Book Review – Broken Bones by Angela Marsons…

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

I will admit that I sat and stared at the cover of this book on my Kindle screen for a long time. I found myself either unable or unwilling to start the last one because then there would be no more Kim until the wonderful Ms. Marsons finishes book eight in the series. Yes, I am waiting with baited breath for that very book. I’m sooooo excited!

OK, enough fangirling now and into talking about the book. As always, the story is full of delicious twists and turns that keep you guessing right until the last few pages. As always, Kim Stone is a fabulous protagonist and her strength and resilience along with the glimpses of a more caring and gentle person underneath.

If you have read any of Angela Marsons’ other DI Kim Stone books, you will know Kim’s character and why she is that way. Yet as she moves through the books she does seem to be becoming a more well rounded and much kinder person.

This book sees Kim and her team in pursuit of a serial killer of young female prostitutes. Kim and DS Bryant are working that case and Kevin and Stacey, the other two members of Kim’s team are working the case of an abandoned baby.

It starts off, of course, with a murder. The young prostitute has a daughter and breaking the news to her mother is written in a beautiful (well, as it can be in that situation) way. Kim and Bryant work so well together they almost become real.

Kev and Stacey are working the baby case, and from the off you can see that there are issues for both of them I can’t say more because it would spoil this latest book and the one before it.

It is lovely to see Stacey let out of the play pen and allowed to sharpen her claws out in the field instead of being penned in the office on the computer. Her character is also being developed really well.

This whole group of people work really well together. Even the irascible Woody is invaluable to the stories. After all, it wouldn’t be Kim is she didn’t get at least one verbal ass kicking per book, it really wouldn’t!

Angela’s writing style picks you up at the start of the book, like a leaf in the autumn wind and then carries you along and tosses you around until you reach the final page.

There are several female detective stories out on the market at the moment. But not a single one of them can hold a candle to Kim.

A five out of five star read.

Book Review – Dead Souls by Angela Marsons…

Ms Marsons!!! I do declare you’ve done it to me again!!! What an incredible book!!!

The truth was dead and buried…until now.

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

This book deals with the one thing that sickens me more than any other – hate crimes and racism. I am a member of an anti hate campaign group, so to see the subject handled in such an incredible way almost moved me to tears. I have to say thank you to Ms Marsons. This is a subject that not many people have the courage to bring into the public eye to remind society that these crimes still happen in today’s society and are no less heinous now than they were many years ago.

This story like all of the others that have been written, provide an incredible background story. As always you (as a reader) are picked up and whisked along at super fast speed and you do not get put down again until the final page.

This story does not delve into Kim’s past in the way that other stories have done. The involvement of Stacey’s character on a higher level was well plotted too. She has always been in the background. Good old dependable Stace, doing her job quietly and efficiently. To see her character fleshed out in such a way was thoroughly enjoyable! I only wish that Stace could have a girlfriend. Maybe the girl from the cafe?

As with any of the Kim Stone crime thrillers, reading and absorbing the story is like peeling back the layers of an onion. The further down you get.. I had a couple of nights where I fell asleep with Kindle in hand because I had read until about 3am. As with all the other five books, number six is one hell of a stellar read and I strongly advise you to give it a go.

You do not have to read these books in time order. If you have never read a Kim Stone novel however, I really do recommend that you do read them in order. However you read them, just enjoy them for the sheer works of genius that they are and enjoy the most wonderful, bad assed Detective Inspector around in modern crime fiction. Long live Kim Stone!!!

Yet another five star read from the amazing Angela Marsons!

Book Review – Blood Lines by Angela Marsons…

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring mother and social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

Ms. Marsons has managed to do it to me again. She provided me with a book that had me captivated from the first word right through to the last one. I was so caught up in this book that I had to see it through. I finished it at 1am (it’s now 6am) and had to close my eyes for a little while before I picked up my phone to write this review.

This book sees Kim face to face with the vile Dr Alex Thorne yet again. I was, I have to admit, a little sad to see her again at first. I felt she had made Kim suffer enough. However, after a few chapters I began to understand the author’s rationale for re-introducing the character. Bringing her back made for a fascinating and twisted plot that picks you up and twists and tosses you about like a leaf in the wind.

I can’t say too much more about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away. It is, yet again, absolutely impossible to guess who the killer is right up until the very end of the book.

I read several reviews of the book and one in particular stood out in my mind. It said that they found the book difficult to get through so they skipped ahead to the last few chapters to find out what happened. That doesn’t make the book difficult to read! The book slips through your mind and right into your brain like fine wine settles into your system as you drink it. That makes the writer of the review the sort of person who really should not be reading crime novels because they can’t control the impulse to skip ahead to the end of the book! One suspects they may have been the sort of child who sought out Christmas gifts and picked up the corner of the wrapper to peek at what rests beneath before frantically sticking it down again so as not to get caught! ;-p

Kim proves to us yet again just how strong and ballsy she is despite the hell she has been through. Her character development throughout this series of books shows what an incredible protagonist the writer has created.

I am super excited to dive into book six in the series but then realised that I only have one more book to read before I have to wait for the next release. Noooooo! What will I do without Kim to keep me company? I know. I’ll start from the beginning!

Thank you to the writer for yet another stellar instalment in the series. Oh, and please, never ever let Kim retire!

Absolutely brilliant! A five out of five star read!

Book Review – Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

This is the third book in the DI Kim Stone series and Angela Marsons has yet again knocked it out of the park. Wow. Just wow. As with the two preceding books you are picked up in that first second of reading and you are gripped by the story until the very last word.

Angela Marsons has an incredible gift when it comes to writing. Her crime thriller skills are second to none and her first book had me hooked on the character of Kim Stome from the start.

This book tells the story of the kidnap of two nine year old girls. The kidnappers are playing a twisted game by asking the parents to enter in to a bidding war for the lives of their children. Kim and her team are assigned the task of finding the girls and bringing them home alive. At any cost.

I really cannot say too much about the story because I don’t want to put spoilers in, but I promise you, if you like crime fiction then you will absolutely adore the amazing Kim Stone books created by the amazing Angela Marsons. This book rocks!!!

A five out of five star read.