I am a huge fan of the DI Kim Stone series set in the Black Country and so it is to my immense shame that it has taken me quite so long to getting around to reading the sixth book in the series. Fortunately this explosive episode will spur me on to reading the next one which is ready and waiting on my kindle for my future enjoyment.
When routine demonstration dig for forensic archaeologists turns into a something far more practical than expected. Bones are found in the examination site and Macedonian forensic archaeologist Dr A. summons our feisty and tenacious DI to the site. Unfortunately given that DI Kim Stone has had a difficult relationship with the neighbouring force’s Detective’s, Tom Travis, for nigh on five years so she is not overly impressed when he turns up claiming that the investigation should be led by his team. Certain that Woody will back her plea for her team to continue Kim Stone is less than impressed when she’s ordered to work alongside Travis as a new model in joint investigations, pooling resources to get results.
What happens next is a tests Kim’s patience and professionalism to the max.
The joy of reading a series is to meet up with old favourite characters as much as it is to ‘solve’ the particular crime being investigated and Angela Marsons doesn’t disappoint. Although Kim is busy working with Travis to unearth (no pun intended) the old bones, her team are forced to work on without her. A suspected suicide, the horrific attack on a Polish immigrant and road traffic accident force see DS Dawson and DS Bryant pair up together for the first time which leaves PC Stacey Banks on her own in the office. I think it was an exceptionally good idea to mix the team up, with Bryant not around to rein Kim in we see another side to both of them allowing a move away from Kim’s personal problems and see Bryant appreciating other skills apart from his boss’s and it was fabulous to have Stacey in the limelight for a change, again allowing us to see her outside her usual unflappable self.
There really wasn’t much of a chance to take a breath as essentially we’re following three strands of storylines – trying to work out why the bones were on an ancient tenant farmer’s land, meeting with a vile racist intent on moving immigrants out of his area and seeing Stacey investigate under her own initiative. What would Kim Stone think?
The plotting is superb with the answers to some of the questions seemingly obvious, but of course only once I had the answers! Angela Marsons isn’t afraid to tackle some difficult subjects in her books and nowhere more so than in this one, and yet although she doesn’t shy away from exposing hate crime she does so with what I felt was some level of understanding of the subject matter so that I didn’t feel that this was a writer using the storyline as some kind of bandwagon to leap upon but something that has been researched and digested before being offered up to her readers.
I started by saying that I have the next book, Broken Bones, ready to read and I can assure you that after this explosive and exciting read and having reminded myself why I have recommended this series to so many others, I won’t be leaving it too long before reading the next in the series.
Dead Souls was my third book of the year for my Mount TBR Challenge 2018, having been bought in April 2017 it is worth another third of a book token which means I now have one book in the bank!!
Previous Books featuring Kim Stone
First Published UK: 25 April 2017
No of Pages: 414
Genre: Crime Fiction Series
17 thoughts on “Dead Souls – Angela Marsons”
I couldn’t agree more, Cleo, about the joy of seeing the ‘regular’ characters in a series. There are several series I love for the same reason. And it sounds as though this one follows all three plot lines effectively. It’s good to hear that this entry lived up to the rest of the series for you.
I think I read the first two books in the series (maybe) a while back, likely based on your wonderful reviews. Than, I fell off the wagon. Hope to get back on it soon. I did like this series and I agree that meeting up with well-loved characters is as much a part of series-reading for me as the plot itself.
Just finished the 2nd book (Evil Games) and loving this series so far. I’m now in a race to fully catch up before the next one is released!!
I think the reappearance of favorite characters is my favorite thing in a series, too. I haven’t started this one, but now I’m adding it to my list. Thanks for sharing.
This is a series that has been on my radar for a while. I actually purchased the first three in Kindle format after hearing so many positive comments from bloggers I admire. Have I read any of them yet? Nope…. not because I don’t want to, just my NetGalley/Edelweiss TBRs are so long. I’m weak.
I’ve had my quota of crime for now which is a shame because you make this so appealing.
Yep, the never-ending stream of new releases is great, but it does mean that sometimes favourite authors end up languishing on the TBR for too long. Glad you enjoyed it and how exciting that you can now acquire ONE WHOLE BOOK!! 🤣
I know how rich do you think I feel – the problem is I can’t decide which Book 😂
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A new series for me. Thanks for the review.
I’ve not read any of this series, they do sound good. They sound like they’d make good TV adaptations too?