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?
An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.
What readers are saying about Angela Marsons
‘I love this series, and Angela Marsons has joined the ranks of authors I would drop anything else I was doing to read, and whose books I put on pre-order without even stopping to read the blurb.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews (5 stars)
‘My heart didn’t beat right the whole way through this one! I actually had to read this on the floor as the edge of my seat was too uncomfortable! It is a real rollercoaster of a ride … this is one book you do NOT want to miss!’ Emma the Little Book Worm
‘All the stars lighting a clear night sky are not enough to rate this book. Believe me! I just LOVE this author and LOVE Kim Stone!! I cannot recommend this series enough. If you haven't yet read any of Angela Marsons' books, you're seriously missing out’ Relax and Read Book Reviews
‘With no let up in pace, the author doesn't give you time to catch your breath before she hits you with another shocking twist. The Book Review Café
'The Detective Inspector Kim Stone books are nothing short of brilliant.’ Nigel Adams Book Worm
‘Gripping … so many twists and turns… fast paced with plenty of psychological mind games that will leave you reeling.’ Chapter In My Life
‘A gripping, emotional and addictive read. My only concern is how the author is going to top this book as how can you improve on perfection itself? Outstanding!!!’ By The Letter Book Reviews
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Sixth book in series!
Dead Souls by Angela Marsons is the sixth book in the D.I. Kim Stone series. Doctor A is a forensic archaeologist who was conducting a training class when she uncovered a skull at Hayley Green. She quickly halts the training and contacts the police. D.I. Kim Stone arrives at the scene and discovers D.I. Tom Travis is there as well. This location happens to be on the border of two police districts. Kim is told by DCI Woodward (Woody) that it will be a joint investigation (inter-force collaboration). Kim and Tom will have to work together. Kim will have the challenge of working without her team. Tom and Kim used to work together until “the incident” (which Kim refuses to discuss with anyone). Tom has not spoken to Kim since then and she is unsure why. Kim puts on a brave face and starts working the case. Doctor A slowly uncovers the three bodies in the grave. She is able to discern that the grave was not the original dump site. Exploring the bones, Doctor A uncovers bullet holes, animal trap marking, and dog bites. What horror did these three people incur? Kim and Tom explore the relationship between the land owners and their renters. It is obvious that they are both keeping secrets. Will the identity of the victim’s lead them to the killer? Meanwhile, Kim’s team is working on a series of hate crimes, and it causes tension between Bryant, Dawson, and Stacey Jones. Stacey wants to prove that she is just as good as the others. She can do more than use a computer and starts her own investigation. Then one of Kim’s team members is in jeopardy, she uses all the resources available to resolve the crimes. Can Kim and Tom find the perpetrators in time and bring Kim’s team member home safely?
Dead Souls is well-written and has a fast pace. This book engages the reader’s attention from the first page and holds it until the very end. Kim Stone is a complex and unique character. We get to know a little more about her in each book and Kim’s character grows or develops a little more. I appreciated finding out more about Stacey Jones in Dead Souls. It was also interesting to see Bryant and Dawson work together (very entertaining). The mysteries in Dead Souls are complex and convoluted (lots of twists). There are many details and moving parts. It all comes together in the end. If you pay close attention, you can identify the main culprit before the reveal. I give Dead Souls 5 out of 5 stars. If you have not read any of the other D.I. Kim Stone novels, then I suggest you start at the beginning. Otherwise, you will not understand Kim, how she works, her team, and the team dynamic. Dead Souls deals with very sensitive and controversial issue. The story dives into hate crimes (racism) and how people perceive each other. It is hard to fathom disliking a person based on their race, sexual orientation, or disability. It is disturbing what people will do in our society. Dead Souls is an exceptional novel.