Sunday 17 February 2019

#BookReview Ruin Beach by Kate Rhodes @simonschusterUK @K_RhodesWriter

Ruin Beach by Kate Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Ben Kitto has become the Scilly Isles’ 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 the body of professional diver Jude Trellon is discovered, anchored to the rocks of a nearby cave, his investigative skills are once again needed.

At first it appears that the young woman’s death was a tragic accident, but when evidence is found that suggests otherwise, the islanders close ranks. With even those closest to the victim refusing to talk, it seems that plenty of people might have had reason to harm her.As the islanders remain guarded, Ben Kitto suspects a killer is on the loose in Tresco.

Everyone is a suspect. Nobody is safe.


I went straight for this book after finishing listening to the audio version of Hell Bay, the first book in the series. It was so good, and I was so pleased to have the sequel, Ruin Beach waiting for me. Now, we all have our favorite kind of settings when it comes to books. I LOVE reading crime novels set in isolated milieus. The grittier surrounding the better. This series that takes place on the Scilly Isles (had to Google it) was just my kind of series.

Before I start the review will I just say that, yes, you can read the books as stand-alone. However, they are so good so if you have the chance to go for book one first. Do so!

Ben Kitto returned home to the Scilly Isles in Hell Bay and even though he didn't plan on staying on was it exactly what he did. He's now Deputy Chief of Police of Scilly Isles after working several years in London. The peace on the Isle is broken when the body of a young diver Jude Trellon is found. The body has been anchored to the rocks of a nearby cave, and Ben quickly realize that she's been murdered. Now, Ben must find out who wanted Jude Trellon killed, and why. Someone on the little Isle wanted Jude dead, and now Ben must investigate those close to her to find out who hated her enough to kill her.

Ruin Beach is just as Hell Bay and excellent crime novel. The writing is superb and there are many suspects to choose from. I've become quite fond of this series and I really like Ben Kitto. The only drawback with this book is that I now have no more books in this series to read...

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

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