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Play Dead: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 4) by [Marsons, Angela]
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Play Dead: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 4) Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 1,481 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series (6 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2563 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (20 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D3TD9VQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 1,481 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Yes, yes, yes. Ladies and gents, Kim Stone, Angela Marsons’ brilliant fictional Detective, is back and I am a very happy bunny. Intrigued by the local setting of these stories (Midlands born and Dudley educated for my sins) I raced through the first three books in the series and have had a Kim shaped void in my reading list for too long. (Ok, it’s only actually been a couple of months but I am a very needy reader.) I have been thinking long and hard about what I want to write in this review. It should be the easiest thing in the world to write as the quality of the writing speaks for itself. It is in a word, brilliant. And there is the problem because after reading it, I can’t help feeling that nothing I put down will do it justice.

Given a reward for their success on a child abduction case, Kim and her team are sent to Westerley, a new forensic research centre, or ‘body farm’, designed to aid in the study of decomposition upon the human body, and which has been helping the neighbouring police force with a number of cold cases. While on a tour of the facilities they happen upon a minor issue, one which most certainly piques Kim’s interest. They farm seems to have accumulated one more resident than they should have, a young woman who has been badly beaten and suffocated before being left among the other decaying bodies.

On top of this, Kim’s journalistic nemesis, Tracy Frost, calls her with details of a cold case, the body of a man found with his fingers missing. Tracy had vowed to find justice for but had abandoned the case in favour of a much juicier story. The result was that the man was never identified and his killers remained at large.
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‘Play Dead’ is the fourth novel in the Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series, set in the so-called Black Country. In this novel Kim and her trusted investigative partner Bryant are taxed with putting a stop to the odious killing spree of an unknown (as yet) revenge serial killer. Bodies are piling up at Westerley Forensic Research Facility, a state of the art centre taxed with studying human decomposition. But unwelcome female ‘foreign bodies’ are being dumped in the grounds, their faces smashed in and mouths stuffed full of soil. Kim discovers a closely guarded secret about one of the employees early on in her investigations about an employee at the body farm and seeks to protect the identity of Catherine Evans, a research entomologist. She makes a trade off with journalist Tracy Frost, promising to try to solve another local but historic crime, the ‘piano murder’; hence Tracy will hopefully have two exclusive stories if she agrees to withhold Catherine’s name. The information released to Tracy strikes fear into her heart and brings on a panic attack; she had once known the named victim.

This is a gritty crime procedural story, fast-paced and full of thrills and spills. One of the finest inclusions to the already familiar list of characters within Kim’s team is Daniel Bate from Dundee, a fellow professional who is still trying to persuade Kim to acknowledge the spark of attraction that fizzles in the air whenever they meet professionally. But Kim still resists his advances, although there are signs that she may one day feel confident enough to welcome a relationship with him. Kim is a fantastic character, driven, hard working and a talented and decorated detective. She is scarred by her sad past and this vulnerability is very endearing.
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By Gilbster TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 May 2016
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A little over a year ago I read my first ever book by Angela Marsons, and I can't believe perhaps 14 months later we are already on book 4 of this incredible series about DI Kim Stone. I have no idea how this talented author keeps coming up with increasingly more evil villains, and even more gripping stories, but that is what appears to be happening.

I wasn't that drawn in by the prologue, but the voice from the prologue kept coming up every now and then as separate chapters and i was soon very interested to know just who was writing these missives. However the second chapter 1 started and got going, I was gripped by the book, and at no point did I want to stop reading.

If you are worried about picking up a series at book 4, then don't be, it can easily be read as a standalone, although I would encourage you to read the whole series, as background about DI Kim Stones past is being drip fed to us, a small amount per book.

I am finding DI Kim Stone to be a fascinating character, she comes across to the public and her colleagues generally as a hard nosed, uncaring person, but as you delve deeper into her psyche you see she is capable of some other emotions, and her own troubled childhood really does help solve some of her cases.

I was worried about what a body farm would entail before I started reading this, but after explanations from the professors running the facility, I understand it can be useful and not as disgusting as I thought it would be. That being said the bodies being found on the edge of the facility are in a brutal condition, and the crime when its revealed is even worse than perhaps first imagined.
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