by Sally Spencer

DCI Monika Paniatowski faces an old enemy – and makes a fatal mistake with the potential to poison her whole career.

Jordan Gough is an important man. He’s the town’s biggest benefactor. He is the proprietor of the Whitebridge Evening Telegraph. He owns the local football team.

He is also, DCI Monika Paniatowski thinks, as bent as a corkscrew – and if she had any evidence, she’d put him away like a shot. A single encounter with him as a young detective sergeant left an impression she’s never forgotten. And neither, she is certain, has he.

So when Jordan calls and demands to speak to Monika – and only Monika – she is on immediate high alert. He claims someone’s trying to kill him, but why has he destroyed the evidence? Why turn for help to an officer he hates?

Certain she’s the target of a twisted practical joke, Monika makes a terrible mistake – one that could destroy everything she holds dear.

The fourteenth DCI Monika Paniatowski mystery is a powerful and dark tale of revenge, secrets and lies, which grips you tight as it reveals twist after stunning twist.


“Readers will hope Paniatowski has a long career”

Publishers Weekly

“Read this one quickly, before someone spoils the surprise”

Kirkus Reviews

“Paniatowski’s diverse, quirky, and talented team elevates this one to beyond the rank and file of British procedurals”

Booklist on Dead End

“A crime novel to savor”

Booklist Starred Review of The Hidden

“Absorbing … Readers will eagerly await the next installment”

Publishers Weekly on The Hidden

“A gripping plot, twists aplenty, good pacing, and the tough yet vulnerable Monika make this an engrossing read”

Booklist on Death in Disguise

“Well-crafted … A successful puzzle”

Publishers Weekly on Death in Disguise

Sally Spencer

Sally Spencer worked as a teacher both in England and Iran – where she witnessed the fall of the Shah. She now lives on the Costa Blanca with her partner, one rescue cat, two rescue dogs and innumerable fruit trees. Having once been an almost fanatical mahjong player, she is now obsessed with duplicate bridge.As well as the Jennie Redhead mysteries, Spencer is also the author of the successful DCI Monika Paniatowski series, the Chief Inspector Woodend mysteries and the Inspector Blackstone series.

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Poison by Sally Spencer is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278909552nd November 2021147 X 225mm256$28.99
Hardback978072789095526th August 2021147 X 225mm256£20.99
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