The Dead Hand of History
by Sally Spencer

It will be no easy task to fill the shoes of a local legend like DCI Charlie Woodend, the newly-promoted Monika Paniatowski tells herself, but given a little time, she thinks she can grow into them.

Yet time is the one thing she does not have. On her first day in the new job, a severed female hand is discovered on the riverbank. The obvious suspect is Stan Szymborska, the victim’s war-hero husband, though Paniatowski refuses to arrest him. But is it the lack of evidence which is holding her back . . . or is it the fact that he is not only the most attractive man she has met in a long time, but also a fellow Pole?

Woodend is preparing to leave for a new life in Spain, and Paniatowski is determined not to ask for his help. But when her colleagues prove untrustworthy, the urge to call him becomes almost irresistible . . .


“The Woodend series has always been one of the best British police procedurals around. Now Spencer has taken up a new series with Paniatowski in the lead, and she proves again that she is in the league with Peter Turnball and Lynda La Plante”

Library Journal

“Monica carries the torch nobly as Spencer's franchise keeps its edge”

Kirkus Reviews

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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The Dead Hand of History by Sally Spencer is available in the following formats

Paperback978184751170631st May 2010139 X 216mm240£13.99
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