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    Complex mystery and characters!

    Play Dead by Angela Marsons is the fourth D.I. Kim Stone novel. Kim Stone and her team are being given a “treat” by their boss, Detective Chief Inspector Woodward for solving their latest case. They are being sent to Westerley, a body farm. The West Mercia precinct recently solved two cold cases thanks to information from Westerley. Woodward is hoping his team will benefit from the trip. Unfortunately, the stumble across a body that is not a part of the body farm. Someone beat and killed a woman and then dumped her body at Westerley (it would seem like the perfect dump site). How did they get onto the property without anyone noticing? While searching for clues, another body turns up in similar condition. Are the two connected in any way (besides the killer)? Then reporter, Tracy Frost turns up missing. As much as Kim dislikes Tracy, she sets out to find her before it is too late. Will Kim and her team be able to find the killer before Tracy becomes his third victim? Play Dead was a wonderful novel. Play Dead is fast paced, has a complex mystery, and great, well-developed characters. I did not want to put it down (so I just kept reading). Play Dead was my favorite book in the series. I liked how Kim is developing and changing and the addition of Barney, her dog, in her life. We also get more details on Kim’s childhood and it will help you understand her trust issues. The mystery will draw you in and there is a good twist at the end that most people will not see coming. It was good to get more information on Tracy Frost (it will help you to understand her better). While Play Dead can be read alone, I would highly suggest you go back and read the other book in the series. It will help you know and understand the characters. One thing that gave me a good laugh is the TARDIS reference (you have to be a Doctor Who fan to get it). I give Play Dead 5 out of 5 stars. I cannot wait to read the next book in the D.I. Kim Stone series (let’s hope the author and publisher do not keep us waiting long). I received a complimentary copy of Play Dead from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.
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    Play Dead by Angela Marsons

    I have only one thing to say to Angela - please write faster! I can't wait for book five of the Kim Stone series!
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    Another great, easy read by Angela Marsons.

    I love the way this author starts where the action is. She doesn't rely heavily on back fill and description to develop her characters, so the DI Stone series is particularly good for readers who rarely persist with slow-moving stories! Readers develop an understanding of the central character across the four books in this series so far, with different layers being removed in each. Marsons does well to provide new insights into the inner workings and pasts of her characters in each story with no repetition of what has come before. She is a good, solid writer whose stories pack a punch. My only criticism lies in her somewhat abrupt transition from the problem reaching what seems like unsolvable proportions, to the very neat 'tying up of strings' and a prompt ending (though this is more apparent in the first three books). Nonetheless, Angela Marsons does the job well - she entertains and engages almost effortlessly.
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    Play Dead

    Another terrific read from Angela Marson. Everyone of her books are spell binding, and I am looking forward to the next Kim Stone book
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    play dead

    Just excellent Angela Marsons keeps getting better and better with every book. Keep em coming Angela
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