Monika Paniatowski

13 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 65 ratings

The Dead Hand of History Publisher's Summary

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 – particularly when he’s still a very real presence in Whitebridge – 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. And not only that, but the killer has already alerted the press. Only hours into the case, she find she can no longer trust her colleagues – or even herself – and the urge to pick up the phone and beg Woodend for help becomes almost irresistible.

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  • Book 1

    • The Dead Hand of History

    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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 – particularly when he’s still a very real presence in Whitebridge – 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. And not only that, but the killer has already alerted the press.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good potential

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-05-13

    Regular price: $14.50

  • Book 2

    • The Ring of Death

    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    DCI Monkia Paniatowski has seen dozens of murder victims in her time, but nothing could have prepared her for the corpse in the woods. It is not so much that the man’s throat has been slashed that shocks her, nor even the way he is naked – it is the way he has been carefully posed. Paniatowski has been assigned a new sergeant, who she does not entirely trust. Worse yet, an old enemy from the secret service announces he will be monitoring her every move.

    Regular price: $14.45

  • Book 3

    • Echoes of the Dead

    • A Monika Paniatowski Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Would a man really use his dying breath to play Russian roulette with his soul? If what Fred Howerd revealed under the seal of confession is true, then a grave miscarriage of justice has been allowed to lie festering for over 20 years - and that, for the Whitebridge police, is political dynamite. DCI Monika Paniatowski argues with the Chief Constable that it will be almost impossible to solve a case which is almost history. But the real reason for her reluctance to take it on is more to do with her own past....

    Regular price: $15.70

  • Book 4

    • Backlash

    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    DCI Monika Paniatowski has a bitter personla history with Chief Superintendent Kershaw, but that is not the only reason she doesn’t want the investigation into the sudden – and probably violent – disappearance of his wife, Elaine, landing on her desk. Why should all the resources be channelled into this one case?Why doesn’t somebody take an interest in the disappearance of a young prostitue called Grace Meade?

    Regular price: $15.34

  • Book 5

    • Lambs to the Slaughter

    • DCI Monika Paniatowski, Book 5
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    The colliery village of Bellingsworth is already divided over an impending strike, so the last thing it needs is a murder - but that's exactly what it gets, when a retired miner called Len Hopkins is found battered to death in his outside lavatory. Detective Chief Inspector Monika Paniatowski, called in to track down the killer with all possible speed, finds herself working in an atmosphere as thick with suspicion and distrust as the mine is with coal dust.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spencer scores again!

    • By Tracey on 08-05-13

    Regular price: $14.86

  • Book 6

    • A Walk with the Dead

    • A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    When a young girl, Jill Harris, is murdered, the case soon becomes personal for Monika Paniatowski. She saw the victim looking distressed only hours before she was killed, and Jill was the same age as her own daughter, Louisa. Driven by guilt and pity, Monika throws herself into the investigation, but both the chief constable, who is away, and Colin Beresford - her right-hand man - think she is too emotionally involved to handle it. What none of them know is that the killer is planning to strike again....

    Regular price: $34.99

    • A Walk with the Dead

    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    When a young girl, Jill Harris, is murdered, the case soon becomes personal for Monika Paniatowski. She saw the victim looking distressed only hours before she was killed, and Jill was the same age as her own daughter, Louisa. Driven by guilt and pity, Monika throws herself into the investigation, but both the chief constable, who is away, and Colin Beresford - her right hand man - think she is too emotionally involved to handle it. What none of them know is that the killer is planning to strike again...

    Regular price: $14.86

  • Book 7

    • Death's Dark Shadow

    • A DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery
    • By: Sally Spencer
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A nameless victim. An unknown killer. An impossible case for Monika Paniatowski. Before she can even begin to track down the killer of the old woman dumped by the lonely canal, Monika Paniatowski needs to find out who she is - and no one seems to know. Even when her daughter Louisa provides the vital clue, it only makes life more difficult, because the Chief Constable - intent on making Paniatowski's life difficult - refused to let her follow the obvious trail.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Could be 4

    • By Donna on 05-06-17

    Regular price: $19.82

  • Book 8

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  • Book 12

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