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Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 11
Narrated by: Jan Cramer
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. 'You really should have played with me’, I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her 60s tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck. 

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college professor of child psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica. 

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event. 

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades. 

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late? 

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million-copy, number-one best seller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

©2019 Angela Marsons (P)2019 Bookouture

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Always a pleasure with Angela Marsons' Kim Stone

Great story line, great dialogue among Kim Stone and her colleagues. The narrator brought Kim Stone to life, very enjoyable. Can't wait for the next installment.

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Narration terrible

The narrator makes everyone in this book sound so angry and aggressive all the time. The tone never changes. I enjoy the story but have nearly given up several times because of narration.

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Good read

This could just about be a stand alone and not one of a series. Well written, so easily listened to. If reading the author's style has you fly through the pages. Good story well researched.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 15-07-2019

Another excellent addition to the Kim Stone series

I love Kim and her crew. I love Angela Marsons’ writing and Jan Cramer’s narration. I look forward to every book in this series. This did not disappoint.

The opening murder (yes, there are more than one) is pretty gruesome. Someone is playing a game. What is the murderer’s reason? Who is the murderer? What does he or she have to do with child geniuses? Are the crimes related? Tough tasks for Kim and her team.

This book is less on the personal lives of the CID team and more on how they work together. Pen has been recalled to his last post to testify at a trial and newcomer “Tink” joins the crew.

Frankly, I didn’t figure out The Who-done-it until the end. That’s a good thing. This is vintage Marsons and I’ve already started awaiting the next in the Kim series.

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  • Stacy Mccaughn
  • 20-09-2019

great

Another great D.I. Kim stone thriller. I Never tired of what will happened next .

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  • Dawn
  • 19-08-2019

Another great addition

Angela Marsons has written another great installment in the Detective Kim Stone series. Jan Cramer, as always was excellent. I look forward to the next in series, however the wait will be too long!

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  • Maylife
  • 01-08-2019

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Love the characters. Always a great story and never disappointed. Love to see the evolution of the relationships.

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  • Sam
  • 31-07-2019

Two Caveats, Otherwise Excellent

This, as others, is 2 books in one. It was unnecessary to break Penn off the team. However, the author probably did not have enough book-length otherwise.
Also, and this is an unfair criticism, I find the audible edition hard to listen to. I have listened to all 11 in the series in one month. As an American, it sounds to me that the narrator would speak out a string of words with air in her cheeks - mushy sounding. Otherwise a very good story.

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  • LoudFire
  • 24-07-2019

as always an excellent story with shocking ending

love the author love the narrator. thank you again for an entertaining story. Listen to it in two sittings!

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  • Shannon Starnes
  • 18-07-2019

Never disappointed!

I love these books! Only negative is that I read them so fast that I have to wait too long for the next book!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2019

Twists and turns...

Another brilliant installment in the series filled with the suspense and drama we have come to expect from Kim Stone and her team. deeper dive into the hearts and minds keeps pulling the reader ever deeper. Page Turner to the bitter end.

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  • Sketchy Irish
  • 16-07-2019

Amazing as always!!!

Love it loved it loved it! There were many different story lines going on at the same time, in this book, and they were ALL thought provoking and kept me on the edge of my seat! As per usual, Angela Marsons did it again! And Jan Cramer IS Kim Stone!!!! I can't wait for #12! Especially after this one ended! :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2019

I love Kim and her team<br />

Kim is courageous, even recognizing how flawed her past has made her. Bryant, Stacy, and Penn take good care of her, when she'll let them. They're an amazing team. I found this story an interesting take on child prodigies, but not my favorite in the series.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 06-07-2019

Astounding 11th book

Every time I read, or listen to, one of Ms Marson's books I am amazed by how each one seems better than the last and this one is no exception, she is a truly talented weaver of tales.

Jan Cramer is as excellent as always and this story is a blast, totally recommended to all Angela Marson fans and if you've not read one before, then what's stopping you? Get this one now! It's as good a place to start as any.

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  • Tori
  • 18-07-2019

Narration terrible

This is so hard to listen to, the narration is unbearable, I was really looking forward to this and I’m sure the story is great but just not sure I can continue listening and I’m only up to chapter 4!.

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  • Darren
  • 17-12-2019

sadly an all too familiar ending

As like the other Kim Stone novels it was a good story line and enjoyable. My only problem is the endings are always the same and you know exactly how its going to pan out with Kim being on her own with the suspect and a victim......also why do you never mention Blackheath in your novels you mention every single town in the surrounding areas but have never mentioned Blackheath so come on Angela its about time my home town featured in your books.

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  • Pea
  • 02-11-2019

Terrible Naration

I really love reading Angela Marsons and was so looking forward to listening to this book, but I have had to give up at chapter 3. The narrator is dreadful - she sounds as if she is reading to a toddler at bedtime, full of unnecessary high and low dramatic intonations and at a patronising pace - would be far better suited to Jackanory. I tried to go with it but can't, and even my husband, who normally just walks through the room,asked what on earth I was listening to! Will buy the book instead.

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  • peter mcphail
  • 22-10-2019

awsom adventure

as usual kim goes out on a limb getting knocked about but chasing down the the bad men.
this is certainly one of the best adventures yet .keep them coming Angela.

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  • Mrs E.
  • 20-10-2019

Good story

Story was good but the narration was awful. I found it really difficult to get into the story as the narration was so bad.

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  • Karen
  • 19-10-2019

Narration not to my taste

I just want to start by saying I am a HUGE Angela Marsons fan and I’ve read all of the previous 10 books on either kindle or paper form ..... and I think that’s the problem. In my head I had such a clear idea of who the characters were and what they sounded like. Listening to the audio book was a huge let down as it didn’t match the images/voices in my head. I ended up sending it back after 4 chapters and downloaded it on kindle instead. I’m sure the story is 5 stars (as always) but I just found the narration awful. We had a few regional accents - not executed particularly well (I’m actually from the Midlands) and why Bryant sounded like he’d walked off the set of Eastenders was a bit baffling! As I’ve said it’s mainly MY problem and maybe if I’d listened to the audiobooks from the get go I wouldn’t have been so disappointed. Maybe just a word of caution for anyone thinking of changing formats when listening to beloved authors.

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  • Kirsty
  • 04-10-2019

as always, loved it

just like all the other books before..... gripping twist ending and got me through food shopping and house work, onto the next one

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  • Clair
  • 22-09-2019

brilliant

another great story lots a humour between the team can not wait for the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-09-2019

Excellent

Really enjoyed this and it was the first time i had read from the series which is silly given its book 11 however my silliness payed off. I suggest you too go for it. I understood DI Kim Stone from the wonderful descriptions of her. I would go back and read from the beginning.