Friday 18 August 2023

πŸ“– Book Review ~Ruin Beach by Kate Rhodes #TeamScilly

Simon &Schuster

DI Ben Kitto #2

My thanks to the publisher and Tracy at Compulsive Readers for my copy of this book

DI Ben Kitto has become the Scilly Islands’ 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 a body is found anchored to the rocks of a nearby cave, it appears he’s spoken too soon. The island of Tresco, and the deep and murky waters that surround it, hold a dark secret. One that someone seems desperate to uncover..

πŸ“– My Review..

This is now the second book in this series and following on from where the first book finished we now see that DI Ben Kitto has decided to remain on his beloved island of Bryher and is enjoying his probationary role as Deputy Commander of the Isles of Scilly Police. With the discovery of a woman's body at Piper's Hole, on the nearby island of Tresco, Ben's investigative skills are, once again, about to be tested to the limit. The macabre aspects of this horrific crime certainly lends a brooding nature to the investigation and Kitto soon discovers that no-one on the island is above suspicion, especially those who knew the victim well.

The Scilly Isles are once again taking centre stage and the vivid description of the island, and island life, are what make these books so fascinating. I'm enjoying getting to know more about Ben Kitto who, I feel, we start to understand a little more in this story and it was good to see the return of familiar characters from the first book, especially Shadow and Eddie. The murder investigation is tightly plotted with more than enough red herrings and twists and turns all of which kept me guessing until all was revealed.

The author writes well and controls an intricate plot with fine attention to detail and a natural way of bringing time and place alive in the imagination. I've really enjoyed spending time on Ruin Beach and look forward to Ben Kitto's company again in Burnt Island which is book number three in this addictive series of crime novels.

About the Author

Kate Rhodes is an acclaimed crime novelist and an award-winning poet. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, the writer and film-maker, Dave Pescod. She visited the Scilly Isles every year as a child which gave her the idea for this new series. She is one of the founders of the Killer Women writing group.

Twitter @K_RhodesWriter #TeamScilly




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