I am delighted to be one of the bloggers opening up the Blog Tour for Angela Marsons, Killing Mind. I am a massive fan of Angela’s work and this series absolutely ROCKS!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
It had seemed so simple. Get in, get the information, get out. But now they were getting inside her mind and she didn’t know how to stop them…
When Detective Kim Stone is called to the home of Samantha Brown, she finds the young woman lying in bed with her throat cut and a knife in her hand. With no sign of forced entry or struggle, Kim rules her death a tragic suicide.
But a visit to Samantha’s parents rings alarm bells for Kim – there’s something they’re not telling her. And, when she spots a clue in a photograph, Kim realises she’s made a huge mistake. Samantha didn’t take her own life, she was murdered.
Then a young man’s body is found in a local lake with his throat cut and Kim makes a link between the victim and Samantha. They both spent time at Unity Farm, a retreat for people seeking an alternative way of life.
Beneath the retreat’s cosy façade, Kim and her team uncover a sinister community preying on the emotionally vulnerable.
Sending one of her own undercover into Unity Farm is high risk but it’s Kim’s only hope if she is to catch a killer – someone Kim is convinced the victims knew and trusted.
With Bryant distracted by the emergence of a harrowing case close to his heart, and an undercover officer in way over her head, Kim’s neck is on the line like never before. Can she protect those closest to her before another life is taken?
I always know I’m in for a treat when I pick up one of Angela Marsons’ books and Killing Mind just drew me in right from the minute I saw the cover and read the blurb! That chilling prologue gave me the killer hook alert I crave and immediately instilled terror into my heart! I was so glad I wasn’t working the next day as I knew this was going to be a read way past your bedtime kind of read and I was not wrong.
The blurb tells you enough of the plot and so I won’t be telling you any more than that!
The blurb tells us that the plot is centred on a strange cult and I have to admit this gave me a little shiver of excitement, there is something darkly fascinating about cults and they provide an excellent backdrop for crime fiction. Killing Mind covers this theme perfectly, with just the right amount of information it’s both intriguing and through provoking without being an information dump.
Angela Marsons creates all the feels for her characters; I’ve got to know them over this series, so much so that when I pick up a book, I feel like I’m stepping right inside the station and into the heart of the investigation with a team I have grown to know and to love.
Kim Stone, ah what can I say, this woman rocks! If anything ever happens to me, guys can you ensure that Kim is on the case. She is tenacious and while she might portray herself as a woman with a heart made of stone, underneath it all her dedication to giving the dead both a voice and justice is second to none.
Yes she’s a tough cookie and yes she doesn’t suffer fools gladly but she also has her team’s backs every step of the way.
DC Stacey Wood is another character who completely engages me, her razor sharp mind combined with that real sense of down to earthiness makes her a character I’d very much like to hang out with in real life.
DS Penn is really coming to the fore now, he has grown on me since his first arrival and we didn’t really know how to take him. He is a man with his own personal challenges going on but he is definitely a real part of the team now and his relationship with his brother, Jasper, will seriously melt your heart!
In Killing Mind we are also reacquainted with PC Tiffany, whom you may remember meeting before and what a bloody brilliant character she is. The part she plays undercover was just superb, I had my heart in my mouth all the way through and I definitely think there is a much bigger role for her to play in future books.
And of course Bryant, how can anyone not love Bryant. He is Kim’s trusted sidekick and if truth be told, I think he goes a long way to keeping her sane. In Killing Mind, something from his past is bothering him and I loved this element of the storyline and the conflict it brings him towards the end.
. As well as placing you in the heart of her story through characters and plot, she also sets her readers a perfectly painted picture so they have no choice but to immerse themselves in the stories she weaves and this was most definitely evident in the visuals of the scene that met Kim and Bryant when they turned up to confirm a suicide were totally authentic, I could see the picture in my head and smell what Kim could smell too, this is just another thing Angela Marsons excels at.
I can’t believe this is the twelfth book in the Kim Stone series, every book reads as fresh and new as the last, it really is a series I don’t think I will ever tire of reading. So please Angela…can I have some more!
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About Angela Marsons
Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 3 million in 3 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.