Broken Bones (D.I. Kim Stone #7) by Angela Marsons

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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 three 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. 

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This is another series that you need to check out if you love mysteries and thrillers! Kim Stone is one of my favourite literary characters!

Broken Bones follows 2 different stories. The first one is about an abandoned baby at the police station. There are many women coming to claim the baby, but none of their stories are aligning. The second story is about prostitutes getting killed. The sad part is that there aren’t too many people that care about these killings and there aren’t many leads that can be followed.

This series has no signs of slowing down, with the 7th novel being just as great as the earlier novels. I love catching up with Kim, Bryant, Stacey and Dawson. I love seeing them work together especially when past events haven’t been too kind to them. The mysteries were excellent and I really enjoyed that things weren’t as they seemed.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Another great novel to one of my favourite series. Can’t wait for the next novel!

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Dead Souls (D.I. Kim Stone #6) by Angela Marsons

Deal Souls

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? 

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The Kim Stone series just gets better and better! I love how each novel follows the same characters, but doesn’t rely on a formulaic plot. Each novel has an unique deadly plot that ends up blowing my mind each time!

In the 6th novel in the series, Kim and her team end up working on different cases and it’s a struggle for everyone. Kim’s team (Bryant, Dawson and Stacey) has a power struggle between the 2 males and it’s clear that they each believe their method works. Meanwhile, Kim has to work with an ex-partner and his team and it’s clear that they have some unresolved history between them.

I don’t want to share too much of the plot, but I loved it. I flew through the novel so quickly since I had to know what was going to happen which each of the cases and the characters.

This novel is not going to be for everyone. There are some disturbing scenes as well as a lot of hate crimes and racism.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. If you are into mysteries, you need to check out the Kim Stone series!!

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Blood Lines (D.I. Kim Stone #5) by Angela Marsons

Blood Lines

A belated Happy Easter! I hope the Easter bunny was good to you all!

I have found a lot of similarities between the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons and the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza. I have loved each book in each series and they are so unique from their previous novels. They are both in my top 5 mystery series. I would have to give a little bit of an edge to the Kim Stone series, just because the character of Kim Stone is so different from anyone that I have read before. She is so broken and doesn’t let anyone in. She’s not friendly, but there is something about her that you feel connected to and you want her to let you in.

In Blood Lines, the 5th novel in the series, there is a lot of things going on. First, Kim and team have a case where a woman is found stabbed in her car. To some it may look like a carjacking, but Kim knows better. When a second body of a drug addict appears with a stab mark in the exact same way as the first victim, Kim knows that they need to work quickly.

Then in my favourite part of the book, Dr. Alex Throne is back! It’s important to read the series in order since there is a history between Kim Stone and Dr. Throne. All I’m going to say is that it’s a showdown between 2 brilliant, hard core, bad ass women.

I loved every moment of this novel and I can’t recommend this series enough. I was shocked by who the killer was and it took me a bit of backtracking to understand everything. I loved how the novel came back full circle and everything from the stabbings to the diary entries made sense.

5 calculators out of 5!! Loved the main story, loved the showdown between Kim and Alex. Was flawless all the way though. Read this series!!

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