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#BookReview Killing Mind (D.I. Kim Stone #12) AND First Blood (D.I. Kim Stone #0.5) by Angela Marsons #KillingMind #FirstBlood @WriteAngie #kimstone @bookouture #books #BookBlogLockdownBacklog #QuickReviewBlitz

I hope everyone is doing as well as they can during these unusual times ❤ Lockdown has allowed me to catch up with some reading but I have been a bit slower at reviewing so I want to remedy that now with my…

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51458670._sy475_When Detective Kim Stone is called to the home of Samantha Brown, she finds the young woman lying in bed with her throat cut and a knife in her hand. With no sign of forced entry or struggle, Kim rules her death a tragic suicide. But a visit to Samantha’s parents rings alarm bells for Kim – there’s something they’re not telling her. And, when she spots a clue in a photograph, Kim realises she’s made a huge mistake. Samantha didn’t take her own life, she was murdered.

Then a young man’s body is found in a local lake with his throat cut and Kim makes a link between the victim and Samantha. They both spent time at Unity Farm, a retreat for people seeking an alternative way of life. Beneath the retreat’s cosy façade, Kim and her team uncover a sinister community preying on the emotionally vulnerable. Sending one of her own undercover into Unity Farm is high risk but it’s Kim’s only hope if she is to catch a killer – someone Kim is convinced the victims knew and trusted. With Bryant distracted by the emergence of a harrowing case close to his heart, and an undercover officer in way over her head, Kim’s neck is on the line like never before. Can she protect those closest to her before another life is taken?

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You know what you are getting with Angela Marsons‘s Kim Stone series: a guaranteed well-plotted, intriguing and easy-to-race-through murder mystery thriller, and her latest, Killing Mind, is no different. I enjoyed seeing Tink back in the team and I really hope she becomes a regular.

As always, Angela Marsons‘s characters are very human and fallible and there are some very dark moments in this book across the various developing strands. This is another gripping Kim Stone book and I very much look forward to the next in the series.

Thank you to the publisher for my copy of the book.

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48776591._sy475_When the body of a young man is found beheaded and staked to the ground in a secluded area of the Clent Hills, Kim and her new squad rush to the crime scene. Searching the victim’s home, Kim discovers a little girl’s bedroom and a hidden laptop. Why is his sister relieved to hear he’s dead – and where is the rest of his family?

As Kim begins to unearth the dark secrets at the heart of the case, D.C. Stacey Wood finds a disturbing resemblance to the recent murder of Lester Jackson. But that’s not all Stacey finds … She’s convinced there is a link between the victims and a women’s shelter run by Marianne Forbes, Lester’s niece. A child of the care system herself, Kim knows all too well what it means to be vulnerable. Could Marianne be the key to cracking this case?

With the killer about to strike again, Kim is in deep water with a rookie squad. Inexperienced Stacey is showing signs of brilliance but struggling to hold her nerve and, while D.S. Bryant is reliable and calm, D.S. Dawson is a liability. With his home life in pieces, his volatile behaviour is already fracturing her fragile new team.
Can Kim bring Dawson in line and pull her crew together in time to catch the killer before another life is taken? This time, one of her own could be in terrible danger…

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It was an unexpected treat to find that First Blood was a Kim Stone prequel. I loved seeing the first few days of the new/old team – and it was good to see Dawson again, although I missed Barney! Angela Marsons always put her stories together well so well and this unnerving murder mystery races along cleverly to its creepy conclusion.

I genuinely thought we’d get to know Bryant’s first name when he was introduced though!! 😥 Come on, Ms M. Please?! 🙂

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