The discovery of a body on a local allotment site re-opens an unresolved cold case for Monika Paniatowski and her team.
He was going to have to terminate Monika, he decided. It was a pity, but there it was.
The body has lain buried for years, and has no face and no fingertips. Monika Paniatowski’s team have no real leads, but when they discuss the case at her hospital bedside – where she lies paralysed – Monika begins to see possible links with a case she closed four years earlier.
Are the two cases connected? Did the first murder make the second almost inevitable? She doesn’t know, but she does know that she is being watched by an old enemy who will kill her if he decides there is ever any chance of her sharing her thoughts and information with her team.
About the Author
Sally Spencer worked as a teacher both in England and Iran ¬– where she witnessed the fall of the Shah. She now lives in Spain and writes full-time. She is an almost fanatical mah jong player. She is the author of the Sam Blackstone Mysteries, the DCI Monika Paniatowski Mysteries and the brand-new Jennie Redhead series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dead End is a police procedural/murder mystery. The author is Sally Spencer, which is a pen name for Alan Rustage. This novel is a sequel to the Monica Paniatowski mysteries and I feel that I would have benefitted from reading these before attempting to read Dead End. This is an interesting mystery which develops while Detective Paniatowski lies in hospital, in a coma. Her staff visit often to discuss the murder cases they are working on, even though she is unresponsive. Someone is keeping an eye on her, waiting to do away with her, should she regain consciousness because she knows too much. In order to improve on the plot, I feel that details from previous novels would have been useful. This does not reflect on the author. This is only my opinion. Thank you to Severn House and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is a present/past telling of Monica Paniatowski. Police crime drama with a detective who is in a coma but is visited by her team along with the killer of the current and cold case murder. This is my first in this series and feel I did not get my teeth into it due to missing the prior installments. This is a good book and worth the read never the less. "A copy of this book was provided by Severn House via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." WOULD PICK THIS AUTHOR UP AGAIN.
Although I did not yet read Ms. Spencer's previous novels, I was able to pick up enough information to know where the story was going and enjoy it. A plot allotment (land to grow food on) seems to connect the story. Although I was not yet familiar with all of the characters, I still had a feel for "good versus bad". Monika (a DCI) remains in a coma. This is somehow connected to Arthur Wheatstone. Is he murdered or has he committed suicide? Monika had thought murder for a number of reasons before the coma left her ability to work impossible. However, Monika can not only hear but she can process information she hears in her hospital room. It seems as if she has learned enough that she had heard in order to know to keep quiet once (if?) she is out of her coma. However, on the bright side, Monika's three team members on the force, vigilantly visit her and run things by her although Monika is comatose. Little do they know she hears them. Then comes in the American and the team on Wheatstone's government defense work team. The action begins!!! A great read! I look forward to the next book. (I didn't want to leave any spoilers!) Many, Many Thanks to both Severn House and NetGalley for introducing me to Sally Spencer's books!