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    A Kim Stone series

    I've likely said this before, but this series is one of my tops. I’m sure reinforcement won’t harm. Every book in the series is first class. Usually, there’s one that doesn’t cut the mustard. For me, it stands out for its likeable characters and wit. Kim Stone changes a little in this one – a little softer although still in charge, respected and authoritative. Who wouldn’t love Bryant? Mustn’t forget Barney the dog and Betsy the much-coveted plant. The plot of gifted children and Savant Syndrome intrigued me with its case histories and anecdotes. I always thought that Rain Man had high functioning Autism. Perhaps Savant is on the spectrum. I meant to google that. I was powerfully reminded of Michael Jackson and his childhood. Love him or hate him he and his brothers were pushed relentlessly to rehearse and perform by their father. One only needs to glimpse Neverland to understand that Michael was damaged by the loss of his childhood. I’ve often wondered if any of his siblings were also damaged. For that reason alone I’m always dubious about child stars. Can't wait for Book 12. Thank you for a riveting read NetGalley and Bookouture.
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    Child's Play

    This book rates a solid 5 stars …and, I do admit, I don’t give those out too readily! This isn’t my first rodeo with Angela Marsons…. I discovered her a while ago and decided to go back to the beginning and read through and get to know Kim Stone and her band of dedicated detectives. What I like about Marsons writing is that after reading 11 books …her stories are still a joy to read. I have huge respect for an author who is able to entertain us with her imagination …to put her creativity into such story telling …I am quite envious! It seems in each novel there are two story plots and this time round, one story line involves Penn and a case that was going to trial only to unravel at the 11th hour! This novel has a lot of twist and turns, so when you think you know who the villain is, you are handed a blind side with a new possibility! Well played!
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    Another excellent Kim Stone story.

    What can I say, but that Angela Marson continues with yet another excellent Kim Stone story. I love the ongoing key character development, and an interesting new angle, child prodigies this time. As ever, the only downside is getting to the end and having to wait for the next book. I think I might read the whole series over again!
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    Outstanding

    Wow, another fantastic read! Interesting, exciting story in the series.
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    A Fantastic Read

    If all of the books in the D.I. Kim Stone series are this good then I need to read them all! Child's Play is my first Angela Marsons novel and I couldn't put it down. This was a well-plotted mystery of excellent quality. I loved the author's characterisation of Kim who was relentless, dogged and brave as an investigator. Her colleagues were all well-drawn characters, and together they made an extremely effective team. This book worked well for me as a single read police procedural, but no doubt the previous books would have provided further background into the characters. The dialogue between team members was pithy and witty and very pleasurable to read. There were some surprising twists before the final reveal. The time I spent reading this brilliant novel was well worth it and I highly recommend Child's Play. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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