One blogger I follow is Lynne at Fictionophile. If you have never checked out her blog, I recommend it to you. She has some awesome posts. She mentioned that she was going to read the D.I. Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons in 2019, one a month. I decided I would do the same. I am behind as I just finished the first one, but I plan to catch up and read #2 and #3 in March.
Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone #1) by Angela Marsons
Published February 20th 2015 by Bookouture
DI Kim Stone is called in when the body of a headmistress of a local school is found dead in her bathtub. Based on the bruises on her shoulders, murder is suspected. As well, someone, probably the killer, has set fire to the front of the building to tidy up and cover up any loose ends or clues. This killer is smart and more bodies turn up, without a lot of evidence. One thing leads to another and Kim ends up finding a buried body next to the old Children’s Home. Is the killer smart enough to stay one step ahead of Stone and her team? Is Kim Stone smart enough to put together the puzzle pieces to find the killer or killers. Kim Stone is a damaged protagonist. She is a product of a children’s home as well as the foster care system. Her gut tells her that something is very wrong here and she is like a bulldog with a bone. She will solve this case and bring justice to the young girls whose bones are buried next to the place that was supposed to protect them.
This is a great debut novel as well as the beginning to this series. We learn about Kim Stone’s past, and the reason why she has buried her memories and past in boxes that she has sealed shut. I am looking forward to learning more about her and her past. I enjoyed meeting her team, especially Bryant. He would do whatever she asked and protect her from the chief if he could. The rest of the team all played important parts in solving the crime and I am looking forward to learning more about them as the series progresses. I liked how she gave us glimpses of the killer’s thoughts, it added a bit of creepiness to the story that worked well. Silent Scream is an action-packed, tense, fast-paced, suspenseful thriller with lots of surprising twists and turns along the way. I was kept reading right from the first page until the end, guessing all the way, and guessing wrong. I definitely recommend this book to mystery, thriller, and police procedural lovers. I am looking forward to reading Evil Games, the next book in this series.
About the Story: Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
About the Author: Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
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”. Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries. 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.