The pull I have towards crime fiction isn’t necessarily because I like studying murders or reflecting on the darker side of human nature or even that I have a desire to be a detective, it is more because the range of human emotions is there on a page for me to read, reflect on while at the same time having a mystery to unravel. Angela Marsons uses her latest book to demonstrate, amongst other emotions, grief. The team lost someone dear to them at the end of book eight, Dying Truth and we see them all cope in their different ways with their loss. There is anger, bitterness, sadness and guilt but despite all these human emotions, there is a job to do and they roll up their sleeves and do just that. This in turn gives Fatal Promise a slightly reflective feel, but at this point in the series that is no bad thing at all.
It all starts with a body… doesn’t it always? But this time the body is someone that is known to our intrepid Kim Stone – Doctor Gordon Cordell is found in the woods and so the team have no option but to revisit the case where he originally came to their attention. Although not the most likeable man on the planet, it is hard to see who would want him dead.
Meanwhile as the team had been assisting other teams while Kim Stone was out of action and Stacey who is, I must say becoming a very satisfying character in her own right, is keen to keep hold of one she started, it’s a missing girl and her instincts are screaming that someone should be looking for her.
These books get harder and harder to review. I love Kim Stone’s character, she’s strong and decisive, not keen on being told what to do but conforms enough for the reader to find her bullishness believable. Going back to my first paragraph, modern day crime fiction novelists have a challenging job. Not only do they have to come up with one plot that is credibly thought out and gives the readers enough clues to allow them to feel that they have a chance of solving the crime, they also have to keep the story relevant to the times we live in. No longer can we have maverick detectives spreading their misogyny or the like wherever they go, the readers know that the previous generation of detectives would spend their lives on courses or being put out to pasture, but nor of course do we want to read about someone who only cares about politics, we need our detectives to care about the victims, so that we do too.
Angela Marsons always gets the plotting spot on, and this is no different, in fact having two plots running side by side not only gives Stacey her time in the spotlight but also adds a layer of realism to the juggling of priorities which we know must go on in policing. The author also has the pacing right, some of her books have more of an urgent feel about them than others, and this is perhaps more on the reflective side given what’s come before, but her books always hold my interest and I know I’m in for a real treat.
If you haven’t started this fantastic series, I really urge you to do so, although for once I do recommend that you start at the beginning because they just keep getting better and for me there is no better place to contemplate the variety of experience, we have run down estates to post boarding schools, we have the big tragedies and the every day smaller disappointments and of course we have love and loss!
I’d like to say a huge thank you to the publishers Bookouture for allowing me to read a copy of Fatal Promise before it is published next week on 19 October 2018. This unbiased review is my thanks to them and Angela Marsons for another entertaining, and thought-provoking, episode in the Kim Stone series.
First Published UK: 19 October 2018
No of Pages: 386
Genre: Crime Fiction – Series
Previous Books featuring Kim Stone
12 thoughts on “Fatal Promise – Angela Marsons”
Oh, nice! Your review just reminded me of this series – only read the first book, but really liked it.
Good to hear it’s still just as good!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Cleo. I agree with you that it is a challenge to create a believable, interesting plot, and also explore the characters. You’re also right that, in the case of this particular series, it’s worth it to read the series in order. Several of the characters grow and change in the course of the novels, and I think it’s easier to see that if one reads the books in order.
Now I am tempted! I love exploring the full range of emotions in my reading, too. Thanks for the great review!
Your thoughts about series are quite good, Cleo. I’ve read of some authors who don’t write series for some of those reasons, among others. I like standalone books, but my heart really belongs to series. I love getting to know the characters and consider them ‘friends’. I’ve got this series on my radar for 2019. I’m thinking of doing a year of series or mostly anyway. Sometimes I enjoy going down the path and reading an entire series.
I LOVE this series!!! You have me drooling with anticipation while waiting for my pre-ordered copy to hit my Kindle!
This sounds great Cleo – I haven’t tried this series but you are tempting me!
Thanks for your wonderful review. You reminded me that I wanted to add this to my wish list!
New to me series. I’ll be looking out for this author.
You can’t go wrong with Angela! 🙂
You’re right in that modern day crime writers have it harder I think-there’s just such a huge volume of books in this genre available that it’s tough to set your book apart! And yay for no misogynist detectives haha
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Great review, Cleo. Sounds like I am missing out on a great series. The character development sounds great. Definitely need to start reading this one.