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First Blood

Narrated by: Jan Cramer
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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In the darkness of a cold December morning, Detective Kim Stone steps through the doors of Halesowen Police Station. She’s about to meet her team for the first time. The victim of her next case is about to meet his killer....

When the body of a young man is found beheaded and staked to the ground in a secluded area of the Clent Hills, Kim and her new squad rush to the crime scene. 

Searching the victim’s home, Kim discovers a little girl’s bedroom and a hidden laptop. Why is his sister relieved to hear he’s dead - and where is the rest of his family? 

As Kim begins to unearth the dark secrets at the heart of the case, DC Stacey Woodward becomes convinced that this murder is somehow linked to a women’s shelter. As a child of the care system herself, Kim knows all too well what it means to be vulnerable. 

With the killer about to strike again, Kim is in deep water with a rookie squad. Inexperienced Stacey is showing signs of brilliance but struggling to hold her nerve and, while D.S. Bryant is reliable and calm, D.S. Dawson is a liability. With his home life in pieces, his volatile behaviour is already fracturing her fragile new team. 

Can Kim bring Dawson in line and pull her crew together in time to catch the killer before another life is taken? This time, one of her own could be in terrible danger....

Discover where it all began for Kim and her team. An absolutely heart-stopping mystery thriller. Perfect for Kim Stone fans and new listeners to the million-copy best-selling series.

This audio edition includes exclusive bonus content. In conversation with narrator Jan Cramer, Angela Marsons talks about her writing process, her journey to being published, and never-before-told insights into the series and Kim Stone’s character. Not available in other formats.

A detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent.

©2019 Angela Marsons (P)2019 Bookouture

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 18-11-2019

What a great surprise

So this is how this team got started. Very interesting.

This series is a favorite of mine so this surprise prequel was another must-read for me.

Kim, which is easy to understand, has had problems at previous assignments and gets sent to “Woody”’s team. There she meets her new crew - Stacey, Dawson, and Bryant. It was fun to get to know the beginnings of this team.

Even though Kim was given a day to learn the team, they are immediately thrown into a gruesome murder investigation which soon escalates. As typical of Angela Marsons, we are led down many paths during the investigation. The story is disturbing but hard to put down. And it’s worth it for the little revelation at the end.

The narration by Jan Cramer does, as usual, enhance the story. Very well done!

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  • Joanne Solis-Keus
  • 23-11-2019

Best beginning ever!

Angela never disappoints. She amazing! The series is wonderfully written that Kim and her team are part of my family. Can't wait for the next book. Thanks Angela for a superb series.

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  • EveryContinent
  • 11-12-2019

Brilliant police procedural

Ms Marsons has done us all a huge favor by taking us back to the creation of protagonist Kim Stone and team. Beautifully plotted. Highly recommend! Narrator Jan Cramer is superb as always. The author-narrator interview was icing on the cake.

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  • Wayne
  • 10-12-2019

Detective Kim Stone Book 12

Author Angela Marsons continues her outstanding Detective Kim Stone series with FIRST BLOOD. Kim gets a fresh start with a new team in this modern detective thriller. Narrator Jan Cramer can always be counted on to deliver superb narration.

One of many things I like about Audible is their classification of series novels. Audible failed to classify this novel First Blood as part of the Kim Stone series. Yesterday I finished Mark Dawson's The Assassin which is part of his Isabella Rose series but was not noted as such by Audible.

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  • Jennifer
  • 08-12-2019

Almost Perfect

If you’re like me, you look forward to a new Kim Stone novel. First Blood will not disappoint. I don’t know how Marsons does it, churning out two books per year without losing her literary mojo!

I’ve mentioned my one gripe in previous reviews and I’ve attributed it in the past to Jan Cramer, but I’ve come to realize it’s not entirely her fault. Every time she reads from the killer’s perspective, she reads it like she’s the “Wicked Witch of the West”. I expect each section to end with “I’ll get you and your little dog too!” I’ve come to realize the fault lies with Marsons. These vignettes are the one flaw in her novels. They serve no purpose, are entirely superfluous.

On a side note, there’s a twist toward the end that will warm the heart of any reader of the Kim Stone series. No spoiler, just be prepared to feel a gentle tug on your emotions.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-12-2019

WOW!!!

Brilliantly written prequel to the Kim Stone series!! I loved it! The personal touch at the end of the book was really special! Thank you Angela Marsons and Jan Kramer.......i highly recommend this book to all readers! Absolutely fantastic!!!

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  • Tatyana
  • 01-12-2019

Conversation

Do listen to conversation between Angela and Jan after end credits. AMAZING!!! Not only I love Kim Stone series, I'm also blown away by narration by Jan Cramer! Perfection is the word to describe this collaboration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-2019

Wonderful

Each book is better and better. This was a great surprise, and loved it. Explained each character and it was great. These books I have never laughed, and cried with books. Thank you ANGELA Marsons for coming up with these stories. You can’t choose a favorite character welll. Ok Barney. Lolol. Thanks

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  • Mac
  • 18-11-2019

Brilliant

I have read all the books in this series but only have the last 2 on audio. This is an awesome series and I can not recommend it highly enough. It’s one nail biting instalment after another.
Absolutely gripping from start to finish. Hope there will be more.
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  • sull
  • 02-12-2019

FANTASTIC!!

Absolutely love this series and this prequel is the icing on the cake. Finding out where it all began for Kim Stone and her team.

Narration by Jan Cramer is excellent as usual, the series wouldn't be the same without her, and the conversation with Angela and Jan at the end is insightful and wonderful to listen to.

Can't wait for more Kim Stone.. .please!!

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  • Danny fenton
  • 29-11-2019

best Kim Stone book so far

although this is the start chronologically, i really enjoyed reading it after Childs Play, and all the books in the series. Already knowing and liking the characters meant this was a journey into how they all jelled in their first case as a team. i listen while i walk, and passers by must have thought me mad laughing out loud at Kims wonderful dry wit. Angela Marsons, dont ever stop writing Kims story......

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-2019

Love this series

I love this series and can never wait for the next book to come out. Please keep them coming Angela - I’m addicted.
As a Pelsall girl it was lovely to get a mention in First Blood too.
Thank you and please hurry with the next one. I love Kim and the team xx
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  • ian mcnamara
  • 21-11-2019

Really glad to have this prequel.

Really great for fans like myself to get this prequel, it was great to learn how it all began for Kim and her team, it was also great to get an interview between the author and the narrator of the series. A lot of questions were answered in this book. We also find out more about the other members of kim’s team and there careers before coming together.