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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 10)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

The author of this week’s featured book published three stunning books last year featuring the intrepid Detective Kim Stone and now we have the fourth; Play Dead by Angela Marsons

Play Dead


The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen.
The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.
Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.
Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?
As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …? NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


OLD HILL – 1996

I knew before I touched her that she was dead. And yet I touched her anyway.


Black Country – Present Day

Kim crouched behind the wheelie bin. After fifteen minutes in the same position the feeling was leaving her thighs.
She spoke down into her jacket. ‘Stace, anything on the warrant?’
‘Not yet, boss,’ she heard in her earpiece.
Kim growled. ‘I’m not gonna wait for ever, folks.’
From the corner of her eye she saw Bryant shake his head. His body was hunched over an open bonnet, positioned directly opposite the target property.
Trust Bryant to be the voice of reason. His cautious nature dictated they do everything by the book and she agreed. To a point. But they all knew what was going on in that house And it had to end today.

This extract comes from a proof copy. Play Dead will be published on 20 May 2016

So what do you think? Would you keep reading?

Please leave your thoughts and links in the comments box below!


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

25 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 10)

  1. I really enjoyed the first in this series (and not just because it’s set in the Black Country where I used to live) and own the other two but haven’t read them…which means this would be a yes just not for a while!


  2. This sounds like a really interesting context, Cleo. And Kim Stone sounds like a solid character. I’ll be keen to know what you think of this when you’ve read it.


  3. OMG…..this is definitely not for me. It’s much too creepy. I guess it could be fascinating, but the images conjured in the first paragraph are just too….well, creepy. Hope you enjoy it, though!

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my own Tuesday Intros post! 🙂


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