Supping with the Devil by Sally Spencer (aka Alan Rustage)
First Sentence: The
weathermen said it was going to be the hottest summer for fifty years, and on all
the available evidence so far, they were right.
Monika Paniatowski has a boss who is determined to ruin her career. Her latest assignment takes her away from her
team and places her as a security advisor for the rock festival being put on by
the Earl of Ridley. But she’s only
allowed in the house, whereas security for the grounds and even are being
handled by the Devil’s Disciples motorcycle gang. Things change when the body of a tabloid
journalist is found.
Spencer is a prolific author of three mystery series. Monika Paniatowski was first introduced to us
in the 5th Charlie Woodend book, “The Golden Mile to Murder.” That said, it’s not necessary to have read
that, or any of the previous books in this series as Spencer is very adept at giving
us all the background we need to know about the characters within each
book. This is a wonderful skill as new
readers don’t feel they’ve missed anything.
It is nice to see the way the series are somewhat blended as Woodend did
make an appearance in this book.
is something of a tough character to like, but there are good reasons for that,
of which we learn. Even so, she is
respected and appreciated by her team.
All except for DCI Wellbeloved, who is anything but. That is balanced out by DS Meadows who is
sharp, tough and has an interesting background of her own. If you like a badass, female cop, you’ll love
story has very good plot twists. Spencer
is very good at the unexpected, at the same time presenting a strong, accurate
perspective on the issues with which career women have had to deal; both in the
70s and today.
“Supping with the Devil’ is filled with excellent twists, turns and revelations. Spencer has become one of my favorite
WITH THE DEVIL (Pol Proc-DCI Monika Panatowsk-England-Contemp-1976) – G+
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