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Kate Rhodes is a British poet and award-winning author of mystery, suspense, thriller and crime fiction novels.

Born in Greenwich, London, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Essex.

Prior to becoming a writer, Kate worked as an usherette, a sales assistant, and a waitress before eventually joining university.

Upon completing her doctorate, she spent two years travelling and teaching in America before going back to the UK, where she worked as a lecturer in institutions of higher learning.

Now residing in Cambridge, Kate regularly conducts creative writing workshops in schools, colleges and prisons.

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Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1964

United Kingdom


Alice Quentin Series

  1. Crossbones Yard (2012)
  2. A Killing of Angels (2013)
  3. The Winter Foundlings (2014)
  4. The Girl in the River (2014)
  5. Blood Symmetry (2016)
  6. Fatal Harmony (2018)

DI Ben Kitto Series

  1. Hell Bay (2018)
  2. Ruin Beach (2019)
  3. Burnt Island (2019)

Poetry Collections

  1. Reversal (2005)
  2. The Alice Trap (2008)
Poetry Collections

Detailed book overview

Alice Quentin Series

Crossbones Yard

Prior to their apprehension and subsequent incarceration, Ray and Marie Benson had murdered more than a dozen women—five of whom were never found.

Six years on, London psychologist Alice Quentin finds the lifeless remains of a woman at Crossbones Yard, with the execution style eerie similar to that of Ray and Marie Benson.

Is there a potential copy cat killer on the loose?

Although requested to consult on the matter, Alice just doesn’t fancy it. After all, she not only has her fair share of family problems to deal with, but also needs to use what’s left of her energy in taking care of her patients.

The killer is however closer than she thinks.

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1250038197
Publisher: Minotaur Books
A Killing of Angels

Amidst the sweltering summer heat, a serial killer unleashes mayhem in the streets of London.

With each viciously murdered victim is a scattering of feathers left behind as the calling card.

Who exactly were the victims and why were they executed?

As her way of returning a favor to Detective Don Burns, psychologist Alice Quentin accepts to look into the case.

But it doesn’t take long before Alice gets caught at the centre of the Square Mile—the one place where money is more valuable than life and everybody is guilty.

Will Alice be able to stop the serial killer before more lives are lost?

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1444738803
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The Winter Foundlings

Ten-year-old Ella Williams adores her grandfather, her sister and her brand new red shoes.

Unfortunately for her, the young girl has been kidnapped by a vicious murderer who abducts young girls, holds them hostage for weeks before returning their lifeless remains in white clothing.

But this isn’t an original work. This is the execution style of an infamous child murderer named Louis Kinsella, who is imprisoned in a well-guarded facility

So could a copy cat killer be on the loose? Or is Louis issuing killing instruction whilst being incarcerated?

In order to uncover the truth and rescue Ella, London psychologist Alice Quentin will have to forge an alliance with Kinsella himself.

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00SLVLJH8
Publisher: Mulholland Books
The Girl in the River

When Jude Shelley, the daughter of a renowned cabinet minister, was beaten within an inch of her life, the assailant was never apprehended.

One year on, forensic psychologist Alice Quentin is brought in to investigate the case one more time.

But then another victim is discovered, albeit dead.

Found at Westminster Pier are the remains of an elderly clergyman with an ancient glass bead tied to his wrist.

Alice strongly believes that the Shelleys’ have something to hide.

And if she doesn’t convince them to start speaking, more lives will assuredly be lost.

NB: This book is also known as River of Souls.

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0062444066
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Blood Symmetry

It’s a beautiful early morning in London, but not for Clare Riordan and her lovely son Mikey who are kidnapped from Clapham Common.

Not long afterwards, a confused Mikey is found aimlessly walking.

A pack containing a sample of Clare's blood is then left on a doorstep in middle of the English capital.

In an effort to get to the bottom of the case, the authorities enlist the help of forensic psychologist Alice Quentin.

Perhaps her skills could help the shocked child recall the events of that troubling ordeal.

But as Alice will soon discover, Clare is just one of many victims.

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0062444080
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Fatal Harmony

Adrian Stone likes to think of himself as a genius.

Determined to become the best pianist on the planet, he joined a reputable music school in London as a child.

When his parents however made a decision that he didn’t like, Stone brutally murdered them and his older sister in their home.

Nearly a decade later, Stone breaks out of prison, determined to follow his dreams and destroy those who stood in the way of his fate.

As murdered victims begin surfacing, psychologist Alice Quentin is called in to unravel the mystery.

Will she and her lover, DI Don Burns, stop Stone before he strikes much closer to home?

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1912986149
Publisher: Bloodhound Books

DI Ben Kitto Series

Hell Bay

DI Ben Kitto’s decade-long service in the London murder squad is threatened after a tragic event leaves him shattered.

Though determined to quit his job, his boss convinces him to take three months to think about things.

Ben intends to spend time in his uncle's boatyard on a small island where he was born in a bid to heal his broken soul.

His plans however change suddenly after the lifeless remains of a teenage girl are found at Hell Bay.

Convinced that the assailant has not yet left the island, given the current storm, Ben launches a mission to catch the killer before it’s too late.

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1471165429
Ruin Beach

Ben Kitto, the Deputy Chief of Police in Scilly Island, reminisces on the thrill of the murder investigations he used to undertake in London, given the boring nature of the summer on the island.

His wish is soon granted after the lifeless remains of a diver are found.

Although the death of the youthful woman initially seems like nothing more than an unfortunate accident, clues discovered unravel something more sinister: a murderer on the run.

Ben’s endeavor to uncover the truth however becomes even harder due to the unwilling of the victim’s closest people to reveal anything.

Nobody is innocent and nobody is safe.

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1471165467
Burnt Island

Amidst the preparations for the Fifth-of-November celebrations, a brutally murdered body is discovered on a bonfire in St Agnes.

With a killer on the loose, Deputy Chief of Police Ben Kitto declares that nobody is to leave the island.

When threats soon surface in the form of Cornish language, it soon becomes apparent that the killer is displeased by the foreigners on the island; determined to preserve the traditions of the natives.

As more of the island’s secrets are exposed, Ben knows that it won’t take long before the killer strikes again.

And given the tiny nature of the island, there will be no room to hide.

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1471166020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Poetry Collections


This book is a moving collection of poems by British author Kate Rhodes.

It in some way serves as an autobiography and a travelogue.

In the collection, Kate reverses into the past, looking for her alienated father and going back to the house where she was raised; a place she always dreaded going back to.

Her travel poems on the other hand take into account the distant and meditative road trips that she has taken across The Land of the Free, taking time to examine some emotional turning points.

As expressed by Don Paterson, Kate’s style is ‘pared to the bone, elegant and precise.’

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1904634072
Publisher: Enitharmon Press
The Alice Trap

This book is a second volume of moving poems by British author Kate Rhodes.

In the book, Kate pens down her personal thoughts of a wide range of topics such as family, loss and love.

It also has a satirical portrait poem of Tony Blair and "The Alice Trap" series, which looks at the end of a bitter love affair.

As expressed by Don Paterson, Kate’s style is ‘pared to the bone, elegant and precise.’

Kate has over the years been shortlisted for both the Forward and Bridport Awards.

Author: Kate Rhodes
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1904634645
Publisher: Enitharmon Press