Monday, November 25, 2013

Death's Dark Shadow by Sally Spencer

Monika Paniatowski is a good cop but her boss is a pain.  When she finds a dead woman by the canal and finds out she's a foreigner, he forbids her to track down her history by visiting the country.  She has to work with what she has.  Frustrated, she calls an old friend...

Severn House and Net Galley let me download a copy of this ebook to read for review (thank you).  The book will be published March 1st, 2014, so make a note on your TBR list to pick it up then.

Monika calls her old mentor, Charlie Woodend, and asks if he would do some checking for her.  He's very willing; he's a bit bored with retired life.  As he and his friend look for information, they also have to be careful because questions are discouraged and odd activity attracts police attention.  They have a couple of trouble spots, but they get their information.

Monika has been talking to the husband and son about the tragedy of a long lost wife just coming to unite herself with her family and being murdered before she met them.  When the husband is tortured and garroted, she's not sure what she's facing or why that happened.  There must be another player, but who could it be?

This is an interesting story that has ties to war, gold, and a broken family.  I was hoping Monika might have a chance at romance, but no such luck.  I enjoyed the read and it has an ironic ending.  If you like mysteries, you'll enjoy this one, too.

Happy reading.

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