Book Title: Dead Souls
Author: Angela Marsons
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: Kim Stone #6
Genres: Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Date Read: 04/22/17
Pub Date: 04/28/17
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?
Each time I read a book featuring D.I. Kim Stone, I’m positive it’s the best one there is and that it can’t be topped. Also, each time I read the next D.I. Kim Stone novel, I find I’m wholly wrong. This is quite possibly the only time I enjoy being publicly in the wrong. I don’t know how she does it, but Angie manages to take these characters we’ve grown to love and wrestle them OUT of submission. Um, what Chelsea? Think of it this way; how many times have we started a series we love, only to find out come the third + book(s) have turned stale and stagnant, predictable in a way that disappoints the reader to no end and forces us to toss aside an author and move on to greener pastures? This has never been the case with our Kimmy; I think characters of long running series naturally want to become tired, but Angie maneuvers her entire crew into situations we’d never dream up, keeping the series fresh and the reader on their tippy toes.
For those who have followed the series from Silent Scream, you know that Marsons always includes an element of diversity and a focus on a timely injustice toward either a minority group or those of a more vulnerable classification (I.E. children or those with disabilities). This book is no different and includes a nice focus on what a nasty monster racism is. I won’t be giving away any spoilers, but I loved how she caused me to pause and do a little introspective thinking; as a white female in the United States who has lived an entirely privileged life, it was eye-opening and breathtaking to pause and soak up the horror that other races have to endure on a daily basis. Clearly this novel focuses on an extreme variety of such hatred, but the author does touch on a different type of racism, the type where people hold a fear of any other race assimilating into their neighborhood while claiming they cannot be racist because “they have a friend who is of _____ race”. This type of detail and uncomfortable thought provoking narrative is precisely why Angie always earns a 5 star rating from myself and many other readers.
As I stated above, I won’t go into detail concerning the plot, but I enjoyed how Kim was also put in an uncomfortable situation herself. We get a good bit of backstory into a minor character who has been mostly mysterious since the first book, and we also get to know Stace a little better as well. If you are a fan of exciting crime fiction with a lovable cast of close-knit characters, please pick these up. I rarely implore new readers to start at the beginning of a long running series, but this one is so worth it. The books are extremely affordable on kindle and you will race through them at lightning speed. I’ve once again found myself with a Bookouture hangover, as I just finished all the latest in my favorite series that they publish, so I will just cry into my pillow until it’s time to meet up with Kim Stone once again.
*Many thanks to the publisher and author for providing my copy; it’s always a pleasure to participate in the blog tours.
Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy puppy and potty mouthed parrot.
It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born. The D.I. Kim Stone series has now sold over 2 million copies. You can learn more about Angela and her books at her website HERE.