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Fatal Promise

Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 9
Narrated by: Jan Cramer
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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A totally gripping and heart-stopping serial-killer thriller

Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies, only I know.

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell - a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young schoolgirl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead? 

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident. 

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked. 

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim? 

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.

From multimillion number-one best seller Angela Marsons comes another absolutely nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.

©2018 Angela Marsons (P)2018 Bookouture

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Kim - she will be good for the Xmas break

The ninth in the series. If ever you wanted a decent book for the holidays all nine of these would be that. These are very easy reads but with enough depth to make you want more. The main character is unique and the author has the skillsets to flesh this out nicely. This story seemed more tight than usual and was somehow a faster read, however with my using audible l seemed to have a glitch when it jumped and l missed a tiny section just when the truth was being reveled but l soon caught up. I blame the tunnel l go through for this, not the audible system. Naughty tunnel. Pacey, smooth, interesting.... but honestly would not start my reading with this one, but would race through them all.

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Another interesting case solved

A good story well told, we look forward to Kym Stones next case. Interesting to meet anew member of the team.

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Gripping

A gripping story and good character development. The only thing that grates is how angry the narrator makes the characters sound even when they are having a normal conversation.

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brilliant to listen to as always

I have listened to all of the Kim Stone books on audible and rhey are easily my favourite. Angela's latest book didn't disappoint.

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Another great story!

Can’t wait for the next book! I love this series. Easy to listen too, well narrated. Couldn’t put it down so too speak. If you like detective stories you wont be disappointed.

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Encore, encore

When is the next book out ? I love Kim Stone. No messing ...though she does take prisoners ! Simply the best in the west.

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  • Sue
  • 06-11-2018

A gripping story to the end

I enjoyed the book but found the narrators presentation missed the right inflection at times

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Very strong story

Excellent reading, finished it in less than 2 days...a very thrilling story about loss and moving forward from it.

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  • Sam
  • 23-07-2019

Stretching Reality

I read the first 9 Kim Stone books in 3 weeks time. While book 8, about the private school culture, is my favorite, I find this book just too much. Too much what? Presenting Kim as an angry, out of control, rude and obnoxious bitch, instead of a professional police officer. The grieving for their downed colleague is over the top, disrupting and hard to read. While some in the series do get out of bounds and confusing in the change-over between cases, this one was like a bowl of spaghetti. At first, I thought each book was an improvement on the last, but now I'm not so sure. I will read #10 & 11 to find out.

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  • Dana Williams
  • 09-12-2019

I really wanted to like this continuing series...

I’m an avid audio book listener, and I very much gravitate toward this particular genre. I’ve read all the “Kim Stone” books in the series up to this one, and I had intended to throw another Audible credit at the next one. Unfortunately, though, the word that kept coming to mind as this story slogged forward was “tedious.” The characters seem stuck, only superficially changing throughout the narrative. The storyline quickly became uninspired. I know this sometimes happens when series keep moving forward after promising beginnings. There are several books after this in the series, and perhaps Ms. Marsons is able to again find her way in them. I’ll need to wait a bit before diving into those, however. The reader is as she has always been. She seems to me to be bit overly dramatic in her presentation, and that didn’t help this book at all. Still, we all listen for certain things in a reader, and I am quite sure my take here is profoundly subjective.

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  • CSP
  • 04-09-2019

Story is great; narrator, not so much

This series is very entertaining. Great plotting and great characters. The storytelling weaves throughout the other books in the series and it's very satisfying. It definitely deserves a better narrator. This narrator is too affected, uses strange and off tone emphasis, and just doesn't sound plausible. Her character voices are better than the straight narration, but that is so bad it's almost enough to make me want to just read the books instead of listen!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 23-10-2018

Another winner!

Even though I just read it earlier this year, I re-read the previous book before starting this one. I’m glad I did. I highly recommend not reading this book if you haven’t read Book 8. This takes place a few weeks after the events in the previous book and the team is dealing with the aftermath. We get to see the investigation of the multiple murders along with the police and the reader has no more clue than the detectives do. Well done. As always, the team dynamics play a major part in these books. The characters are well developed and interesting. Even the new guy. And the narration is perfect. I had this pre-ordered and I always look forward to starting a new Kim Stone book but, sadly, each one is over too soon and the wait for the next one begins.

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  • Donna
  • 07-03-2019

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What a relief to find Angela Marsens new book on audible's just released list. Her work is excellent - police procedural, tight, taut, intelligent, with a few red herrings and surprise twists. Contenporary British setting, no car chases, no bloody scenes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-2020

Insights into Stone and her Team...

...make this installment of the series well worth reading, even thought the mystery plot is predictable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-06-2020

Marvellous

I just can't get enough of her books! They are so good. I could read them all again.

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  • d kotkiewicz
  • 30-05-2020

They just get Better & Better!!!!

I love everything about this series! And this one is the best thus far. Narration awesome! Characters rich! Storyline great! Start at the beginning and enjoy.

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  • Annie
  • 02-03-2020

Gripping!!

I simply can't get enough of this series!! Each book can stand on its own, but put them together and you have hours of nail biting entertainment!

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  • Lynn
  • 14-02-2020

Tense, Tragic, Thrilling British Police Tale

This series gets better with each book. Some reviewers complained that the lead character had turned into a raging harpie in this outing, having suffered a terrible loss in the last book. I disagree. I think the narrator over-emphasizes bitchy voice tones when she voices Kim. At any rate, the characters on the police team all have to deal with personal grief and guilt as they try to identify and stop a particularly awful serial killer. The author spins two vexing mysteries into this book, and the theme of family echoes through each chapter. Can they catch the killer and can they solve a second mystery that has everyone blinded at the same time, while trying to overcome their team's precarious emotional dynamics? Highly recommend. I listened to the book twice, back to back, to make certain I'd caught all the twists and turns. Superb.

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  • thelma mccormick
  • 25-10-2018

another episode enjoyed

once again, another thrilling read. Ms Marsons brings to life her charectors and keeps your attention right to the end. Cannot wait for book 10.

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  • jackie
  • 25-01-2019

Terrible narrator

I really enjoy these books, but the narrator has spoiled every audiobook in this series.

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  • Mrsaj56
  • 24-10-2018

Brilliant

I really like not liking Kim. She’s great. Would like to see her riding her bike abit more. And maybe one person actually getting close to her. But as ever, gripping story. Thank you. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Julie
  • 31-10-2020

Brilliant as always

Great story, written & read extremely well. Am rather addicted to the Kim Stone series.

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  • Jeannette
  • 07-03-2020

Amazing narrator

Brilliantly read by jan Cramer, as always Jan Cramer bring this book and the characters to life 10/10 and 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 thank you Jan ☺

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  • angela
  • 13-09-2019

Brilliant story lines

I have been reading all of the Kim Stone novels and this one did not disappoint. Two story lines worked well together. Cant wait to read the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2019

Disappointing story and painful narration

I usually enjoy Angela Marsons’ books but this was disappointing - a slow and muddled storyline. And I had forgotten how awful the reader is - slow dull tone for the perpetrator and ridiculously fast and clipped for Kim. It’s got to the stage I’m not sure I can listen to another book.

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  • Kirsty
  • 12-07-2019

liked it just like the others!

not as gripping as some other books, but this one was more about the "family" and background with the characters....but I liked it all the same...

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  • andrew sillars
  • 27-04-2019

Great read

Angela Marsons and Kim Stone never disappoint. Great story and likable characters. Looking forward to the next book 😁

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  • TrudyW
  • 13-03-2019

Good story

As usual Angela Marsons writes another good book I enjoyed the story but not the narration as much.