All of Kate Rhodes’ Books in Order!
Who is Kate Rhodes?
Kate Rhodes is a British crime novelist and award-winning poet who used to work as an English teacher and as a university lecturer. Her first collection of poems was published in 2005.
Now, she is known for her crime series. The first one is about Alice Quentin, a London psychologist with family baggage, who finds herself at the center of a grisly series of murders.
Then, another crime series, this one about Ben Kitto, the Deputy Chief of Police for the Scilly Isles.
How To Read Kate Rhodes Books in Order?
The Alice Quentin novels
- Crossbones Yard (2012)
- A Killing of Angels (2013)
- The Winter Foundlings (2014)
- River of Souls (2015)
- Blood Symmetry (2016)
- Fatal Harmony (2018)
For more information about the books in the Alice Quentin series, you’ll find below the official synopsis for all the books:
Crossbones Yard – Alice Quentin is a psychologist with some painful family secrets, but she has a good job, a good-looking boyfriend, and excellent coping skills, even when that job includes evaluating a convicted killer who’s about to be released from prison. One of the highlights of her day is going for a nice, long run around her beloved London-it’s impossible to fret or feel guilty about your mother or brother when you’re concentrating on your breathing-until she stumbles upon a dead body at a former graveyard for prostitutes, Crossbones Yard.
A Killing of Angels – The first death looked like a suicide. But someone had tucked a picture of an angel and a handful of white feathers into the banker’s pocket before pushing him in front of a train. A killer is stalking The Square Mile-the financial district in London-an avenging angel intent on punishment. But why these victims? What were their sins?
The Winter Foundlings – Psychologist Alice Quentin has been looking forward to a break from her hectic London life. She has vowed to stay clear of police work. The previous cases she helped the police with have left her scarred. So, when Alice is given the rare opportunity to study treatment methods at Northwood high-security hospital outside of London, she is eager to get to work. But then a young girl is discovered, dressed all in white, on the steps of the Foundling Museum…
The Girl in the River (aka River of Souls) – 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 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.
Blood Symmetry – 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 container of Clare’s blood is left on a doorstep in the heart of London. Psychologist Alice Quentin is brought in to help the traumatized child uncover his memories, with the hope that it might lead the authorities to his mother’s captors. But Alice swiftly realizes Clare is not the first victim… nor will she be the last.
Fatal Harmony – Adrian Stone believes he is a genius. A narcissist, with a psychotic desire to pursue his ambition to become the world’s most revered pianist, Stone joined London’s Royal College of Music as a child prodigy, believing his path to fame was secure. But when his parents decided to send him back to school, he slaughtered them and his older sister in their Richmond home, landing himself in Rampton’s high-security unit. Nine years later Stone escapes with two goals in mind: to kill those who denied his destiny and pursue his musical ambitions.
The Ben Kitto Novels aka the Isles of Scilly Mysteries
- Hell Bay (2018)
- Ruin Beach (2018)
- Burnt Island (2019)
- Pulpit Rock (2020)
- Devil’s Table (2021)
- The Brutal Tide (2022)
- Hangman Island (2023)
For more information about the books in the Isles of Scilly series, you’ll find below the official plot for all the books:
Hell Bay – 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’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 a sixteen-year-old girl is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during the two-day storm.
Ruin Beach – Ben Kitto has become the Scilly Isles’ Deputy Chief of Police. As the island’s lazy summer takes hold, he finds himself missing the excitement of the murder squad in London. But when the body of professional diver Jude Trellon is discovered, anchored to the rocks of a nearby cave, his investigative skills are once again needed.
Burnt Island – As the sun sets on a cold November evening, the tiny community of St Agnes prepares for their annual Fifth-of-November festivities. Moments before the fireworks are scheduled to commence, an islander discovers a charred body left on the bonfire, and quickly it becomes clear that a killer is at large. With a killer on the loose, Ben Kitto has no choice but to forbid all residents from leaving the island. With a population of just eighty people, everyone is a suspect and no one is safe.
Pulpit Rock – As the scorching summer sun beats down on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, DI Ben Kitto and his team are training for the annual Swimathon, until they discover a body hanging from Pulpit Rock, dressed in a bridal gown. An obsessive killer is hunting for female victims. Kitto has no choice but to stop anyone from leaving St Mary’s, but soon another woman is attacked.
Devil’s Table – St Martin’s is shrouded in bitterly cold fog when Jade Minear and her twin brother, Ethan, are attacked in a field, late at night. Ethan manages to return home but the shocking events of Jade’s disappearance have rendered him mute. On a small island where there are few places a child can hide, DI Ben Kitto must battle the elements to search for Jade. When his investigation reveals that the Minear family have many enemies on the island, Kitto grows increasingly worried that Jade is in danger.
The Brutal Tide – DI Ben Kitto made many enemies in his time working as an undercover officer for the Met police, none more ruthless and calculating than gang leader Craig Travis. Travis has longed to make Kitto pay for his role in getting him convicted – and that day has finally arrived. Now, a dark and twisted killer is heading for the Scilly Isles, one who has waited a long time for revenge.
Hangman Island – When Jez Cardew’s boat is found drifting empty on the Atlantic Ocean, DI Ben Kitto and his fellow lifeboat crew members immediately fear the worst. After an extensive search yields no results, the team are forced to retreat to dry land as darkness sets in. But Kitto can’t let it go. Why would Jez – an experienced sailor – get into difficulty when the sea has been calm for weeks? Unless his disappearance was no accident.
Collections of Poems by Kate Rhodes
Reversal (2005) – In a series of moving poems, Kate Rhodes reverses at full speed into the past, searching for the father she never really got to know, and revisiting the childhood house she was often afraid to return to. Her travel poems consider the long, reflective car journeys she has taken across America, pausing to contemplate emotional landmarks.
The Alice Trap (2008) – This second collection of poems includes a diverse range of subjects, from a wry portrait poem of Tony Blair to “The Alice Trap” series, which charts the end of a painful love affair.
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