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  • Dead Silent

  • Calladine and Bayliss, Book 2
  • By: Helen H. Durrant
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

A body is found in a car crash, but the victim was already dead.... Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to catch a vicious serial killer. The first two victims are American university students and both have livestock tags fixed to their earlobes. Who wanted them dead and what's the connection? The detectives piece together the forensic evidence and track down the witnesses, to reach a shocking conclusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dead Silent

  • By valerie lawrance on 30-12-18

Dead Silent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-18

A frightening story, emersed in excruciating murder and torture. seemed a little short, could have been prolonged with ease.

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  • Dying Truth

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 8
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide - a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents. As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dying truth

  • By Susan D'Arney on 04-07-18

Dying Truth

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-18

A gripping thriller, full of twists and red herrings. Having solved the crime, one then finds it is completely incorrect.

  • Dead Souls

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 6
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone. As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps. Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark, secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the book then stops dead

  • By miss c a l hudson on 22-05-17

Dead Souls

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-18

Wow, a multitude of twists and turns and cases rolled into one. Another of Marson's masterful mixes. Shows her thorough knowledge of the topics depicted in the story.

  • Blood Lines

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 5
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn't add up. When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another brilliant story

  • By Nicky Birmingham on 22-08-17

Blood Lines

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-18

A spellbinding story, with Matson's usual mix of emotions and strong twists. Two threads in the same yarn.

  • Play Dead

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A "body farm" investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime. Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It's clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work - but just how many bodies will they uncover?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Tinydon on 30-05-16

Play Dead

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Another of the Kim Stone Detective Novels. Great explanations given of the technical aspects of the detective procedures.

  • Lost Girls

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping. And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration much better - story outstanding

  • By Marie on 10-12-15

lost girls

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

loved this book in the Kim Stone books. Author appears to have a great insight into the workings of different areas of the force.

  • Silent Scream

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Five figures gather 'round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken, but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. Years later a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, dreadful narrator.

  • By G. Willoughby on 04-10-15

Silent Scream

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Excellent book, again twists and turns prevail. An expert insight into psychology makes characters believable.

  • Evil Games

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery to sink into

  • By SaxonSpirit56 on 30-08-15

Evil Games

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Loved this book, wish I'd read Book 1 first to acquaint myself with the main characters.

  • Come a Little Closer

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath. Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don't speak, because there is nothing left to be said. Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return sooner or later. These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice - and now they have no choices left. Soon they won't be strangers, they'll be family....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Marj on 02-06-18

Come A Little Closer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I loved this book. so many twists and turns. A brilliant sequel to Rachel Abbott's earlier novels.

  • Cold Blood

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 5
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She's worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim - the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. Erika quickly realizes she's on the trail of a serial killer who's already made their next move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Erika Foster is back!

  • By Timi on 21-09-17

Cold Blood

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-18

I loved this storyline, several twists and turns to keep me hooked on the story