Forensic specialist Dr. A is supervising an archaeological dig with a group of students when they unearth human bones. DI Kim Stone and her team arrive only to find DI Tom Travis from the West Mercia station already on the scene. Both claim jurisdiction but they’re forced by their superiors to share the case and work together. Unfortunately, they have a history and he’s not over it, which makes for a tension-filled investigation, exacerbated even more when her team isn’t included. As they pursue leads, Kim and Tom find themselves in the midst of what appears to be insidious hate inspired crimes that threaten the safety of their team members.
This was an extremely tough case given that the team began solely with bones and no victim identity. Forensics played a major role in the procedurals. But, it was entertaining and informative having Kim trying to play nice with Tom as they compete with each other while not sacrificing the investigation. That relief was essential because the crimes were horrid and what was done to the victims was tough to stomach. There is definitely a different dynamic when Kim is separated from her team, particularly from Bryant, and it was telling how much she’s already bonded with and depends on them.
The climax of the story was nerve wracking and I can’t share why without spoilers so you’ll have to take me at my word. I listened to the story and Jan Cramer excels at delivering the kind of performance that makes you feel as if you’re in the scene. She was outstanding, as usual. We also finally learn what separated Kim and Tom when they were partners and kept them apart for so long. This was a story with lots of tangents that somehow weaved together to make perfect sense and left its mark. It’s an incredible series.
- Release Date: May 2, 2017
- Series: DI Kim Stone #6
- Narrator: Jan Cramer
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 15 minutes
- Publisher: Bookouture