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Dead Memories – Angela Marsons

Crime Fiction
5*s

Wow! Just for a change I’m going to start this review by saying how much I love this crime fiction series and its chief protagonist DI Kim Stone. I gave the very first book in the series, Silent Scream, the full five stars when I read it in 2015 – sadly despite the subsequent books being even better – five stars is the maximum. Angela Marsons has truly surpassed herself with Dead Memories, the tenth book in the series.

The scene opens on the notorious Hollytree housing estate, specifically the fourth floor of Chaucer House which just happens to be a few floors below where Kim Stone was found next to her dead twin, handcuffed to a radiator. Can it be a coincidence that today two youngsters have been found handcuffed to a radiator? Let’s face it, it’s going to be a no!

This series is firmly wedded to its setting in the Black Country and many of the books take in the Hollytree housing estate with Chaucer House being designated the block which is the roughest of them all, at some point. But this book gets to the heart of Kim Stone’s life. With Bryant, Stacey and Penn, at her side she is going to have to confront some of the many traumas that she has met in life being recreated for someone’s sick game. But that won’t be easy because spiky Kim doesn’t want to share those details with anyone, let alone her colleagues!  Because of the basis in the crimes being committed it was a more traumatic read than most and one that made me realise quite how fond of the detective I have become. Yes, I know its fiction, but when I was reading, it was as real as anything else!

I’ve mentioned in my many reviews of crime fiction series of how much I like meeting up with old friends, in this case the small team that Kim Stone is part of. Angela Marsons has managed her reader’s expectations and interest levels very well on this score with different team members playing larger roles in some of the books and in this episode we have a return of the Alison Lowe a profiler who has been brought on board to keep an eye on Kim herself. This gives a satisfying and fresh injection into the characters and their interactions.

As always the plotting is faultless and although I’d gauge the crimes committed at the top end of my personal gore rating, the black humour that runs through the books means that what could be an unrelenting book of horror doesn’t have that overall feel at all. This really is the mark of a writer who knows her craft and injects a small dollop of humour at the right moment, never inappropriately, to keep the reader engaged but not depressed.

With an enterprising killer at work we also get a full insight into those traumatic incidents in Kim’s life, from the first moment of being left to die next to her twin Mickey to the more recent tragic fatality of a close colleague. So with each murder we get a double whammy of concern for the victims and their families in the present and a second-hand one for Kim, which only served to make me enjoy her company even more.

If you haven’t read this series, start now – they are fantastic but to my mind, you need to read them in order. This the tenth is absolute the cherry on the crime fiction cake!

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Bookouture for allowing me to read a copy of Dead Memories before it is published on 22 February 2019. This unbiased review is my thanks to them and Angela Marsons for another brilliant episode in the Kim Stone series.

First Published UK: 22 February 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
No of Pages: 459
Genre: Crime Fiction – Series
Amazon UK
Amazon US

Previous Books featuring Kim Stone
Silent Scream
Evil Games
Lost Girls
Play Dead
Blood Lines
Dead Souls
Broken Bones
Dying Truth
Fatal Promise

Author:

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

23 thoughts on “Dead Memories – Angela Marsons

  1. This is a great series, isn’t it, Cleo? And Kim Stone’s character has been evolving nicely. I admit I’ve not gotten to this one yet, but it sounds as though we get some interesting insights into her background, and that alone intrigues me.

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    1. It is very good the author manages to keep the variety going and now we’ve moved away from the privilege that was the backdrop of the crimes in the last couple of books to the deprived Hollytree Estate. As you say the crimes mean we get a more personal insight into Kim’s early life.

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  2. Love what you said here and, of course, this series is on my list. I want to say that I might have read the first one, but I can’t remember right now. I know you have enjoyed the whole series. I’m just about caught up with most of the other series that I had planned to visit early this year and I’m about ready to start some new ones. This author’s books are on my radar for later this spring. Can’t wait!

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  3. Thanks for listing the books in the series. The characters and plot sound so great, and I love when a detective’s personal moments get wound up in the cases somehow.

    I love that cover! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I arrived so late to the crime fiction party in general, and here’s one more series for me to be behind on! I definitely like to read in series order, so I’ll add the first one to my TBR list!

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  5. Wow this is quite the series! I’ve never read any of them (perhaps they’re not available in North America yet?) but they sound really good. And I like long series like this too-lots to follow along with.

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