Saturday, March 9, 2013

Crossbones Yard by Kate Rhodes

London psychologist Alice Quentin's traumatic childhood has affected her relationships.  The only people she's close to are her brother, Will (who lives in his van after suffering a nervous breakdown years ago) and her childhood best friend, Lola.  As part of her job, she's asked by the police to consult on the case of Morris Cley, who's being released from prison early.  Cley knew a couple named Ray and Marie Benson. The Bensons murdered more than a dozen prostitutes and were incarcerated six years ago.  When a new body is discovered with injuries strikingly similar to the Bensons' victims', Alice finds herself deep in the investigation.  She also discovers that someone who wants to do her harm is watching her.  Crossbones Yard is the first book in the Alice Quentin series.  I really enjoyed the story, setting, and the development of the characters.  It reminded me of Nicci French's Frieda Klein series, Jane Casey's Maeve Kerrigan series, and Harry Bingham's Talking to the Dead. The only drawback was that Rhodes made the culprit too obvious.

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