Killing Mind – Book Review

DI Kim Stone #12 by Angela Marsons
Published on: May 13, 2020

This is only the second book I’ve read by Angela Marsons, but she and this series have very quickly become one of my favorites. There are several reasons for this – the first is that I have come to appreciate the research that have gone into the stories. Many stories have twists and turns and those stories are all very enjoyable. But within the DI Kim Stone series there is a theme or social issue the detectives are focused as they work through the case. In Killing Mind, the issue being brought to light are cults. Why does someone join? How do they attract members? How do they retain members? How does someone leave the cult? If they do leave, what happens afterwards? The narrative of this story focuses specifically on Unity Farm, which encourages individuals to remove themselves from their past, their electronics, and their family, which they call blood relatives since Unity Farm members are their only family now. As the team investigates they discover the murdered victim(s) have a connection to this farm and DI Stone has Tiffany go undercover to gain more information on who is there and how it works.

Another facet of the story I appreciate is how well organized the team is and how they each get a moment in the sun while they do their job. It would be easy for DI Stone to tell someone to look up the background of an individual and then just get the information later. But here, we get to watch Stacey work as she tries to track down background information on the 2nd victim. Then there is Penn who goes to post-mortems, which he apparently enjoys but is probably pretty wise to not tell DI Stone that. Although the book series is called “DI Kim Stone,” each member of the team has a chance to shine and share the limelight within the story along with the main character.

Finally, I’ve enjoyed the secondary stories that go on in the background. Bryant is wrestling with the ramifications of a parole hearing from a murder that ultimately changed the trajectory of Bryant’s career many years ago. While Stacey wrestles with a diet.

Overall, a solid series and one I hope continues on for some time.

Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

Description:

It had seemed so simple. Get in, get the information, get out. But now they were getting inside her mind and she didn’t know how to stop them…

When Detective Kim Stone is called to the home of Samantha Brown, she finds the young woman lying in bed with her throat cut and a knife in her hand. With no sign of forced entry or struggle, Kim rules her death a tragic suicide.

But a visit to Samantha’s parents rings alarm bells for Kim – there’s something they’re not telling her. And, when she spots a clue in a photograph, Kim realises she’s made a huge mistake. Samantha didn’t take her own life, she was murdered.

Then a young man’s body is found in a local lake with his throat cut and Kim makes a link between the victim and Samantha. They both spent time at Unity Farm, a retreat for people seeking an alternative way of life.

Beneath the retreat’s cosy façade, Kim and her team uncover a sinister community preying on the emotionally vulnerable.

Sending one of her own undercover into Unity Farm is high risk but it’s Kim’s only hope if she is to catch a killer – someone Kim is convinced the victims knew and trusted.

With Bryant distracted by the emergence of a harrowing case close to his heart, and an undercover officer in way over her head, Kim’s neck is on the line like never before. Can she protect those closest to her before another life is taken?

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