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Child's Play

Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 11
Narrated by: Jan Cramer
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. 'You really should have played with me’, I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her 60s tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck. 

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college professor of child psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica. 

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event. 

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades. 

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late? 

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million-copy, number-one best seller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

©2019 Angela Marsons (P)2019 Bookouture

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Another excellent addition to the Kim Stone series

I love Kim and her crew. I love Angela Marsons’ writing and Jan Cramer’s narration. I look forward to every book in this series. This did not disappoint.

The opening murder (yes, there are more than one) is pretty gruesome. Some is playing a game. What is the murderer’s reason? Who is the murderer? What does he or she have to do with child geniuses? Are the crimes related? Tough tasks for Kim and her team.

This book is less on the personal lives of the CID team and more on how they work together. Pen has been recalled to his last post to testify at a trial and newcomer “Tink” joins the crew.

Frankly, I didn’t figure out The Who-done-it until the end. That’s a good thing. This is vintage Marsons and I’ve already started awaiting the next in the Kim series.

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great

Another great D.I. Kim stone thriller. I Never tired of what will happened next .

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Another great addition

Angela Marsons has written another great installment in the Detective Kim Stone series. Jan Cramer, as always was excellent. I look forward to the next in series, however the wait will be too long!

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Love the characters. Always a great story and never disappointed. Love to see the evolution of the relationships.

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Two Caveats, Otherwise Excellent

This, as others, is 2 books in one. It was unnecessary to break Penn off the team. However, the author probably did not have enough book-length otherwise.
Also, and this is an unfair criticism, I find the audible edition hard to listen to. I have listened to all 11 in the series in one month. As an American, it sounds to me that the narrator would speak out a string of words with air in her cheeks - mushy sounding. Otherwise a very good story.

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as always an excellent story with shocking ending

love the author love the narrator. thank you again for an entertaining story. Listen to it in two sittings!

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Never disappointed!

I love these books! Only negative is that I read them so fast that I have to wait too long for the next book!!

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Twists and turns...

Another brilliant installment in the series filled with the suspense and drama we have come to expect from Kim Stone and her team. deeper dive into the hearts and minds keeps pulling the reader ever deeper. Page Turner to the bitter end.

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Amazing as always!!!

Love it loved it loved it! There were many different story lines going on at the same time, in this book, and they were ALL thought provoking and kept me on the edge of my seat! As per usual, Angela Marsons did it again! And Jan Cramer IS Kim Stone!!!! I can't wait for #12! Especially after this one ended! :)

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I love Kim and her team<br />

Kim is courageous, even recognizing how flawed her past has made her. Bryant, Stacy, and Penn take good care of her, when she'll let them. They're an amazing team. I found this story an interesting take on child prodigies, but not my favorite in the series.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 07-06-19

Astounding 11th book

Every time I read, or listen to, one of Ms Marson's books I am amazed by how each one seems better than the last and this one is no exception, she is a truly talented weaver of tales.

Jan Cramer is as excellent as always and this story is a blast, totally recommended to all Angela Marson fans and if you've not read one before, then what's stopping you? Get this one now! It's as good a place to start as any.

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  • Tori
  • 07-18-19

Narration terrible

This is so hard to listen to, the narration is unbearable, I was really looking forward to this and I’m sure the story is great but just not sure I can continue listening and I’m only up to chapter 4!.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-10-19

Excellent

Really enjoyed this and it was the first time i had read from the series which is silly given its book 11 however my silliness payed off. I suggest you too go for it. I understood DI Kim Stone from the wonderful descriptions of her. I would go back and read from the beginning.

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  • jalpick
  • 08-28-19

Another fantastic book from Angela Marsons

Brilliant from start to finish, such an easy read too! First audio book for me will not be my last

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  • Wendy Holton
  • 08-28-19

Gripping

Another excellent book. Love the characters, narration and story line. Kept me guessing, as always. Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Tricksty
  • 07-26-19

What a poorly written book

This book is a disaster from start to finish. About Brain Boxes but the author is terrible at writing and the performance lacks any real emotion or vigour. It was terrible to listen to how badly described everything was in a boring format. Predictable and unexciting. A chore to complete.

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  • carol reynolds
  • 07-22-19

Whole series of books brilliant

I’ve listened to all 11 books so far in the Kim stone serial. Loved them all. Brilliant writer

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  • howgego?
  • 07-18-19

A good yarn

As ever Kim Stone keeps us on our toes with this depressing saga but without losing us in the misery

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  • Kirstyellen
  • 07-18-19

Boring.

Didn't get further than chapter 3. Very dull. Didn't like narration and writing left a lot to be desired.

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  • Miss R. Brown
  • 07-12-19

Voice changes 🙄

Nauseating! Didn't get past chapter 2
Narator is truly bad at narating, wish I could return this!

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  • Teresa
  • 08-18-19

Narration terrible

The narrator makes everyone in this book sound so angry and aggressive all the time. The tone never changes. I enjoy the story but have nearly given up several times because of narration.

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  • Rymkervic
  • 08-03-19

Good read

This could just about be a stand alone and not one of a series. Well written, so easily listened to. If reading the author's style has you fly through the pages. Good story well researched.