Killing Mind (D I Kim Stone) by Angela Marsons

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Killing Mind (D I Kim Stone) by Angela Marsons

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Category: Crime
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: It might be the twelfth in the series but there's a real freshness about this story which had me guessing right to the end. Highly recommended.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 430 Date: May 2020
Publisher: Bookouture
External links: Author's website

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It looked very like a suicide, and to begin with, that was how both DI Kim Stone and Keats, the pathologist called it. It was only later that Stone and her team realised that when Samantha Brown cut her throat, hers was not the only hand holding the knife. It was murder. Sammy's parents. Myles and Kate were a little bit reluctant to say what their daughter had been doing recently. The property where she was found was less homely than most hotel rooms: her mother was about to accuse her husband of saying that Sammy was ready... But what was Sammy ready for and where was their other daughter, Sophie?

I've been reading Angela Marson's DI Kim Stone books from the very beginning. At one point I did begin to wonder if they were not getting just a little samey with the constant referencing of Marson's childhood traumas, so it was a relief to find Stone working on cases that had absolutely nothing to do with her. The murder of Sammy Brown followed her escape from a cult and Marsons paints a picture of what cults are really like which I'll find difficult to forget, to the point where I realised just how easy it would be to become embroiled in one. Marsons understands the psychology of cults rather than just the mechanisms.

Sammy Brown's death would be only the first of several associated with Unity Farm and its charismatic leader, Jake Black. Who, exactly, was Kane Devlin, and why was he involved in snatching people from Unity Farm? Was it for money? It would take the combined efforts of Bryant, Stacey and Penn on the CID team to unravel the problem.

Bryant has problems of his own, though. A case he was involved with in the early days of his police career has returned to haunt him at regular intervals, but this time it looks as though Peter Drake, a violent killer and rapist will be free to kill again. How can the father of one of his victims cope with the thought that the man is out of prison? Will the judicial system actually bring about justice?

Sometimes you find yourself so deep in a book that you're not bothered about things which you normally do. Well, Killing Mind is one of those books. I've always liked Kim Stone's rather acerbic attitude and she and Bryant make a superb combination which is more than the sum of the parts. I can't wait for the next instalment and I'd like to thank the publishers for letting Bookbag have a review copy.

Why not start form the beginning of the series? You won't regret it, honestly!

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