Wednesday 9 June 2021

Hell Bay - Kate Rhodes


Melbourne begins a slow withdrawal from the latest lockdown at midnight tomorrow and, on cue cold, wet and windy weather has arrived. 

I look out the window at the rain that is still falling. Checking my phone it says it's 11 degrees but feels like 6. Winter is here.

So what does all this mean. It means that now is the ideal time to curl up in a comfy chair with a good book.

Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes is a lucky find. I was looking through a bargin bookshop and came across it.

Set in the Isles of Scilly the book starts with the killing of a young female. The detective, DI Ben Kitto, is a local who has come home heartbroken from working in London. What follows is a very well written mystery.

Kate Rhodes is a good writer. The storyline is strong, the characters believable and l love how Rhodes has used the isles themselves as almost another character. She has a wonderful way of describing the environment that makes the reader feel like they walking beside Ben Kitto and feeling the same menace he is feeling.

It kept me interested right to the last page and l didn't guess the ending at all. That, to me means a good mystery.

Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes 4 out of 5 stars.

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