The Ring of Death

The Ring of Death

[a DCI Monika Paniatowski Mystery]

Book - 2010
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The second in a new series featuring DCI Monika Paniatowski - Nothing could have prepared DCI Monika Paniatowski for this. It's not that the man's throat has been cut, or that he is naked, that shocks her - it's the way his corpse has been so carefully posed. Is the killer sending a message? If so, to who? Saddled with a colleague she doesn't trust, and watched by an old enemy, Monika realises that whatever the murderer's message is, he will not stop killing until she understands.

Publisher: Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2010.
ISBN: 9780727868688
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY SPE

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hania4987 Feb 21, 2014

This is the second book in a series which is a continuation of a previous detective series, using a supporting character from that one as its main character. Unfortunately, this story is even less compelling than the first one.

I think the author is trying to fashion a Jane Tennyson (Prime Suspect) and portray some of the struggles of a female chief who leads an all-male squad. Monika Paniatowski is flawed but, unfortunately, not likeable and just sounds whiny and resentful.

I was originally drawn to these books after seeing a main character with a Polish name in a Brit novel as well as a woman pioneer taking the lead in a male dominated field. It's not really enough to keep my interest.

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