Crossbones Yard – Kate Rhodes (Alice Quentin 1)


Crossbones Yard was published on 7 June 2012 by Mulholland Books and is available to purchase here

Mulholland Books presents… CROSSBONES YARD

Ray and Marie Benson killed 13 women before they were caught, tried and imprisoned. Five of their victims were never found.

Six years later, psychologist Alice Quentin discovers a woman’s body on the waste ground at Crossbones Yard. The wounds are horrifyingly similar to the Bensons’ signature style. But who would want to copy their crimes?

When Alice is called in to consult, her first instinct is to say no. She wants to focus on treating her patients, not analysing the mind of a murderer.

But the body at Crossbones Yard is just the start, and the killer may already be closer than Alice knows.

My thoughts

This is a new author for me, that I discovered through Twitter.

Alice Quentin is a psychologist living in London. Alice likes going running alone and she is not afraid of the dark seedy parts of town. During one of her runs, she encounters the body of a dead female at Crossbones Yard. Soon Alice is receiving threatening letters from a killer, who seems rather attached to her.

A good solid first novel by Kate Rhodes. Although I felt at times, I had read it all before, I loved Rhodes’ writing style and that kept me reading.

What stood out for me in this book was Alice. She is the kind of psychologist who needs a psychologist. She is complex. That made her very endearing and quite fascinating. She has her flaws and we see them clearly. She is strong and there is nothing that appeals to me more than a strong, well written lead character.


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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