My Road to Publication

//My Road to Publication

I have been in love with words for as long as I can remember.

I spent many years writing stories based in locations I didn’t know, featuring characters I thought would be popular and storylines that I thought would be appealing.  This garnered me some wonderful letters from Publishers.  However they all contained the word ‘unfortunately’ somewhere.

Eventually I decided to write a story just for me.  I set the book in my local area and offered an ear to a character that had been nagging me for years.  You will now know this voice as D.I. Kim Stone.  As I wrote I didn’t care that the setting was not glamorous or that my character was not always likeable.  I wrote Kim’s story and it came from the heart.  I filled the pages without an editor on my shoulder or a critic in my ear.

Eventually I passed the novel to my most fierce critic.  My partner, Julie.  Anyone who thinks the people closest to us writers are obliging and appeasing should spend a day in my house.  These people know us best and therefore know what we can do!

She read it in one day and loved it.

At her urging I polished it and released it into the big wide world.  This time the risk of exposure was far greater as it held the most of myself that I had ever poured onto the page.

The following day I was plucked from the slush pile of a top London literary agency by Ms Keshini Naidoo who was reading my submission on her way into work.

The two years that followed were a rollercoaster of emotions and although the relationship with the agency did not work out I was blessed in all that I learned and most importantly for my connection with Keshini.

We stayed in touch right up until she called me September 2014 with news that was destined to change my life.  She told me she had passed Silent Scream to a young and dynamic publisher called Bookouture and asked if I minded.  I was blown away.  I can’t recall my exact response but there was shrieking!

For the next couple of weeks I kept everything crossed.  This made some tasks slightly more tricky: cooking, driving, well anything really but it was worth it.  The reaction from the team at Bookouture was everything I could have hoped for and more.  They were enthusiastic about my writing, my characters and even the setting of the book.

The day I was asked to join the Bookouture family was truly one of the best days of my life.  The team: Oliver, Claire, Kim and not least Keshini are all committed, knowledgeable, inspiring and passionate about everything they do and the authors they have.

For me, it is like donning a comfy pair of slippers and a warm, woollen cardigan.  It is a team I am proud and honoured to be a part of and a place that definitely feels like home.

By | 2016-05-13T09:08:22+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|Publishing|147 Comments

147 Comments

  1. Caroline Mitchell February 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Angie
    Congratulations on the new website! I’m really looking forward to hearing about further books in this series. Silent Scream is the crime thriller of the year, I really enjoyed it. xx

    • Jan Melnyk November 12, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Hi Angie. My husband just read your debut book, and is now a fan. He has read all of Michael Connelly and all of James Patterson, and needed a new author. After he rejected Louise Penny and Dennis Lehane, I found you on amazon.ca (Canada) and passed on your name. He is onto your second book now. By the way, he said your first book has the perfect title. Thanks for sharing your story of getting published–good for you writing for yourself. You have inspired me, also a writer with many rejections, but a different genre. I too am writing now for myself, not the editor peering over my shoulder. Get your writing skates on! Hubby doesn’t go anywhere without his Kindle and crime fiction is his genre. I am writing on his behalf as he would never give feedback on a web site. I know authors need pats on the back!
      Jan & Mike Melnyk
      Edmonton, Alberta
      Canada

  2. jj March 2, 2015 at 12:37 am

    just finished your book. I compare your writing to James Patterson and John grisham. once I got started I couldn’t put it down. it is,a,page Turner.the one thing I really like is that you tied everything up and then some. sometimes I feel that authors just end the book. you really finished it. waiting for your next one. JJ

  3. julie kerr March 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Loved your book, held my interest all the way through.

  4. Allan March 4, 2015 at 4:48 am

    I enjoyed the book immensely but it grated every time a police officer was addressed as ‘Detective’. In England it would be ‘detective inspector’ or ‘detective sergeant’, never just ‘detective’.

    Since when were MPs referred to as councillor?

    • Ray Munro-Crump May 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Hi, I can’t agree more. I too loved the book but the “detective” and “councilor” grated with me and took me out of the book when it happened. A councilor is a local ward elected official in local councils. Also the word Marm. The correct spelling is Ma’am. It is used as the longer Marm when speaking with the Queen but in the police it is pronounced as a slightly longer mum. Still, looking forward to the next book

      • Tottie Limejuice December 14, 2015 at 11:27 am

        Sorry to contradict you, Ray, but the Queen is always referred to as M’am, to rhyme with ham, and is most insistent on that. But I agree about Marm. Interestingly, the Oxford Dictionary gives that spelling as ‘North American dated’.

        • Caroline Walker February 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm

          Tottie Limejuice is correct with regard to the pronunciation of M’am for the Queen. Re the Kim Stone series, I can’t wait for number 4 – love them.

    • Dave January 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Love the books.
      The whole ‘guv’ thing grates though. It was a standard expression on 1970s police shows but it doesn’t exist in the policing world, sorry.
      I do like the motorcycle discussions though!

  5. Tony Collard March 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Angie,

    I have just finished your book and straight away I logged on to Amazon to look for the next one !! I am disappointed to find that I am going to have to be patient and wait for it. I hope it is not far away.

    I am an avid thriller reader but the old names are gettin boring now. Patterson is too prolific and doesen’t hold my interest any more. Thank goodness I have found you.

  6. Sue Fraser March 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Back to back I have just finished Silent Scream then The Middle Daughter…..WOW! Such insightful writing. Yes there are two stories to follow but the level of wisdom and truth in the writing is attractive and addictive. I share a something with you and I know others will feel the same. You must feel very proud. Next book please.

  7. Claire March 7, 2015 at 3:52 am

    absolutely loved the book and Kim Stone. Couldn’t put it down, sat up til 4 am to finish it, thankgoodness it’s Saturday now!

  8. Sheila March 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Fantastic book. Read it all in one day as I couldn’t put it down. I love your humour and had a couple of chuckles out loud. Look forward to reading about Kim again and the rest of her team. All gel together nicely.

  9. Debbie March 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I am an avid reader of crime fiction, and I was hooked from the start love you choice of Kim as the main character a refreshing change she would be on my dinner guest list.

  10. jan dockery March 11, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Just finished your book Silent Scream. I liked it very much. It was very fast paced never boring, always evolving. And you made Kim so real. Like someone you know and can relate to, yet totally intriguing. Can’t wait to learn more about her! Thanks for such a great read!

  11. Violet pickles March 11, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    just finished Silent Scream – read for a do,I’d 3 hours to finish it, loved it – thanks!

  12. teresa March 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I liked this book so much and I truly believe it should be put forward as a possible t.v series. The characterization is great, you really get drawn into this quite diverse team. I very much look forward to reading the next book. Many congratulations on your success.

  13. Clive Terry March 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Hi Angela, I’m only into chapter 23 but I’m hooked. Will definetly spread the word over here in Germany. Tks a lot for a great read.

  14. Kay Newbury March 13, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Just finished reading Silent Scream. Fabulous book, could not put it down. Already pre-ordered your next book, now going to order your other books. I also think Silent Scream would make a great t.v.series.

    Thanks again for a great read.

  15. Tracey wood March 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Found book really good.would highly recommend X

  16. Ann Rutherford March 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Angie I give your book a 4 3/4 out of 5. It was a real page turner and very hard to put down. I will without doubt purchase more of your books. Thank you so much for a touching, thrilling and excellent read.

  17. iOS sims March 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Dear Angela,
    Just finished Silent Scream. You have hit on a real winner. I am a fan of Stephen Booth and his quirky characters. His setting in the Peak District is woven into the characters. Kim Stone is reminiscent of Booth’s Diane Fry, both compelling, brilliant and flawed. Unlike Booth, your book is all plot and character. You wove a great tale, created some great characters and and introduced me to the Black Country. Fell in love with the Peak District and now I’ll be looking up The Black Country! Looking forward to the next one. Congrats. Ohio Reader.

  18. Eileen March 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Angela, I did like your book and your character Kim Stone is great. I am about to buy the 2nd in the series, looking forward to reading it and hope there will be lots more too. I have also read Middle Child and enjoyed that as well and cried at parts, it was so good and felt I wanted to know more about the sisters and their cruel, horrible mother. Thanks for such good books.

  19. Brenda Dallow March 28, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Brilliant book could not put it down,brought back so many memories for me.
    I am 73 and lived in Duke street near to the area so well described in your book.
    You mentioned so many places I new, I lived in Duke Street from birth until I was married at 21. Most of my family are buried In the Powke lane cemetery under the name of Todd. I remember the piece of land opposite the cemetery,there was once a small farm at the bottom and my best friend Mary Cunningham lived there until it was demolished.I also remember the funfair which sometimes arrived on the site.
    I attended Wrights Lane Grammar School so I walked past the cemetery every day to school.

    Your book held my attention from the first page this is my ideal read, look forward to the next one..

    Kind Regards.
    Brenda Dallow

    I am recommending this to the rest of my family who will be as thrilled as I was as it will bring back so many memories for them also.

  20. Peter Ward March 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Angela, that was one of the most thrilling books that I’ve read for a long time. I’m a great DCI Banks fan and this is as good if not better. I couldn’t put it down! Looking forward to your next Kim Stone thriller.

  21. Virginie March 31, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Wow! what a story…Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. Colin April 1, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Silent Sceam is Brilliant !!! Ordered and started to read Middle Child on my Kindle straight away. Already looking like a good read. I’ve also pre-ordered Evil Games, cant wait.
    Was interested in the location as my parents come from the Aston and visited the Black Country Museum with my cousin a couple of years ago.
    Keep up the good work welcome to your new career you will be a huge success!!
    Colin, Adelaide, Australia

  23. Paul Barker April 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed ‘Silent Scream’ – it is very well written. Like an earlier comment mentions referring to a police officer as ‘Detective’, this also grates on me.. It is the result of American TV but it seems to be catching on elsewhere. One obvious typo – bedside cabinet is shown as ‘beside’ cabinet and thus not picked up on spellchecker. Not sure that the attempt to bring Black Country accents to life works – ‘ger’ got to be frustrating after a while. I will certainly be looking out for your name and will recommend you to friends.

  24. joni gagliardi April 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Read silent scream in one sitting! excellent! just downloaded The Middle Child and have ordered Evil Games. Thank you:)

  25. Doreen Oldfield April 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Angela This is not the type of book I normally read but I heard about it on Facebook and thought I would give it a go. I thoroughly enjoyed it and agree with everybody else that it is a proper page turner and being able to identify with the area is a bonus. I am looking forward to the next book in the series

  26. Yvonne Parkes April 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    What a superb read!
    I love a great crime thriller, and I could not put this one down – I just didn’t want it to end. I can’t believe that this is Angela’s first novel, it is so well written, and I don’t know how I’m going to manage until I get the next one! I live in the Black Country, and I hope she will be making some appearances locally, as it would be great to meet her. I’m sure she will win awards for ‘Silent Scream’, and have no doubt that her name is one that we will hear a lot more of in the future. She’s right in there, AT THE TOP!

  27. s Johnston April 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Just finished silent scream. A really good ‘page runner’s well plotted and genuinely thrilling. One small point no more ” rolling eyes ” !!
    Keep up the story lines excellent.

  28. Tim Widden April 10, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    This was just a great thriller. You can really tell when an author cares about their characters and the story, and this book has something to say. Detective Kim Stone comes straight in as a fully formed character, and although to meet her in real life she might well come across as a total cow, you can’t help but love her as you find out about her plight – an important life lesson in there I think! I have created a Kim Stone collection on my Kindle in anticipation of the next book – can’t wait!

  29. Sylvia April 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Fab book read in one sitting; eager for the next one; not a bad word to say about it, just loved it

  30. Andy B April 20, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Great read looking forward to the whole series.

  31. Liz McDonald April 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Just finished Silent Scream and absolutely loved it. A real page turner–hard to put down. Can’t wait to continue to travel with Kim and her crew through other adventures,. You go, Girl!!! Liz McDonald

  32. Mal Jones April 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I’m more than half way through Silent Scream and loving the book. I absolutely love that you have used the Black Country as a setting for such a good drama, I have been brought up around the areas you mention, the Bull and Bladder, Merry Hill Centre etc.and look forward to further books in the future.

  33. Linda Hopkins April 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Excellent – good detail and not predictable – thank you -have pre-ordered Evil Games.
    You are an inspiration to us struggling first time writers.

  34. Pete Dables April 24, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Brilliant read. A real page turner. Looking forward to the next book in the series

  35. marian ferguson April 25, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Fabulous read. I could not put it down. I liked the main character and relationship with her. Colleagues. Like when I can not guess who done it . Look forward to another Angela Marsons book.

  36. Sue Sheldon April 25, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Hi
    Just finished Silent Scream. Really, really enjoyed it. Please keep them coming. Can’t wait to read the next book. Thanks for a great new character.

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  38. david pedlow May 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Thankyou for pouring yourself into Silent Scream. It has left me shattered and shaking, very much aware of just how fortunate and privileged my life has been.
    I have, of course, pre-ordered Evil Games – but you dont (I hate the apostrophe-less keyboard on this tablet) seem to be charging enough!

  39. John Ryllo May 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I have just read Silent Scream. Living in the area where the story is set made it even more enjoyable. I could visualise the locations. My local is the Bull and Bladder now I can’t drive past without thinking of your novel. Excellent read. Looking forward to reading more from you and DI Stone. Well done.

  40. Jesse Roberts May 10, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Just recently found Silent Scream via Kindle. Great read and I look forward to more. Even being in the US I still found it telling and enjoyed the setting and story. Congrats on a successful book.

  41. Keith Crossland May 14, 2015 at 5:33 am

    “Silent Scream” is a splendid book, and I enjoyed it greatly. Kim Stone is a wonderful character whose no-nonsense approach I love dearly. Coming from Yorkshire I was raised with many people just like that. Now I live in Canada where people seem to be more “politically correct”, and I hate that. Be like Kim, I say, tell the truth and shame the devil. Of course I’m 80 years old so I’m a bit of a dinosaur, but I’ve read many good detective stories, and yours, Angela, certainly ranks very high on my list. Keep up the fine work Ms. Marsons and I’ll keep reading the results, with pleasure I might add.

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  43. Patrick Lockley May 16, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Got your book at random on Kindle opened the first page headed Rowley Regis, winner! Born in Smethwick, lived in Langley – Rowley rag, Bromsgrove mental hospital, road names, all familiar. Living in SW France now a good reminder of my original home.
    Finally good heroine, spiked but fun.
    Thank you

    Pat

  44. Al Brookes May 16, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Silent Scream really deserves the description ‘thriller’ – it gripped me from start (on my iPad in Rome) to finish (home in England two days later). I usually opt for male authors, eg Lee Child, Michael Connelly, F Forsyth, J Grisham, but you kept up the pace on every page. You are right up there with them!
    As an advertising copywriter I love writing too, so I tend to be critical, but hey, nothing to complain about!
    These days I mostly write and record songs ( albrookessongs.soundcloud.com ) but my singing is terrible, so if you fancy singing, or know someone . . .
    You have found your vocation, keep them coming!

  45. Neil Nash May 17, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    It is great to find a new author writing thrillers I very much look forward to reading your next novel.

  46. Jennifer Lockwood May 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    just turned the last page of Silent Scream. I lived it and couldn’t put it down. Keep writing – you obviously have a talent .

  47. Wendy Perkins May 29, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I was recommended Silent Scream by Amazon. I finished reading it at 6.30 this morning. It was fantastic. I I have now just received Evil Games and can’t wait to start it. Kim Stone is brilliant and won’t stop until she gets results. Well done.

  48. Maureen Innes June 2, 2015 at 5:35 am

    I have just completed reading Evil Games.What a great read Kim stone is my hero she has such great values. Being a bit loner of myself my dog is a very important part ofg my life I was so pleased when Barney came into her life a wonderful subplot. Please keep writing Kim Stone novels Angela

  49. Lyn McNaught June 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Have just read Evil Games –
    ! One of the best books I have EVER read. I get through at least three books a week so I like to think I am a bit of an expert! Thank you.I I am looking forward to more of your work.

  50. andrea June 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I have just read the last page of book 2 and loved it as much as the first. I hope their.e will be many more journeyed with Kim Stone. Thank you for providing a great new crime series.

  51. Lou June 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Loved Silent Scream. I will definitely look for more. I did pick up on the Nicolas/Beth thing. I’m always suspicious when only one twin is seen by anyone and never the two together. Good read.

  52. Anne Davidson June 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I have just finished reading Evil Games and thoroughly enjoyed it,I’m always on the hunt for new authors and you are up there with the best,and I look forward to reading many more of your books.

  53. Linda Deex June 5, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Just finished’Silent Scream’ excellent. Have been on and off trains today, just missed one by minutes but I didn’t care it meant I could finish your book.

  54. Mike B June 7, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Read “Silent Scream” and thought the plot and characters developed as the book progressed. The relationship between Kim Stone and Bryant is perfect, the boss that isn’t beyond being human and a side kick, who can get away with things no one else can. There is something about Kim that you want to know more about. I have just read “Evil Games” and the Kim’s character is developing further. Her relationship with the other members of her team is being expanded upon and Bryant is still there making them a formidable duo. The plot within the story is intriguing, and Kim reveals more of herself. When can we expect another release. Kim only has a week off!!!

  55. Sunshine June 7, 2015 at 6:54 am

    angela, I read both your books and love DI Kim, not just because of the way she seeks to find and make sure criminals are punished, but also for all her human-ness and her own shortcomings (don’t tell her I said that)!

    Thanks for sharing her story,and I can’t wait for the next book!

  56. Mike Miguel June 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    ive now read 2 great books, Evil Games & Silent Scream. I’m a great fan of Jeffrey Dever and these 2 books rank equally with this author. I couldn’t put either book down, real page turners. Looking forward to the film!!
    I grew up in Birmingham but had my first sales rep job in and around the Black Country so it was easy to follow the dialect, esp of Stacey and the older characters .
    Looking forward to my sons reaction to these books now as we share a common interest in crime thrillers.
    Thanks Angela

  57. Elaine June 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I read Silent Scream and loved it. I immediately looked on Amazon for other books that you had written and bought them all. Currently reading the new book with Kim and can’t wait to finish work today so that I can get the rest of the book finished. You write great books that I just can’t put down. Also, found myself talking about them to others. I read about 10 books per month so if one stays with me I know it is really good. Then I recommend it and will re-read. Thanks for the hours of pleasure you have given to me and others. Keep up the good work.

  58. Lisa June 9, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I was looking forward to reading “Evil Games” and was not disappointed! I have now read all four of your books and have enjoyed every one of them. I really enjoy that you put a twist in them that the reader doesn’t see coming. I am really looking forward to your next book, whether it’s about Kim Stone or not.

  59. John Wiltshire June 10, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Read Silent Scream recently and immediately ordered Evil Games. I have now read that and I have to say I loved both of them. I look forward to the next book in this series, there will be more won’t there.

  60. Cecilia Rice June 16, 2015 at 4:15 am

    I finished Silent Scream and immediately downloaded Evil Games, which I just finished reading.. I am totally hooked on this series! It is such a thrill for me to find a new author whose characters grab me as well as yours. You’ve now joined my list of top favorites (Tanya French, Elizabeth George). I will be eagerly awaiting DI Kim’s next case.

  61. George Leiper June 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you Angela for both Silent Scream and Evil Games which I have just finished. DI Kim never let’s the criminal(s) get away despite her boss Woody giving her a hard time. Sidekick Bryant always there to offer humour and support, and a team that gels. Keep the books coming your on a winner.

  62. Rachel DeQuattro June 18, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Outstanding literature. I have found a new favorite author. Please keep writing them.

    Wow.

  63. LindY G Sherrod June 18, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Just finished reading Silent Screams, it was fantastic. Just when I would think I had it solved there’d be another twist. You did a superb job of keeping me interested and hanging on ever word. Can’t wait for the next adventure with D.I. Kim.
    Sister From the South,
    LindY G

  64. Linda June 19, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    What a fabulous read, have just finished reading Silent Scream in Turkey whilst round the pool, it is strange to read a book that I can relate to the areas not far from where I live, it kept me wanting more can’t wait for next one.Fab.

  65. cam o'leary June 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Just finished silent scream and evil games. Thoroughly enjoyed the stories and your character Kim. Please keep writing I am eagerly awaiting the next book. Just added you to my list of favorite writers

  66. Paul Woodhead June 20, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Read both books now. With both I found that once picked up they could not be put down. Love the fact that they fly the flag for the Black Country. Compulsive and driven reading.

  67. Helen June 20, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve just finished both your books in a week, which is faster than I’ve read for a long time. Kim Stone is the most real character I have read about in years, she’s great! She’s flawed, she’s not the worlds most gorgeous supermodel, she’s, in so many ways, just normal. You’d only ever want her on your side. And for that, she’s my new hero. Please find more adventures for her. It feels like I’ve found a new friend

  68. Celia June 20, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I have just taken three days to read your first two Kim Stone books. I can’t wait for the next and the next and the next. Fantastic books. I am always on the look-out for new Crime authors and now I have found another one – Angela Marsons. x x

  69. Gail Doggett June 24, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Love Kim Stone. She is one tough cookie. Have read both books and couldn’t put them down. So glad you gave her a dog. Her life is far from complete but Barney will help in so many ways. Look forward to more books with this complex but tough detective. Bravo!

  70. Ann Drew June 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I was first drawn to your books because of the area in which they are set. I’m so glad I bought the first Kim Stone novel Silent Scream as I enjoyed it very much which led me on to buy the second Evil Games which again I thoroughly enjoyed. I finished The Middle Daughter in the early hours of this morning. What a harrowing story but unfortunately this sort of thing does go on I’m sure. It was so well written that it felt true and made me cry for those three little sisters. I just wished that in the story the mother could have been found out and punished but I suppose the story would have gone in a different direction if she had.

    I can’t wait for the next Kim Stone. I recommended your books to a friend who lives in Netherton as its such a change to have a heroine living in a very familiar area. Please keep on turning your excellent stories out.

  71. Warren June 28, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Silent Scream was an engrossing and well written book. Burned a couple of late night candles because it was difficult to put down. Stellar on all counts!

  72. bryan montagu July 3, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Angela, I have just been on a 10 day cruise on the German waterways and felt that I should download a book on my kindle to read in the quiet periods. I looked at books available and for no reason at all I chose “silent scream”. weeeeeeell, I must tell you that because of your book I missed quite a bit of the scenery on the cruise because I just could not put the book down.!!
    I am now hooked on Kim Stone and have just bought “Evil games”. If it’s as good as silent scream then i’ll be over the moon.! Well done Angie, I hope that you will be as prolific as Barbara Cartland,!

  73. Olive34 July 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Just finished Silent Scream and could not put it down. I concur with the comments about some repetitive addresses, and the black country accent was not too authentic, but it did not detract from the enjoyment. On reflection I would have liked the book to have perhaps included episodes from the every day life in the children’s home (in real time) , i.e. write chapters on their young lives before the murders to build on the characters. Overall every enjoyable and I’ve just purchased Evil Games.

  74. Penny July 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I have read Silent Scream and just finished Evil Games and loved these hard to put down books. I love the gritty, no nonsense and strong character of Kim Stone. I hope this is the beginning of a series of stories as I am already looking forward to the next instalment.

  75. sherie July 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Read Silent Scream a day or so ago. Bought Evil Games as soon as I was through with it! Fantastic reading! I love this type of book. Definitely ‘page farmer’s and love suspense. Going to check out your other books. Looking forward to your new books also! Can’t wait!

  76. sherie July 13, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Page turners…not page farmer’s.!

  77. sherie July 13, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Page turners…not page farmer’s.! I usually read Jeffrey Weaver… you are right up there.

  78. sherie July 13, 2015 at 12:18 am

    DEAVER…WHATS WITH THIS AUTO CORRECTING?

  79. Kaye July 14, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Thanks Angela for another great book could not put it down did not want to answer the phone because it took me away from the story, more of Kim Stone will be great.

    Regards Kaye NZ

  80. Lauren McCoy July 18, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Love Kim Stone and her sense of humility. What a character! – very likeable and doesn’t even realise herself that she does have social skills when it counts ie when she interacts with the vulnerable. Read both Silent Scream and Evil Games- can’t wait for the next book. Well done Angela – it’s been a long time since I enjoyed reading a book so much!

  81. Tony Jones August 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Just read your first Kim Stone Loved It
    Will Start Second One Later
    Great Reading Thank You
    Tony

  82. Sue Lyon August 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Wow! Just read Silent Scream followed by Evil Games. Totally amazing books. Best I have read for a long time! I am a total convert Angela! Hope you are penning the next masterpiece? Can’t wait for it! Well done!

  83. Jacqueline Chateauvert August 8, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Just read Silent Scream and Evil Games back to back. Great books. Hope you are working on the next Kim Stone story as we speak. Please refer to her as Ma’am and also don’t use “Detective” as a form of address. You have done a remarkable job and I have recommended your books to several of my family and friends. Love the use of local dialect. Keep it up!

  84. Anita Lawton August 10, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Angie
    Having read both your Kim Stone books and also “Middle Child” I am hooked on your novels! I have just finished “evil Games” ; it is the best thing I have read in many months. The characters are wonderfully portrayed and the plot absolutely gripping. I didn’t want the book to end. I can’t wait for the next. Brilliant

  85. sharen August 12, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I loved Silent Scream very much. Great page turner, I never got bored. Being an American some of the Black Country words were not easy to figure out but that didn’t stop me from finishing the book. I cn’t wait to read another of your books. Congrats on your success!!

  86. ALLISON August 14, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A good friend recommended it to me. Very good writing to keep reader in the dark as to the identity of the killer. I didn’t have a clue.

  87. Rosemary August 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Just read the last page of Evil Games can’t wait for the next book. Read Silent Scream on recommendation from my sister – she was not wrong. What page turners both books are. Now the rest of the family are hooked as well. Living in the Black Country it is all so familiar just love it.
    Angela Marsons and Kim Stone rule.

  88. Colleen August 17, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Just read silent scream and evil games back to back….they are excellent. Can’t wait for some more.
    Thanks….from Canada.

  89. Janet Westwood August 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Angela
    I really enjoyed your book SIlent Scream I live in the Black Country so it was really good reading a book set in my local area. I read a lot of crime fiction and I have to say this is one of the best I have read for a long time it was one of those books you just didn’t want to put down. I am now looking forward to reading the next one.

  90. Nancy a August 21, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Just finished Silent Scream. I am already missing Kim, Sgt. Bryant, Dr. D. Matthews and Cerys Hughes. Going to get the next book. Was kind of squenching up my nerves in anticipation of what I might read on the next page. The need to squench is surely the sign of a great suspenseful read. Thank You Thank you. Etc…… Loved the book and reading about the publishing of it.

  91. Linda August 26, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Loved the two first books with D I Stone and have ordered the Lost Girls released at the end of the year. Cross with the publishers Bookouture though for many printing errors in the second book. Nothing at all to do with Angela Marsons great writing but can be distracting. Shame and I blame the publishers for doing that to such a good author. Surely they check before going to full print.

  92. Kevin August 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    An excellent read! It was everything that a seriously well written crime novel should have without question. Fantastic tale well written and held my attention from start to finish………wasn’t sure about Kim Stone in the beginning but warmed to her and am looking forward to her next case already.
    Thanks Angela.

  93. Maddie Williams September 7, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Just finished Silent Scream.Wow, what a page turner! I enjoyed every single word. It’s right up their with my favourites, Patterson, King, Reics to name but a few. I loved all the characters, all so believable. I loved the dialogue and banter between Kim and her colleagues and the great wit that came through. Some of the cutting comments made me smile. BUT the best of all for me was that it all took place in my ‘homeland’. I knew every road, pub and building mentioned. I had not had that experience before in all my 60 years of reading! I got so into the story line that I had to stop myself believing it was a true story. It got a big fat 10+ in my book record and I read it in two days, pretty good for me. Can’t wait to get started on the next one.
    Angela, you have done us proud in the Back Country and really put us on the map. Thank you!

  94. Linda October 11, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I have to say I love mystery thrillers and start many, but rarely finish or race through the last chapter. Silent Scream held me to the end and I enjoyed getting attached to the characters! Thank you so much for a great read. I look forward to following Kim’s next adventure.

  95. jennie October 14, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Silent scream – fantastic, evil games – awesome. A new author who can be added to the list of greats such as Tess Gerritsen, Val Macdermid and Patricia Cornwell. Both books pulled me into the life of Kim and the challenges she faced not just now but from her harrowing childhood. Total page turners more, more, more please.

  96. Ann Taylor October 19, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I picked this book up in the library without realizing it was set locally. I once worked in the Youth Centre on Brickhouse estate & remember the children’s home being down the road from there. It was a gripping story made even more interesting by the fact that I knew so many of the locations. I have ordered the next two from the library & can’t wait to read them.

  97. Jackie Williams October 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Angle just finished Evil Games after finally getting my reserved copy HUGE waiting list at Stourbridge library as we are all eager to read your work. Read SIlent Scream first and was eager to get to know Kim better plus the plot kept me guessing all the way through and read both books as fast as i could. Unputdownable angie congratulations you have a long and successful career ahead of you I’m sure and am eagerly looking forward to meeting KIm very soon.

  98. Jeanette October 27, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Dear angela,
    I love kim stone – thank you so much for creating this great character. Can’t wait to read your next book, keep up the good work 🙂
    Best, Jeanette

  99. Mike November 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Angela, I’ve just finished Silent Scream having picked you at random on Amazon. I’m really glad I did as it was fab. Have now purchased Evil Games and will start that tonight. I liken you to
    James Patterson who I also adore. Carry on writing please as you have a natural talent that needs to be loved by everyone. Thank you.

  100. Valerie Ball November 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Just finished Lost Girls which I bought from Amazon at 6 mins past 12 on the 6th. Another cracking story. I galloped towards the end this afternoon with a crazed dog putting a ball in my lap desperate to go out. He had to wait. Can’t wait for the next one. You are very clever.

  101. Ali November 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Angie

    Wow! Just finished Lost Girls. Really good read. Would want Kim Stone on my side if I was in trouble!! I love the at her character is developing through the three books. Thanks for your work and skill in writing.

  102. Ann Bresnan November 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Read Lost Girls (via Net Galley) in one day. Just couldn’t put it down. Then I bought Silent Scream….which I also read in one day. Purchased Evil Games last night. I don’t dare start this one until I have a little free time because I see a pattern forming! Love these stories. Can so easily picture these books as movies.

  103. Claire Young November 22, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Angela. I read Silent Scream when it popped up as a recommendation on Amazon a while back… I loved it! I was very relieved when I discovered that the sequel was due out a short while later. Evil Games was thoroughly satisfying

  104. Lynne Maxfield November 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Angie, I’ve read all three of your Kim Stone books and they are absolutely brilliant. The story lines and charcterisation are superb and I can’t wait for the next one to come out, so stop reading this and get back to your writing ……PLEASE!
    ,

  105. Deb Nunn November 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I Just read all 3 Kim Stone books this week – loved them and looking forward to book 4. Kim reminds me a bit of Barbara Havers, always my favourite character in the DI Linley mysteries.

  106. John South November 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Just read all three Kim Stone crime thrillers one after another. Thoroughly enjoyed the story lines couldn’t put them down until
    finished reading them. Can’t wait for the next one. Keep writing such good books Angela.

  107. Ron Edge November 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Anglea
    My wife has the Amazon account therefore, she sends me their Kindle offers. She knows I’m a science fiction fan so why she sent me your first book beats me. I thought I would give it a try (make a change from travelling FTL and dodging energy bolts!) Absolutly brilliant, downloaded the next two without reading anything else in between.
    Great stories and edge of the seat reading. Looking forward to Kim’s next.investgation.
    O’well, back to the energy bolts!
    Ron

  108. Kenneth Brabner Payne December 4, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Just read Silent Scream in one day. fantastic well done, a page turner and what a believable character your Kim is, Keep churning them out, Im hjust about to startEvil Games and have Lost Girls ready after that.

  109. Julie Crook December 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Absolutely love your kim stone books
    Ordered lost girls in advance and just couldn’t put it down
    Roll on book 4

  110. Paul Handley December 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Just read Silent Scream and Evil Games – fantastic interwoven story lines with inrigue and mystery – can’t wait to start Lost Girls. Please can we have some more DI Kim Stone books on Kobo? The main characters are all believable and come to life with you providing just enough detail to enable your readers to gorm good mental images and to get to know them. Keep up the good work!

  111. sandy December 21, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Massive fan of your work. As many comments say, I could not stop reading and now am at a loss waiting for the next episode for our Kim. What a mixed up brutalised, heart of gold character that you just want to hug and care for. Keep up the good work. Please don’t stop.
    Sandy, Sydney. Australia

  112. S Cheyne December 22, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Delighted to have found your books, now onto my third and thoroughly enjoying each one. Thanks for writing! Xx

  113. Ian December 29, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Hi

    Have just finished the trilogy in five days over the Xmas break. My partner is not happy :):):). He will understand when he starts on them. Up to 2am last night and again today on Lost Girls. I had to finish. Wow, I have now poured a glass of Barossa Valley red to have while visiting your web site to see if there is more, more, more………thank you

  114. ros Hadley December 30, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Angela..Hope you and Julie are well. Must say I do not usually read crime books but could not put this one down. My only comment would be tha tI loved the references to all the local places around the Black Country but how did you manage to not spot a Prospect Coach in the area ? Looking forward to reading the next in the series. We will see you in March. Ian and Ros

    • Angela Marsons December 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Hi, great to hear from you. So pleased you enjoyed the book and you’re right and I think Prospect should get a mention somewhere. Happy New Year and we can’t wait to see you again in March

  115. Phil O'Connor December 31, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I loved your Kim stone stories I couldn’t leave them down I can’t wait for the next instalment.

  116. Mike B December 31, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Bought Silent Scream for my wife after she told me about an article in the Sunday Mercury about Angela’s writing. Started to read it myself and before half-way I had ordered books 2 & 3. Being local and knowing the locations added to the enjoyment. Not sure how Bathams will react to the ‘review’ of the Bull and Bladder. Enjoyed the twists in the tail, did not see them coming at all. Two days to wait for the other books, hope there is summat good on the telly

  117. Mike B December 31, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Bought book 1 for my wife after she talked about an article in the Sunday Mercury about Angela’s work. Started to read it myself and by half-way I had ordered books 2 & 3. Super plot and the twists in the tail, never saw them coming, made a great read. Knowing the locations gelped the enjoyment. Not sure about Batham’s response to her ‘review’ of the Bull and Bladder. Two days to wait for delivery of the other books, hope there is summat good on the telly

    • Cljennings January 20, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Cindy January 19,2016 at1:15an
      Just finished all three books in the DI. Kim Stone trilogy. What a wonderful ride! I’m so thrilled to have found an author who can keep up with the best of them My hat is off to you Ms Angela. I’m very much looking forward to reading yet another DI Kim Stone and her team novel in the very near future. Keep up the fantastic work!

  118. Karen Beamer January 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I just finished reading Silent Scream. It was EXCELLENT. I did not want to put it down. I definitely did not see the ending coming. I just loved it. Will tell all my friends about you. Now I am going to order your others and get started on them. Thank you for writing such a great book. You have been added to my list of favorite authors!!! Great work …please keep writing:)

  119. Pat January 7, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Read Silent Scream, Evil Games and just finished Lost Girls, , Kim Stone is my favorite character in all of the novels I have ever read, I loved them all so please keep writing with Kim as your main man and keep up the good work, can’t wait for your next novel.

  120. Andy R January 8, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Hey Angela, I really enjoyed the banter between the main characters in Silent Scream, like after Bryants food analogy where Kim surmised “we’re going to need a bigger plate”. That mix of the darker side of police work sprinkled with good earthy humour are an addictive mix. Just about to download Evil Games, well done on producing such a riveting read.

    Andy R.

  121. Amy January 8, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I really loved all three Kim stone books I couldn’t put them down and I can’t wait for more

  122. Shirley C January 9, 2016 at 4:44 am

    I am a rusted on supporter of crime fiction. The Kim Stone books are head and shoulders above most and I simply cannot wait for the fourth to emerge. Agree with many commentators that the books would be perfect for a tv series.

  123. Susie January 9, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Absolutely brilliant books, I couldn’t put them down. Would make a great TV series. When is our next instalment?

  124. Tracey January 15, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The best crime thrillers I have read in ages. Can’t wait for the next one, when is it out?

  125. Paul Thomas January 16, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Hi Angela
    Just finished Lost Girls it was brilliant, the best yet. All too often some crime writers even some of the big hitters get lazy with the plots and lose me half way through the read. Your plots are so credible and the Characters so intriguing I get hooked from the off. As a crime writer and wordsmith for me you’re top of the pile. Hurry up number four.

  126. Mike Bab January 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Evil Games is fantastic. Kim Stone is a brilliant creation and her support team interact with each other and Kim perfectly. Again, I did not see the final twist in the tail. You think its all over but Angela adds that little bit extra to deliver a perfect package. Lost Girls is waiting on the shelf, how long can I resist?

  127. Cljennings January 20, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Just finished reading the DI Kim Stone and her team trilogy. Just loved it!! I’m so looking forward to the next DI Stone novel to appear. I swear your books keep me out of trouble (tee-hee).
    You are one brilliant writer and keep up the great work! Hope to see a new novel out in print very soon!

  128. Jean January 20, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    A friend recommended your books. I’ve just finished “Silent Scream” loved it. I’ve lived in the West midlands for some years so it has an added interest. That said it was just a brilliant crime novel. I’ve just Down loaded your second novel. Can’t wait to get started. Well done!
    Will certainly be discussing and recommending your novels to my friends

  129. Chrissy Baker January 28, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Have just finished ‘Silent Scream’ WOW! Another fantastic story I couldn’t put down. It made me chuckle, it made me cry, it makes me eager to read more of your fabulous ability to paint pictures with words. I love how your writing portrays the ability of the reader to capture the relationship of the characters so vividly. Kim is the hero in all of us strong women that hide a vulnerable side that we refuse to admit to. Just going to buy Evil Games. Thank you.

  130. Helen Bond January 28, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Having read and loved Silent Scream and Evil Games, I bought Lost Girls on publication day but have been saving it for a time I could sit down and get into it properly. That time came at about 1pm yesterday.
    I finished it at 9pm last night.
    It’s a very very long time since a book has drawn me in so quickly and not allowed me out until the finish like that. It is actually years since I’ve read a book in a day. I love Kim stone, i love her attitude, her passion, her determination and her arsiness (I’m sure that isn’t a real word?!) but she is a wonderful creation and I hope that you have many years of thinking up things for her to do.
    I love your books. Thank you for sharing

  131. Haden Donovan February 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Have just finished Lost Girls, after finishing Silent Scream, and Evil Games, in the last ten days. Picked them up on Amazon, because of the local connection. Well worth the effort. Enjoyable page turners. Will now wait for next offerings.
    Thank you.

  132. Caroline Walker February 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Read all three in the series now – in 4 days! Just couldn’t stop reading them so haven’t been to sleep much at all as I only read in bed. Fantastic characters and you just keep us hanging in the air – e.g. Matt!! Hurry up with number 4 and 5 and 6…….!

  133. Chrissy Baker February 8, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I’ve just finished ‘Evil Games’ and loved every second reading it. I love your deeply researched knowledge and ability to share that information by painting such vivid pictures with your words. Again your work made me chuckle, and bring huge lumps to my throat, and tears trickling down my cheeks. Thank you Angela, cant wait to find another one of your books to read.

  134. kevin February 14, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    got a tablet in jan thought ide down load a few jack the ripper novels which i have loads .when on amazon seen yer name and first book. downloaded it was hooked.just finished it now on book 2 .keep up the good work aint read in bed for years now i cant wait to read yer books 2 winks xxx

  135. Helen Lightning February 16, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Well done. Oh very well done! I have been reading crime thrillers all of my long life and you floored me with the two final revelations in ‘Silent Scream’ When Kim lay on the floor of the abandoned building and saw William Payne she said in her head, ‘You were not who I was expecting!’ I thought, well you ARE who I was expecting! No idea how I could have got it so wrong. You clever, amazing woman.

    As a Funeral Director there are a couple of silly small points. So I pass them on to you for information only. Ossification does take place in the first trimester, but I have been taught that fetal bones are still largely cartilage at birth and therefore will not survive a crematorium. I could have been wrongly informed, but I did not think that the babies bones would still be inside the skeleton of the girl 10 years later. I may need to study more. Also, in Britain at least, a clergyman would not be able to hide a second body within a coffin for cremation. The Funeral Director has complete control of the coffin and will see to the seal-down on the day of the funeral. The coffin passes through the crematorium curtain into the control of the crematorium staff. There is no opportunity for a priest to add a body. Even if a dodgy FD put a second body in a coffin, the crematorium staff controlling the burning would know something was wrong from the emissions. I do know of graves which have been deepened in the dead of night, had a body added and covered back to the previous level with the soil being removed. When the funeral takes place the first body is hidden forever.

    Hope you don’t mind me giving you the benefit of some of my training and experience. I have to say again, such a brilliant twist. So well done. Thank you. Best read for a long time.

  136. Stella February 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Hello Angela spero che riesca a leggere anche in italiano,ho appena finito di leggere il suo libro”Urla nel silenzio” e devo dire che l’ho letto praticamente in un fiato . Complimenti scritto benissimo da stare con il fiato sospeso.Quindi spero che tra non molto uscirà una nuova avventura dell’investigatrice kim .Grazie della bella lettura

  137. Paula February 20, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Hello Angela – I very much enjoyed Silent Scream and look forward to reading another D. I. Kim Stone novel. Your characters are all unique and real. Your plot held my interest from the first page to the last. Yes, I will be recommending it to friends and family. An excellent read. Well done!

  138. Jill February 28, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I was blown away by your first Kim Stone book and excited to find you had written more. Hope you are writing a 4th as we speak!

  139. Stephanie March 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Angela
    I just finished reading Silent Scream. You can really tell a story; well done! When Kim recalled the death of her brother, I was brought to tears. Your talented story telling sucked me right into the book. I downloaded Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls onto my e-reader and I’m so glad I have the next book to jump right into. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed. I’m a Canadian who loves British mysteries and I’m adding you to my list of must read authors.
    Thank you for having the courage to follow your dream. There’s nothing like a damn good mystery thriller!

  140. Ellie hutchinson March 3, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Absolutly brilliant I read alot of crime books and this had me reading till I finished which took me two days with a nap inbetween I wouls like to wish yo all the best for your future in writing and I hope at this moment in time you are busy writing your next book because myself and so many others cant wait to read it please hurry

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