Twisted Lies by Angela Marsons has DI Kim Stone enduring a ride along with reporter Tracy Frost when she gets a phone call from Keats. Bryant and Kim are shocked at what they see at the crime scene. They break the news to the victim’s family, but Kim can sense something is off about the wife and her sister. When Kim returns to question the victim’s wife again, she finds the family has disappeared. Kim has her team begin digging into the family. Before they can turn up information, another victim turns up in an equally gruesome manner. The team works to find a connection between the two victims. Kim has more questions than answers. Before long, though, another victim is uncovered. Kim and her team need to work quickly to locate the killer before he strikes again.
Twisted Lies by Angela Marsons is the 14th DI Kim Stone Crime Thriller. Twisted Lies can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading this series in order. It allows you to get to the know the characters and see how they have developed since Silent Scream. Twisted Lies, like the other novels in the series, is well-written with complex characters. The author captured the setting of Halesowen, West Midlands, England. Kim is happy with her unit and dislikes change. Unfortunately, her boss is pressuring her to talk with Stacey. Stacey has come a long way and it is time for her consider taking the test to become a sergeant. Stacey has mixed feelings about the news (as does Kim). The author has come up with a unique crime this time. Each crime scene is more gruesome than the one before (fair warning). There are twists and turns that will keep readers guessing. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the author surprises you with a new detail. I loved it. In addition to the main crime, a previous case is going to trial again. After getting a mistrial, the accused has hired a PR firm to make him look like a saint. Kim doubts they will get a conviction. Tracy Frost, a reporter and Kim’s foe, is on a ride along with her and Bryant. Kim takes Tracy to visit the victim’s family. It inspires Tracy to write a series of articles that allows people to see things from a different perspective. Tracy has hit a nerve which endangers her life. I enjoyed the interactions between Kim and Tracy. They added humor to the story along with Kim’s discussions with Barney. It also allows reader to see how much Kim has changed since the beginning of the series. We also get to see another side of Tracy Frost. Twisted Lies is a fascinating police procedural that will have you riveted until the very last page. The ending will have you itching to get your hands on the next DI Kim Stone novel. I do want readers to know that there is foul language (too much of it) as well as detailed macabre crime scenes. Twisted Lies is a fascinating and twisty tale with an energetic reporter, a canny canine, horrifying homicides, surprising secrets, a crafty killer, and a determined detective.
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