Six Graves by Angela Marsons is the sixteenth book in the D.I. Kim Stone series. While you can read Six Graves as a standalone, I believe it is best to read this series in order. It will allow you to get to know the characters, their backstories, and their relationships. This series contains realistic, complex characters. Detective Inspector Kim Stone has had a rough life. She does not let people get close to her. Her best friend is her dog, Barney. Kim may be rough around the edges, but she cares for her team. She is also dedicated to her job. Of course, this dedication has led to an escaped killer (Symes) trying to get ahold of her and end her. Six Graves is well-written with fast pacing. I like that the chapters are short. There are chapters from the killer’s point-of-view. He is a nasty piece of work. While trying to avoid the killer, Kim and her team are busy with a new case. In order to keep working, Kim’s boss insists that she have a bodyguard and it is the last person Kim would like to follow her every move. I had to laugh at some of the lines between Kim and Leanne. Those two are so much alike (probably why they do not get along). The mystery is well-plotted and complex. I was surprised that I was able to solve this one (I loved the challenge). Angela Marsons gives us multifaceted mysteries that are challenging, dark, and twisty. Be prepared to stay up late to finish this suspenseful tale. I do want to warn readers that there is detailed violence and foul language. Six Graves is full of twists that will have you quickly turning the pages to discover how it ends. I cannot wait for the next book in this gripping series. Six Graves is a twisty tale with an escaped slayer, unsolicited shadow, a troublesome team dynamic, a curious crime, and one determined detective.
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