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Published by Mulholland Books, 14 August 2014. ISBN: 978-1-444-73882-7
A forensic psychologist dealing with criminal
psychotics has to be tough, and Alice Quentin is called on to be tougher than
most when the Met ask her to assist on an enquiry into a series of child
abductions and murders.
inmates of a hospital for the criminally insane is even less easy when you’re
five feet tall and baby-blonde, as Alice is – and when she finds herself
playing second fiddle to an illustrious but incompetent colleague with a rhino
hide and a planet-sized ego, the hurdles just keep on getting higher.
murders are clearly meant as a tribute to a vicious serial killer who has been
incarcerated in the hospital for decades. Having refused to speak to almost
anyone for many years, he has now agreed to talk to Alice, and her task is to
find the connection which will lead them to the murderer.
with Alice’s first-person account of her role in the investigation is Ella, the
murderer’s fourth victim, who gains his confidence and against the odds manages
to escape the others’ fate.
story involving child murder is grim; this one is as dark and labyrinthine as
they come, peppered with grisly descriptions of life inside the hospital, and
made all the more poignant by Ella’s contribution. Kate Rhodes uses her
characters to infuse the darkness with light: among many others a hospital
director almost as egotistical as the famous psychologist; his compassionate
deputy who has a rich emotional life; a fitness trainer with hidden depths; and
DCI Don Burns, a detective with too many feelings.
has a life outside her demanding work, involving a pregnant friend, damaged
brother and emotionally buttoned-down mother, and an unresolved relationship
with her father which impacts on the case and also give her major commitment
issues. It all adds up to a world the reader can believe in, which seems to
have a life outside the confines of the book.
leads the reader a merry dance through love affairs, nights at the pub and
parties, woven deftly through a gruelling investigation which gives Alice and
the police sleepless nights. A country village during the longest cold spell on
record forms an almost tactile background, with occasional forays into vibrant
Winter Foundlings is the thirdouting for Alice Quentin and the rather
lovely DCI Burns. I’ll be looking for the two previous ones, and look forward
to the next.
Kate Rhodeswas born in London.
She has a PhD in modern American literature and has taught English at British
and American universities. She spent several years working in the southern
states of America, first in Texas, then at a liberal arts college in Florida.
Kate’s first collection of poems Reversal
was published in 2005, her second collection, The Alice Trap was published in 2008. The Guardian described her
poems as “pared back and fast-moving, the short lines full of an energetic
lightness of touch”. Kate has been awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship, and her
poems have been shortlisted and won prizes in a number of competitions
including the Bridport Prize and the Forward Prize. Kate is currently writing
full-time and lives in Cambridge with her husband Dave Pescod, a writer and
film maker. Crossbones Yard was Kate’s first crime novel. The second novel
in the Alice Quentin series, A Killing
of Angelswas published July 2013.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.