prejudices. I thought it was alright but some of the dialogue and particularly the bits of the story that hinged on prejudice left me unconvinced and I found it contrived. I don't think I will read any more in this series.
Damdyagab
Good yarn with some nice twists. Definitely from a women's perspective. It's interesting to read a story before cell phones and fax machines.
Timberahue
This book was a great read with well developed characters. I would recommend this book and series to anyone looking for a fresh and different kind of mystery not just the old cookie cutter.
Not that good of a book. Wasn't impressed with writing style. In time I think het style will improve thanks to