The publisher's summary is accurate so you know what to expect.
The story is good with a nice pace, overall a well written book. The charact..Show More »ers need a little fleshing out but thats about it. The author has the potential for a good series here. I'll be reading the next book soon.
Monika, the lead character is likable and not one of the typical female formula (acts like a man, dingbat, cold savant nymphomaniac). The male characters are a little more stereotypical, but the "good guys" aren't to emasculated.
Not a great book, enjoyable, an easy but entertaining listen with the hope of more.
With some serials, the output diminishes over time, with the writing becoming formulaic and staid. However, Sally Spencer (nom de guerre of Alan Rusta..Show More »ge) continues to deliver taut, suspenseful police procedurals.
"Lambs to the Slaughter" is the 5th entry in the series (25th if you consider the 20 books in which DCI Charlie Woodend is the primary protagonist and Paniatowski is his protégé) , set in 1970's Northern England. This book revolves around a potential coal strike and a murder in the town of Bellingsworth.
The mystery itself is complex. However, the hallmark of this series is the continued development of the police team. I look forward to many more books in this wonderful series and anticipate more intricate mysteries and more windows into the characters.
Another great joy is the brilliant delivery of Penelope Freeman. She captures wonderfully the accents and characters of the book, male and female.