Play Dead Angela Marsons
This book firmly places Angela Marsons right at the top of the Police Crime Thriller writers.
Detective Chief Inspector Kim Stone and her team are back in another Black Country crime thriller, and just like the 3 previous books this one is stunning.
Having just broken up a paedophile ring Stone and her team are sent to Westerly, a new research facility in Wall Heath. Its location and purpose have been kept a secret from the public for good reason. The West Midlands has a Body Farm.
The trip to the Body Farm is going well until Stone manages to find a body that should not be there. A woman has been killed in a horrific manner and left amongst the other corpses.
As Stones team start to investigate the murder another victim is found at the farm but this one has miraculously survived.
What links the victims and why are they being dumped at the Body Farm.
As the investigations continue one of Kates nemesis, the local reporter Tracy Frost, approaches Stone in an attempt to solve a cold case, a murder that has happened a few years before in the neighbouring area of Brierley Hill. The fingerless dead man recovered from a local reservoir has never been identified, nor has his murder been solved.
Why should Stone get involved in a case that’s not her own, why would she help Frost with anything at all, and why is Frost so interested in it. However; the case gets under Stones skin and as she concentrates on the murders at the farm she also looks into the murdered man in the reservoir.
When Stone cannot contact Frost she begins to worry. Is Frost deliberately avoiding her or has she become a victim.
Play Dead is a brilliant book. Once I started reading it I literally could not put it down.
Angela Marsons creates characters that are so real you cannot help but engage with them.
Each character in this book is there for a reason and has a some bearing on the story, although not as obvious as you might first think.
I have a feeling that Marsons has a file for each character and if we could ever read them we’d find a whole story for each.
The recurring characters of her team fit in excellently with Stones personality. The occasional characters which appear in more than one book are just as good. It seems right that a SIO should have a local reporter that is always trying to get one jump ahead and in Tracy Frost Marsons depicts this brilliantly.
Stones past is no secret. She was in the never ending circle of Social Service Children’s Homes and Foster parents. The story of her past is slowly being revealed in each book, but it doesn’t distract from the story, in fact it adds to it.
Another occasional character in the books makes a return in this one. Dr Daniel Bate is a Forensic Osteo-archeologist. He makes no bones, sorry no pun intended, of the fact he likes Stone. The awkwardness of her reaction is so realistic it almost made me blush.
Another recurring character is Dr A. This woman needs her own books. I don’t know if I’m supposed to chuckle every time she opens her mouth but I do.
One of the big stars is The Black Country. I live there. Stones Police Station is about a mile from my house. The way Angela Marsons describes the locations she uses in these books is so good I know exactly where she is talking about.
So I’m off to Find Westerley-The Body Farm, it has to be there Angela Marsons wrote about it.
I don’t do a 5 star ranking system but if I did this book would get 6.
Just in case you haven’t read the first 3 books in the series I’ve attached links to my reviews below.
Play Dead isn’t published till mid May so you have plenty of time to get your hands on the back catalogue and pre order Play Dead on Amazon