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Play Dead (D.I. Kim Stone #4)

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  7,994 Ratings  ·  683 Reviews
The dead don't tell secrets... unless you listen.

The girl's smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess. 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
Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Published May 20th 2016 by Bookouture
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Angela Marsons Hi Marjorie, yes, there will definitely be more Kim books. I am currently contracted to write 8 Kim Stone stories. I don't plan Kim's development that…moreHi Marjorie, yes, there will definitely be more Kim books. I am currently contracted to write 8 Kim Stone stories. I don't plan Kim's development that much in advance but all I can say is that the voice that currently lives in my head is not ready for a relationship. Hope that answers your question :-) (less)
Angela Marsons Hi Aimee, I am so sorry for the delay in responding to this question. I also read about a body farm many years ago and watched the TV series with…moreHi Aimee, I am so sorry for the delay in responding to this question. I also read about a body farm many years ago and watched the TV series with great interest. I am fascinated by what can be learned from the body after death to help with current police work. I read a great detail about the Body Farm located in Knoxville. Very, very, interesting. Hope that answers your question XXX(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I'm going to let you in on a little secret... Ever since my husband took me to Knoxville when we were dating to show me around his old stomping grounds and casually threw in the body farm, I've been obsessed. So you can imagine my pure giddiness when I saw Angela Marsons was coming out with another novel involving my favorite, surly detective AND A BODY FARM!!!!! Its like this book was written just for me; thanks Angie! :) This was by far the best DI Kim Stone novel to date, but that's like sayi ...more
I received a copy of Play Dead by Angela Marsons from NetGalley. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and to Angela Marsons for the opportunity.

Have Mercy!

No matter how one tries to disentangle, to zigzag in another direction, or to snap our eyes shut, we are all products of our past. It's got a hold on ya, Baby, and it's not lettin' go any time soon.

Kim Stone is a no-nonsense detective in this popular police procedural/thriller series by Angela Marsons. This is my first spin around the block wit
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just love series by Angela Marson's called the Kim Stone Series. This book is the fifth book in the series and I would start with the first book so that you can get all of the brilliance that this series has to offer.

Play Dead is just amazing. I gave it four stars only because it was a little slow in the beginning for me but not for very long. Right when I got into the action I couldn't put it down.

Kim Stone is the lead character and she is an excellent police officer.In this book there is
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Angela has upped the ante again! Her work just keeps getting better and better.I've loved every single book in this series but this one now stands out with its sophisticated writing, enthralling realistic dialogue and host of astonishing characters. This series is not getting boring, no way! It's getting better!

I particularly loved the plot in this novel and how some of our familiar characters were brought back into the folds like old friends but not all in the role you may expect them to be in.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Angela Marsons just keeps on getting better - we are going to have to review the rating system to accommodate her!

Where better to hide a body but in plain sight? Westerley is a 'body farm' devoted to researching decomposition rates and insect activity in bodies. So you expect to find bodies there. But not this one.....

Detective Kim Stone has been given a treat by her boss, a tour around Westerley, where she stumbles upon the fresh body of a young woman that is definitely not part of the researc
PLAY DEAD by Angela Marsons is the 4th book in the DI Kim Stone series, and she has hit it out of the ball park with this one! Totally brilliant! I have read all her other three books in the series, starting with Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls, and While they were all great, this I feel is her best! What a talented author!

I am at a loss for words after reading this amazing book, and can only say I was gripped right to the last page by this serial killer/crime/detective thriller.

Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Damn. This is the last Angela Marsons’ book I have to read until she writes more. I got a bit out of sequence thanks to netgalley.

Body Farms are a big deal over here in the US and I’ve read several books using them as a base. But this is the first British mystery that incorporates one. Interestingly enough, there are no real body farms in England.

Marsons is not a lush writer. But with just the turn of a phrase, she paints the perfect picture. “Intruding on the grief of a family was like enteri
Veronica ⭐️
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, crime, 2016
This story was everything I hoped it would be! With 453 reviews and 3,745 ratings on Goodreads with an average of 4.4 stars what more can I say!! BUY IT!! READ IT!!

Gripping, engaging and hard to put down.

Play Dead was my first D.I. Kim Stone novel and I’m eager to read the preceding three novels and also number five.

If you enjoy gripping suspense thrillers I recommend you read Angela Marsons’ Kim Stone Series.

I received a copy from Bookouture via Netgalley and chose to rate and review.

Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*
*4.5 STARS*

D.I Kim (no nonsense) Stone is back, and what she lacks in social graces, she makes up for, in her grit and determination to catch the bad guys on her West Midlands patch.

Her latest case takes us to Westerley Research Facility, a kind of body farm, where human decomposition is studied via donated corpses, left in varying states of decay.
However, when the body of a young woman is discovered
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The smart and surly Detective Kim Stone is back, and I honestly can't get enough!

Angela Marsons has done it again...
Not only has she created a strong, independent female lead that is realistic in her flaws, she has once again found a way to put this lead character in the midst of a messy story line that is both fresh and intriguing! (This is my first book I have ever read where the majority of it takes place on a body farm!!) This is the 4th installment in the Kim Stone series, yet it feels jus
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Play Dead by Angela Marsons is the 4th book in this outstanding series that will grab you by the coat tails & you wont be able to let go. I only rated this 4 stars due to it being a little slow going for a while, but once you got where the plot was going it was like standby for take off

Play Dead is an awesome novel that centres upon Tracy Frost as the lead character she is kidnapped by a serial killer & her life is at risk i really don't like Tracy that much but her character develops we
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Net Galley, Bookouture, and Ms. Angela Marsons for an advanced copy of Play Dead in exchange for an unbiased review.

Oh my. Can it possibly be true? Can it, please? YES, it can! Ms. Marsons has again delivered to her loyal readers a masterful thriller with Play Dead, book #4 in the brilliant D.I. Kim Stone series.

Gosh, I am out of superlatives for this author and her books. Time and time again she comes up with a crackerjack plot that totally baffles me and probably the vas
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I like this series, I really do. But I don't LOVE it. It doesn't stay with me like some other series. I don't know why. Maybe it's Kim's character, it's definitely not the writing which is great. I really can't put my finger on it. But I do enjoy it, and for thriller fans this 4th novel surely will not disappoint.

Yes there is yet another serial killer, and it's up to Miss Congeniality Kim and her team to figure out the pieces and put the puzzle together before more people die.

What I really did l
When Detective Inspector Kim Stone and her partner were sent to Westerley Research Facility for a little instruction on the dead, Kim had no idea they would find a body in the grounds – one that wasn’t part of the research. The horrific image of a young woman who had been brutally murdered was the beginning of a case which tested Kim and her team to their limits. But the determination and stubborn nature of their leader meant they wouldn’t stop until the killer was found…

Kim’s race against time
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Angela Marsons! Your writing is enough to drive a woman crazy! As I read Play Dead, the fourth Kim Stone thriller, I was feeling so darn smug. I was thinking I had this case wrapped up quite early on. But no-oooo! I should have known better. Something happened that changed my mind, and there went my number one suspect. I was left with a gazillion questions, possibilities, and theories. Crazy, I tell you – in a good way! What a thrilling thriller!

While Detective Kim Stone and her team are touring
David Staniforth
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fourth book I’ve read in Angela Marson’s series that revolves around detective Kim Stone, and it’s the fourth step-up in quality: character development, pacing and plot. They just get better, which is partly due to the masterful way the author filters in back-story, particularly in relation to character development. I imagine Marson’s had already outlined her characters fully before typing the first word of book one, and if so, it would have been very easy to tumble everything about her char ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A little over a year ago I picked up my Kindle and began reading a book by a then unknown to me author called Angela Marsons. I started it hoping for an enjoyable read after a brilliant marketing campaign carried out by Bookouture, and it certainly sounded like my kind of book. I had no idea that in a year's time I would be reading the fourth book from that same author and citing her as now being in my Top 3 Crime Authors of all time. I often worry whether it comes across just how much I enjoy t ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
Wow, with this fourth book in her Kim Stone series, Angela Marsons just keeps getting better and better. What a creepy idea for a series of murdered corpses to be found at a body farm but it really works. Why they are there and why they were murdered is even creepier and I think Ms Marsons had a lot of fun writing this one. DI Kim Stone is as prickly as ever, but fortunately it's her toughness that counts in solving these crimes, not her underdeveloped social skills. Her favourite journalist Tra ...more
Sean Peters
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Net Galley, the publishers and to Angela Marson's for an ARC copy of Inspector Kim Stone's number 4 Play Dead

The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen!

The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.

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 Ston
Krystin Rachel
I'm going to go against the current on this one and say this is not my favourite Kim Stone novel.

That distinction still belongs to Evil Games.

While I definitely found Marsons writing and plot development has gotten stronger and more refined the longer she's gone with this series, the crime itself didn't grip me and enthrall me the way her previous works did. I found it lacking in suspense, despite it's intricacies and cleverness.

Still, on the whole I'm a fan.

You get some Body Farm action (Patric
Linda Strong
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DI Kim Stone and her team are sent to Westerley Reasearch .. otherwise known as a 'body farm'. They are all treated to the scenes of bodies in different stages of decomp ... but there is one body that doesn't quite belong.

The body of this young woman is a recent kill .. her face has been bashed in, dirt stuffed down her throat.

A second girl is attacked and left for dead .... the back of her head bashed in, dirt stuffed down her throat. Seems like there's a serial killer on the loose and the body
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Play dead by Angela Marsons in the 4th thrilling installment in DI Kim Stone’s series

DI Kim Stone is back on another exciting case. There are fresh bodies turning up in a body farm with dirt in their mouths. It’s a perfect place to commit a crime as the bodies can remain undiscovered for a very long time. Kim and her team race against time to find the killer before he claims more victims.

Play Dead is a fantastic addition to the series which gives more insight to Kim’s character without taking a
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, crime
Play Dead is another super-duper crime thriller by Angela Marsons.

I loved the storyline. Firstly, the body farm, oh my goodness. I didn’t even know they existed. You learn something new every day. It was like a horror version of Springwatch (I’m still coming to terms with this).

The topic of school bullying and the impact it had on those involved was interesting. A few names of bullies came to mind while I was reading this, making it impossible for me not to get emotionally involved.

I found the
☼♄Jülie 
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of great crime thrillers

WoW! Angela Marsons just keeps bringing them.

This is the 4th book in this D.I. Kim Stone series, and they just keep getting better.
These books can easily be read and enjoyed as stand alone's, but to do so would be depriving the reader of a really good series of hard to put down crime thrillers that follow these extremely well developed characters...such as D.I. stone and her colleagues...through some very challenging investigations.

I have very much enjoyed reading each book in this series as fas
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, book four is upon us in the Kim Stone series, and this one again does not fail to entertain.

DI Stone is called to Westerley Research Facility, a body farm, as part of an initiative set by her boss. Whilst there a body is discovered that isn't meant to be there which leads us to a case of why bodies are being left within the grounds of the body farm. Here Stone again is her usual acerbic self with her trusted team around her. I especially enjoy the relationship between Stone and Bryant. Fun t
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am not a new reader of Angela Marsons and have read all of her previous books enjoying them immensely so I had no hesitation in reading this latest novel by this talented author.
This is the 4th book in the DI Kim Stone series and it continues with the same high standard as the previous three. DI Kim Stone is a no nonsense detective with a bucket full of attitude and makes this series great entertainment.
This case takes us to Westerley Research Facility which is a body farm, where human decompo
5 +++++ One For You... One For Me Stars

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Detective Kim Stone and her team are sent to Westerley Research Facility to observe bodies at different levels of decay.
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A fully clothed woman with a smashed in face stared, unseeing, up to the blue sky. A hundred flies hovered above the blood covered face...

‘I’m sorry, Inspector, but I can’t tell you a thing about this one because this body is not one of ours.’

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Kim Stone knows she has her work cut out to solve this murder, why has the body been left h
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Play Dead is Angela Marsons’ fourth book in the D.I. Kim Stone series. This series just keeps getting better and better, which is amazing because it started out great!

The main setting of this book is a ‘body farm’ and who, but Kim Stone could find a corpse that doesn’t belong? When a second body is found with the same injuries, but not quite dead, Kim knows she and her team have a serial killer to stop. As they try to connect the victims, reporter Tracy Frost drops a cold case in Kim’s lap that
“One for you and one for me.”

Even though this is the fourth book in the series, it’s only the first I’ve read. Angela Marsons pulled together a great suspense novel with this one. It’s not for the faint of heart though, that’s for sure. There’s a body farm at the crux of the story, plenty of bugs invading body cavities and even a fair amount of gore. Just the way I like it – nice and creepy.

“There’s something quite soothing about working amongst the dead. It’s not for everyone, of course.”
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Copy furnished by Net Galley in exchange for a review.

With a body decomposition research facility providing the backdrop, a serial killer is methodically adding to the body count. As the bodies pile up, Detective Kim Stone is putting the pieces together. Tact and diplomacy are back-burner material when she is on a case. Results are what she is after, and she is perfectly willing to go against the grain of the higher-ups if that is dictated. Kim says what she means, and means what she says, and
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