Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dying Truth: A DI Kim Stone Novel

Welcome!  Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax is out today.  It is sixth book in the Ten Beach Road seriesBought the Farm by Peg Cochran releases on June 5.  I want to mention that Heart of the Witch by Deanna Chase is second book in Witches of Keating Hollow series.  It will be available on May 25.  So many books and too much housework!  I need a cleaning service.

Dying Truth by Angela Marsons is the eighth book in DI Kim Stone series.  DI Kim Stone and DS Bryant are heading back to headquarters when they get a call to the exclusive Heathcrest Academy where a student is on the roof.  By the time they arrive, Sadie Winters is dead.  It looks like a suicide until Kim notices details that are inconsistent with that ruling.  Despite pressure from above to quickly close the case, Kim and her team question the students and teachers.  Kim is surprised when one of the teachers is Joanna Wade (who likes to flirt with Kim).  Kim gets a call from Joanna to meet, but she arrives too late.  Someone got to Joanna before she could talk with Kim.  DS Kevin Dawson connects with Geoffrey Piggott, a student who is similar to Dawson at that age.  Geoffrey provides a key clue to what is happening at this privileged school.  An old tradition has been kept alive and what is happening in the present is connected to a past death.  Kim and her team race to stop another death, but it will come with a great sacrifice. 

Dying Truth is another great installment in the DI Kim Stone series.  The novels in this series build upon each other.  You need to start with Silent Scream (currently $.99 on Amazon) and work your way up to Dying Truth.  I thought the book was well-written with complex characters.  The characters continue to evolve as the series progresses.  I enjoyed getting to know more about DS Kevin Dawson.  I did find the pace a little slow in the beginning of the book, but it picks up as you get into it.  As the mystery develops, the suspense amps up and the pace picks up.  I will say that I was not immediately drawn into Dying Truth as I have been with the other novels in this series.  It took me a couple of chapters to get thoroughly into Dying Truth.  The mystery is multifaceted.   There are several parts (layers) to it and it can be challenging to figure out all the details (I love a twisty mystery).  I have to admit to some tears at the end (I wish I could say more, but I do not want to spoil it for anyone).  I am giving Dying Truth 4 out of 5 stars.  Dying Truth is an intense suspense novel that will have you up very late to find out it turns out.  I am eager for the next adventure with DI Kim Stone.

Thank you for visiting today.   I am sharing my review of Revealing the Dead by Sheila Connolly on May 23.  It is the sixth book in Relatively Dead Mysteries.  I hope you have a captivating day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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