Kate Rhodes - Author

About the Author

Kate Rhodes was born in London. She completed a doctorate in American literature, then taught English at universities in Britain and the United States. She has published two collections of poetry, Reversal and The Alice Trap, and her writing has won a number of awards and been shortlisted for prizes including the Forward Prize. She currently works as an educational consultant, and lives in Cambridge with her husband, a writer and film maker.

 

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Featured books by Kate Rhodes

The Winter Foundlings

The Winter Foundlings

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Ella Williams is ten years old. She loves her granddad and her sister and her shiny new red shoes. She's just been abducted by a killer - someone who kidnaps young girls, holds them for a few weeks then returns their bodies clothed in white foundling dresses. The crimes are clearly linked to notorious child murderer Louis Kinsella, locked away in a high-security hospital. Is it a copycat? Or is he giving someone direct orders from behind bars? To save Ella's life, psychologist Alice Quentin must form a relationship with Kinsella. But he is slow to give up his secrets, and all the while, time is running out...

The Winter Foundlings

The Winter Foundlings

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2014

The girl was lying on the steps of the Foundling Museum, dressed all in white. Four girls have disappeared in North London. Three are already dead. Britain's most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood high-security hospital for over a decade. Now more innocents are being slaughtered, and they all have a connection to his earlier crimes. Psychologist Alice Quentin is doing research at Northwood. She was hoping for a break from her hectic London life, but she'll do anything to help save a child - even if it means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer. But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive...

A Killing of Angels

A Killing of Angels

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

At the height of a summer heatwave, a killer stalks the City of London. The avenging angel leaves behind a scattering of feathers with each body - but why these victims? What were their sins? Psychologist Alice Quentin only agrees to help out on the case because she owes Detective Don Burns a favour. But soon she finds herself deep in the toxic heart of the Square Mile - a place where money means more than life, and no one can be counted innocent. With fascinating characters and a page-turning plot, Kate Rhodes's novels are perfect for fans of Nicci French and Val McDermid.

Other books by Kate Rhodes

Hell Bay

Hell Bay

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

`Gripping, clever and impossible to put down. I've been a Kate Rhodes fan for years and in Ben Kitto she has created a detective who is just as complex and compelling as Kate's elegant plotting and stunning prose. The claustrophobia and paranoia of the island are so brilliant evoked, I could almost feel the tide encroaching as time ran out to find the killer' Erin Kelly,author of He Said, She Said `Absorbing and complex, Hell Bay kept me guessing until the final pages' Rachel Abbott, author of The Sixth Window `The whole book tingles with tension. I hope it does for the Scilly Isles what Ann Cleeves did for Shetland' Melanie McGrath DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. He's tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider. Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray's boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher where he was born, hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry when the body of sixteen year old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during a two-day storm. Everyone on the island is under suspicion. Dark secrets are about to resurface. And the murderer could strike again at any time. 'I love reading Kate's books in the way I love reading Sophie Hannah - a poet writing crime fiction is a great thing. Kate really shows us round the community and the landscape so that we feel we know it all. It is at once a locked-room mystery, a story of the returning hero, and an examination of fear and abuse. It has the air of a twenty-first century Agatha Christie' Julia Crouch `One to watch for 2018!' thebooktrail `This book was an immensely enjoyable and satisfying read. Kate Rhodes has created a strong new lead in DI Ben Kitto and I'm excited to see that this is going to be the start of a brand new series. I really enjoy crime novels when every character falls under suspicion giving the reader, a really hard job of working out who the perpetrator is. There were occasions when I thought I had figured the identity of the killer out but Kate managed to pull the rug out from under my feet' Netgalley reviewer `Very enjoyable book. Good characters (definitely interested in what happens next). Like the setting of the small town. Author created a good atmosphere with their descriptions. The start of the next book was already at the end so that whet my appetite for what's to come! Netgalley reviewer `This is a good book, well written and the characters are terrific. This is the first in a new series from Kate Rhodes and it looks like there will be lots of interesting stories to be had from DI Ben Kitto on the stunning backdrop of Bryher' Netgalley reviewer `Ms Rhodes presents an enjoyable and readable detective novel, with added colour from various interweaving sub-plots. You won't begrudge the time spent reading the book' Netgalley reviewer `I really, really loved this book. Having visited the Isles of Scilly in 2016, it was great to be able to place the events. It was a great mystery and good characters. I would love to read more by this author' Netgalley reviewer

Hell Bay

Hell Bay

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2018

`Gripping, clever and impossible to put down. I've been a Kate Rhodes fan for years and in Ben Kitto she has created a detective who is just as complex and compelling as Kate's elegant plotting and stunning prose. The claustrophobia and paranoia of the island are so brilliant evoked, I could almost feel the tide encroaching as time ran out to find the killer' Erin Kelly,author of He Said, She Said `Characters come alive on the page, and each scene is as vividly created as the next. Absorbing and complex, Hell Bay kept me guessing until the final pages' Rachel Abbott, author of The Sixth Window Trapped in a storm, with no way out ... DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. He's tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider. Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray's boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher where he was born, hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry when the body of sixteen year old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during a two-day storm. Everyone on the island is under suspicion. Dark secrets are about to resurface. And the murderer could strike again at any time. 'I love reading Kate's books in the way I love reading Sophie Hannah - a poet writing crime fiction is a great thing. Kate really shows us round the community and the landscape so that we feel we know it all. It is at once a locked-room mystery, a story of the returning hero, and an examination of fear and abuse. It has the air of a twenty-first century Agatha Christie' Julia Crouch Further praise for Kate Rhodes: `A vividly realised protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline' Sophie Hannah, Daily Express `A pacy psychological thriller' Laura Wilson, Guardian `Both the plot and the writing keep one thoroughly engaged throughout' Daily Mail `One of the most absorbing books I've read in a long time - perfectly thrilling' Mel Sherratt `An enjoyably scary chiller' Sunday Mirror `The pace never slackens from the first page to the last' Rachel Abbott, author of Only the Innocent `Fast paced and harrowing, this gripping novel will leave you guessing until the end' Bella `Great twists, turns and surprises' Sun

Blood Symmetry Alice Quentin 5

Blood Symmetry Alice Quentin 5

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Clare Riordan and her son Mikey are abducted from Clapham Common early one morning. Hours later, the boy is found wandering disorientated. Soon after, a pack of Clare's blood is left on a doorstep in the heart of the City of London. Alice Quentin is brought in to help the traumatised child uncover his memories - which might lead them to his mother's captors. But she swiftly realises Clare is not the first victim... nor will she be the last. The killers are driven by a desire for revenge... and in the end, it will all come down to blood.

Blood Symmetry Alice Quentin 5

Blood Symmetry Alice Quentin 5

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2016

Clare Riordan and her son Mikey are abducted from Clapham Common early one morning. Hours later, the boy is found wandering disorientated. Soon after, a pack of Clare's blood is left on a doorstep in the heart of the City of London. Alice Quentin is brought in to help the traumatised child uncover his memories - which might lead them to his mother's captors. But she swiftly realises Clare is not the first victim... nor will she be the last. The killers are driven by a desire for revenge... and in the end, it will all come down to blood.

River of Souls Alice Quentin 4

River of Souls Alice Quentin 4

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Jude Shelley, the daughter of a prominent cabinet minister, was assaulted and left for dead in the river Thames. Her attacker was never caught. A year later, forensic psychologist Alice Quentin is asked to re-examine the case. Then another body is found: an elderly priest, washed up at Westminster Pier. An ancient glass bead is tied to his wrist. Alice is certain that the Shelleys are hiding something - and that there will be more victims unless she can persuade them to share what they know. The Thames has always been a site of violent sacrifice. And Alice is about to learn that some people still believe in its power...

Alice Quentin Collection 1-3

Alice Quentin Collection 1-3

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: eBook Release Date: 07/01/2016

Meet Alice Quentin, a forensic psychologist who'll do anything to crack a case - even if it means putting herself in danger, in this collection of three gripping novels. CROSSBONES YARD: the discovery of a body in a former graveyard pulls Alice Quentin into a terrifying copycat serial killing case. A KILLING OF ANGELS: someone is taking revenge on members of the Angel Bank - but why? Only Alice can find out. THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS: a ten-year-old girl is kidnapped in a homage to notorious child-killer Louis Kinsella. Alice must confront him to find out what he knows - before Ella's time runs out...

Girl in the River

Girl in the River

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2015

Praise for the Alice Quentin series:A fast-moving, entertaining mix of sex, suspense and serial killings.Washington PostAlice is a vividly realized protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline.New York Timesbestselling author Sophie HannahJude Shelley, daughter of a prominent cabinet minister, had her whole life ahead of her until she was attacked and left to drown in the Thames. Miraculously, she survived. A year later, her family is now asking psychologist Alice Quentin to re-examine the case.But then a body is found: an elderly priest, attacked in Battersea, washed up at Westminster Pier. An ancient glass bead is tied to his wrist.Alice is certain that Jude and her family are hiding something, but unless she can persuade them to share what they know, more victims will come.Because the Thames has always been a site of sacrifice and death.And Alice is about to learn that some people still believe in it

River of Souls Alice Quentin 4

River of Souls Alice Quentin 4

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Jude Shelley, daughter of a prominent cabinet minister, had her whole life ahead of her until she was attacked and left to drown in the Thames. Miraculously, she survived. A year later, her family ask psychologist Alice Quentin to re-examine the case. But then an elderly priest is attacked in Battersea, his body washed up at Westminster Pier. An ancient glass bead is tied to his wrist. The river has always demanded sacrifices, and now it seems a killer believes it's calling out for more. Alice is certain that Jude and her family are hiding something, but unless she can persuade them to share what they know, more victims will drown...

The Winter Foundlings

The Winter Foundlings

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Ella Williams is ten years old. She loves her granddad and her sister and her shiny new red shoes. She's just been abducted by a killer - someone who kidnaps young girls, holds them for a few weeks then returns their bodies clothed in white foundling dresses. The crimes are clearly linked to notorious child murderer Louis Kinsella, locked away in a high-security hospital. Is it a copycat? Or is he giving someone direct orders from behind bars? To save Ella's life, psychologist Alice Quentin must form a relationship with Kinsella. But he is slow to give up his secrets, and all the while, time is running out...

The Winter Foundlings

The Winter Foundlings

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2014

The girl was lying on the steps of the Foundling Museum, dressed all in white. Four girls have disappeared in North London. Three are already dead. Britain's most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood high-security hospital for over a decade. Now more innocents are being slaughtered, and they all have a connection to his earlier crimes. Psychologist Alice Quentin is doing research at Northwood. She was hoping for a break from her hectic London life, but she'll do anything to help save a child - even if it means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer. But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive...

A Killing of Angels

A Killing of Angels

Author: Kate Rhodes Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

At the height of a summer heatwave, a killer stalks the City of London. The avenging angel leaves behind a scattering of feathers with each body - but why these victims? What were their sins? Psychologist Alice Quentin only agrees to help out on the case because she owes Detective Don Burns a favour. But soon she finds herself deep in the toxic heart of the Square Mile - a place where money means more than life, and no one can be counted innocent. With fascinating characters and a page-turning plot, Kate Rhodes's novels are perfect for fans of Nicci French and Val McDermid.

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