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Dead Souls

(D.I. Kim Stone #6)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  10,930 ratings  ·  789 reviews
The truth was dead and buried…until now.
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 hol
Kindle Edition, 414 pages
Published April 28th 2017 by Bookouture
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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Angela Marsons
Each time I read a book featuring D.I. Kim Stone, I’m positive it’s the best one there is and that it can’t be topped. Also, each time I read the next D.I. Kim Stone novel, I find I’m wholly wrong. This is quite possibly the only time I enjoy being publicly in the wrong. I don’t know how she does it, but Angie manages to take these characters we’ve grown to love and wrestle them OUT of submission. Um, what Chelsea? Think of it this way; how many times have we started a series we love, only t ...more
Dear Angela Marsons,

As I prepare to kneel and worship at the altar of your literary skills, I ask myself "Can you do anything wrong?"

The latest in the Kim Stone series tackles the vile, but topical subject of Hate Crimes. Naturally, it doesn't make for an easy read, it's disturbing and completely beyond my understanding that people can have views like these, but ultimately it will have you completely gripped.

When a collection of human bones is discovered during a routine archeological dig, it qu
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Angela Marsons has penned yet another phenomenal thriller in her brilliant DI Kim Stone series. In Dead Souls, book six of the series, she takes us down a very dark road on a most gripping and intense journey with Kim, Bryant, Kev, and Stacey.

Ms. Marsons has tackled a monster of an issue with this one. Hate crimes. Sickening, appalling, and incomprehensible to most of us; a source of twisted debauchery and depravity for the perpetrators. Sadly, this is a most timely subject for what is happe
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a dark and harrowing addition to the thrilling DI Kim Stone series and it is a superb nightmarish read. In a story where the past and present collide, we have Kim fighting for jurisdiction with a neighbouring police force when an archeological dig uncovers a collection of human bones on a remote farm. Instead, Kim finds herself working with DI Tom Travis with whom she has history. They used to be friends until something happened which Kim has never entirely understood. Tom is hostile and ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this series just keeps getting better & better!

Dead Souls deals with some heavy content - hate crimes. A very real topic for our world and definitely not an easy one to read about. Marsons didn't shy away from vile characters and disturbing behavior but of course with Kim Stone & her team on the case - we can read with the knowledge they will meet with justice bc Kim always catches her perp!

This case was masterfully woven as it opens with a current teenage suicide and leads to the discove
Mary Beth
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is the sixth book in the Detective Kim Stone Series.
The books seem to get better and better. I just love this series and I have loved every book in this series.

The book starts out with a disturbing scene. A teenage boy commits suicide after writing a letter to his mother. You can easily tell that he has done something wrong. Why does he say that he has become a monster.
Kim Stone has a tough case to crack involving buried remains and racist hate crimes that are horrific. This time she is up
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

Intense and deeply disturbing read.

Vicious, deplorable hate crimes take center stage in Dead Souls. Due to the horrific nature of the crimes, it can be hard to read at times. But what makes things a little comforting is knowing that Kim Stone will take down the despicable people committing these crimes.

A turf war erupts between Kim Stone and her former colleague, Tom Travis, when both arrive at a crime scene that borders their jurisdictions. Kim is assigned to assist Travis’ team, whil
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
We all have folks that we don't work well with. In this, the sixth in the Kim Stone series, Kim is assigned to a joint investigation with her old partner and current enemy, Tom Travis. There is a lot of animosity there. The issue is that Kim really doesn't know how they became enemies. But I love how she asks if her DCI wants the investigation to fail when she finds out about the assignment. Or how her attempt at an olive branch “had been well and truly snapped in her face”. And it's not just Ki ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I've seen this author's series of books read for awhile on here. I was interested but all my friends seem to love them and I was sorta scared that I would hate one of them and then I would get beat up. (You have seen my friends on here-they are vicious little bookworms)..anyways I threw all the cares to the wind when I saw this one and even if it was book six I figured I would dive right in.

AND IT WAS GOOD! I didn't feel lost that I hadn't read the previous books, even if the author didn't take
Diane S ☔
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I admit to feeling quite a bit of trepidation when I decided to read this, for two reasons. The first is that this is the 6th in series and I usually like to start with the first. The second is that so many of my friends, whose opinions I respect, raved about this series. What if I didn't feel the same?

My second fear was quickly dispelled, I engaged with the characters almost instantly. They are well drawn, each different from the others and Kim, their boss and the lead character was not only d
Dead Souls is by one of my favourite authors, Angela Marsons, is the 6th book in the Detective Kim Stone series and it continues picking up on some themes from the previous novels. It is an excellent police procedural thriller, and after having read all her previous novels, I feel that this one was her best yet ever! The journey is allowing the reader to get close and personal to the characters, especially Kim and her team. Kim has grown so much, and in this novel we see her character more flush ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, thriller
Full review up!

This detective series is just so damn good!! I've not been disappointed yet while reading a D.I. Kim Stone book.
Dead Souls is another great addition to the series!

Dead Souls starts off with an archaeological dig and the group comes across questionable bones with bullet holes and other unimaginable trauma.
D.I. Kim Stone rushes to the scene of the dig and comes across her old partner D.I. Tom Travis. They both want the scene and then are forced to work together for the first time in
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

The Event. Doesn't sound particularly threatening, but do not be deceived. The "ticket" for admittance to the event is nightmarish.

Hate crimes. Intolerance. Old bones that tell a story.

In this one, the dynamics of DI Kim Stone's investigative team are drastically altered when left on their own. Meanwhile, Kim has been pressed into service to work on a big case with a former partner. There is bad blood there, the rancor between the two of t
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hats off to author Angela Marsons for creating yet another intense and disturbing page turner to add to the Kim Stone series.

Marsons takes on a timely subject matter: Hate crimes. But this goes way beyond your name calling and intimidation that you hear about in the news. Marsons takes the reader on a very disturbing journey that doesn't hold back on just how far some people are willing to take things.

This time around Stone is forced to leave the comfort of her team behind and work alongside a
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 6th book in the Detective Kim Stone series by author Angela Marsons. I came across Angela Marsons work over 2 years ago when I started this series and was instantly hooked, her books are of a consistently high standard and I am never disappointed.
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.

In this novel, a large number of bones are discovered in a grave and it b
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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An easy 5 stars for possibly the darkest and most challenging instalment of this series so far.

In choosing hate crimes as the foundation of this novel, Marsons has gone for a theme that's bang up to date. Turn on the news, spend ten minutes on Twitter, look at some of the new advertising by Sony or Pepsi... the list could be endless. This all hangs in the mind as you read; even if discrimination hasn't happened to you personally, you still recognise this behaviour, the hate, the violence. It gi
Veronica ⭐️
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

Dead Souls is book 6 in Angela Marsons D.I. Kim Stone series. Each book in the series is stand alone with crimes solved by the end of the novel but to get a real understanding and feel for the character of Kim Stone I would recommend reading the series from the beginning with “Silent Scream”.

Multiple storylines run through the novel with one taking Kim away from her team to work with D.I. Travis, a previous working partner with whom she has unresolved issues. This gives the story a lig
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Detective Inspector Kim Stone is not known for her social skills, her ability to “play well with others.” After being called to the scene of an archaeological dig where human remains are unearthed, Stone finds herself embroiled in turf wars with long-time rival, Detective Tom Travis, who was once a trusted colleague. Their ill feelings are no secret to her team or to her superior officer, who assigns her to work the case jointly with Travis. This also places her team in a new position; they will ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
We are all guilty, at some point in time, of voicing or acting out some sort of prejudice; most of us more out of ill temper or frustration than actual ill intent. And I would hope that for most of us, our inherent kindness outweighs our occasional lapses of judgment. Not so the characters in Angela Marsons Dead Souls. They are deadly serious in their intentions to rid their neighborhood of anyone not racially pure - and for that, read white.

Added to those problems, an archeological dig has une
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The collision of current events and the subject of this book unfortunately put me on overload. I started reading this book while the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was all over the news and social media. I didn't read the blurb; I didn’t know this book was going to involve hate crimes. I think my enjoyment was affected by this overload.

I did enjoy the book, though there were some changes from previous books. I was a bit dismayed that Kim and Bryant worked separate cases, bu
David Staniforth
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has to be said that Angela Marsons is not among the most technically gifted writers I have encountered: I find quite a few instances where the sentence structure is a little clumsy for my taste, or where a better choice of word could have been employed. Therein, similes could have a little more sparkle and phrases could flow more readily from one to the next. And yet I find I have no choice but to award the sixth book in the Kim Stone series a five star rating.

What Marsons does exceptionally
Hate crimes – is there anything worse?

Detective Kim Stone was shocked when she was told she had to team with Detective Travis to investigate the bones discovered in an archaeological dig. That the bones were human was in no doubt – but Kim and Travis had a history and even though they had worked well together five years prior, there was no liking or respect between them now. But the crime scene needed to be worked and Kim told herself to get a grip and do the job.

Kim’s usual team of Bryant, Daws
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe this is already book six in the DI Kim Stone series in less than three years! Angela Marsons is rapidly becoming one of my favourite crime writers and Kim Stone is also fast becoming one of my favourite detectives - a real human being who knows she's not perfect but always looks out for her team.

In this episode, Kim is separated from her team as bones with evidence of torture are found on a training archaeological dig in a field spanning two police jurisdictions. Kim's boss deci
How does hatred, so deep and so evil, even exist in its neophyte state?

What exactly is the enticement that sets its vicious tentacles in search of others to slither around and permeate far into the corridors of the human heart? Unspeakable and unrelenting horror which visits upon the weak, the innocent, and the unsuspecting. Simply: bad to the bone.

But bones of another course draw us into this compelling storyline. Dr. A., forensic archaeologist, has set up a university training session at Hayl
Sean Peters
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net Galley, Bookouture and author Angela Marsons.

They is no argueing Angela, that in my group "A Good Thriller" on Goodreads you have a tremendous following, as do publishers Bookouture who nearly always approve books on Net Galley for many of my members, so a big thankyou.

We have a sixth instalment of Kim Stone books and by far the most harrowing, dark and disturbing story.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field sudde
Book Addict Shaun
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is hard to believe that Dead Souls is the sixth Kim Stone book but this series shows no sign of slowing down and if anything is only going from strength to strength. I read it in one gripping sitting as I just couldn't tear myself away from my Kindle, and being back in the company of Kim Stone, my favourite female detective of all time, is always one of my greatest reading pleasures (yes, even alongside all of the horrors that she has to contend with).

Angie really changes things up here in D
Forensic specialist Dr. A is supervising an archaeological dig with a group of students when they unearth human bones. DI Kim Stone and her team arrive only to find DI Tom Travis from the West Mercia station already on the scene. Both claim jurisdiction but they’re forced by their superiors to share the case and work together. Unfortunately, they have a history and he’s not over it, which makes for a tension-filled investigation, exacerbated even more when her team isn’t included. As they pursue ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book six!! Book six!! How have we gotten to book six already?! Doesn't seem like two minutes ago when DI Kim Stone came storming into our lives on a motorbike and leathers with her trustee team.

Bones are discovered on the private land of a farming family during a training exercise on an archaeological dig. Once a successful working farm it has now fallen into disarray after the BSE crisis. As the grisly find lays between two police forces DI Stone is teamed with an ex colleague, DI Tom Travis. H
Louise Wilson
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Detective Kim Stone is back in the 6th book in the series.

A collection of human bones has been unearthed during a routine archaeological dig. They are found on the edge of the boundary Kim's station covers and she is forced to merge the investigation with West Mercia and Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past. It's not long before Kim uncovers dark secretive relationships between the families who own the land where the bodies were found. Kim's team are also investigati
Adrian Dooley
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well another Kim Stone novel. Another brilliant read. Book six in the series, you look forward to some things so much that you ultimately set yourself up for disappointment but this series is the one that just keeps giving and must be one of, if not the strongest and most consistent detective series currently being published.

A routine archaeological dig uncovers some human bones and Detective Kim Stone finds herself on the scene to investigate. But the crime scene is on the border to two police
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Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer's News resulting in a win and

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