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.