Echoes of the Dead

Echoes of the Dead

Book - 2011
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Spencer's crisp third police procedural to feature plucky Det. Chief Insp. Monika Paniatowski (after 2010's Ring of Death) offers an intriguing look at '70s style crime solving. After serving 22 years for the rape and strangulation murder of 13-year-old Lilly Dawson in 1951 Whitebridge, Lancashire, Fred Howerd, who admitted to the killing, claims his innocence in a deathbed confession to a Catholic priest. Scotland Yard sends Det. Chief Insp. Tom Hall to help Chief Constable George Baxter's team, chiefly Monika, reopen the case, which was the first big case of her retired former boss, Chief Insp. Charlie Woodend, for Scotland Yard's Murder Squad. Monika hopes the truth will clear Woodend or his then sergeant, Ralph Bannerman, of arresting or even framing the wrong man. Spencer unravels a complex cobweb of clues while smoothly flipping back and forth between 1951 and 1973.
Publisher: Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2011, c2010
ISBN: 9780727869807
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY SPENCER
Characteristics: 218 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 07, 2015

This is a good mystery with an interesting cast of characters. The scene switches between 1973 and 1951 and Sally Spencer does a great job in making the reader feel they are in those years.

In 1951, a man confessed and was convicted for the rape and murder of a young girl. While lying on his deathbed in 1973, this same man has confessed to a priest that he did not commit the murder - he was coerced by police. DCI Monika Paniatowski must determine what really happened in an effort to protect the reputation of her retired mentor, Charlie Woodend, who now lives in Spain.


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